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Film about Literary Memory in Taiwan

This film about the workshop “Forging Literary Memory in Taiwan: The Commemoration of Writers in Museum Space” introduces the main issues that were discussed during the event in December 2015. The workshop was organised by Emily Mae Graf and featured representatives from the Lai He Museum and the National Museum of Taiwan Literature.

Starting with introducing the concept of the workshop, organiser Emily Mae Graf presents the guests from Taiwan and the programme during their stay in Heidelberg. It grasps some impressions of the inspiring talks, the romantic views of Heidelberg and the beautiful evening program at the ethnological museum, where Lai He’s literary work came to life thanks to the recitations and musical performances of the participants.  

This international workshop shed light onto the social practice of commemorating Taiwanese writers in museum space. It allowed a glance behind the scenes of the memorial museum dedicated to Lai He (1894-1943), the “Father of New Taiwan Literature”. Reaching across disciplines, the presentations introduced the voices and perspectives of the different players involved in the process of Lai He’s institutionalization, including the scholarly, curatorial and personal perspectives.

The workshop was organised by Emily Mae Graf, who is pursuing her doctoral thesis within the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) and at the Institute of Chinese Studies.

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