In the twenty-first century where the impacts of the migration of peoples and individuals, globalization, and advances in technology and the sciences dominate scholarship as well as public discourse, the relevance of the humanities and the social sciences is evident. Culture, literature, the other arts, society and its processes and thus the study of these fields of human activity needs to be one of the priorities of institutions of higher learning as well as of society at large. The developments in the sciences and technology will be possible to integrate in society meaningfully only with the incorporation and maintenance of knowledge available in the humanities and social sciences. Similar to universities world wide where centers for the humanities and the social sciences have been established in order to provide a place and space for research and scholarship, the aims and scope of the National Sun Yat-sen University Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences include work towards promoting interdisciplinary collaboration in fields of inquiry located within and outside of the humanities and social sciences; to develop the internationalization of the University; to work with scholars within and outside of Taiwan; to collaborate nationally and internationally with institutions of higher learning in research projects; to hold national and international conferences; and to disseminate the Center's results in research and academic activities.
The Center's foci in research and in its academic activities include Early Modern and Renaissance Studies, Chin Dynasty Studies, Trans- and Intercultural Studies, and Ethnicity and Diaspora Studies. The Center's five- year project starting 2006 focuses on comparative ethnic studies. Research clusters include: diaspora in literature, development of national languages and dialects, and oceanic culture, etc. This center invites and appoints scholars to conduct research at the Center from the National Sun Yat-sen University, from other universities in Taiwan, as well as scholars at universities abroad. The Center's foundation year is 2006 following the administrative approval of the Center by the University's colleges of Liberal Arts, Science, and Management on 1 August 2007. The Center is with an International Advisory Board, a National Sun Yat-sen University Committee of Advisors, an academic faculty of permanent and term appointments, and administrative staff.
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