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Conferences, Workshops, Symposia 2018

ERCCT HOSTED A SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL TAIWAN STUDIES

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan – A CCK Foundation Overseas Center (CCKF-ERCCT) – hosted the Symposium on the Future of Taiwan Studies: the next steps to take on Friday and Saturday, June 22/23, 2018, at the Castle of Hohentübingen. 

Internationally renowned Taiwan Scholars from both the humanities and social sciences honoured the ERCCT with their participation. 

After some very thoughtful yet humorous welcoming remarks from Professor Bernd Engler, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tübingen, Professor Shieh Jyh-Wey, head of the Taipei Representative Office to the Federal Republic of Germany in Berlin, and Professor Su Yeong-chin, representative of the European Regional Committee of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, ERCCT Director, Prof. Gunter Schubert, offered a retrospective on the achievements of the center in its 10 years of promoting Taiwan Studies at the University of Tübingen. 

A most recent milestone for Taiwan studies in Tübingen was the establishment of the position of Assistant Professor of  Modern Taiwan Studies at the Department of Chinese Studies in April 2018. Dr. Tseng Yu-chin, who was appointed to this position and concurrently serves as ERCCT Co-Director, presented her vision of furthering Taiwan Studies in Tübingen and beyond at the symposium, her talk was entitled: “The Imaginations of Taiwan: How to Contest the Ambivalence of Taiwan Studies”. 

As South Korea has been very successful in promoting Korean Studies worldwide as well as at the University of Tübingen, there is certainly a lot that Taiwan could learn from South Korean Institutional Enhancement Programmes and Cooperation Experiences, a topic discussed by Prof. Dr. Lee You Jae from the Department of Korean Studies at Tübingen University. 

Following were a number of very inspiring position papers presented by our external guests: Professor Jonathan Sullivan from the University of Nottingham spoke on “Mainstreaming Taiwan Studies: Making the Case for a New Field”, Professor Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao from Academia Sinica reported on “Retrospect and Prospect for Taiwan Studies in Taiwan and in the World”, Professor Shelley Rigger from Davidson College reflected on “Liberating Taiwan from the Social Sciences”, and Professor Thomas B. Gold from the University of California, Berkeley, raised (and answered) the question “Is the Trump Disruption Providing an Opening for Taiwan Studies in the U.S.?” 

After a very merry conference dinner in a charming restaurant in the historical city center on Friday evening, the symposium continued on Saturday with the fifth position paper presented by Prof. Gunter Schubert, who shared his vision on “Strategizing the Recruitment of Taiwan Scholars at Western Universities. 

Finally, the symposium concluded with the discussion of a draft document for a “Manifesto on the Future of Taiwan Studies” to be presented at the 3rd World Congress of Taiwan Studies in the coming September.  

The ERCCT wishes to express its gratitude to the Munich branch office of the Taipei Representative Office to the Federal Republic of Germany, to the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, and to the Universitätsbund Tübingen e.V. for their generous support of this event. 

Conferences, Workshops, Symposia 2015

ERCCT HOSTS INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE MA YING-JEOU ERA

On December 12 and 13, the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan hosted an international workshop titled "Assessing the Presidency of Ma Ying-jeou", an event co-organised with the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham.

Over the two days, renowned scholars from Taiwan and Europe discussed the developments of the past eight years from a variety of angles. The papers and discussions covered the political, economic and social changes and challenges that marked the Ma era since the Presidential elections in 2008.

The paper presentations incited intensive debates. Central themes included Taiwan's relation to the People's Republic of China, transformations of Taiwan's political spectrum and civil society, and an outlook on the upcoming presidential and legislative elections in January 2016.

Conferences, Workshops, Symposia 2014

INAUGURATION OF THE ERCCT AS AN CCK FOUNDATION OVERSEAS CENTER

In celebration of the inauguration of the ERCCT as an CCK Foundation Overseas Center a Symposium was held on the Castle of Hohentübingen on Monday, July 14th, 2014. Participants were prominent Taiwan scholars from all over Europe, as well as from the US in addition to CCK President Prof. Yun-han Chu.

The event culminated in the ceremony during which the CCK Foundation, represented by its president Prof. Yun-han Chu, and the University of Tuebingen, represented by its president and vice-chancellor Prof. Bernd Engler, signed a new agreement by which they establish the ERCCT as a CCK Foundation Overseas Center at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

Conferences, Workshops, Symposia 2012

China Impact Seminar Successfully Held at Hohentübingen Castle

Posted on Jun, 24 2012

From June 21 to 24th, the ERCCT has hosted a China Impact Seminar in Tübingen. Co-organized by the ERCCT and the Institute of Sociology of Academia Sinica, this workshop gathered a number of Taiwan's most outstanding social science scholars in addition to a couple of very renowned western Taiwan experts in order to assess the impact of a rising China on Taiwan's society, politics and security, especailly under the conditions of recently improved cross-strait relations. The central objective of this seminar was to explore a systematic approach to China Impact Studies as a new, very relevant sub-field in Taiwan Studies. 

Presenters and topics of presentations are:

Lin Jih-wen (Inst. of Political Science, Academia Sinica) - The PRC as a Player in Taiwan's Domestic Competition

Wu Chung-li (Inst. of Political Science, Academia Sinica) - Taming the Tongue: Politics and Judicial Verdicts in Defamation Litigation in Taiwan

Dafydd Fell (Dept. of Politics and International Studies, SOAS) - Marketing China/Mainland Policy: Cross-Strait Economic Integration through the Lens of Election Advertising

Shelley Rigger (Political Science Department, Davidson College) - The China Impact in Taiwan's Generational Politics

Gunter Schubert (ERCCT) The Taishang as a cross-strait linkage community: reflections on their political agency in China and Taiwan

Chen Chih-Jou (Inst. of Sociology, Academia Sinica) - The Social Bases of China-Related Policies in Taiwan: Class, Gender and Partisan Identity

Deng Jianbang (Graduate Institute of Future Studies, Tamkang University) - Immigration Policy in Taiwan Facing Challenges: Citizenship Arrangement for Families of Taiwanese Expatriates with Chinese Spouses

Fan Yun (Dept. of Sociology, NTU) - Is 'Taiwanese Consensus' possible? A Civil Society Perspective

Tseng Yen-fen (Dept. of Sociology, NTU) - Merry-Go-Round? Taiwanese Skilled Migration to China

Lin Ping (Dept. of Political Science, National Chung Cheng University) - Imagined Mobility and the Image of China: Taiwanese College Students in China

Wu Nai-teh (Inst. of Sociology, Academia Sinica) - Nationalism in Taiwan: Political Impacts and Theoretical Implications

Lin Thung-hong (Inst. of Sociology, Academia Sinica) - Cross-strait Trade and Class Cleavages in Taiwan

Lin Cheng-Yi (Inst. of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica) - The Rise of China and its Implications for U.S.-Taiwan Relations

Tung Han-pu (Grad. Inst. of East Asian Studies, NCCU) - Signaling Peace: A Theory of ECFA and Peace Dividend Beyond the Taiwan Strait

Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Dept. of Government and Int. Studies, HK Baptist University) - Cross-strait Integration and Taiwan's New Security Challenges