In the last two centuries, since the inauguration of modern university, the Humanities or the human sciences have played an indispensable role in shaping knowledge production in the modern world. Despite the astounding development of the natural sciences and the emergence of social sciences, the Humanities cannot be ignored because it has been primarily in the domains of humanistic sciences that the formation of the modern national subjects has been inaugurated, planned, pursued and propagated. The task of the Humanities was to envision the image of civilized man and to manufacture modern subjects suitable to and capable of the missions of territorial national sovereignty in the modern world dictated by the system of international law.

Today, the modern international world has been characterized by the consecration of the nation-state on the one hand and the colonial order of the world on the other. It is of no surprise that, in the last several decades, the gradual receding of the colonial and international order of the modern world has been accompanied by the crisis of the nation-state. Broadly speaking we call Globalization the on-going process in which the collapse of the colonial-imperial order is taking place, along with the weakening of the nation-states.

Conflicts we witness in East Asia today are not independent of this historical process of globalization. Of particular importance are the legacies of colonialisms that loom large in the western Pacific. Taking into account colonial histories in which modern educational systems were established by the British (in Singapore and Hong Kong), the Japanese (Taiwan, Korea, and Japan), and the American (East Asia in general since the end of the Asia Pacific War, and even China in recent years) colonialisms, we cannot overlook the overwhelming presence of the internationality of modernity in the formation of modern education and universities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and even China. Therefore, this platform will highlight the three main issues of conflict, justice and decolonization not only in Asia, but also some other parts of the world.

 

在過去的兩個世紀中,自現代大學開始以來,人文科學或人文科學在塑造現代世界的知識生產方面發揮了不可或缺的作用。儘管自然科學的驚人發展和社會科學的出現,人文學科仍是不容忽視的,因為它在人文科學領域是主要的部份,它是現代國家構成中已經被開創,計劃,追求和傳播。人文學科的任務是設想文明人的形象,並製造適合和具有能力承擔現代世界中由國際法制度所規定的領土國家主權之使命的現代主體。

目前現代國際世界的特點是一方面是民族國家的奉獻,另一方面是世界殖民秩序。毫不奇怪的是,在過去幾十年中,現代世界殖民和國際秩序的逐漸退去伴隨著民族國家的危機。從廣義上講,我們將全球化稱為「正在進行的殖民帝國秩序崩潰的過程,伴隨著民族國家的弱化」。

我們今天在東亞目睹的衝突並不獨立於這一歷史性的全球化進程,特別重要的是西太平洋地區的殖民主義遺產。考慮到英國(新加坡和香港),日本(台灣,韓國和日本)和美國(亞太戰爭結束以來的東亞)建立現代教育體系的殖民歷史,甚至近年來中國的殖民主義。我們不能忽視國際性的現代性在台灣,香港,日本,韓國乃至中國的現代教育和大學的形成中的壓倒性存在。因此,這個平台將強調「衝突,正義和非殖民化」這三個主要問題,並且不只將將範圍侷限於亞洲,同時包含一些世界上其他地方。

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