The Center builds up a collaborative platform based on three core issues with academic and practical values, including:
Culture & law:
Explore indigenous cultural preservation and development laws with humane and legal perspectives, such as Cultural Heritage Preservation Act, Protection Act for the Traditional Intellectual Creations of Indigenous Peoples, and their impacts.
Environment & labor:
Labor is an important form for humans to build relationship with environment. Traditional labor forms, collaborative organization and land/natural resources in indigenous societies face challenges from nationalization and commercialization.
Urban indigenous peoples:
Indigenous peoples growing and living in cities are more than those in indigenous tribes. Their belongings in cities, connections to tribes and cultural sustainability are all urgent and evolving policies that should be explored.
Three research clusters will collaborate with scholars and practitioners on and off campus. It takes different processes to integrate and form consensus based on maturity of each issue. Research clusters hold regular discussions and conferences. For public attention and engagement, they organize seminars, conversations and public forums. Conferences also designate sessions for governments, NGOs and communities to receive academic and practical feedback simultaneously. Final results will be published to inspire wider discussions.
In the future, we plan to work with Office of International Affairs to offer English programs on Taiwan indigenous issues for international students in NTU.