Dynamics of Contention Under Authoritarian Regimes (2022) Workshop

Presented by the Taiwan Studies program and co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Research Group at the University of Alberta

This workshop is focused on discussing the realities of contention in non-Western societies – with a focus on politically closed environments. Scholars will present original research drawing from cases in the Middle East, North Africa, and East Asia. with the goal of generating new theories on the characteristics and resilience of activism in politically restrictive contexts


The workshop will be held May 19-20, 2022 via Webex. This workshop will be hosted online, using Webex and will be live-steamed via YouTube for public viewers. The YouTube link can be accessed by clicking on this link: Taiwan Studies Program – University of Alberta – YouTube



  1. Asef Bayat: University of Illinois   
  2. Ashley Esarey: University of Alberta
  3. Chang-Ling Huang: National Taiwan University 
  4. Maia Carter Hallward:  Kennesaw State University
  5. Michael Frishkopf: University of Alberta
  6. Michael Hsiao: Academica Sincia 
  7. Mohamed Chamekh:  University of Technology and Applied Sciences
  8. Noureddin Zaamout:  University of Alberta
  9. Shaimaa Magued:  Cairo University
  10. Taib Biygautane:  Kennesaw State University
  11. Victoria Hui: University of Notre Dame 




The Taiwan Studies program at the University of Alberta is an interdisciplinary project which studies Taiwan’s social and political transformations. The program supports student and faculty research and host conferences, webinars, a Taiwan film night, and much more. We count among our affiliates scholars from the departments of East Asian Studies, History, and Political Science. Their areas of expertise pertain to such topics as Taiwan’s history, culture, and identity; democratization and political reform at local and national levels; cultural, racial, and gender tensions as seen through the lens of popular literature, film and civil society.

The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Research Group aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars and students at the University of Alberta who are interested in the critical study of social, cultural, historical, religious and political themes related to the Middle East, Islam, and Muslim communities. The primary goals include raising awareness of the importance of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies within the Faculty of Arts and the University of Alberta, creating more opportunities for students to learn about MEIS, mobilizing our resources within the Faculty of Arts and the communities, and establishing more regular ties and involvement between the University and the communities.


Have questions? We would love to hear from you at taiwanst@ualberta.ca