【Call for Papers】《The Seventeenth International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS)》Department of English Language and Literature, Chinese Culture University & Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS)

20-21 October 2023

Chinese Culture University

Harmony and Chaos: The Dialectics of Order and Disorder


The ideas of order and disorder are universal conceptual categories found across diverse disciplines and cultures. They often emerge as a pair of opposites that help humans characterize observed phenomena, experiences, and imagination. Changes in regimes, the development of societies, and the evolution of cultural trends, for instance, are sometimes comprehended through the filter of order and disorder. Representations in arts and literature may also be examined under pairs of similar attributes, such as symmetry and asymmetry, harmony and disharmony, unity and disunity, and so forth.


This conference calls for research from scholars working in art history, literature, philosophy, history, geography, religious studies, cultural studies, classical studies, anthropology, social sciences, and beyond. We also welcome studies on the cultural dialogue between East and West. Topics for consideration might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Explorations of cosmology, creation, or world views in relation to systems and/or chaos, entropy and/or negentropy, etc.

  2. Analyses on art and visualization that involves symmetry, asymmetry, or elements concerning order and/or disorder

  3. Explorations of musical compositions in terms of harmony and/or cacophony

  4. Examinations on issues of religious doctrines, spirituality, heresy, or moral values with regard to unity and/or anarchy, moderation and/or excess, or other aspects in close relation to order and/or disorder.

  5. Critical interpretations of specific works addressing issues of concord and/or discord, discordia concors, or other related aspects


TACMRS warmly invites papers in English or Chinese that include and reach beyond the traditional chronological and disciplinary borders of Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies. Paper proposals for 20-minute presentations and sponsored panel proposals (with 3 speakers) are welcomed.

Please submit proposals (250 words for English, 500 words for Chinese) along with a one-page CV to TACMRS.ccu@gmail.com by 6 January 2023. The Conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, 20-21 October 2023 at Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan. There is no registration fee for the conference. Please note, presenters generally should be members of TACMRS if they reside in Taiwan.


Membership application forms can be downloaded from the TACMRS website or via email upon request. For more information, please visit the TACMRS website at https://tacmrs.org.tw/. Information about the hosting institution may be found at https://eng.pccu.edu.tw/ and https://www.pccu.edu.tw/.



Conference organizer: TACMRS.ccu@gmail.com

Chia-Yin Huang, Associate Professor

Department of English Language and Literature, Chinese Culture University

55, Hwa-Kang Rd., Yang-Ming-Shan, Taipei, 11114, Taiwan R. O. C.



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