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ERCCT Proudly Presents: Wei Te-Sheng with BIG

Wei Te-Sheng 魏德聖, one of Taiwan’s most outstanding and famous film creators, will visit Tübingen on Wednesday, June 26 and present his new feature film „BIG“ (starring Umin Boya 馬志翔) at local movie theatre Kino Museum. 

BIG ist he heart-wrenching story of six families, whose children are battling cancer, coming together in a hospital ward.

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Welcome to Ward 816, a place filled with incredible children who are ture warriors. The scars on them are badges symbolizing their strength in fighting various life threatening diseases. In this bustling ward, you'll meet: Yuan, who grew up in a zoo, Shi-yan, the clever inventor who hides inside a home-made robot; Luo Heng, the adventurous biker exploring the hospital hallways; Nuala, who wears skirts due to a lump on her bottom; Jia-nong, the music-loving melancholic girl; and Da-shan, experiencing the magic of first love in Jia-nong. Despite their parents' occasional arguments, they always come together to support one another when it matters most. 

In Ward 816, you'll witness the battles between Jesus and Jizô, thrilling wheelchair races, and mischievous children sticking out their tongues before snuggling up for sleep. It's a place where joy and sorrow intertwine, and every moment is treasured, especially the chance to bid a proper farewell. 

But something mysterious is happening - the sign on the door reads "BIG". What does it mean? Why are the ward's occupants planning a secret mission and even attempt an escape from the hospital? The secret code is "The Birth of Jesus," representing Christmas, new life, and rebirth. "BIG" is a heartwarming drama revolving around children that will make you laugh, cry and leave the theater feeling inspired to face the world with renewed enthusiasm. 

The event will start at 7 p.m.. Tickets are available at https://tuebinger-kinos.de/programmuebersicht/movie/big or at the box office. 

Prof. Tseng Yen-Fen to Visit and Give Lecture, Present in Taiwan Colloquium

We are looking forward to the visit of Prof. Tseng Yen-Fen 曾嬿芬 from the Department of Sociology at National Taiwan University. Prof. Tseng, who is also a member of our Advisory Board, will visit the ERCCT from June 17 to 28, taking part in the Visiting Scholar Programme. On Wednesday, June 19, she will give a public lecture titled 'Increase in immigration without settlement: How Taiwan skills-based immigration policy institutionalizes temporariness of skilled migrants' at 12.15 p.m (CEST). at Keplerstraße 2, room 181. The talk can also be followed online at https://zoom.us/j/95547771512?pwd=Llp3fdVcRlbtmVt5KeGa9bmO0OCoIh.1

About the talk

Taiwan's skilled immigration policy is designed to address the country's declining population by attracting skilled migrants. This talk focuses on Taiwan's skilled immigration policy and their effects on migrant workers, based on in-depth interviews conducted with foreign individuals who obtained higher education degrees in Taiwan and chose to work and reside in the country. While policymakers have relaxed the qualifications for foreign graduates to obtain work permit, the high income threshold for permanent residency applications has led to most individuals remaining in Taiwan as temporary migrants for a long time. As temporary migrants, these individuals must make various compromises and accept less favorable working conditions and income. Their vulnerable employment status in turn has made it even more challenging for them to transition from temporary to permanent residency. Consequently, their temporary migrant status and their precarious job conditions mutually reinforce each other, perpetuating a cycle of vulnerability. Moreover, as temporary migrants, they are denied access to full social rights such as joining pension system and receiving unemployment aid. 

The increasing number of long-term temporary skilled migrants in Taiwan highlights the commodification of citizenship, where migrants' rights are linked to their market values. I contend that such policy outcomes are not only ethically questionable for migrants but also unsustainable for Taiwan's future. This situation is morally concerning because, as skilled migrants hold on in the hope of meeting the settlement requirements, they bear significant risks, including financial and psychological burdens. The policymakers appear to devalue the migrants' time, as if their time holds no significance. Furthermore, beyond the moral dimension, this situation is also an unsustainable one. Despite claims by Taiwanese policymakers that new immigration policies aim to transform Taiwan into a more immigrant-friendly society, my research underscores a different reality. In a time when Taiwan requires a new population rather than a transient workforce, the government continues to formulate policies that result in the influx and outflow of foreign migrants, with limited prospects for permanent settlement. In my view, the most pressing migration debate in Taiwan, both presently and in the foreseeable future, revolves around how to enhance settlement opportunities for foreign migrants.

On Thursday, 20 June, 4.15 p.m., Prof. Tseng will then present her ongoing research project on 'Settlement intention among white-collar migrants in Taiwan' in the Taiwan Colloquium, at the same venue.

Visiting Scholar Prof. Huang Yu-Ling Held Public Lecture

Prof. Huang Yu-Ling 黃于玲 from the Department of Humanities and Social Medicine at National Cheng Kung University gave a public lecture on 'A Sociological Analysis of Egg Donation Regulation and Experiences in Taiwan' on Wednesday, June 12. In her talk, Prof. Huang first informed about the state of regulation of oocyte donation in Taiwan, before then analyzing the relationship between egg donators, which are mostly young women below the age of 25, and the assisted reproductive treatment clinics, and the relationship between donors and recipient infertile couples, based on her fieldwork in Taiwan. 

Visiting Scholar Prof. Huang Yu-Ling Presented Research in Taiwan Colloquium

Prof. Huang Yu-Ling 黃于玲 from the Department of Humanities and Social Medicine at National Cheng Kung University presented her research project on the regulation of reproductive medicine in Taiwan to ERCCT Fellows in the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, June 10, 2024. Her presentation was titled 'Gender, Culture, and Reproductive Medicine: Comparative Research of Regulatory Logics, Clinical Care, and (Non)Anonymity Donation of Assisted ReproductiveTechnologies' and went deep into analysing the logic behind the regulation of reproductive cell-donation in Taiwan in comparison to Germany.

Prof. Huang Yu-Ling to visit ERCCT and Present in the Taiwan Colloquium, Give Public Lecture

The ERCCT team is delighted about the visit of Prof. Huang Yu-Ling 黃于玲, a sociologist from the School of Medicine at National Cheng Kung University. Prof. Huang will visit the ERCCT from 7 June to 2 July. On Monday, 10 June, she will present her research project 'Gender, Culture, and Reproductive Medicine: Comparative Research of Regulatory Logics, Clinical Care, and (Non)Anonymity Donation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies' in the Taiwan Colloquium at 4.15 p.m. (room 1.81, Keplerstraße 2).

On Wednesday, 12 June, Prof. Huang will then give a public lecture titled 'A sociological analysis of gamete donation regulations and experiences in Taiwan' at 12.15 p.m. at the same venue. The talk will analyse how assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) are co-shaped with regulations, societal values, and human dignity that make diverse practices in different societies. Taiwan has one of the most rigorous regulations of third-party donation in the world, yet we know little about the donors’ knowledge and attitudes toward their donation laws, clinical practices, and the rights of donor-conceived children. And so, the ethical challenges of egg-donations are also to be discussed. 

Taiwan Colloquium with Alexandre Gandil and Liang Chia-Yu Held on June 3, 2024

June 3, 2024

On Monday, June 3, both of our current Short-Term Resident Fellows presented their research projects in the Taiwan Colloquium. 
Dr. Alexandre Gandil from D2iA at Bordeaux Montaigne University and also affiliated to the Centre de recherches internationales at Sciences Po, Paris, talked about 'Taiwan beyond its own Strait: Assessing Taipei’s sovereignty claims over the South China Sea from below' at 4 p.m., followed by Dr. Liang Chia-Yu  (梁家瑜) from the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex, who presented 'Status Sacer: to Propose an International Relations Theory from Taiwan's Structural Marginality'. Both presentations were followed by passionate discussions with and among the audience. 

Lorenzo Andolfatto Presented Research History of National Parks

On Monday, May 13, Dr. Lorenzo Andolfatto, Senior Researcher of the Human Georgaphy Research Unit at the Department of Geosciences at the Universtiy of Fribourg, came to Tübingen to present his latest research on the historoy of National Parks in Taiwan in the Taiwan Colloquium. His talk, titled 'In between Nature and the Nation: Defining National Parks in Taiwan, 1933-1972', was based on extensive archival research and delved into the history or employing national parks for nation building in Taiwan since the Japanese colonial era. Dr. Lee Kyonghee from the MPIWG in Berlin took over the role as a discussant and provided valuable feedback, upon which the Q&A also involved the wider audience. 

Taiwan Colloquium of the Summer Semester 2024

The Taiwan Colloquium programme for the summer term 2024 is ready.

Unless specified otherwise, the venue is room 1.81 at Keplerstraße 2. 

Date Time Presenter and Topic


May 13

16 – 18

Lorenzo Andolfatto

In between Nature and the Nation: Defining National Parks in Taiwan, 1933-1972

*with a response by  Dr. Kyonghee Lee (MPIWG, Berlin)

June 3
16 – 18

Alexandre Gandil
Taiwan beyond its own Strait: Assessing Taipei’s sovereignty claims over the South China Sea from below

Liang Chia-Yu
Status Sacer: A Proposal for a Taiwanese International Relations

June 10
16 – 18 Huang Yu-Ling
Gender, Culture, and Reproductive Medicine: Comparative Research of Regulatory Logics, Clinical Care, and (Non)Anonymity Donation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies
June 20
16 – 18 Tseng Yen-Fen
Settlement intention among white-collar migrants in Taiwan
July 1
16 – 18 Lin Ya-Yin
The Typologies of China’s Cognitive Warfare: Data Analysis of Three Taiwan Strait Military Drill s 2022 – 2023
July 15
16 – 18

Lai Yu-Hsuan
Regional Development and Hedging Strategies: The Impact of Taiwan's New Leader
Guo Jianfeng
The Taiwan Issue in China-EU Relations

Tainan Area Research Grant - Call for Applications

The Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City in cooperation with the International Center for Tainan Area Humanities and Social Sciences Research announce the Postgraduate Research Grant for the Study of the Tainan Region. Click here to learn more.


Kuo Chao-Hsuan Presented his Research on Child Rights Developments

Kuo Chao-Hsuan 郭兆軒 from the Department of Law at National Cheng Kung University, a participant in the ERCCT Visiting Fellow Programme from 20 January to 9 February, presented his doctoral research project 'The Child Rights in Taiwan's Parenting Law' in the Taiwan Colloquium of 1 February 2024. His talk focused on how children's rights are gradually developed and transformed through an increasing influence of public law, especially constitutional law, on the matter, which was traditionally a subject mainly of civil law. 

André Beckershoff Gave a Talk in the Taiwan Colloquium Co-hosted by IfP

Dr. André Beckershoff, ERCCT Associate Fellow, gave a talk titled 'The Dialectics of Hegemony and Resistance in the Re-Making of China-Taiwan Relations' in the Taiwan Colloquium on Wednesday, 31 January. This time the colloquium was co-hosted with the section of political econonomy of the Institute of Political Science's Prof. Hans-Jürgen Bieling. 
In his talk, Dr. Beckershoff applied a Gramscian analysis to make sense of the development of protest movements against the hegemonic project of Taiwan's economic and political opening vis-a-vis the PRC since the mid-2000s. The talk was based on his book  'Social Forces in the Re-Making of Cross-Strait Relations: Hegemony and Social Movements in Taiwan', which he published with Routledge in 2024. 

Prof. Lin Shu-Hui

Visiting Scholar Prof. Lin Shu-Hui 林淑慧 from the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature at National Taiwan Normal University presented her current research project on "Cross-cultural Dynamics and Applications of Taiwan Travel Literature" in the Taiwan Colloquium on Thursday, 25 January. By introducing the work of contemporary authors like Dadelavan Ibau, Liu Shao-Hua, and  Syaman Rapongan Lin Shu-Hui showed how literature can serve as means to heal trauma and reconstruct identity. 


Lin Kai-Heng Presented His Research on Skill Formation in the Machine Industry

Visiting Fellow Dr. Lin Kai-Heng 林凱衡 from the Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinica has presented his current research project in the Taiwan Colloquium on Thursday, January 18. His intriguing presentation war titled "Crafting Black Hands: Institutional Changes and Social Networks in Skill Formation within Taiwan’s Machine Industry".

Prof. Lin Shu-Hui Held Public Lecture on Cold War Travelogue Literature

On Thursday, January 11, ERCCT Visiting Scholar Prof. Lin Shu-Hui 林淑慧 from the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages, and Literature at National Taiwan Normal University, gave a public lecture titled "Discourses in Taiwan Travel Literature during the Cold War Era". Authors as Tseng Hsu-Pai, Chen Ji-Ying, Lin Hai-Yin, and Yin Hai-Kuang and the literature they made out of their visits to the US during the cold war featured prominently in this talk. 

Visiting Scholar Alex Tan Presented His Research in on Youth Voting in Taiwan

On Dec. 7, 2023, Prof. Alexander Tan from the Political Science Department at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, presented current research project "Taiwanese Youth Voting for Taiwan: Studying Identity Formation in Taiwanese Youth and its Impact on Voting Patterns in Taiwan" in the Taiwan Colloquium. 

The ERCCT's 17th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival

The 17th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival, unfolded at the Kino Arsenal cinema on December 1 and 2, 2023. Showcasing a collection of captivating documentaries by Golden-Horse-Award winner and guest director Huang Hsin-Yao 黄信堯, the festival drew cinema enthusiasts and scholars alike.
 The festival showcased four riveting documentaries by Huang Hsin-Yao, commencing on December 1 with screenings of "Dog with Man" and "Ali88." These films offered profound insights into contemporary Taiwanese society, exploring multifaceted narratives and societal nuances. On the same evening, audiences were treated to the thought-provoking feature film "The Great Buddha+," a highlight of the festival's lineup.
Alltogether, the festival featured the following works by Huang: 
"Dog with Man"
"The Great Buddha+"
Renowned director Huang Hsin-Yao graced the festival as the guest director, bringing his unique perspective and expertise to the event. His presence added depth and resonance to the screenings, offering audiences a firsthand understanding of the creative process behind his compelling documentaries and feature film.
On the occasion, the ERCCT also received Dr. Dieu Ian-Tsing 趙彥清, Director General of the Taipei Representative Branch Office in the Federal Republic of Germany's Munich branch office. Dr. Dieu, who has also  generously sponsored the festival, delivered a warm and inspiring welcome speech, highlighting the cultural significance of the festival in fostering cross-cultural understanding through cinema.
The festival garnered substantial interest, drawing a diverse audience comprising film enthusiasts, scholars, and individuals eager to explore the rich tapestry of Taiwanese culture and society depicted in the documentaries. The interactive sessions following the screenings provided a platform for engaging discussions, allowing attendees to delve deeper into the thematic layers explored in each film.
The 17th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival, hosted by ERCCT at the University of Tübingen and held at the Kino Arsenal cinema, stood as a celebration of Taiwanese cinema and cultural exchange. Through the lens of Huang Hsin-Yao's evocative documentaries, the festival succeeded in fostering dialogue and appreciation for the multifaceted narratives embedded in Taiwanese society.
The event's success was a testament to the growing interest in Taiwanese cinema and its ability to bridge cultural gaps, offering a glimpse into the diverse and vibrant tapestry of Taiwanese life. This festival not only entertained but also enriched the audience's understanding of Taiwan's cultural heritage, leaving a lasting impact on all who attended.

Research on contentious intimacies in China and Taiwan funded as part of Excellence Strategy

A research project, titled 'Intimacy-Mobility-State Nexus in the Context of Democratic and Authoritarian States: A Case Study of China and Taiwan,' has been awarded over 0.3 million EUR for a 36-month duration, commencing in January 2024. The project is led by Jun.-Prof. Yu-chin Tseng 曾育勤, with Prof. Gunter Schubert serving as a co-investigator. This initiative extends Tseng's prior research into the realms of contentious intimacies and the reproduction experiences of guest workers, unmarried heterosexual women, and individuals from the LGBTQ+ community in both China and Taiwan. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments.

The research team, based in Germany, France, UK, the Netherlands and Taiwan, aims to address the complexities of the intimacy-mobility-state nexus that has not received sufficient academic and public attention, particularly in East Asia. By exploring contentious issues in contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese societies—such as digital relationships, access to reproductive rights, dependence on migrants for the care of elders or children, informal networks of migrant workers, relocation for children’s education, and the adoption of alternative education practices as a consequence of migration—this project intends to demonstrate how intimacy and mobility mutually shape and reshape each other within two distinct socio-political contexts: authoritarian neoliberalism (China) and developmental state (Taiwan), respectively.

Former ERCCT Fellow and INDSR Researcher Sheu Jyh-Shyang Gave Public Talk

Former ERCCT Fellow, Dr. Sheu Jyh-Shyang 許智翔 from the Institute of National Defense and Security Research in Taipei gave a public lecture at the ERCCT on Monday, November 27, 2023. In his talk, which was titled 'Grey zone activities and asymmetric warfare - Taiwan's defence dilemma', Dr. Sheu analysed the problem of how Taiwan can most effectively deal with the potential military threats from larger powers and the PLA's constant military provocations which remain below the treshold of direct violent confronation, nevertheless present some level of threat and are therefore aptly termed 'grey zone activities'.

Prof. Alex Tan Presented Research Project on Taiwan's Party System

Prof. Alexander Tan from the Political Science Department of the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, has presented his paper ‘Taiwan: The Party System of a Young Consolidated Democracy’ in the Taiwan Colloquium on November 9. Reflecting on the effects of various factors as the 2004/2005 change of the voting system to the Legislative Yuan and the 2017 Political Party Law on the party system, and in turn of the party system on Taiwan's overall democratic development, the findings are going to be published in 2024 as as chapter in an Oxford University Press volume edited by Thomas Poguntke. 

Congratulation to Prof. Chen Chun-I

The CCKF-ERCCT Team hereby wishes to compliment Professor Chun-I Chen on taking up the position of the President of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation in May 2023. Having met President Chen uring a dinner which the Foundation generously hosted in March, we are more than convinced that the Foundation is in good hands with him and look very much forward to continued cooperation.

2nd Taiwan Europe Connectivity Workshop held in Tübingen

As a real highlight in a very busy semester, the ERCCT team was pleased to welcome eleven young scholars from Taiwan and Europe to the second ERCCT Taiwan Europe Connectivity Workshop, held from 17 to 21 July 2023 in Tübingen.
Joined by ERCCT Visiting Scholars Prof. Anne Sokolsky and Prof. Lee Po-Han, Visiting Fellows Dr. Tsai Jia-Shin and Wu Peng-chi, and ERCCT Short-Term Resident Fellows Dr. Daniel Davies and Dr Di Qing as well as ERCCT Resident Fellow Judy Lee, the eleven external participants presented their current research projects and discussed them very lively and constructively at the University Guesthouse, so beautifully situated on the hillside at Lessingweg 3.
The first presenter on Monday, 17 July, was Ms. Huang Yun-Ju from the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at National Chengchi University. She talked about her project on security in the Taiwan Strait ‘The Edge of the War? An Analysis of China’s Red Lines toward Taiwan’, followed by Mr. Liew Zeng Ee from the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey speaking about ‘Understanding Taiwan’s International Affairs through Metis Diplomacy’, and ERCCT Visiting Fellow Dr. Tsai Jia-Shin from the Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinica, who presented his paper titled ‘Dwelling as the problem and the method: Struggling for alternatives to capitalism in urban and rural Taiwan, 1989 – 2010s’.
On Tuesday, 18 July, Mr. Chung Sanho form the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona made the start, delivering his presentation on ‘Local Elections and Resilience of Clientelism in Democratic Taiwan’. Mr Manlai Nyamdorj from the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Trier then followed, introducing his study of ‘The Political Economy of Taiwan’s Media System’. Next in line was Ms. Huang Yin-shan, also from the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at National Chengchi University, speaking on ‘Interstate Relations and Military Conduct - Analysis of the Activities of Chinese Military Aircraft around Taiwan’. A very different aspect of security, in this case climate security and ‘Taiwanese Approaches to Future Climate Displaced People’ was treated in the paper presentation by Ms. Kate H Martin from the Institute for the Study of Asia Pacific at the University of Central Lancashire, who rounded off the academic part of the second workshop day.
The programme on Wednesday, 19 July, was then mainly dedicated to profound sociological research projects and opened by Dr. Wang Anne-Chie from the Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinica with the presentation of her project titled ‘Assembling End-of-Life Care Regime in Taiwan’. Ms. Chen Jung from the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge followed suit with the presentation of her project on ‘Building pathways toward fatherhood: transnational reproduction of Taiwanese gay men’, before Ms. Ellen Kao from the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica presented her ‘Analysis of the “Lying-flat” Generation under the Globalized Structure’. Mr. Pei Hao-Che from the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton fit in neatly then with the presentation of his project titled ‘Looking for Changes in Homelessness: Voluntary-sector Practitioners and The Resilience Without Austerity in Taiwan’s Neoliberal Welfare State’. 
On Thursday, 20 July, the programme was opened by Mr. Tuyuq Rabay aka Ho Yueh-Cho from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS who introduced his research on ‘Learning gaga in the fieldtrip: the Development of Indigenous Identity in Atayal Schools, Taiwan’. 
Apart from the project presentations, the workshop also featured contributions from the side of the ERCCT itself. ERCCT Director Prof. Gunter Schubert introduced the center’s objectives and programmes on the afternoon of the first day. On Tuesday afternoon (18 July) Ms. Paula Silvetti, an experienced city guide took the participants to a city tour centering on the history and the most picturesque historical buildings of Tübingen University and city. The following punting boat tour on the Neckar River provided for a very relaxed end of the day. ERCCT team members and fellows briefly presented their individual research projects on Thursday morning. A group discussion on ‘Taiwan’s geopolitical condition’ generated very interesting, insightful dialogue. The social programme featured a visit to Hohenzollern Castle (20 July, afternoon) and to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on Friday, 21 July, before the workshop was closed with a cheerful dinner at the Castle of Hohenentringen.

Announcement: Taiwan Europe Connectivity Workshop 2023

The ERCCT will hold its second Taiwan Europe Connectivity Workshop, a workshop for emerging young scholars, i.e. Ph.D. students (3rd year and above) and postdocs, from 16 to 22 July, 2023. The main topic for this year’s workshop is "New leeway for Taiwan in the international arena?"

Other paper submissions pertaining to the fields of Taiwan politics, society, economics and cross-strait relations are highly welcome.

Travel expenses (up to 1,250 EUR) and accommodation will be fully covered by the CCKF-ERCCT. Successful applicants are requested to submit a research paper after the workshop for online publication in the CCKF-ERCCT Online Paper Series.  
For application, please send your CV and an outline of your research project (5-6 pages) until 15 March, 2023 to:

Stefan Braig, M.A.
ERCCT Managing Director

Mail: stefan.braig@uni-tuebingen.de

Download this announcement.

Taiwan Colloquium in Winter 2022/23

The programme of the winter semester 2022/23 Taiwan Colloquium is out now: 


Time Speaker and Topic Venue
Nov. 17
6 – 8 pm Karoline Buchner 
Of ‘Quiet Medical Revolutions’ and ‘Foreign Meddling’: Covering Chinese Medicine in Taiwan Panorama
Keplerstr. 2
Hörsaal (HS) 001
Nov. 24
 6 – 8 pm Prof. Ann Heylen
Featuring Formosa: Historical narration and semantic prosody in newspaper corpora  
 Keplerstr. 2
Hörsaal (HS) 001  
Dec. 15
6 – 8 pm Dr. Jonathan Sullivan
Taiwan and the Future
Keplerstr. 2
Hörsaal (HS) 001
Dec. 19
4 – 6 pm Dr. Jonathan Sullivan
Ph.D. dialogue: Making your way in Asian Studies – From PhD to profession[s]

Keplerstr. 2

Room 003

Jan. 23
6 – 8 pm Prof. Wu Ying-Chu
Umwandlung der verfassungsrechtlichen Stellung der politischen Parteien in Taiwan – vom Verfassungsentwurf in Jahr 1936 bis zur Verfassungsauslegung Nr. 793 im Jahr 2020

Keplerstr. 2

Raum 1.81

Jan. 26
6 – 8 pm

Prof. Wu Ying-Chu
Das Verhältnis zwischen politischen Parteien und Abgeordneten - Ausgehend vom Rotationsprinzip in Deutschland zur Überprüfung der Verfassungsauslegung Nr.311 in Taiwan

Keplerstr. 2
Hörsaal (HS) 001
Feb. 2
6 – 8 pm Cheng Ting-wen
The impact of Virtual exchanges on promoting the integration and development of the Cross-Strait: An Example of Cross-Strait Youth Student Online Exchange Activities
Keplerstr. 2
Hörsaal (HS) 001
Feb. 6
6 – 8 pm  Dr. Chen Teng-hsiang
The Transboundary Mission of Chinese Buddhist Organization Fo Guang Shan from Taiwan to Germany

Keplerstr. 2

Raum 1.81

Feb. 9
6 – 8 pm Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert
The Taiwan predicament revisited: National identity and the China threat
Keplerstr. 2
Hörsaal (HS) 001


EATS Conference 2023

Call for Papers for the 20the Annnual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies

26-28 June 2023 at SOAS, London

Taiwan Studies in Twenty Years: Retrospect, Prospect
26-28 June 2023
Centre of Taiwan Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

For the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), the 2023 EATS conference comes back to its ‘birthplace’ – SOAS, University of London – to celebrate, examine, reflect and encourage the development of Taiwan Studies as a growing academic field.
The growth of Taiwan studies in Europe is a success story from zero to one. The past twenty years have witnessed an amazing endeavour of ploughing the barren land, sowing the seeds, taking roots, and leading to the eventual boom. The Association was established at SOAS in 2004 to develop Taiwan Studies not only in the UK but also in other European countries. To launch the Association, the first-ever Taiwan Studies conference in Europe took place at SOAS on 17 and 18 April 2004. Over the last two decades, the Association has become institutionalised and the research on Taiwan in Europe has also blossomed under the collective endeavour of EATS members and the leadership of the EATS Board and Secretary Generals.
To review the past achievement and examine the prospect and future of Taiwan Studies in Europe, the 2023 EATS conference welcomes a broad range of contributions to topics related to Taiwan. In other words, the 2023 EATS conference invites submissions from all disciplines and especially welcomes innovative and interdisciplinary papers. Suggested, but not exclusive, topics of interest include:

  • Party politics and the emerging trend
  • Change, social movement and political activism
  • Indigenous rights and settler-colonial legacy
  • Migration, diversity, and ethnic relations
  • History, (re)remembering, and forgetting
  • Development and environmental dilemma
  • Cultural representation and identity
  • Literature and positioning
  • Global conflicts and civil society tension
  • Transnational activism and globalisation
  • The semiconductor industry and national security
  • Popular culture, tourism, and cultural industries
  • Gender politics, LGBTQ+ and marriage
  • Diplomacy and statehood
  • Everyday life and identity
  • Transitional justice and human rights
  • Education and ideology construction  Digital revolution and mass media  Taiwan Cinema
  • Visual cultures: comics, MV and advertise
  • Arts and performance

* Regular panels
Please submit your abstract to http://www.conftool.net/eats2023 by 6 November 2022. Please note that you will have to create a user account first. One applicant may submit one abstract only. Applicants sending submissions for the Young Scholar Award are not allowed to send submissions for regular panels.
* MA panels
EATS welcomes submissions from students currently enrolled in MA programmes. MA panels are not restricted to the theme of the conference, although they should be relevant to the broadly defined field of Taiwan Studies. Please submit your abstract to http://www.conftool.net/eats2023 by 31 December 2022. Please note that you will have to create a user account first. One applicant may submit one abstract only. Applicants sending submissions for the Young Scholar Award are not allowed to send submissions for regular panels.
Review and acceptance
After a double-blind review process, EATS will announce the successful submissions around 28 February 2023, but we will strive to announce the results earlier. Accepted postgraduate presenters (PhD and MA students) who are affiliated with European institutions, or who are the 2023 Young Scholar Award finalists, will receive a travel grant of €150.

The 2022 Taiwan Studies Young Scholar Award (YSA)

European Association of Taiwan Studies
The 2022 Taiwan Studies Young Scholar Award (YSA)

Deadline: 28 February 2023

The 2023 Taiwan Studies Young Scholar Award (YSA) is open to applicants who are currently enrolled on a Master’s degree or PhD programme, or who are within three years of having submitted their PhD dissertation but are not currently in a full-time lectureship. Papers should correspond to Taiwan Studies in Twenty Years: Retrospect, Prospect, the theme of the 20th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). Please see the call for papers for the 20th annual EATS conference for details on the conference theme. Applicants must currently hold a valid 2022 EATS membership when participating in this contest. EATS board members are ineligible to apply.
Papers should be written in English, single-authored and 7,000–9,000 words long. The word count should include a 250-word abstract, footnotes and a bibliography/references. Applicants should use Times New Roman, size 12, 1.5 spacing and APA referencing for styling the paper.
Please submit your papers to http://www.conftool.net/eats2023 by 28 February 2023. Please note that you will have to create a user account first. Candidates may submit papers that are under review for publication in a scholarly journal at the time of the 2023 EATS conference. Each applicant may submit only one paper. Submissions for the YSA will not be considered as submissions to the 2023 EATS conference. Please follow the guidelines of the 2023 EATS call for papers to submit abstracts to the 20th EATS conference.
Submissions will be evaluated according to their relevance to the field, originality, clarity of methodology, quality of presentation and respect for quotation rules. After a double-blind external review process, the EATS board will nominate by 30 April 2023 no more than three finalists. The finalists will be invited to present their papers at the 20th annual EATS conference hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London on 26-28 June 2023. At the conference, the finalists will be further evaluated for their oral presentations for the final determination of the competition result.

The final results will be announced at the closing ceremony of the 2023 EATS conference. Each prize winner will be presented with an official certificate and a monetary award.

YSA finalists will receive a partial reimbursement for travel and/or accommodation during the conference as per EATS conference regulations. Absence from the EATS conference will be considered as withdrawal from the competition.

Step-by-Step submission guide

 Please find here the downloadable step-by-step submission guide.

Dr. Leon Kunz presented his research to ERCCT Fellows

As this summer's first Taiwan Colloquium speaker, Dr. Leon Kunz from the Center for Taiwan Studies at the University of Texas at Austin presented his current project "Space, leadership, and organization: Comparing the Sunflower and Umbrella movements" on Monday, 27 June 2022. His presentation was followed by vivid discussion with ERCCT fellows, and we are looking forward to seeing the publication of the article coming out of this research. 

Welcoming Ms. Yu Ssu-Han as Visiting Fellow

The ERCCT team is happy to welcome Ms. Yu Ssu-Han 游絲涵 from the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science as our first Visiting Fellow in the summer semester 2022. Ms. Yu will stay at the ERCCT until July 25 and present her doctoral research project  "Mediating democratic politics: Generational understanding of democracy and identification with Taiwan" during the Taiwan Europe Connectivity Workshop in July. 

We wish her a successful and pleasant stay in Tübingen!

COAST Call for Chapter Contributions: Taiwan As Ocean

The Centre of Austronesian Studies is pleased to announce the call for chapters for an edited book, Taiwan As Ocean. For detail information about the scope and topics of this edited book, please see the attached pdf file or visit the ISAP UCLan website: [CALL FOR CHAPTERS] Taiwan as Ocean - Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (isapuclan.org.uk)

For proposal submission or any queries, please contact Dr Ti-han Chang at tchang2@uclan.ac.uk

Schedule for submissions:

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: 31 October 2022
  • Acceptance Notice: 15 December 2022
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 30 May 2023

Visiting Fellow Dr. Huang Wei-Hao Opened the Taiwan Colloquium 2022

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 on Monday, 17 January.

Dr. Marinaccio Presented Her Research Project on Taiwan's Emigrant Electorate

Dr. Julia Marinaccio from the Department of Foreign Languages (Chinese Studies) at the University of Bergen, Norway, war 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.

Visit to Partner Institutions at National Sun Yat-Sen University

On May 3rd, Prof. Gunter Schubert, ERCCT director, visited the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Political Science at National Zhongshan University in Kaohsiung, which are long-term ERCCT partner institutions. He held a talk and gave an ERCCT work report to faculty and students. Prof. Schubert, who has been in Taiwan since early March, also visited other ERCCT partners and briefed them on the ERCCT's activities under the current conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

More pictures from the event

"Taiwan's Green Parties" - Dafydd Fell Presented His New Book on Alternative Politics in Taiwan in the Taiwan Colloquium

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 on Monday, May 10, 2021! 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

IJTS Research Article Competition, 2021

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies is pleased to announce the 2021 IJTS Research Article Competition. Since its launch in 2018, IJTS (ISSN: 2468-8800, https://brill.com/view/journals/ijts/ijts-overview.xml) has established itself as a principal outlet for the dissemination of cutting-edge research on Taiwan. IJTS is the first internationally collaborative, multidisciplinary, and peer-reviewed academic research journal in English dedicated to all aspects of Taiwan studies, including social sciences, arts and humanities, and topics which are interdisciplinary in nature. To continue the development of Taiwan studies and with the financial support of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), we announce a call for papers for the 2021 IJTS Research Article Competition. There are three categories of articles for entry:

•    Arts and Humanities
•    Social Sciences
•    Indigenous Studies

Each research article can only be entered in one category. IJTS Executive Editorial Board members and IJTS Advisory Board members are not eligible to enter the Competition. 

For further details see the announcement PDF!

The Taiwan Colloquium in the Summer Semester 2021

A Transnational Outlook on Cross-Strait Studies: Case Studies and New Research Approaches

The ERCCT colloquium continues to introduce the latest research on contemporary Taiwan to explore various themes, this time however, uniting contributions under the research perspective of a transnational outlook on cross-strait studies
The colloquium is again organized as a luncheon seminar with presentations. It is an online event that takes place on Mondays (with one exception) from 12.30 to 13.45. Speakers will talk for 20-30 minutes, followed by 30-40 minutes Q&A.

For details of the programme see the Taiwan Colloquium section of this website! 

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ercct-taiwan-colloquium-summer-2021-tickets-152525753635

New Resident Fellow: Judy Lee

We are very happy to welcome Ms. Judy Lee 李爾雅 to Tübingen as a new ERCCT Resident Fellow. Judy has just arrived in town a few days ago and she will start working on her Ph.D. project about how contact tracing as a measure of epidemic control might affect perceptions of democratic governance during the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. 

The ERCCT team wishes her a good start and a successful time in Tübingen!

Feb. 22 - Tseng Hsun-Hui

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".

Postgraduate Research Grant for the Study of the Tainan Region

The International Center for Tainan Area Humanities and Social Sciences Research awards a Postgraduate Research Grant for the Study of the Tainan Region, 2021, to M.A. or Ph.D. candidates in humanities or social sciences working on a porject related to Tainan. 

Please view the guideline documents in english or chinese for further details. 

Prof. Zhan Min-xu Held Talk on Imaginations of "the South" in Contemporary Taiwanese Literature in 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. 

Lee Po-Han gave talk on Taiwan in regard to epidemiological (inter)nationalism

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.

The Taiwan Colloquium in the Winter 2020/2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world with unforeseeable speed and dimension since the beginning of 2020. Amid the pandemic, we have come to realize the significance and urgency of understanding Taiwan from social, political and historical perspectives more than ever. Against this background, the ERCCT colloquium continues to introduce the latest research on contemporary Taiwan to explore various themes, such as aboriginal peoples, global mobility, and literature.
This colloquium is organized as a luncheon seminar with presentations. It is an online event that takes place on Mondays from 12.30 to 13.45. Speakers will talk for 20-30 minutes, followed by 30-40 minutes Q&A.

For details of the programme see the Taiwan Colloquium section of this website! 

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ercct-colloquium-tickets-127309061831

Taiwan Colloq. on Musical Journeys of Luo Dayu and Teresa Teng

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. 

Dec. 7 - Zhu Yifei

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.



TAITRA Has Launched Website Offering Resources to Fight Covid-19

Under the headline "We're in this Fight Together", the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)  has launched a Taiwan Global Anti-Covid-19 Pavillion, a websiteoffering information on Taiwan's anti-Covid-19 resources in English, which can be found at https://www.anti-covid-19.tw 

For more information, please download the following documents: 


The 18th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies

Our friends at the European Association of Taiwan Studies annonce that the 18th EATS Annual Conference is now open for abstract submission. The conference is held on 15-17 April 2021 at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. The theme of the conference is 'Taiwan in Transition'.The 2021 Young Scholar Award is also open for submission. The deadline for both submissions is 15 September 2020. The call for papers for the conference can be found here and the YSA announcement can be found here. Please click here for the submission form for regular panels and YSA competition and here for submission form for MA panels.  

Short-Term Resident Fellow Progam 2020-2021 Open for Applications

Applications to the Short-Term Resident Fellow Programme, November 2020 to March 2021 period, are now accepted until August 15, 2020! Under this programme, we welcome Ph.D. or postdoc researchers to join the CCKF-ERCCT for a period of between three and six months and grant them a monthly stipend of 350 EUR plus a 500 EUR travel grant, as the pandemic situation is under control in Tübingen and south-western Germany.

For more information on the programme please refer to the Short-Term Resident Fellow Programme Section of this website and see the announcement or write an e-mail to stefan.braig@uni-tuebingen.de

Applications welcome for the Visiting Fellow Programme of the winter semester 2020-21

Ph.D students or postdortoral fellows from our Taiwanese partner insitutions interested in the Visiting Fellow Programme, please note that the ERCCT now accepts applications for the coming winter semester. 

For information on the programme please see the Visiting Fellow Programme section of this website or see this announcement

Taiwanese Films and Expert Talk: Taiwan, Then and Now

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the ERCCT, in cooperation with China Centrum Tübingen (CCT), hosted an online talk and discussion with Chris Berry, professor of film studies at King's College London. Entitled "Modernity, Gender, Sexuality: Social Values in Taiyupian", the talk referred to two Taiwanese movies that are part of the project on taiyupian  台語片, "Taiwan's Lost Commercial Cinema" (by film scholars Prof. Berry and Dr. Ming-Yeh Rawnsley). One was "Foolish Bride, Naive Bridegroom" 三八新娘憨女婿, a comedy from 1967 by Xin Qi, and the second, "Like Father, Like Daughter" 前世情人的情人, was a modern sequel to the first. Both films have been available to registered users to be viewed online for four days prior to the event.