Applications to the Short-Term Resident Fellow Programme 2020 are now accepted until November 30, 2019! 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.
Call for Paper
Communicating Knowledge as/in Social Activism in the Post-Sunflower Era
One-day Workshop funded by the European Association for Taiwan Studies (EATS) Workshop Grant
Time and Place: 15 November 2019, at the University of Sussex (UK)
Keynote Speaker: Dr Yeh, Hao (Associate Professor, National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Social activism in Taiwan has attracted scholarly efforts from various disciplines, and the Sunflower Movement in 2014 has broadened the scope of studies on this subject, due to its geopolitical significance. However, one specific area of practices is under exploration that requires a better understanding – namely, the new form of intellectual engagement arising around the time of the Sunflower Movement, till this day. This new form of intellectual engagement – undertaken by scholars, graduate students and professionals – constitutes the phenomenon that this workshop frames as ‘knowledge communication’ and manifests a unique Taiwanese characteristic. On the one hand, it performs the functioning of public media in Western societies, such as the BBC in the UK or Arte in Germany and France. On the other hand, it forges social solidarity in a way like pubs in England and cafés in France in the Enlightenment era. Moreover, it has applied diverse forms of media including blogposts and YouTube videos, and therefore engaged spontaneously in contemporary social and political struggles at a global level. As a whole the phenomenon of ‘knowledge communication as/in social activism’ in post-Sunflower Taiwan forms a multi-level interaction between academia and the public.
Through this workshop we intend to initiate a scholarly effort in reflexively assessing and theoretically examining different aspect of this novel social phenomenon. We aim at deepening the understanding of such a phenomenon, through theoretical engagements, contextual analyses from sociological, political and/or interdisciplinary perspectives, the historicising of relevant practices, and the critical reflections thereof. The core questions we want to address in the workshop are:
What are the rationales for launching respective platforms for knowledge communications?
What are the achievements and hurdles of each of these practices in the last decade?
What is the significance of these practice as a whole for Taiwan, particularly in relation to global politics, global intellectual history, and other relevant domains of knowledge production?
How do these challenge existing discourses with regard to Taiwan and Taiwanese-ness?1
The workshop welcomes proposals from researchers, activists, stakeholders, participants and ‘witnesses’ of this intellectual engagement in/as social activism – enlightening Taiwan. We expect proposals drawing on the practices of the following platforms of intellectual engagement with the public as/in social activism (the list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive): open forums such as Formosa Salon, Philosophy Friday, and Theology Sunday; online platforms such as Guava Anthropology, Public Medicine Times, StreetCorner Sociology, Kám-Á-Tiàm Forum of History, Plain Law Movement, WhoGoverns TW, Gushi [Story], New Bloomer, TalkEcon, Kuroshio Focus, etc.
Deadline for abstract submission: 12 August 2019
Announcement of accepted proposals: 19 August 2019
Deadline for confirmation of acceptance: 2 September 2019
Deadline for full paper submission: 1 November 2019
Drawing on the academic outcomes of the Workshop, we are aiming to publish the papers as a special issue of the International Journal of Taiwan Studies. Please specify in your abstract submission one of the followings:
Both Presentation and Publication: The abstract is for presentation at the Workshop (including online presentation), and would like to be considered for paper selection/publication;
Presentation Only: The abstract is for presentation only, and would not like to be considered for paper selection/publication;
Publication Only: The abstract is not for presentation at the Workshop, and yet would like to be considered for paper selection/publication, at the request of full paper submission.
Please send the abstract to: Mr Chia-Yu Liang, khoffman0331. @gmail.com
Please also note that regrettably we are unable to offer any bursary support due to budgetary limits. Meanwhile, for any further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers, using the email address above.
Chia-Yu Liang (PhD candidate in International Relations, University of Sussex)
Po-Han Lee (PhD in Sociology, University of Sussex)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Narrating Taiwan: Re-imagining, re-writing, and re-connecting Taiwan
The 17th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), KU Leuven Campus Brussels, Brussels
6-8 April 2020
Submission Deadlines: extended to 15 Sept 2019
Download whole CfP here.
On Thursday, 25 July 2019, at 6 pm, our visiting scholar Prof. Chiu Yubin 邱毓斌 from the Department of Social Development at National Pingtung University will give a public lecture at the ERCCT, titled "New Labor Activism in Taiwan after the 2014 Sunflower Movement".
Venue is Nauklerstraße 35, 72074 Tübingen
New Labour Activism in Taiwan after the 2014 Sunflower Movement
The Sunflower Movement, in which young activists occupied the Legislative Yuan for 24 days to fight against the KMT government’s plan to sign the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China, not only changed Taiwan’s political contour since then, but also politicised more young people in many respects. This research focuses on the development of new youth activism in the labour union movement after the Sunflower Movement. The labour union movement, once being active during the democratic transition period, has gradually lost its significance at the workplace and national level. The campaigning and organising strategies of this new youth activism did bring certain fresh air to the labour movement. But the youth activism and old, large trade unions to a certain extent came into conflicts in the recent struggle against the neo-liberal reform of the Labour Standard Act conducted by the DPP government. Accordingly the potentiality and challenges of the new youth activism and the future of trade union movement in Taiwan will be discussed.
On Monday, July 22, our visiting scholar, Prof. Chiu Yubin 邱毓斌 from the Department of Social Development at National Pingtung University, will present his current research project "Ways of Returning Home: Indigenous Youths, Jobs, and the Revitalisation of Tribal Community" to ERCCT Fellows in a session of the Taiwan Colloquium (at 6.15 pm, Nauklerstraße 35).
In the following abstract, Prof. Chiu gives a first glimpse on the project:
Most disadvantaged parents in contemporary indigenous tribes often hope their children can find a job and settle down in urban area in order to get a better life. This migration trend might be slowing down from time to time by various reasons, e.g. national labour policy introducing foreign workers since the early 1990s that has been pushing urban indigenous workers in construction or manufacturing industries back to their hometown, or nature disasters (such as Typhoon Morakot in 2009) that might bring urban indigenous people back home for taking care of homeland or parents. The job-seeking patterns of involuntary returning-home are very different from those of the youth who voluntarily return home. My current research is focusing on the paths of indigenous people who intended to return to and settle down in the tribe community after finishing college education in the city. By interviewing indigenous youth settled down in the tribe, tribe leaders, and teachers at indigenous education institutes in Pingtung and Taitung, I try to identify several patterns of job-seeking of the youth who do not only want to settle down in the tribe community but also are committed to the revitalisation of the community as well as the indigenous culture. The impetus and the obstacles for these devoted indigenous youth to return to the tribe community will be discussed.
Prof. Lin Shu-Hui 林淑慧 from the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature at National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei) gave a public talk at the ERCCT on Wednesday, 17 July 2019. Titled "Experiencing Difference: The Metaphor of Travelogues during Taiwan's Martial Law Period (1949-1987)", the lecture gave a fascinating account of how writers like Yin Hai-kuang, Wu Zhuo-liu and Zhong Mei-yin used metaphors to express their criticism of Taiwan's politics and society before democratization.
Ph.D. students or postdoctoral fellows from our Taiwanese partner institutions interested in the Visiting Fellow Programme of winter 2019-2020 please note that the ERCCT now accepts applications for the coming winter semester.