Dictionary of War

2008 Taipei Biennial: Dictionary of War


The 2008 Taipei Biennial International Forum will be realised in collaboration with the Dictionary of War (DOW). DOW is an ongoing collaborative platform where concepts of war are invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists at public two-day events. The aim is to create key notions of thought, that have so far been neglected, or have yet to be created, that can play a significant role in current discussions on the topic of war. The programme consists of a presentation, documentation, supplementary material (www.dictionaryofwar.org) and a print publication.

The forum will not only address the war on globalisation, nor is it limited to war in the traditional sense as a zone of conflict, rather it will incorporate shared concerns of the Taipei Biennial and regional perspectives on topics such as border tensions, migration, dissent and informal politics, urban transformation and issues of globalisation. In particular, participants of the forum will consider the more complex and local examples of war in relation to Taiwan’s geographical and historical background, such as its relationship with China and the influence of the United States and Japan on military, cultural and other aspects of Taiwanese society.

The forum has invited 15 speakers from Taiwan and elsewhere to each present one notion for 20 minutes. To support these presentations ten videos of related talks made at previous DOW meetings will be screened during the event. In addition, to capture and disseminate this important event, a book reflecting on the Taipei forum, the discussions that take place and the concepts raised will be published in its aftermath.

The Programme:
Friday, October 24, 2008, 10:00 – 17:00
Saturday, October 25, 2008, 10:00 – 18:30

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Auditorium, Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Some of the Forum participants include:
Ali AKAY (Turkey), Shaina ANAND (India), Shih-Chieh LI (Taiwan), Manray HSU (Taiwan), Nikos PAPASTERGIADIS (Australia), Ravi SUNDARAM (India), WONG Hoy Cheong (Malaysia), Ti-Nan Chi (Taiwan), Daiwie Fu (Taiwan), and Brett Neilson (Australia).

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