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Young Scholars Workshop 2020

Announcement: Young Scholars Workshop 2020

8th Young Scholars Workshop will take place December 13 to 19, 2020

The ERCCT postpones its 8th workshop for emerging young scholars to be held from December 13 to 19, instead 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 September, 2020 to:

Stefan Braig, M.A.

ERCCT Managing Director


Young Scholars Workshop 2019

Young Scholars Workshop 2019

As one of the summer semester's highlights, the ERCCT hosted its 7th Young Scholars Workshop from July 1 to 6, 2019. Our externally invited participants gathered at Hotel Fritz Lauterbad in the nice Black Forest town of Freudenstadt on Sunday, June 30, joined on Monday morning, July 1, by those scholars and fellows, who were already staying in Tübingen, namely: Mark Henderson, Lan Pei-Chia, Chu Jou-Juo, Tommy Kwan, Liu Ya-Chun, Lu Chien-Chih, and Chen Yu-Lan.


The presenations in Freudenstadt were grouped into a panel on Cross-Strait and cross-border Issues, which included "Political Ideology and International Relations in Taiwan" by Chen Rong of the Department of Psychology at National Taiwan University, "Making Money and Everyday Geopolitics: Cross-border ‘Talent Fostering’ in Urban China" by Liu Hui-chun of the Department of Geography at University College London, "The Enthusiasm for Studying in China: The Study and Life Experience of Taishang Schools’ Students, and the Effects on Their Choices of Higher Education" by Yuan Yung-chen of the Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinica, and "Taiwan-Myanmar Relations Within the Framework of the New Southbound Policy" by Kristina Kironska of the Cental European Institute of Asian Studies; one panel on Taiwan Society and Social Movements, which included "Land and Democracy: Land Expropriations, Protests, and Votes in Taiwan Democracy Transiting Process" by Fu Wei-Che of the Institute of Sociology at National Tsing-Hua University, "Fabricating ‘Parisian seduction’ in Taiwan. A sociological view of cultural fantasy as intimate commodities" by Chen Wei-Ping  of the Department of Sociology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, "Prosperous Coffee Shops in Semi-Periphery Taiwan: Taste, Crafts, and Service Encounter"  by Kao Tzu-Yi of the Graduate Institute of Sociology at National Taiwan University; and one panel on Climate Change and Energy Politics including "Altruism or Self-Interest? Understanding the Voluntary Climate Policy Making in Taiwan" by Chen Milan of the School of Governance at Technical University of Munich, and "Citizens’ Power Plants in Taiwan: Driving Forces from Bottom-up and Top- Down" by Huang Hui-Tzu of the LIFT Program, Ministry of Science and Technology. The academic part was rounded out by the presentation of ERCCT Short-Term Resident Fellow Liu Ya-chun ("Translating Transitional Justice into Chinese-speaking contexts") and ERCCT Visiting Fellow ("Considering New Copyright Reforms in the Mandarin Music Market: Assessing How the Collective Management and Licensing System Affords Economic Incentives for Creators"), after which ERCCT-Director Prof. Gunter Schubert gave an introduction of the ERCCT. 

Presenters will submit their re-edited papers for publication on the publications section of this website.

The intense panels in Freudenstadt were mixed with an interesting guided city tour as well as a trip to the nearby Alpirsbach beer brewery. In Tübingen, participants had the opportunity to discover the famous historical city center, explored the Hohenzollern castle near Hechingen, and attended a screening of the Hong Kong film "Ten Years" at the China Centre Tübingen. 

We are grateful to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their generous support of the workshop.


Young Scholars Workshop 2018

Young Scholars Workshop 2018

From July 2 to 8, the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) held its sixth Young Scholars Workshop in Bad Urach and Tübingen, Germany. From the large number of applications, twelve young scholars from Europe and Asia were selected to present their PhD or postdoc projects and discuss them together with ERCCT Fellows and Visiting Scholars.

The presentations of the first conference day focused on Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. Papers presented by Dr. Lan Hsiaping (China University of Political Science and Law), Lin Hsien-ming (National Sun Yat-sen University), Sung Yu-hsien (National Sun Yat-sen University), Yang Dai-ying (University College London) and Chien Ker-wei (University of Essex) discussed various aspects of the policy’s effects on international student exchange between Taiwan and its partner countries.

The next day’s session on Civil Liberties and Protest Movements featured papers on Taiwan’s press freedom by Dr. Huang Jaw-nian (Tamkang University), on Human Rights Diplomacy by Su Fang-ying (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), on body politics in the Sunflower and Umbrella movements by Dr. Chen Li-ning (National Taiwan Normal University), on local foreign direct investment in Taiwan’s major cities by Mark Henderson (National Chengchi University) and on war commemoration in Taiwan by Dr. Wu Che-liang (National Tsing Hua University).

On the final day of presentations, Tang Qin (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) presented her paper on institutional changes of cross-Strait relations, followed by Anson Sung-lim Park (National Chengchi University) criticizing theoretical approaches to the history of the international order in East Asia. Current ERCCT Visiting Fellow Liu Kuo-Yi completed the workshop with her presentation on refugees and Global Governance.

After the first day of presentations, Professor Emerson Niou from Duke University joined Professor Gunter Schubert and Assistant Professor Tseng Yu-chin from Tübingen for a roundtable to discuss Taiwan’s New South Bound Policy. Their inputs were followed by a lively discussion as all workshop participants took part in the controversial debate about the challenges and opportunities of this initiative.

As always, the workshop was complemented by a variety of social and cultural activities. These included a hike to the waterfall near Bad Urach, city tours in Bad Urach and Tübingen as well as visits to the Castle Hohenzollern and the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

Up-coming event: Young Scholars Workshop 2018

The Young Scholars Workshop 2018– certainly one of the highlights among this summer semester’s events at the ERCCT – will begin in a just a few days. This year's workshop, which is generously supported by the Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been announced under the headline of "Taiwan’s New South Bound policy: Building Strength and Overcoming Weakness".

As Dr. Stefan Fleischauer has finalized preparations, the CCKF-ERCCT team and fellows are now ready and excitedly looking forward to the event, which this year takes place in the lovely and architecturally very interesting Haus auf der Alb (House in the Suebian Jura) in Bad Urach.

We will depart on July 2, to meet and welcome the invited Young Scholars Dr. Lan Hsiaping (China University of Political Science and Law); Lin Hsien-ming (National Sun Yat-sen University, Institute of Political Science); Sung Yu-hsien (Nat. Sun Yat-sen University, Institute of Education); Yang Dai-ying (University College London); Chien Ker-wei (University of Essex); Dr. Huang Jaw-nian (Tamkang University); Su Fang-ying (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg); Dr. Chen Li-ning (National Taiwan Normal University); Henderson, Mark (National Chengchi University); Dr. Wu Che-liang (National Tsing Hua University); Tang Qin (Ruhr Universität Bochum, Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften); Park, Anson Sung-lim (National Chengchi University, Department of Political Science). 

Apart from presentation and discussion of the participants' academic papers, the programme features a guided city tour through the picturesque little town of Bad Urach, a dinner Barbecue, a guided city tour in Tübingen, a visit to the castle of Hohenzollern, a gondola ride on the Neckar River, and a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum. 

We wish all participants a safe journey to Bad Urach!

Young Scholars Workshop 2017

Successful Fifth Edition of the Young Scholars Workshop 2017

Already a stalwart of our regular activities, the Fifth Young Scholars Workshop 2017 on “Taiwan in the Global Arena” took place in Freudenstadt and Tuebingen between 2 and 7 July, 2017. The CCKF-ERCCT again invited a dozen young European and Taiwanese scholars to discuss their research projects with leading Taiwan scholars Prof. Chen Lu-Huei, Prof. Yang Wanying, Prof. Hu Shaohua and Prof. Sasa Istenic as well as with ERCCT director Prof. Gunter Schubert and ERCCT Fellows. Panels on Cross-Strait Issues, Taiwan and Japan, the New Southbound Policy, Taiwan’s Security Issues and East and Southeast Asia's Island Conflicts were on the workshop agenda. Academic exchange was accompanied with some touristic activities such as the group picture below indicates with our visit to the beautiful Hohenzollern castle south of Tuebingen.

We would like to thank all participants for a memorable week, hope they will be able to advance their academic work through the feedback from the workshop, we also expect they will have established new networks with other participants that they can cherish and develop in the future.


The Young Scholars Workshop 2017 – certainly one of the highlights among this summer semester’s events at the ERCCT – will begin in a just a few days. This year's workshop has been annnounced under the headline of "Taiwan in the Gloibal Arena". As CCKF-ERCCT Co-Managing Director Dr. Stefan Fleischauer has finalized preparations, the ERCCT team and fellows are now ready and excitedly looking forward to head to Freudenstadton Sunday, July 2, to meet and welcome the invited Young Scholars Mr. Raoul Buenskoek (National Taiwan University, Dep. of Political Science), Dr. Chiu Yi-hung (Nat. Chiao Tung University, Center of General Educatio), Mr. Hiyane Ryota (National Taiwan University, Department of Political Science), Hsiao Ling-yu (University of Cambridge, Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Sciences), Dr. Hsueh Chia-Ming (UC Berkley, Center for Studies in Higher Education), Mr. Huang Chia-Yuan (Univ. College London, Dep. of Geography), Ms. Kabinawa Luh Nyoman Ratih Wagiswari (Bina Nusantara University, International Relations Department), Dr. Lara Momesso (Centre for European and International Studies Research, Portsmouth University), Mr. Pitut Pramuji (National Chengchi University, Asia Pacific Studies), Dr. Yu Hsin-Lun (School of Ethnology and Sociology, Inner Mongolia University), and Mr. Zhu Yi-Fei (Freie Universitsät Berlin, Graduate School of East Asian Studies) alongside a number of Visiting Scholars, namely Prof. Chen Lu-Huei (National Chengchi University, Department of Political Science), Prof. Hu Shaohua (Wagner College, Government & Politics Department), and Prof. Saša Istenič (University of Ljubljana, Dep. of Asian and African Studies). Additionally, Mr. Ye Xiaodi (National Taiwan University, Department of Political Science), will also come to Freudenstadt to take part in the workshop and join the ERCCT as a Visiting Fellow until July 27th. We are also honored that Director General Hsu Tsong-Ming from the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany, Munich branch office, has accepted our invitation to visit us in Freudenstadt during the workshop to address participants with welcoming remarks. 

In Freudenstadt, we will host the workshop at the beautiful hotel ZollernblickApart from presentation and discussion of the participants' academic papers, the programme features a visit to and guided tour in the centuries old brewery Alpirsbacher at Alpirsbach in the beautiful Black Forest, a guided tour through Freudenstadt, and a roundtable discussion panel, before going back to Tübingen to continue the cultural programme.

We wish everyone a safe journey to Freudenstadt!

Young Scholars Workshop 2016


This summer the CCKF-ERCCT once again organized a Young Scholars Workshop, taking place in Freudenstadtand Tübingen between 26 June and 2 July, 2016. More than twenty young talents from Taiwan and Europe were invited and presented their PhD or post-doc research projects in order to discuss them with ERCCT Fellows. The topics covered a wide variety of social sciences and cultural studies and will be published in the publicationssection of this website. The young scholars also were able to enjoy profound commentary by the CCKF-ERCCT director Prof. Gunter Schubert and NTU’s Prof. Huang Chang-ling, and Dr. Yu Yi-wen from Shanghai Jiaotong University. 

The intense panels in Freudenstadt were mixed with an interesting guided city tour as well as a trip to the nearby Alpirsbach beer brewery. In Tübingen, participants had the opportunity to discover the famous historical city center, explored the Hohenzollern castle near Hechingen, and participated in the annual two-day Taiwan Documentary Film Festival

Besides the publication, the CCKF-ERCCT staff is looking forward to keeping in touch with the participants, and wants to thank them for an intellectually as well as personally rewarding time. 


Panel 1: Cross-Strait Issues, Morning Session
Chair: Stefan Fleischauer

Wenger, Josh (NTU, Graduate Institute of National Development): “Cross-Strait Political Negotiation: Background and Exploration of the Prenegotiation Approach”
Dr. Tang, Yen-chen (NTU, Department of Political Science): “Guns and Votes: The Logic behind China’s Military Exercises in Taiwan’s Presidential Elections”
Wang, Qin (NTU, Institute of National Development): “China: New Patron of Taiwan’s Lo-cal Factions? The Transition of Taiwan’s PatronClient System”

Panel 1: Cross-Strait Issues, Afternoon Session
Chair: Stefan Braig

Tseng Yu-Chen (I-Shou University, Department of Public Policy and Management): “The Political Implications of Cross-Strait Youth Contacts”
Tsai, Michelle (University of Cambridge, Division of Social Anthropology): “Cross-strait Capitalism and Identity Politics”

Panel 2: Taiwan Issues, Morning Session
Chair: André Beckershoff

Wu Shianghau (School of Business, Macau University of Science and Technology): “The Analysis of Taiwanese People’s Satisfaction with the Government Based on Bayesian Quantile Regression and Rough Set Classification”
Dr. Wahn, I-liang (NCCU, Center for China Studies): “Trusting, Qualification, and sustain-able Consumption in Alternative Food Networks in Taiwan (and China)”
Dr. Lee, Ling-yee (Academia Sinica, Institute of Sociology): “Behind the Book Publishing Miracle of Taiwan: An Analysis of Bookdistribution Systems and Commerce Circuits of Publishing in Taiwan”

Panel 2: Taiwan Issues, Afternoon Session
Chair: Sascha Zhivkov

Tsai, Huiju (National Sun Yat-sen University, Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies): “Service Sector in Taiwan: An Overview”
Dr. Hsia, Chuan-Wei (Academia Sinica, Institute of Sociology): “The Genealogy of Ne-oliberalism in Taiwan: A Neo-Polanyian Approach”
Evening Session
Prof. Gunter Schubert, Prof. Huang Chang-Ling: Round Table Discussion: Recent De-velopments in Taiwan and Impacts for cross-Strait Relations

Panel 3: Best of the Rest
Chair: Sia Ek-hong
Prof. Huang Chang-Ling (Dept. of Political Science, National Taiwan University): “Re-served for Whom? The Electoral Impact of Gender Quotas in Taiwan”
van Bekhoven, Jeroen (NTU, College of Law): “The Incomplete Makeover: Securing In-digenous People’s Rights to Land and Selfgovernment in Taiwan” 
Yu, Yi-wen (School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University): “To change or not to change: A survey of collective identity and political belief among mainland spouses in Taiwan”

2016.06.26-2016.07.02. Freudenstadt, Tübingen

Young Scholars Workshop 2015


From June 21-28, the ERCCT Young Scholars Workshop was held for the third time. From amongst a large number of applications, ten young scholars from Taiwan and Europe were invited to present and discuss their research. The workshop, which was also attended by participants from the ERCCT, was held at a venue in Freudenstadt from June 22-24.

In the second part of the event, the workshop participants were offered the opportunity to visit Tübingen University and the ERCCT, and partake in our center’s Taiwan Documentary Film Festival.