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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 

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

International Journal of Taiwan Studies - Topical Call for Papers

Language and Society in Taiwan

Call for papers:

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Taiwan has undergone continuous and profound sociolinguistic changes. Modern language planning was initiated by the Japanese colonial government and its decision to establish Japanese as Taiwan’s national language (kokugo). This policy introduced three innovative moments: first, the modern concept of a national language was for the first time introduced to Taiwan. Second, by actively implementing the spread of the national language, the Japanese colonial period marks the beginning of institutionalised linguistic hierarchies. Third, the top position within this hierarchy was attributed to Japanese, a new language on Taiwan’s linguistic map. After the regime change in 1945, the KMT government continued this national language policy, the only significant change being the replacement of Japanese with Mandarin. As a result of national language planning, Taiwan society at large has undergone two major language shifts. By 1945, according to historical reports, the use of the Japanese language was widespread, and had even entered private domains. At the end of the twentieth century, Mandarin had been successfully established as Taiwan’s dominant language of education, government administration and media; its use in private domains had reached unprecedented levels. At the same time, since the late twentieth century, the reverse effects of national language planning have become increasingly obvious: a growing marginalisation and even endangerment of the mother tongues of the great majority of Taiwan’s population, i.e. the Austronesian languages of ethnic minorities, Hakka and the Southern Min dialects collectively referred to as Hoklo or Taiwanese. For some 20 years, this process of marginalisation and endangerment has been an issue of closely connected debates on the re-definition of national language policies, language in education, and Taiwan identity at large.

Against this historical backdrop, this topical section of the International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS) welcomes papers that address recent developments in Taiwan’s language planning. Due to the current shortage of empirical studies that engage with language policies after 2000, we particularly encourage inquiries into the effects of mother tongue education, the promulgation of language laws, and non-governmental language activism. Moreover, although the fields of language planning and societal multilingualism have witnessed the introduction of new frameworks, concepts and approaches in the past years, Taiwan has played only a marginal role in theory building. Therefore, contributions that apply concepts such as linguistic justice or agency in language planning to Taiwan’s language situation are particularly welcome. 

To signal your interest and intent to write an article in this topical section please email an abstract (300-400 words) along with a short bio (50-100 words) to the guest editors: Professor Henning Klöter (Humboldt University of Berlin, email: henning.kloeter@hu-berlin.de) and Julia Wasserfall (julia.wasserfall@hu-berlin.de) by 31 January 2020. 


By 31 January 2020: Submission of abstract. 

By 29 February 2020: Decision by guest editors on invitations for manuscript submission. 

By 31 August 2020: Submit manuscript (5000-7000 words) to Professor Henning Klöter and Julia Wasserfall, for review by editors. 

By 31 January 2021: Submit manuscript online to the IJTS for double-blind peer review.

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.