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Young Scholars Workshop 2020 postponed to December 13 to 19, 2020

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to postpone the ERCCT Young Scholars Workshop 2020 from June/July to December 13 to 19, 2020!

14th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival, February 8-9, 2020

With a topical focus on LGBT issues, the ERCCT's 14th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival was held at Kino Arsenal on February 8 - 9, 2020. Two invited guest directors, Huang Hui-chen 黃惠偵 from Taipei and Lucie Liu from Berlin attracted a large audience with their award-winning documentaries. On Saturday, Feb. 8, Huang Hui-chen presented three films, among them the very touching self-portrait Small Talk 日常對話 about her relationship with her lesbian mother, a work for which she won the Teddy Award, the Berlinale's award for best film with a LGBT topic, in the category of documentary in 2017. In the following Q&A, ERCCT Visiting Scholar Prof. Hsieh Hsin-Chin 謝欣芩, who works on documentary film making in Taiwan, presented a number of well informed and intriguing questions, inspiring a very fruitful and instructive discussion. Lucie Liu then presented Taipeilove* on Sunday morning, a documentary about Taiwan gay people's life experience in a Confucian society and their fight for equal rights, winning her both the award for best documentary of the Seoul International Film Festival and the hearts of her Tübingen audience. 
On Saturday evening, the black-comedy mystery thriller The Tenants Downstairs 樓下的房客 by Adam Tsuei (2017) was a very entertaining extra, made possible with the kind support of the Taiwan Film Institute and the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany. 
Our gratitude also goes to the team of Kino Arsenal (Arsenal Kinobetriebe Stefan Paul KG) for hosting us and for the smooth cooperation, and to the China Centrum Tübingen for hosting the Q&A session on February 8!

Prof. Hsieh Hsin-Chin Gave a Lecture at the ERCCT

Prof. Hsieh Hsin-chin 謝欣芩 from the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture at National Taipei University of Education gave a public talk at the ERCCT on Thursday, February 6, 2020. She talked about "Worlding Taiwan: Migration, Transnationality and Contemporary Cultural Production", a topic that also made for a wonderful introduction to our up-coming 14th Taiwan Documentary Film Festival

Prof. Hsieh Hsin-chin Presented Her Research in the Taiwan Colloquium

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.

Welcoming Prof. Hsieh Hsin-chin

Prof. Hsieh Hsin-chin 謝欣芩 from the Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Culture at National Taipei University of Education has just arrived in Tübingen on Monday, January 27, 2020. She will stay at the ERCCT as a visiting scholar until February 9. The ERCCT team conveys a warm welcome and wishes her a pleasant stay in Tübingen!

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. 

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. 

Here are some photos of the event.


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. 

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. 

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.