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Skaya Siku
Biography

  Dr. Skaya SIKU is of Seejiq Truku descent in Nantou, Taiwan. Following a multidisciplinary training in Political Science, Cinema and Anthropology in Taiwan and in France, she received a Ph.D. specialized in visual anthropology at EHESS in Paris. She focuses on the shifting landscapes of Taiwan Indigenous peoples’ cultural activism, cinema heritage and mediascape.

  She currently works as an assistant research fellow at the Research Center for Indigenous Education, National Academy for Educational Research. She seeks to promote more cross-cultural discussions by encouraging self-reflexive writing and trans-disciplinary thinking.

  Her work is driven by an acute awareness of the current historical and political moment, as Taiwan faces a turning point of transitional and historical justice, not only for healing the collective trauma of White Terror but also for returning rights to Indigenous Peoples. In this context, she is passionate about contributing to the development of Taiwanese theories, Indigenous knowledges, and gender studies through diverse educational research and artistic project.

  Moreover, she is also a board member to the Taiwan Women’s Film Association, Taiwan Association of Visual Ethnography and the Educational Committee for the Sediq Toda/Seediq Tgdaya/Seejiq Truku Nation.

Research Field
  • Cinema, Arts and Media Literacy Education
  • Visual Anthropology
  • Cinema on and by Indigenous Peoples and Women
Education
  • Formation doctorale: Anthropologie Sociale et Ethnologie (Doctorat en Arts : Histoire et Théorie), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
  • Master 2 Recherche, Cinéma et Audiovisuel, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III
  • Master of Arts, Political Science (General Theories), Tunghai University
Experience
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica (MOST)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for General Education, Taipei National University of the Arts
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica
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