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CENTRE OF AUSTRONESIAN STUDIES

The Centre of Austronesian Studies (COAS) was launched in October 2018. Its aim is to facilitate research exchange among Austronesian speaking nations. With a total population of c. 400 million speakers, the principle connection is in their intuitive recognition. As an ethnolinguistic group of peoples in Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and East Africa, the study of indigenous peoples is inseparably connected to the study of the Asia Pacific region. COAS plays an important role in maximising research impact on indigenous peoples by bridging academic disciplines and regions. 

SHUNG YE MUSEUM OF FORMOSAN ABORIGINES: STUDENTS’ INDIGENOUS POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION

The Beauty of Indigenous Power
Lancashire Arts Festival

29 October – 02 November 2018 at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

Speakers for Exhibition:

  • Dr Niki Alsford, University of Central Lancashire
  • Miss Fu-ning Hsu, National Taiwan Normal University
  • Mr Tobie Openshaw, Independent Film Director


 

SHUNG YE MUSEUM OF FORMOSAN ABORIGINES: STUDENTS’ INDIGENOUS POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION

“Singing of Formosan Aborigines: in Praise of Heaven and Earth! The Beauty of Ceremonies
The Great Northern Creative Festival

13 November – 17th November 2018 at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

Speakers for Exhibition:

  • Dr Niki Alsford, University of Central Lancashire
  • Miss Siku Sawmah, independent Fashion designer
  • Dr Doug McNaught, SOAS University of London

HONORARY PROFESSOR

Professor David Blundell

Professor David Blundell (Ph.D. UCLA Anthropology) in 2002 was invited as founding anthropologist for the International Master’s Program in Taiwan Studies at National Chengchi University, Taipei. This academic curriculum later became the International Master’s and Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, currently facilitating advanced education for students representing about forty countries at National Chengchi University.

Prior to this appointment, in 1997 Dr. Blundell organized the first Taiwan indigenous studies conference at the University of California, Berkeley. The resulting publication Austronesian Taiwan: Linguistics, History, Ethnology, Prehistory (2000) ushered in a foundation of academic Asia-Pacific historical studies.

Professor Blundell is the founder and Director of the Asia-Pacific SpatioTemporal Institute (ApSTi, http://apsti.nccu.edu.tw), Top University Project in Digital Humanities, Research and Innovation-Incubation Center, National Chengchi University, Taipei.



He conducts research with the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI), University of California, Berkeley, as Anthropology and Language Editor (http://ecai.org). His current ECAI project is based on geographic information systems (GIS) of historical maritime Buddhism and Austronesian voyaging across Monsoon Asia mapping trade and religious networks.

As a filmmaker, Dr. Blundell received the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014 Award for Best Documentary, Arising Light: Dr. B R Ambedkar and the Birth of a New Era in India.

His publications concern the anthropology of religion, Buddhism, visual anthropology, aesthetic anthropology, Austronesian languages, geographic information systems (GIS), Taiwan and Asia-Pacific as a cultural area.

PHD Students

Simon Green
SGreen25@uclan.ac.uk

The Formosan aborigines and the Spanish (1626-1642)  

Previous histories of the Spanish settlement on Taiwan (1626-1642)  have focused on the Spanish experience. The literature, however, contains some of the earliest written accounts of the island's aborigines. I hope to look at the current literature on the Spanish in Northern Formosa and extract details regarding the aborigines. I then hope to advance this research, finding new sources and reinvestigating the old ones to compile as complete a story as possible of aborigine life in Northern Taiwan in the early 1600s.
 

For more information, contact Dr Niki J.P. Alsford Chair of COAS (njpalsford@uclan.ac.uk)