Introduction
National Taiwan University (NTU), the oldest and the premier university in Taiwan, has led the countryˇ¦s higher education and academic research for many years. To further fulfill its vision of excellence in academia, the university has long considered it an imperative to establish a high-level research institution for integrated and interdisciplinary research across the eleven colleges.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IHS) was hence established in October 2005 to promote fundamental scholarship and interdisciplinary integration of the pertinent fields of inquiry. The Institute serves as platform for comprehensive interchanges between the humanities and the social sciences, offering ample opportunities for intercollegiate and international communications aiming at transcending the typical compartmentalization of academia. The Motto that the Institute holds is thereby ˇ§Enriching visions of culture and the humanities by thinking through dialogue.ˇ¨

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