Virtual seminar “Critical Audio Media Practice: Listening and Making Culture in Taiwan

Date: March 19, 2021
Time: 17:30 -19:30 (Tokyo)/16:30–18:30 (Taipei)
This virtual seminar will be conducted via Zoom.
Language: English (ディスカッションは日本語可能)
Host: The University of Tokyo Humanities Center / 主催:東京大学ヒューマニティーズセンター


In this seminar, Professor Eva Tsai of the National Taiwan Normal University will introduce her project which explores the rising podcast scene in Taiwan from the perspective of the creative economy as well as the more integrative context of sound media culture. While the recent podcast boom in Taiwan served as a trigger for her project, the core concerns of media innovation — why do people create a podcast, and with what purposes, obligations, and conditions of working — came from her three-year involvement in Hoping Lab, the digital media lab at her university (see the links below).

In this presentation, Professor Tsai, a collaborator of Professor Shin Mizukoshi’s audio media literacy project funded by the Humanities Center, will juxtapose and contrast Taiwan’s current booming podcast scene her experiences in podcast making, teaching, and lab management. This will help to illustrate some different impetuses behind podcast development. She will then propose three approaches toward studying podcasting in Taiwan/Asia. First, platform capitalism and the persisting media and cultural industries compete to create a certain space for the podcast market and professionalization. Second, the discourse of the creative economy in neoliberal Asia partially explains why the young and the enterprising are drawn to the podcast as a new item of sociality and cultural investment. Finally, cultural and media theorizations of radio, audio, and sounds in local contexts could inform us about the diverse potential of podcasts as a medium.

この研究会では台湾のポップカルチャー研究、音声メディア実践研究の第一人者である國立台湾師範大学の蔡如音(Eva Tsai)教授に、台湾のポッドキャスト人気とその背景について伺い、東アジアにおける音声メディア文化研究と実践をめぐる議論を深めたいと思います。


Shida Stories 師大的故事 (bilingual)

The Pop Culture Researcher跨國流行學院 (bilingual)

The Sound and Story Stitchers 聲與故事的裁縫手
(A) Site affiliated with NTNU

(B) Site affiliated with Sound On, a commercial podcast platform from Taiwan (bought in 2021 by Singaporean Kollective Ventures and Turn Capita)l:

Hoping Lab(和平東路實驗室)
(1) YouTube Channel of Hoping Lab

(2) Media Literacy Podcast【逆食News】Podcast First Story

(3) Made in Taiwan: Studies in Popular Music: the Podcast
【MIT 作者對談】on Apple Podcast


17:30–17:45 Opening remarks
Shin Mizukoshi 水越伸 (University of Tokyo 東京大学情報学環教授)

17:45–18:45 Main presentation
Toward an Enterprising and Public Podcasting Service: Sound Media and Creative Economy
Eva Tsai 蔡如音 (National Taiwan Normal University 國立台湾師範大學教授)

18:45–19:20 Discussion
Yoshitaka Mōri 毛利嘉孝 (Tokyo University of the Arts 東京藝術大学教授)

19:20–19:30 Closing remarks
Sota Chu 忠聡太 (Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University 福岡女学院大学講師)

Chair: Setsuko Kamiya 神谷説子 (University of Tokyo 東京大学情報学環特任助教)

*This seminar will be conducted via Zoom.

The seminar was a great success! We would like to thank Prof. Eva Tsai for her excellent presentation, and to the Humanities Center for hosting the event!