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Welcoming Ms. Yu Ssu-Han as Visiting Fellow

The ERCCT team is happy to welcome Ms. Yu Ssu-Han 游絲涵 from the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science as our first Visiting Fellow in the summer semester 2022. Ms. Yu will stay at the ERCCT until July 25 and present her doctoral research project  "Mediating democratic politics: Generational understanding of democracy and identification with Taiwan" during the Taiwan Europe Connectivity Workshop in July. 

We wish her a successful and pleasant stay in Tübingen!

Space, leadership, and organization: Comparing the Sunflower and Umbrella movements

Taiwan Colloquium with Dr. Leon Kunz - June 27

Dr. Leon Kunz from the Center for Taiwan Studies of the University of Texas at Austin will give a presentation of his latest research project in the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, June 27, 12 to 2 p.m. at Keplerstraße 2, Room no. 1.81: "Space, leadership, and organization: Comparing the Sunflower and Umbrella movements

Just months after participants in Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement occupied parliament to block the ratification of a controversial trade deal with China in March 2014, participants in Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement pushed for universal suffrage by creating street occupations in September of the same year. While both movements had in common that they involved the maintenance of occupation zones to pressure the authorities, each of them created very different spatial arrangements. What can this spatial comparison teach us about the roles of leadership and organization in social movements?

Anyone interested is welcome to join!

COAST Call for Chapter Contributions: Taiwan As Ocean

The Centre of Austronesian Studies is pleased to announce the call for chapters for an edited book, Taiwan As Ocean. For detail information about the scope and topics of this edited book, please see the attached pdf file or visit the ISAP UCLan website: [CALL FOR CHAPTERS] Taiwan as Ocean - Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (isapuclan.org.uk)

For proposal submission or any queries, please contact Dr Ti-han Chang at tchang2@uclan.ac.uk

Schedule for submissions:

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: 31 October 2022
  • Acceptance Notice: 15 December 2022
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 30 May 2023

Discussion Forum Series on Comparative Transitional Justice

The Cape Town Holocaust and Genocide Center will host a  4-part online discussion forum on the (IM)POSSIBILITIES OF A COMPARATIVE APPROACH TO TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE,  starting on Wednesday, 15 June at 1pm (SAST). The forum will look at how Taiwan deals with its history of human rights violations, while drawing lessons from Germany and South Africa. Register using the link: bit.ly/3LKCi5G

In 2018, Taiwan installed a Transitional Justice Commission to deal with its authoritarian past. To gain a better understanding of different approaches which could be applied domestically, Taiwanese scholars consulted the experiences of different countries, like Chile and Argentina, Japan and Korea, Germany, South Africa and many other democracies which emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Within this comparative research, Germany and South Africa stood out as having executed two possible yet very different models of coming to terms with their own past. However, when one compares the internal discourse in the respective countries with the reception of both ‘models’ in Taiwan, one can discern some considerable differences. Read More >>

Valentina Gamberi Presented Research on Taiwanese Folk Religion in Taiwan Colloquium

Dr. Valentina Gamberi from the Research Center on Material Culture at the Fund for Ethnology Leiden, on Monday, February 7, 2022, presented her research project "Sacred Power as Spirituality Polluted: a Taiwanese Perspective on Sacred Waste" in the last session of the Taiwan Colloquium of the Winter Semester 2021/22. A cultural anthropologist by discipline and with a background in museology, her research project tackles the question of how "folk religion in Taiwan deal[s] with and conceptualize[s] sacred waste" and inquires into the possibilities of Chinese folk religion to offer new reconfigurations of the dynamic between heritage and 'sacred waste'. 

Visiting Fellow Shen Yi-Chin Presented Her Research in the Taiwan Colloquium

Shen Yi-Chin 沈宜瑾, Ph.D. student from National Chung Hsing University's Graduate Institute of International Politics, presentetd her research on the strategic choices of Australia in an international environment marked by the competition and increasing rivalry between the United States and the PRC to ERCCT Fellows in the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, 31 January 2022. The presentation sparked a constructive discussion enfolding in the Q&A part of the session. 

Visiting Fellow Dr. Huang Wei-Hao Opened the Taiwan Colloquium 2022

Dr. Huang Wei-Hao 黄韋豪 from the Institute of Political Science at National Sun Yat-sen University presented his research on the influence of China's strategic bilateral partnerships on Taiwan's external relations under the title "Expanding China’s Partnerships Networks: How China Factors Affect Taiwan’s Bilateral Relations with Other Countries? " to ERCCT fellows in the first session of the Taiwan Colloquium in 2022 on Monday, 17 January.

Two new visiting Fellows arrived this week at the ERCCT, so we are happy  to welcome Ms. Shen Yi-chin 沈宜瑾 from National Chung-Hsing University's Graduate Institute of International Politics and Dr. Huang Wei-Hao 黃韋豪 from the Institute of Political Science at National Sun Yat-sen University. 
We are very much looking forward to their presentations in the Taiwan Colloquium already. 
Dr. Huang will present his research on "Expanding China's Partnerships Networks: How China Factors Affect Taiwan’s Bilateral Relations with Other Countries?" in the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, 17 January 2022 and Ms. Shen will present her project, titled "A Study of Australia’s Strategic Choices under US-China Competition and Cooperation" on Monday, 31 January. 

Dr. Sirma Altun Presented Her Research in the Taiwan Colloquium on Dec. 6

Dr. Sirma Altun, who just received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Geography at the University of Sydney earlier this year, gave a presentation of her current reserach project on "Global, Creative or Smart: City branding practices in Taipei in the 2000s" in the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, December 06, 2021. In her talk, Dr. Altun showed how various paradigms of city branding were applied in Taipei, each according to global trends, but also being influenced by the dynamics of the political economy in the Greater China region. 

Dr. Marinaccio Presented Her Research Project on Taiwan's Emigrant Electorate

Dr. Julia Marinaccio from the Department of Foreign Languages (Chinese Studies) at the University of Bergen, Norway, war our guest speaker in the Taiwan Colloquium of Monday, 17 May 2021. Dr Marinaccio intrigued the audience with a presentation of her current research project on the consequences of Taiwan's lack of an absentee voting system ("The Taiwanese emigrant electorate: Studying transnational political mobilization in the context of cross-strait relations"), exploring the cases of Taiwanese in Austria and on the chinese mainland. 

Here is the talk recording.

Visit to Partner Institutions at National Sun Yat-Sen University

On May 3rd, Prof. Gunter Schubert, ERCCT director, visited the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Political Science at National Zhongshan University in Kaohsiung, which are long-term ERCCT partner institutions. He held a talk and gave an ERCCT work report to faculty and students. Prof. Schubert, who has been in Taiwan since early March, also visited other ERCCT partners and briefed them on the ERCCT's activities under the current conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

More pictures from the event

"Taiwan's Green Parties" - Dafydd Fell Presented His New Book on Alternative Politics in Taiwan in the Taiwan Colloquium

We are glad to have had our friend Dr Dafydd Fell from the Center for Taiwan Studies at SOAS presenting his new book "Taiwan's Green Parties: Alternative Politics in Taiwan" in the opening session of the summer semester 2021 ERCCT Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, May 10, 2021! It was a very lively presentation, made all the more interesting as the author not only described the research methodoloyg and content of his book but also shared his personal motivation and connections to the field and talked about his related plans for the future. 

Here is the talk recording

IJTS Research Article Competition, 2021

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies is pleased to announce the 2021 IJTS Research Article Competition. Since its launch in 2018, IJTS (ISSN: 2468-8800, https://brill.com/view/journals/ijts/ijts-overview.xml) has established itself as a principal outlet for the dissemination of cutting-edge research on Taiwan. IJTS is the first internationally collaborative, multidisciplinary, and peer-reviewed academic research journal in English dedicated to all aspects of Taiwan studies, including social sciences, arts and humanities, and topics which are interdisciplinary in nature. To continue the development of Taiwan studies and with the financial support of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), we announce a call for papers for the 2021 IJTS Research Article Competition. There are three categories of articles for entry:

•    Arts and Humanities
•    Social Sciences
•    Indigenous Studies

Each research article can only be entered in one category. IJTS Executive Editorial Board members and IJTS Advisory Board members are not eligible to enter the Competition. 

For further details see the announcement PDF!

The Taiwan Colloquium in the Summer Semester 2021

A Transnational Outlook on Cross-Strait Studies: Case Studies and New Research Approaches

The ERCCT colloquium continues to introduce the latest research on contemporary Taiwan to explore various themes, this time however, uniting contributions under the research perspective of a transnational outlook on cross-strait studies
The colloquium is again organized as a luncheon seminar with presentations. It is an online event that takes place on Mondays (with one exception) from 12.30 to 13.45. Speakers will talk for 20-30 minutes, followed by 30-40 minutes Q&A.

For details of the programme see the Taiwan Colloquium section of this website! 

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ercct-taiwan-colloquium-summer-2021-tickets-152525753635

New Resident Fellow: Judy Lee

We are very happy to welcome Ms. Judy Lee 李爾雅 to Tübingen as a new ERCCT Resident Fellow. Judy has just arrived in town a few days ago and she will start working on her Ph.D. project about how contact tracing as a measure of epidemic control might affect perceptions of democratic governance during the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. 

The ERCCT team wishes her a good start and a successful time in Tübingen!

Feb. 22 - Tseng Hsun-Hui

In the final session of the Taiwan Colloquium of the winter semester 2020-2021, Prof. Tseng Hsun-Hui 曾薰慧 from the Department of Taiwan Literature at National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, talked about her research project on Vietnamese mariage migrants engaged in Taiwan's sex entertainment industry and the ways in which they come to terms with being mothers and sex-workers at the same time. The presentation, based on longterm field research, was titled "Motherhood and Moral Economy: The Art of Negotiation of Marriage Migrants Engaged in the Sex Entertainment Industry in Taiwan".

Postgraduate Research Grant for the Study of the Tainan Region

The International Center for Tainan Area Humanities and Social Sciences Research awards a Postgraduate Research Grant for the Study of the Tainan Region, 2021, to M.A. or Ph.D. candidates in humanities or social sciences working on a porject related to Tainan. 

Please view the guideline documents in english or chinese for further details. 

Prof. Zhan Min-xu Held Talk on Imaginations of "the South" in Contemporary Taiwanese Literature in Taiwan Colloquium

Prof. Zhan Min-xu  詹閩旭 from the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies at National Chung Hsing University (Taichung) made a very interesting contribution to the Taiwan Colloquium with his talk "Taiwan Literature from a Southern Perspective" on Monday, February 1, 2021. In his talk, Prof. Zhan gave interesting insights into the motivation of contemporary writers to spell out their imaginations of the Global South. 

Lee Po-Han gave talk on Taiwan in regard to epidemiological (inter)nationalism

Prof. Lee Po-Han 李柏翰 from the Global Health Programme of National Taiwan University's College of Public Health gave a talk in the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, January 18, 2021. Speaking on the topic of "Solidarity with whom? Repositioning Taiwan beyond the WHO's epidemiological (inter)nationalism", Prof. Lee first introduced the post-WWII international pandemic response regime with a particular focus on the International Health Regulations of 2005 and then discussed the multiple positions of Taiwan / the Republic of China in this context.

The Taiwan Colloquium in the Winter 2020/2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world with unforeseeable speed and dimension since the beginning of 2020. Amid the pandemic, we have come to realize the significance and urgency of understanding Taiwan from social, political and historical perspectives more than ever. Against this background, the ERCCT colloquium continues to introduce the latest research on contemporary Taiwan to explore various themes, such as aboriginal peoples, global mobility, and literature.
This colloquium is organized as a luncheon seminar with presentations. It is an online event that takes place on Mondays from 12.30 to 13.45. Speakers will talk for 20-30 minutes, followed by 30-40 minutes Q&A.

For details of the programme see the Taiwan Colloquium section of this website! 

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ercct-colloquium-tickets-127309061831

Taiwan Colloq. on Musical Journeys of Luo Dayu and Teresa Teng

On Monday, December 14, Ass. Prof. Cheng Chen Ching 鄭楨慶 from the Department of Journalism and Communication at Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong, made a most interesting contribution to the Taiwan Collquium in presenting his research on the specifics of Teresa Teng'S and Lo Da-yu's musical development in the larger context of the cold war and post-cold war eras and chinese national identities. 

Dec. 7 - Zhu Yifei

On Monday, December 7, Mr. Zhu Yifei 朱奕飛  from the  Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin presented his Ph.D. research project in the Taiwan Colloquium. His presentation was titled "Developmentalism Across the Strait: An Institutionalist Explanation of Taiwan’s Economic Policy toward China between 1990 and 2016" and lively discussed by the audience.



TAITRA Has Launched Website Offering Resources to Fight Covid-19

Under the headline "We're in this Fight Together", the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)  has launched a Taiwan Global Anti-Covid-19 Pavillion, a websiteoffering information on Taiwan's anti-Covid-19 resources in English, which can be found at https://www.anti-covid-19.tw 

For more information, please download the following documents: 


The 18th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies

Our friends at the European Association of Taiwan Studies annonce that the 18th EATS Annual Conference is now open for abstract submission. The conference is held on 15-17 April 2021 at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. The theme of the conference is 'Taiwan in Transition'.The 2021 Young Scholar Award is also open for submission. The deadline for both submissions is 15 September 2020. The call for papers for the conference can be found here and the YSA announcement can be found here. Please click here for the submission form for regular panels and YSA competition and here for submission form for MA panels.  

Short-Term Resident Fellow Progam 2020-2021 Open for Applications

Applications to the Short-Term Resident Fellow Programme, November 2020 to March 2021 period, are now accepted until August 15, 2020! Under this programme, we welcome Ph.D. or postdoc researchers to join the CCKF-ERCCT for a period of between three and six months and grant them a monthly stipend of 350 EUR plus a 500 EUR travel grant, as the pandemic situation is under control in Tübingen and south-western Germany.

For more information on the programme please refer to the Short-Term Resident Fellow Programme Section of this website and see the announcement or write an e-mail to stefan.braig@uni-tuebingen.de

Applications welcome for the Visiting Fellow Programme of the winter semester 2020-21

Ph.D students or postdortoral fellows from our Taiwanese partner insitutions interested in the Visiting Fellow Programme, please note that the ERCCT now accepts applications for the coming winter semester. 

For information on the programme please see the Visiting Fellow Programme section of this website or see this announcement

Taiwanese Films and Expert Talk: Taiwan, Then and Now

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the ERCCT, in cooperation with China Centrum Tübingen (CCT), hosted an online talk and discussion with Chris Berry, professor of film studies at King's College London. Entitled "Modernity, Gender, Sexuality: Social Values in Taiyupian", the talk referred to two Taiwanese movies that are part of the project on taiyupian  台語片, "Taiwan's Lost Commercial Cinema" (by film scholars Prof. Berry and Dr. Ming-Yeh Rawnsley). One was "Foolish Bride, Naive Bridegroom" 三八新娘憨女婿, a comedy from 1967 by Xin Qi, and the second, "Like Father, Like Daughter" 前世情人的情人, was a modern sequel to the first. Both films have been available to registered users to be viewed online for four days prior to the event.  

Prof. Hsieh Hsin-Chin Gave a Lecture at the ERCCT

Prof. Hsieh Hsin-chin 謝欣芩 from the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture at National Taipei University of Education gave a public talk at the ERCCT on Thursday, February 6, 2020. She talked about "Worlding Taiwan: Migration, Transnationality and Contemporary Cultural Production", a topic that also made for a wonderful introduction to our up-coming 14th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival

Prof. Hsieh Hsin-chin Presented Her Research in the Taiwan Colloquium

On Monday, February 3, 2020, our visiting scholar Prof. Hsieh Hsin-chin 謝欣芩 from the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture at National Taipei University of Education presented her current research on the intriguing topic of "Visualizing Migration: Family, Intimacy and Gender Politics of Southeast Asian Marriage Migration in Contemporary Taiwan". 

Drawing on the theoretical foundation of Transnational Feminism, Prof. Hsieh compared the potrayal of marriage migrants in documentaries by Taiwanese filmmakers on the one hand and by filmmaking marriage migrants like Nguyen Kim Hong on the other.

Welcoming Prof. Hsieh Hsin-chin

Prof. Hsieh Hsin-chin 謝欣芩 from the Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Culture at National Taipei University of Education has just arrived in Tübingen on Monday, January 27, 2020. She will stay at the ERCCT as a visiting scholar until February 9. The ERCCT team conveys a warm welcome and wishes her a pleasant stay in Tübingen!

Jan. 20 - Lin GuoTing (Visiting Fellow)

On Monday, January 20, 2020, our Visiting Fellow Lin Guoting 林果葶 from the Communication and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster presented her Ph.D. research project "Indigenous Music and Social Media in Contemporary Taiwan: Rethinking the Identity of Taiwanese Indigenous people" to ERCCT Fellows. The presentation, featuring many interesting examples as well as detailing a sound research framework, fascinated the audience and led to a very fruitful discussion. 

EATS 2020 Fieldwork Grant

The European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) announces that its EATS Fieldwork Grant for the year 2020 is now open for applications! Please refer to the announcement file for details!


Dr. Lara Momesso held public talk on social activism of marriage migrants in Taiwan and their husbands

On Monday, December 17, 2019, Dr. Lara Momesso, who is a Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, but also an Associate Fellow and good friend of the ERCCT, fascinated her audience with a public talk on "Allying with patriarchy: the role of Taiwanese husbands in shaping marriage migrants’ civic activism in Taiwan", a topic that has so far been neglected by the literature on marriage migration in Taiwan. 

Here are some photos of the event.


International Workshop on Taiwan under the First Tsai-Administration held Dec. 13-14

In cooperation with the University of Nottingham and with generous support from the Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Resarch Center on Contemporary Taiwan – A CCK Foundation Overseas Center (CCKF-ERCCT) at the University of Tübingen, Germany, from 13-14 December, 2019 hosted an international workshop on “Taiwan under the  first Tsai Ing-wen administration”. Internationally renowned Taiwan Studies scholars spoke on a variety of topics including the development of Taiwan’s political system, societal developments and conflicts as well as Taiwan’s foreign relations. The book to come out of this workshop will cover 15 topical chapters. The CCKF-ERCCT for its part hereby continues a tradition that started with our review of the Ma Ying-jeou administration.