Introduction: The State of the Field of Taiwan Studies

Introduction: The State of the Field of Taiwan Studies Articles about the state of the field can play a crucial role in any academic field. They are unfortunately often undervalued. Such essays are unlikely to contribute to a scholar’s bid for promotion or departmental assessment. Having previously written state-of-the-field essays ourselves, we are aware that though it can be rewarding, putting such essays together is also an extremely time-consuming process (Fell, 2009). Unsurprisingly it can be hard to find scholars that have the enthusiasm and time required to construct such pieces.Nevertheless, such pieces are extremely valuable for both scholars and students. Of course, we can get a long list of related publications by doing an online database search, but this is just a list and will not give us a sense of how individual publications fit into a field and how they have been received by academic peers. When a PhD student or scholar embarks on a new research project, a key initial step is to get a critical perspective on what has been done before. Then their task will be to challenge and build upon this existing literature in order to make an original contribution to their field. As PhD examiners or book reviewers, a key element http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Introduction: The State of the Field of Taiwan Studies

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2468-8797
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10.1163/24688800-00101002
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Articles about the state of the field can play a crucial role in any academic field. They are unfortunately often undervalued. Such essays are unlikely to contribute to a scholar’s bid for promotion or departmental assessment. Having previously written state-of-the-field essays ourselves, we are aware that though it can be rewarding, putting such essays together is also an extremely time-consuming process (Fell, 2009). Unsurprisingly it can be hard to find scholars that have the enthusiasm and time required to construct such pieces.Nevertheless, such pieces are extremely valuable for both scholars and students. Of course, we can get a long list of related publications by doing an online database search, but this is just a list and will not give us a sense of how individual publications fit into a field and how they have been received by academic peers. When a PhD student or scholar embarks on a new research project, a key initial step is to get a critical perspective on what has been done before. Then their task will be to challenge and build upon this existing literature in order to make an original contribution to their field. As PhD examiners or book reviewers, a key element

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