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'.
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.
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.
In the last session of the Taiwan Colloquium before the Christmas break, our visiting fellow Pan Yi-Ling, who is joining the ERCCT from November 26 to December 23, presented a Ph.D. research project to the other felllows of the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, December 13, 2021. The presentation was titled "From Taiwan New Cinema to Post-New Cinema: The Transformation of Identity in today's Taiwan Cinema". Ms. Pan explained her research motivation, which lies with the issue of naming the present era of Taiwanese cinema as 'Post New Taiwanese Cinema', presented her research question and conceptual framework before bringing flesh to the bones by introducing a case study that is going to make up an important part of her Ph.D. dissertation.
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.
In the first on-site session of the Taiwan Colloquium in more than one-and-a-half years, visiting fellow Dr. Liao Tsung-Han 廖崇翰 from the Election Study Center at National Chengchi University presented his research project "The Personality Traits and Political Behaviors of Taiwan Voters" to ERCCT fellows and guests. The event format was in fact a hybrid one, combining the on-site presentation and discussion with the online participance of scholars currently not present in Tübingen, in this case, Dr. Sirma Altun. The presentation was ensued by a lively dicussion on the methodology and interpretation of the research results.
Hung Yi-ling 洪宜伶 Ph.D. student at Wageningen University, has presented a her Ph.D. project on food practices as embodiments of the transnational living experiences of Taiwanese in the Netherlands in the final Taiwan Colloquium of the Summer Semester 2021 on Monday, July 19.
The talk has been recorded and can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/Xu-f62pjCvY
Linh Le-Phuong from the Institute for Media Studies at KU Leuven gave a talk titled "Female migration to Taiwan in Vietnamese online media:
changing representation, changing society?" in the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, July 5, 2021.
Here is the video recording: https://youtu.be/nCy_FI_kzGo
Associate Professor Eric Cheung 鄭肇祺 from the Department of Cultural Resources and Leisure Industries at National Taitung University presented his recent research project on cross-strait trade (failures) in the ERCCT Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, June 28. His presentation, titled "The Bony Milkfish Road: Cross-Strait Trade, Seafood Cultures, and Quality-Taste (Mis-)Punctuation", unraveled the story of how export of milkfish, which is a very popular food fish in southern Taiwan, failed as an export product on the mainland chinese market.
Here is the video recording: https://youtu.be/XZ6ukO5XB_0
On June 21, 2021, Dr. Magadaléna Rychetská from the Department of Chinese Studies at Masaryk University, Brno, gave an intriguing presentation on the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, gaging the possibility of understanding the church's activities in a transnational perspective on interaction between both sides of the Taiwan strait. Her talk in this Taiwan Colloquium was titled: "Transnational perspective: Can research of the Presbyterian church enrich our understanding of cross-strait studies?"
The talk has been recorded and can be watched at the CCKF-ERCCT's youtube channel.
Dr. Lev Nachmann, the Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Fairbank Center, talked about his research regarding political parties in contested states under the title "Everything in Moderation: The DPP's Role in Taiwan's Post-Sunflower Movement-Party Formation" in the Taiwan Colloquium session of 7 June 2021.
Dr. Julia Marinaccio from the Department of Foreign Languages (Chinese Studies) at the University of Bergen, Norway, was 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.
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! 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.
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".
A side trip into the field of literature was made through the intriguing presentation on Monday, February 15, 2021, by Dr. Gwennaël Gaffric Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France). His topic was "Taiwan Literature in the Era of the Anthropocene", shedding light on how contemporary Taiwanese Literature (apart from imaginations about the Global South) engages with ecological crises.
Dr. Beatrice Zani, visiting postdoctoral researcher at the ERCCT, on Monday, February 8, 2021, presented her fascinating research project on "Women Miggrants in Southern China and in Taiwan: Mobilities, Digital Economies, and Emotions" in the 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.
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.
In the first Taiwan Colloquium of 2021, Ass. Prof. Hsu Chieh 徐婕 from the Global Asia Research Center at National Taiwan Universisty presented her research on experiences and changing self-conceptions of Taiwanese and and Chinese female marriage migrants to Germany in Zoom on Monday, 11. January 2021. Her presentation was titled 'The Path to an Occupation: The (Early) Experiences of Highly Skilled Taiwanese and Chinese "Wives" in Germany'.
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.
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.
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.
On July 15, 2019, Prof. Chu Jou-Juo 朱柔若 from the Department of Labor Relations at National Chung Cheng University presented her research on the role of legal consciousness in cases of labor disputes in Taiwanese companies investing in China. Emphasizing the methodological and theoretical aspects of her research, Prof. Chu at the same time gave an insightful presention of the complexities of industrial relations in Taiwanese firms on the mailand.
On Monday, May 13, 2019, our Short-Term Resident Fellow, Dr. Mark Henderson from the National Cheng Chi University's Programme of Asia Pacific Studies, presented his research project "Local Foreign Direct Investment Policy: The Case of Taiwan’s Major Cities" to the ERCCT Fellows in the Taiwan Colloquium.
Dr. Liza Wing Man KAM from the Department of East Asian Studies at Georg-August Universität Göttingen will give a public lecture at the ERCCT on January 24, 2019, at 6.15 p.m.
Her topic is "Obscured history, romanticised memory: commodification of the Japanese colonial past in Taiwan with urban heritage in Hengchun as case study"
The lecture reflects on the concepts of heritage, history and memory through investigating three urban scenarios in Hengchun-- an extremely popular tourist sightseeing spot known as ‘Aka’s House’ fabricated after the popular Cape No. 7 film and its sequel; the discreet and non-captioned/explained Japanese colonial relics laying all over the Old Town; and the Western Gate of the Old Town embedded with its obscured history of the thousands of Taiwanese soldiers called into the army to fight for the Japanese during the Second World War. Through collecting and reflecting on the narratives from Hengchuners of different generations viewing their town through different objectives, the lecture attempts to explore the various connotations of colonial heritage in Hengchun in the contemporary era and hence its meaning to Taiwan.
Venue is room no. 036 of Keplerstraße 2, 72074 Tübingen.
Liza Wing Man Kam works as Assistant Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies at the Georg-August Göttingen University and Research Fellow at Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. She trained in architectural schools and practices in Paris, London, Liverpool, Hong Kong and Singapore before she joined the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany in 2009 for her doctorate, where she started investigating colonial space in Hong Kong with its unique post-colonial settings, and such colonial space’s inter-relation with historiography, identity formation and civic awareness.
Kam currently works on the colonial Shinto Shrines in Post-war Taiwan as both religious and political symbolisms for enunciating the different powers in Taiwan throughout the last two centuries. Departing from analysing these shrines as colonial architectural icons she studies the shrines’ evolved/ evolving roles as driving force for the younger generations in Taiwan to negotiate the Taiwanese identity. She aspires to broaden the understanding of decolonization by comparing the seemingly antithetical ideas of colonial nostalgia and decolonization in the cases of various Asian polities such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Goa and more. She is also interested in the flow of intellectual and culinary ideas with empire expansions.
On Friday, June 29, 2018, Prof. Emerson Niou 牛銘實 from Duke University will present his research project "How is Taiwan different from other small states in international politics?" to ERCCT Fellows in our very next session of the Taiwan Colloquium.
Time: 10.15 to 11.45 a.m.
Venue: Room no. 0.36, at Keplerstraße 2
On Friday, November 17, 2017, Prof. Lee Chia-Wen 李佳玟 (Department of Law, National Cheng Kung University) will present her current research on Taiwan's criminal justice system under the title "Conscience and Convenience: Taiwan’s Rocky Road to Adopting the Adversarial System in Criminal Procedure" in a session of the Taiwan Colloquium.
On Friday, February 10, 2017, Visiting Scholar Prof. Chien Shiuh-Shen 簡旭伸 from the Dept. of Geography at National Taiwan University introduced ERCCT Fellows to his research on the Kunshan Taishang's Matsu-Temple (Taiwan Investment and China Local Government - the Case of Kunshan) in the Taiwan Colloquium.
On December 22, 2016, ERCCT Research Fellow Dr. Désirée Remmert presented her postdoctoral research project titled "Fate and the Life Course - An International Comparison of the Impact of Notions of Fate, Choice and the Agency on Subjective Well-Being among Urban Taiwanese" in the year's final Taiwan Colloquium.
Workshop: Assessing the Presidency of Ma Ying-jeou
Dec. 12th, 8:45 a.m. Fürstenzimmer, Burgsteige 11, 72070 Tübingen
Ian Rowen, Ph.D. candate at the University of Boulder, Colorado, will present his research (Tourism, territoriality, and protest in Taiwan and China) to ERCCT Fellows in the Taiwan Colloquium on Friday, June 12, 2015.
On Monday, February 9th 2015, Dr. Astrid Lipinsky from the Department of East Asian Studies/Sinology at the University of Vienna, will present her current research project Unmarried Women, Marriage and Law in China, Taiwan and Asia in the next session of the ERCCT's Taiwan Colloquium.
If interested in Dr. Lipinsky's research, don't miss her website at http://www.sinojus-feminae.eu/chinesisches-recht-gender-sinologie-forschung.html (in german).
Our Visiting Fellow Keng Kim-Yung 何景榮 from the Graduate Institute of Development Studies at National Cheng-Chi University and also affiliated to the University of Hawaii's Department of Sociology presented his Ph.D. research project on the school achievements of immigrant children in Taiwan in the last session of the Taiwan Colloquium of 2014 on Tuesday, December 16th.
As part of the Virtual Taiwan Lecture Series project, the weekly lecture on "China and International Relations Theory: The Perspective from Taiwan", held by Prof. Shih Chih-yu at the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University is broadcast to the ERCCT (4F, Wilhelmstr. 19, 72074 Tübingen), where it can be followed at room 3.28 on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.
In this week’s ERCCT colloquium, our ERCCT Research fellow, Mr. Sia Ek-hong, presented one further chapter of his ph.D. research project: “Émigré Authoritarianism: The Nature of ROC’s Rule over Taiwan”. Starting from a conceptional classification autochthonous and allochthonous types of authoritarianism, Mr. Sia classifies the KMT’s early rule over Taiwan as a “minority rule mode” of settler colonialism.
Tonight, Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert will give a lecture: "Föderalismus – das Problem oder die Lösung? Die Volksrepublik China – ein föderaler Einheitsstaat?" (in German). If you are interested in this topic, you are welcome to attend. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in HS 21, Kupferbau, Hölderlinstraße 5, 72074 Tübingen. Please follow this link. link for further information.