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14th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival, February 8-9, 2020

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!

International Journal of Taiwan Studies 3.1 available online

The EATS Board informs:

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) 

Research Articles:
• 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) 

Review Essay
• Online Platforms on Taiwan: A General Review (Ketty Chen) 

Book Reviews
• 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)

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.

14th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival: 8 - 9 February

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 

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!

Visiting Fellow Programme, Summer 2020, Open for Applications

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 Presented Her Rersearch in the Taiwan Colloqiuum

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. 

Welcoming Visiting Fellow Lin GuoTing

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! 

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!


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!


Call for Papers: The Sixth International Conference on Tainan Studies, 2020

Art and Material Culture in the Tainan Area

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.

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. 

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. 

Nov. 18 - Zeng Yu-Qi fascinated ERCCT fellows with research project

ERCCT Visiting Fellow Dr. Zeng Yu-Qi 曾裕淇 from the Department of Business Management at Tatung University (Taipei) presented her research project on "Building New Guanxi: How a Taiwanese-invested Factory Realizes Urban Regeneration in China" to ERCCT Fellows in the Taiwan Colloquium, offering insights into to the fascinating results of her field-work in Shenzhen. 

Welcoming Dr. Zeng Yu-qi

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. 

8th Young Scholars Workshop will take place June 28 to July 4, 2020


The ERCCT will hold its 8th workshop for emerging young scholars from 28 June to 4 July, 2020. Applicants shall be Ph.D. students (3rd year and above) and postdocs and are particularly encouraged to submit proposals related to the workshop’s leading topic on "Taiwan and Security Cooperation in North East Asia". However, submissions on other topics in the field of social science research on contemporary Taiwan or Cross-strait relations are equally welcomed. 
This established format provides selected young scholars from Taiwan and Europe with the opportunity to
-    present their research to an international audience of peers
-    engage in scholarly exchange on theory and methodology
-    discuss publication strategies 
-    get to know Tübingen, the CCKF-ERCCT and Tübingen university.

Travel expenses and accommodation will be fully covered by the CCKF-ERCCT. Successful applicants are required to submit a research paper after the workshop to be published online in the CCKF-ERCCT Online Paper Series.  
Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and an outline of their research project (5-6 pages) until 15 February, 2020 to:

Stefan Braig, M.A.
ERCCT Managing Director
stefan.braigspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Call for Papers: “East Asia and Southeast Asia in the World Literary Space,” a special issue of Archiv orientální

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.

Prof. Chiu Yubin presented his current research on indigenous youth's job opportunities

On Monday, 22 July 2019, Prof. Chiu Yubin 邱毓斌 from the Department of Social Development and National Planning at National Pingtung University presented his current research project to members of the ERCCT. The presentation was titled "Ways of Returning Home: Indigenous Youths, Jobs, and the Revitalisation of Tribal Community" and convinced everyone present that Prof. Chiu is indeed a scholar who is concerned with the issues and needs of Taiwanese society.