With a topical focus on LGBT issues, the ERCCT's 14th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival was held at Kino Arsenal on February 8 - 9, 2020. Two invited guest directors, Huang Hui-chen 黃惠偵 from Taipei and Lucie Liu from Berlin attracted a large audience with their award winning documentaries. On Saturday, Feb. 8, Huang Hui-chen presented three films, among them the very touching self-portrait Small Talk 日常對話 about her relationship with her lesbian mother, a work for which she won the Teddy Award, the Berlinale's award for best film with a LGBT topic, in the category of documentary in 2017. In the following Q&A, ERCCT Visiting Scholar Prof. Hsieh Hsin-Chin 謝欣芩, who works on documentary film making in Taiwan, presented a number of well informed and intriguing questions, inspiring a very fruitful and instructive discussion. Lucie Liu then presented Taipeilove* on Sunday morning, a documentary about Taiwan gay people's life experience in a Confucian society and their fight for equal rights, winning her both the award for best documentary of the Seoul International Film Festival and the hearts of her Tübingen audience.
On Saturday evening, the black-comedy mystery thriller The Tenants Downstairs 樓下的房客 by Adam Tsuei (2017) was a very entertaining extra, made possible with the kind support of the Taiwan Film Institute and the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Our gratitude also goes to the team of Kino Arsenal (Arsenal Kinobetriebe Stefan Paul KG) for hosting us and for the smooth cooperation, and to the China Centrum Tübingen for hosting the Q&A session on February 8!
The International Journal of Taiwan Studies 3.1 (March 2020) is now available online: https://brill.com/view/journals/ijts/3/1/ijts.3.issue-1.xml
This issue includes a topical section (guest edited by Professor Gary D. Rawnsley) on "Taiwan, Public Diplomacy, and World Health Assembly"
IJTS 3.1 Table of Content:
Editorial (Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley)
Topical Section: “Taiwan’s Public Diplomacy and World Health Assembly (WHA)”
• Introduction (Guest editor: Gary D. Rawnsley)
• Taiwan and the World Health Assembly/World Health Organization: Perspectives from Health Services and Research (Yen-fu Chen)
• The Beijing Perspective: The Political and Diplomatic Context for Taiwan and the World Health Assembly (Kerry Brown)
• The Recognition Imperative behind Taiwan’s Public Diplomacy: A Critical Study of Taiwan’s Efforts to join the World Health Assembly (Colin Alexander)
• Indigenous Peoples as Nonstate Diplomatic Actors in the Public/Cultural Diplomacy of Taiwan: A Case Study of Dispossessions: Performative Encounter(s) of Taiwanese Indigenous Contemporary Art (Carla Figueira)
• Taiwan and Itu Aba (Taiping): Creating An ‘Island for All’ in the South China Sea (Leonard Hammer)
• The Psalmanazar affair and the birth of Taiwan studies in Europe: A reassessment of the historic hoax (Hung-yi Chien)
• Destabilising Empires from the Margin: Report of the 25th North American Taiwan Studies Association Annual Conference, Seattle, 16–18 May 2019 (Szu-yun Hsu & Agnes Ling-yu Hsiao)
• Lessons from the Taiwan Syllabus Project: Findings and New Directions (Ta-yang Hsieh & John Chung-en Liu)
• Online Platforms on Taiwan: A General Review (Ketty Chen)
• Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan, ed. by Gunter Schubert (Hardina Ohlendorf)
• Government and Politics in Taiwan, written by Dafydd Fell (Parmeet Kajal)
• The Hybridity of Buddhism: Contemporary Encounters between Tibetan and Chinese Traditions in Taiwan and the Mainland, ed. by Fabienne Jagou (Scott Pacey)
• Politicized Society: Taiwan's Struggle with Its One-Party Past, written by Mikael Mattlin (Bart Dessein)
• A New Era in Democratic Taiwan: Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-strait Relations, eds by Jonathan Sullivan and Chun-yi Lee (Beatrice Zani)
• Social Movements in Taiwan’s Democratic Transition: Linking Activists to the Changing Political Environment, written by Yun Fan (Emily Cardinali)
As the final highlight of this semester, the ERCCT is to stage the 14th Taiwan Documentary Fim Festival at Kino Arsenal on Saturday and Sunday, 8 to 9 February. The programme this time focuses on the work of invited guest director Huang Hui-chen 黃惠偵, who won international fame for her film "Small Talk" (日常對話), and has documented issues of labour rights and gender/sexual minorities. The social situation of queer people in Taiwan is also the topic of the acclaimed debut of our second guest director, Lucie Liu, to be screened in the matinee on Sunday morning, 9 February.
All films are shown in Chinese with english subtitles.
The festival takes place at Kino Arsenal, Hintere Grabenstraße, 72070 Tübingen and starts on Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m..
Tickets are 5,- EUR / 3,- EUR for students, and can be bought at the venue on Saturday morning, Feb. 8, from 9:30 a.m..
Saturday, 8 February 2020:
10:00 am: Opening remarks by ERCCT Director Prof. Schubert
10:15 am: Film 1 - Hospital Wing 8 East 八東病房, Huang Hui-Chen 2006, 55 min.
11:20 am: Film 2 - Lesbian Factory T婆工廠, Chen Su-hsiang 2010, 56 min.
12:20 pm: Q&A with director Huang Hui-chen
12:50 pm: Lunch Break
2:30 pm: Film 3 - Small Talk 日常對話, Huang Hui-Chen 2017, 88 min.
4:00 pm: Q&A with director Huang Hui-chen
5:00 pm: Pretzel break
Sunday, 9 February 2020:
10:30 am: TaipeiLove*, Lucie Liu 2018, 71 min.
11:45 am: Q&A with the director
12:45 am: Festival ends
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!
Ph.D students or postdoctoral fellows from our Taiwanese partner insitutions interested in the Visiting Fellow Programme of summer 2020, please note that the ERCCT now accepts applications until February 15, 2020.
For information on the programme please see the Visiting Fellow Programme section of this website or see this announcement.
Lin GuoTing 林果葶 from the Communication and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster has just arrived in Tübingen yesterday to spend one month as a visiting fellow at the ERCCT! The ERCCT team warmly welcomes her and wishes her a pleasant and fruitful stay!
The Bureau of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and the College of Liberal Art at National Cheng Kung University along with the Department of Art History of Tainan National University of the Arts invite papers for the Sixth International Conference on Tainan Studies, 2020. The conference will take place October 17-18, 2020 in Tainan. Please see the CfP document for details.
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.
We warmly welcome our first Visiting Fellow in this winter semester, Dr. Zeng Yu-Qi 曾裕淇 from the Department of Business at Tatung University (Taipei). Dr. Zeng just arrived on Wednesday, 6 November, to stay until 9 December 2019. We are looking forward to the presentation of her current research project (Building New Guanxi: How Taiwanese-invested Factory Realizes Urban Regeneration in China) in the Taiwan Colloqiuum on Monday, 18 November.
Guest-editors: Kuei-fen Chiu (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)
Táňa Dluhošová (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
Archiv orientální , an indexed, peer-reviewed academic journal (A&HCI, Scopus, and ERIH Plus) published by Oriental Institute (Czech Academy of Sciences) dedicated to the cultures and societies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, invites submissions to the special issue “East Asia in the World Literary Space” scheduled to be published in August 2021.