Dr Niki Alsford is Reader in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Language & Global Studies at UCLan and is Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies.
Dr Alsford is a historical anthropologist/ethnohistorian by training and welcomes proposals for doctoral research on Asian Pacific history and society in particular he is interested in supervising a project on the role of the BBC on the Korean Peninsula and research on Pacific nations studies.
Prior to joining UCLan, Dr Alsford was Research Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences as part of a research project titled: Power and Strategies of Social and Political Order of which his contribution was primarily the continuation of his work on comparative Taiwan social history. A core part of this project explored the formation and development of urban spaces in the Asia Pacific region.
Dr Alsford is an appointed Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, the University of London and a Research Fellow at Ewha Institute of Unification Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. He was formally an elected executive board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). He is currently a strand convenor for the Social History Society and is Co-Editor of the BRILL Series in Taiwan Studies. He has worked on a number of collaborative projects that include the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, the Council of Indigenous Peoples, and the National Museum of Taiwan History.
He is a Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society and Country of Origin Expert (Taiwan) for the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI)
Ph.D. Modern East Asian History, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), the University of London, 2015
MA, Asia Pacific Studies, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2011
Bsc (Hons) Applied Social Science (Anthropology & Criminology), the University of Southampton, 2006
Rowann Fitzpatrick is the Asian Studies Institute Administrator within the School of Languages and Global studies at the University of Central Lancashire. Completing her first-Class Honours Degree in Fine Art in 2018, she joined the team in August.
Prior to UCLan Rowann worked as an Intern within the Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) assisting with Project Management, and volunteered within the Bradford City Council and the Leeds Youth Service, helping to execute events within their local communities.
Dr Adina Zemanek joined UCLan as Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies in October 2018. She holds a PhD degree in cultural anthropology. Her current research focuses on nation branding and definitions of Taiwan in contemporary popular culture (graphic narratives, tourist souvenirs).
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Dr Lara Momesso is a Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Language and Global Studies at UCLan. Her research interests include contemporary migrations across the Asia Pacific region with a particular focus on marriage migration between China and Taiwan, family formation in contemporary Chinese societies, gender in the Asia Pacific region. She also is a specialist on contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese societies.
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Dr. Ti-han Chang is a lecturer of Asia Pacific studies at University of Central Lancashire. Her research interests cover a wide-range of topics, including postcolonial environmental literature, ecocriticism, environmental and animal ethics, socio-political movements, political identity, political censorship, migrant and aboriginal studies. Many of these research topics are investigated in the specific geo-historical frameworks of Post-War Taiwan. Her doctoral thesis carried out a comparative study of the postcolonial eco-literature of a Taiwanese author, Wu Ming-yi and a South African author, J.M. Coetzee.
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Dr Robert Kasza (Senior Lecturer in Japanese) teaches Japan-related language and culture modules and is also involved in the MA Interpreting and Translation Programme (Theory of interpreting and translation). His research interests include: Japanese and Oriental comparative cultural semiotics, translation theory and practice from and to East Asian languages, Japanese anthropological linguistics and teaching methodology.
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