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UBIAS Directors Conference

November 27-30, 2014

Venue: Liang Kuo Shu International Conference Hall, College of Social Sciences, National Taiwan University

Rising New Perspectives in an Age of Globalization:

Challenges and Prospects

What is distinctive about the present age of globalization? Peoples, nations, cultures from across the globe, are communicating, meeting, interacting, confronting, cooperating, conflicting, and working together on an unprecedented range of levels.

In the course of their myriad interactions and exchanges in the rising and falling maelstroms of events, they tend to arrive at mutual recognition of varying degrees and struggle for mutual respect, which are cornerstones of developing and realizing a more fair and just society, internationally as well as domestically.

In this age of globalization, the players are forced out of their comfort zones into new arenas, where others see things differently and play by other rules, yet since the world is shrinking they all desperately need to mutually adjust and accommodate one another to certain extents. Hopefully, such adjustments can for the most part be positive and progressive, and instigate improvements in not just mutual understanding and respect but also in mutual love and appreciation, fairer distributions of wealth and resources, and fairness, quality, and quality of people's lives everywhere. Our course, such goals are implicit in the formation of every IAS, especially every UBIAS.

In this spirit, this meeting will have a two-fold theme. The general theme is:

Breaking Through Old Boundaries and Paradigms in a New Age of Globalization; the related specific theme is Rising East Asia in a New Age of Globalization.

The general theme is to bring all perspectives and voices to the table, and the boundaries and paradigms can be at any level – from political and economic, to social, cultural, civilizational, academic, etc. In fact, for us, the academic level is the key pivot. The specific theme is for all our IHS (NTU) and our UBIAS brethren and sisteren in East Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere) to showcase their different cultures, experiences, and the new perspectives and fresh paradigms we have been investigating and developing.

At the same time, this is a Directors Meeting. We hope that our conference themes will dovetail and cross-fertilize the issues that the UBIAS steering committee and UBIAS member institutes are most concerned to address.