Calls for papers for conferences taking place in October 2023

The Seventeenth International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS).
Harmony and Chaos: The Dialectics of Order and Disorder
Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan, 20-21 October 2023
Deadlines of submissions: January 6, 2023

Event organised by

Department of English Language and Literature, Chinese Culture University
Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS)


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:

  • Explorations of cosmology, creation, or world views in relation to systems and/or chaos, entropy and/or negentropy, etc.
  • Analyses on art and visualization that involves symmetry, asymmetry, or elements concerning order and/or disorder
  • Explorations of musical compositions in terms of harmony and/or cacophony
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Submission Guidelines

  1. Paper proposals for 20-minute presentations and panel proposals (with 3 speakers) are welcomed 
  2. The deadline of submission is January 6, 2023.
  3. We accept online submissions only. To submit your proposal, please follow these steps:
    1. Email your abstract (250 words in English or 500 words in Chinese with 3-6 keywords in MS word format) to
    2. Fill out the contributor data form at

Your submission will NOT be considered without completing the above two steps.

  1. All abstracts will be subject to blind reviews.
  2. 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. 


Contact details

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.

(Posted 19 November 2022)