Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies


Transfer of Scientific and Technical Knowledge between Europe and China during the Early Modern Period

Sino-German Center for Research Promotion
Beijing, 30.March – 1.April, 2019

The history of scientific, technical and medical exchange between Europe and China during the early modern period (16th to 19th centuries) is an important topic of research undertaken on a global level, but so far, much attention has been paid to special fields like astronomy, mathematics and cartography while other fields of practice and knowledge remain understudied. The targets of this event will be to share between colleagues mainly from China and Germany experiences obtained from relevant research and delineate fields of promising investigations.

  • Place: Sino-German Center for Research Promotion, Shuangqing Road 83, Haidian District, Beijing, PR China
  • Date: 30.March – 1.April, 2019
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Opening event of the Doshisha EU Campus at Tübingen University

Inaugural Symposium on 27/28 February 2019

With the international interdisciplinary symposium “Challenges for Aging Societies: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Comparative Japanese, German and European Perspectives” on 27-28 February 2019 the “Doshisha EU Campus at Tübingen University” will officially start its activities this year. Prof. Dr. Gregory Poole, Vice-President for International Affairs at Dōshisha University, and a delegation of seven researchers and administrative staff members from Dōshisha University will join the Tübingen conference.

An Anthropology of Taishang: Cross-Strait Business, Politics and Identity

Dr. Michelle Tsai

  • Location: Keplerstraße 2, Room 036
  • Date: Thursday, January 31 2019
  • Time: 6 pm c.t.

Taiwanese businessmen’s investment into China and technology transfer have played a key role in boosting the Chinese economy since China’s economic reform, though interflows as such also witnessed Taiwan’s increasing economic dependency on mainland China amid unresolved political fractions. This lecture introduces how an anthropological approach can provide alternative perspectives on the issue aside from the economic data.

Chiang Ching-kuo-Stiftung setzt Förderung des ERCCT in Tübingen fort

Die Fortführung und Finanzierung des European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) als Overseas Center der taiwanischen Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for Internatianal Scholarly Exchange für die nächsten fünf Jahre ist beschlossen. Diese Nachricht  von CCKF –Präsident Chu Yun-han erreichte ERCCT Direktor, Prof. Gunter Schubert, zu Jahresbegin. Dies ermöglicht es dem ERCCT, weiterhin für die Förderung des akademischen Nachwuchses der europäischen Taiwanforschung zu wirken und zum wissenschaftlichen Austausch zwischen Europa und Taiwan beizutragen.  


The practice of drumming and the social status of the drum in the Garhwal Himalayas

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Data Ra Purohit

  • Place: Schloss Hohentübingen, Burgsteige 11, Seminar Room 03
  • Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019
  • Time: 6 p.m.

During ritual performances in the Garhwal Himalayas, drums play a particularly important part. Drums, in particularly the big drums called „Dhol“ have the power to invite divine presence, to control divine and spiritual beings and to send them back from where they emanated. This power is also partly due to the knowledge drummers possess about the ritual’s songs and the music; however, it can also be attributed to their ambivalent position and their relationship with the drum. This talk deals with the meaning of the drums and the ambivalent position of the drummers.

Gastvortrag: Obscured history, romanticised memory: commodification of the Japanese colonial past in Taiwan

Dr. Liza Wing Man KAM

  • Place: Keplerstraße 2, Room 036
  • Date: Thursday, 24. January 2019
  • Time: 18:00 c.t.

The lecture reflects on the concepts of heritage, history and memory through investigating three urban scenarios in Hengchun [...]. 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.

7th “Young Scholars Workshop” at the CCKF-ERCCT Summer 2019

「歐洲當代臺灣研究中心-蔣經國基金會海外中心」舉辦的「青年精英學者 工作坊」于 2019 年夏天

Date: 30 June to 7 July, 2019

Applicants shall be Ph.D. students (3rd year and above) and postdocs. Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and an outline of their research project (5-6 pages) until 15 March, 2019 to:
Stefan Braig, M.A.
ERCCT Managing Director
Mail: stefan.braig ( at )

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