Dr. Frank Muyard 梅豪方


Dr. Frank Muyard

Institutional Affiliation:

Research Associate, French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC); Taiwan Fellowship Scholar, RCHSS, Academia Sinica




Dr. Frank Muyard is a Sociologist and Sinologist, currently Associate Professor, National Central University, Taiwan, and Head of the Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO, French School of Asian Studies)'s Taipei Center. 
He was Director of the French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) Taipei Office from 2004 to 2009, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado Boulder (2010-2012), and 2013 Taiwan Fellowship Scholar at the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (RCHSS), Academia Sinica. He received his PhD in Sociology at the University of Montreal in Canada, after being trained in Modern Chinese History and Sinology (BA), and in International Relations and Political Economy (MA) at the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris. He has spent over two decades living and working in Taiwan and China and speaks fluent Chinese.
He is an Editorial Board Member of China Perspectives, and member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), the Archaeological Society of Taiwan (AST), and the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA).
Dr. Muyard’s research covers the fields of historical and political sociology in Taiwan and China, and of Austronesian prehistory and archaeology. He focuses on the issues of national and cultural identity, comparative nationalism and the question of modernity, state, and nation in East Asian and Western societies. He is currently researching the history of Taiwanese archaeology and its interactions with nationalism and indigenous peoples. 

Current Research Project

Dr. Muyard's current research projects center 1) on the links between democratization and nationalism in Taiwan, 2) on the interactions between nationalism and archaeology in the discourses on Austronesian prehistory in Taiwan and China. He is currently editing two volumes on Taiwan and South China Sea prehistory and archaeology to be published by EFEO Press, Taiwan Maritime Landscapes from Neolithic to Early Modern Times (with Paola Calanca and Liu Yi-chang), and Maritime Exchange and Localization across the South China Sea, 500 BC- 500 AD (with Liu Yi-chang).

Recent Publications (selected)

  • Taiwan Maritime Landscapes from Neolithic to Early Modern Times, Paola Calanca, Frank Muyard & Liu Yi-chang, eds., Paris, Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient, in press
  • "Taiwan’s Place in East Asian Archaeological Studies," in P. Calanca, F. Muyard & Liu Y.C., eds., Taiwan Maritime Landscapes from Neolithic to Early Modern Times, Paris, Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient, in press.
  • Jean A. Trejaut, Frank Muyard, Ying-Hui Lai, Lan-Rong Chen, Zong-Sian Chen, Jun-Hun Loo, Jin-Yuan Huang & Marie Lin, "Genetic diversity of the Thao people of Taiwan using Y-chromosome, mitochondrial DNA and HLA gene systems," BMC Evolutionary Biology 19(64), 2019: 1-13.
  • "The Role of Democracy in the Rise of the Taiwanese National Identity," in Jonathan Sullivan & Chun-yi Lee, eds., A New Era in Democratic Taiwan: Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-Strait Relations, London, Routledge, 2018, 35-62.
  • “Taiwan Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples: Cross-perspectives on Indigenous Archaeology and Interactions between Archaeologists and Indigenous Communities,” in Li-wan Hung, ed., Archaeology, History and Indigenous Peoples: New Perspectives on the Ethnic Relations of Taiwan, Taipei, Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, 2016, 195-262.
  •  “Voting Shift in the November 2014 Local Elections in Taiwan,” China Perspectives, 2015/1: 55-61.
  • “Comparativism and Taiwan Studies: Analyzing Taiwan in/out of context, or Taiwan as an East Asian New World Society,” in Shu-mei Shih &Ping-hui Liao, eds., Comparatizing Taiwan, London, Routledge, 2015, 13-32.
  • "Taiwan - Politique et société contemporaine", in Encyclopedia Universalis, Paris, Encyclopedia Universalis, 2014, 27-36.
  • “The Formation of Taiwan’s New National Identity since the End of the 1980s,” in David Blundell, ed., Taiwan Since Martial Law: Society, Culture, Politics, Economy, Taipei, National Taiwan University Press, 2012, 297-366.
  • “Taiwanese National Identity, Cross-Strait Economic Interaction, and the Integration Paradigm,” in Peter C.Y. Chow, ed., National Identity and Economic Interest: Taiwan’s Competing Options and Its Implication for Regional Stability, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 153-186.
  • “Relations Taiwan-Chine: la nouvelle politique chinoise de Ma Ying-jeou”, in Jean-François Sabouret, ed., L’Asie-Monde. Chroniques sur l’Asie et le Pacifique 2002-2011, Paris, CNRS Editions, 2011, 267-271.
  • Taiwan: The Consolidation of a Democratic and Distinct Society, Paul Jobin & Frank Muyard, eds., special issue for China Perspectives, 83 (2010/3).
  • “Mid-Term Analysis of the Ma Ying-jeou Administration: The Difficulty of Delivering the (Right) Goods,” China Perspectives, 83 (2010/3): 5-21.
  • Objects, Heritage and Cultural Identity, Frank Muyard, Liang-Kai Chou & Serge Dreyer, eds., Nantou, Taiwan Historica, 2009.
  • “Taiwan Ceramics as a Mirror of Taiwan’s History and its National Culture Shift: The Yingge Ceramics Museum and the Institutionalization of a New Taiwanese Artistic Tradition,” in F. Muyard, L.K. Chou & S. Dreyer, eds., Objects, Heritage and Cultural Identity, Nantou, Taiwan Historica, 2009, 389-417.
  • “Nation-State Building in Postmodern Times: Comparing the Cases of Quebec and Taiwan,” in Kuo-ching Tu, ed., Taiwan Studies in Global Perspectives, Santa Barbara, CA, Center for Taiwan Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara, Taiwan Studies Series 4, 2008, 107-137.
  • “Taiwan Elections 2008: Ma Ying-jeou’s Victory and the KMT’s Return to Power,” China Perspectives, 73 (2008/1): 79-94
  • (梅豪方) “政治現代性 : 當代中國現代化所即將面對的挑戰”, 收錄於蔡英文, 張福建編, 現代性之政治反思論文集, 台北: 中研院人文社會科學研究中心出版社” [Political Modernity: The Coming Challenge for China’s Modernization], in Tsai Ying-wen & Chang Fu-chien, eds., Political Reflections on Modernity, Taipei, Academia Sinica, RCHSS Press, 2007, 502-531.