Here you can find articles about our past Young Scholars Workshop
After two years in which the pandemic impeded real on-site workshops in Tübingen, the ERCCT was happy to continue our series of workshops for young scholars with the Taiwan Europe Connectivity Workshop held from 11 to 15 July, 2022 in Tübingen.
The event brought together eight young external Taiwan scholars based in Europe and Taiwan as well as ERCCT visiting fellows and visiting scholars staying at the ERCCT in July, namely: Isabelle Cheng, Yu Ssu-Han, Huang Yin-shan, and Karoline Buchner. Apparently, a good mixture, as participants presented and discussed very interesting projects on a high level at the lovely venue in University Guesthouse at Lessingweg 3.
The ERCCT and workshop participants were honored by the presence on Monday, 11 July, of Mrs. Yu Shu-chi, the director of the administrative division of the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany, who addressed workshop participants in an opening message stressing the importance of understanding Taiwan as a vital player in the international community of democracies and market economies.
The first external participant to talk then was Dr. Wang Tao from the Department of Politics at the University of Manchester, who presented his project on local politicians’ constituency service ‘Weddings, Funerals, and Errands: How Guanxi Serves Democracy’, followed by Ms. Hou Ying-Chun, Ph.D. candidate at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London, speaking about ‘Community-led planning reforms in developmental-state cities? A study of marketisation of planning systems and changing understandings of communities in Taipei, Taiwan’, and ERCCT Visiting Fellow Huang Yin-Shan, Ph.D. student from the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at National Chengchi University, who presented her paper titled ‘China’s Submarine Cable Development in the Indo-Pacific: A Geopolitical Perspective’.
On Tuesday, 12 July, Max Dixon, Ph.D. student from the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature at the University of Portsmouth, made the start, delivering his presentation on “Cycles of Instability’: Japanese perceptions of Chinese assertiveness in Hong Kong and Taiwan, 2019-2020.’ Next in line was Ms. Lin Yung from the Department of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University, posing the question ‘How Has the CoviD-19 Crisis Challenged East Asia Security and Conflict Resolution?’, followed by ERCCT Visiting Fellow Yu Ssu-Han, Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, who presented her doctoral research project under the title ‘Mediating democratic politics: generational understanding of democracy and identification with Taiwan’. Ph.D. student Mayya Solonina from the Department of Sinology at the University of Trier then rounded off day two with the presentation of her research project on ‘Government and Media othering in Taiwan during COVID-19’.
The third workshop day was mainly dedicated to the migration studies field, and opened by Mrs. Felicitas Wiji Lestari Dhont, Ph.D. student in the Southeast Asian Studies Program of National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, speaking about ‘Indonesian Migrant Workers in Taiwan during the Pandemic: Government Policy, Access to Information and Language Barriers’. ERCCT Visiting Scholar Dr. Isabelle Cheng from the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature at the University of Portsmouth followed suit with ‘Disease, Temporality, and Inequality: Sanitising Foreign Bodies and Protecting Public Health in Taiwan’, before Dr. Kristina Kironska from Palacky University in Olomouc presented her forthcoming research paper ‘Formosa as a safe haven? Taiwan’s public opinion on potential asylum mechanisms’. Topic-wise a bit of an outlier in the migration panel, but no less enlightening was the fourth presentation of the day, namely, Joso Fatimaah Menefee, Ph.D. student from the International Institute of Korean Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, who presented her doctoral research under title ‘Gastrodiplomacy in Contemporary International Relations of Asia Everyday Nationalism: Gastronomic Campaigns of Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Japan’.
On Thursday, 14 July, then ERCCT Short-Term Resident Fellow Karoline Buchner from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin gave a presentation of her Ph.D. research project, titled ‘Cultivating partnerships – Chinese medicine as a form of public and everyday diplomacy under Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy’.
Apart from the project presentations, this first ERCCT Taiwan Europe Connectivity Workshop also featured contributions from the side of the ERCCT itself. ERCCT Director Prof. Gunter Schubert introduced the center’s objectives and programs on the afternoon of the first day. On Tuesday afternoon (12 July) Tübingen-educated historian Dr. Fabian Fechner from the Institute of History at the distance University Hagen took the participants to a city tour centering on the history and co-evolution of Tübingen University and city. The following punting boat tour on the Neckar River provided for a very relaxed end of the day. Prof. Schubert also talked about ‘Cross-Strait’ studies as a new research field’ on Wednesday afternoon, ERCCT team members and fellows briefly presented their individual research projects on Thursday morning. A roundtable on ‘The war in Ukraine and what it means for Taiwan’ reminded everyone of the grim geopolitical realities of our time and generated an interesting, insightful discussion. A visit to Hohenzollern Castle (14 July, afternoon) and to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on Friday, 15 July, were undertaken, before the workshop was closed with a peaceful dinner at the Castle of Hohenentringen.
The Young Scholars Workshop 2021 was successfully hosted online on Friday and Saturday, July 9 – 10.
The programme, which had to be a shortened one due to the online format and time zone differences, was made up of project presentations and research papers by four young scholars, two from Europe and two from Taiwan, a lecture on publishing for early-career scholars and a roundtable discussion on the question: “Is Taiwan ready to face a belligerent China?”
Opening the programme, after some welcoming remarks by ERCCT Director Prof. Gunter Schubert, at 9:40 Central European Time and 15:40 Taiwan Time, was Chou Szu-Nuo 周思諾from the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa, introducing her Ph.D. research on the lives and memories of the first generation of mainlander women in Taiwan. Both EATS General Secretary Dr Isabelle Cheng (School of Area Studies, History, Politics & Literature, University of Portsmouth) and Dr Lara Momesso (School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston) discussed the paper very constructively.
Next, Dr Julia Marinaccio from the Department of Foreign Languages (Chinese Studies) at the University of Bergen, Norway, talked about her research project on the lack of an absentee-voting system in Taiwan and Taiwan’s overseas voters. Prof. Jonathan Sullivan and Prof. Wu Chung-li 吳重禮 gave valuable advice on the project.
The first day was then concluded by Prof. Lan Pei-Chia 藍佩嘉 (Dept. of Sociology at National Taiwan University), who gave a lecture on academic publishing for young scholars. Giving very practical and useful advice to the workshop participants, Prof. Lan focused on how to make a Ph.D. thesis into a published book. In the ensuing discussion ERCCT Director Prof. Gunter Schubert also considered strategies for publishing journal articles and the value of book chapters.
The second day started with the research paper presentation by Dr Chang Chia-Chien 張珈健 from the Graduate Institute of International Politics at National Chung Hsing University about the causation of trade wars and the recent trade war between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China in particular. In his analysis, Dr Chang combines the domestic factor of socio-economic inequality with the international factor of faltering hegemony. Prof. Saša Istenič Kotar (Department of Asian and African Studies at the University of Ljubljana) and Prof. Chris Hughes (London School of Economics and Political Science) kindly acted as commentators.
Leon Kunz from SOAS continued the programme with his paper on different practices of democratic deliberation in the Sunflower Movement, arguing for a distinction between strategic deliberation as exemplified by the DStreet series of public forums taking place just outside of the Legislative Yuan and prefigurative deliberation like the more radically oppositional Liberation Forum or the Big Intestine Flower deliberations. Prof. Ho Ming-sho 何明修 (Department of Sociology at National Taiwan University) and Dr Malte Kaeding (Department of Politics at the University of Surrey) discussed the paper constructively regarding both its content and possible publication.
The final roundtable discussion gathered together Prof. Chris Hughes, Prof. Leng Tse-Kang 冷則剛 (Institute of Political Science, Academic Sinica), Prof. Lin Thung-hong 林宗弘 (Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica), and Prof. Shelley Rigger (Political Science, Davidson College) to discuss a question, which Prof. Schubert raised through relating the impressions he gained in Taiwan earlier this year when Chinese naval manoeuvres and incursions into Taiwan’s Aerial Defense Identification Zone became more and more frequent, yet most of Taiwanese society displayed an attitude of indifference toward China’s menacing gestures. The question thus was whether Taiwan is ready to face a belligerent China.
Various perspectives were taken by the panellists: Apparent indifference or unwillingness to engage in military action may be just due the fact that an actual attack does not yet seem imminent and there may well be a sudden rise of fighting spirit if or when war really is on the doorstep. But willingness to fight to defend Taiwan may also be proven to be just wishful thinking, as Taiwan’s military capabilities are no match for the PRC’s, if Taiwan is not supported by foreign powers. Accordingly, the perspective was then also broadened to emphasize that in terms of military readiness, Taiwan cannot wait until war comes, but needs to consider whether its democracy is sufficiently robust to forge a consensus on defence, Taiwan has to rethink the distribution of the national budget in regard to national security, and needs to reform its military education system to make it more attractive for capable young people to join, it also needs to include other countries in Taiwan’s defence in a comprehensive sense. Keeping in mind that it is the military who would have to go to battle in the case of an actual attack, unwavering support for the armed forces from broader society is also an important factor for Taiwan’s defence readiness. Also important, yet difficult, is the question of how to measure the will to fight. Analogies maybe useful here, it was said, and the issue of climate change may serve as an example: If too little attention is paid to climate change, then the situation may turn out to be very dangerous in the end, but if one faces it with too much panic, then policy deliberation may be ineffective.
These expert opinions were followed by a discussion with the audience before this year’s ERCCT Young Scholars Workshop was concluded with an expression of gratitude from Prof. Schubert towards all those who have contributed to the event.
As one of the summer semester's highlights, the ERCCT hosted its 7th Young Scholars Workshop from July 1 to 6, 2019. Our externally invited participants gathered at Hotel Fritz Lauterbad in the nice Black Forest town of Freudenstadt on Sunday, June 30, joined on Monday morning, July 1, by those scholars and fellows, who were already staying in Tübingen, namely: Mark Henderson, Lan Pei-Chia, Chu Jou-Juo, Tommy Kwan, Liu Ya-Chun, Lu Chien-Chih, and Chen Yu-Lan.
The presenations in Freudenstadt were grouped into a panel on Cross-Strait and cross-border Issues, which included "Political Ideology and International Relations in Taiwan" by Chen Rong of the Department of Psychology at National Taiwan University, "Making Money and Everyday Geopolitics: Cross-border ‘Talent Fostering’ in Urban China" by Liu Hui-chun of the Department of Geography at University College London, "The Enthusiasm for Studying in China: The Study and Life Experience of Taishang Schools’ Students, and the Effects on Their Choices of Higher Education" by Yuan Yung-chen of the Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinica, and "Taiwan-Myanmar Relations Within the Framework of the New Southbound Policy" by Kristina Kironska of the Cental European Institute of Asian Studies; one panel on Taiwan Society and Social Movements, which included "Land and Democracy: Land Expropriations, Protests, and Votes in Taiwan Democracy Transiting Process" by Fu Wei-Che of the Institute of Sociology at National Tsing-Hua University, "Fabricating ‘Parisian seduction’ in Taiwan. A sociological view of cultural fantasy as intimate commodities" by Chen Wei-Ping of the Department of Sociology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, "Prosperous Coffee Shops in Semi-Periphery Taiwan: Taste, Crafts, and Service Encounter" by Kao Tzu-Yi of the Graduate Institute of Sociology at National Taiwan University; and one panel on Climate Change and Energy Politics including "Altruism or Self-Interest? Understanding the Voluntary Climate Policy Making in Taiwan" by Chen Milan of the School of Governance at Technical University of Munich, and "Citizens’ Power Plants in Taiwan: Driving Forces from Bottom-up and Top- Down" by Huang Hui-Tzu of the LIFT Program, Ministry of Science and Technology. The academic part was rounded out by the presentation of ERCCT Short-Term Resident Fellow Liu Ya-chun ("Translating Transitional Justice into Chinese-speaking contexts") and ERCCT Visiting Fellow ("Considering New Copyright Reforms in the Mandarin Music Market: Assessing How the Collective Management and Licensing System Affords Economic Incentives for Creators"), after which ERCCT-Director Prof. Gunter Schubert gave an introduction of the ERCCT.
Presenters will submit their re-edited papers for publication on the publications section of this website.
The intense panels in Freudenstadt were mixed with an interesting guided city tour as well as a trip to the nearby Alpirsbach beer brewery. In Tübingen, participants had the opportunity to discover the famous historical city center, explored the Hohenzollern castle near Hechingen, and attended a screening of the Hong Kong film "Ten Years" at the China Centre Tübingen.
We are grateful to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their generous support of the workshop.
The Young Scholars Workshop 2018– certainly one of the highlights among this summer semester’s events at the ERCCT – will begin in a just a few days. This year's workshop, which is generously supported by the Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been announced under the headline of "Taiwan’s New South Bound policy: Building Strength and Overcoming Weakness".
As Dr. Stefan Fleischauer has finalized preparations, the CCKF-ERCCT team and fellows are now ready and excitedly looking forward to the event, which this year takes place in the lovely and architecturally very interesting Haus auf der Alb (House in the Suebian Jura) in Bad Urach.
We will depart on July 2, to meet and welcome the invited Young Scholars Dr. Lan Hsiaping (China University of Political Science and Law); Lin Hsien-ming (National Sun Yat-sen University, Institute of Political Science); Sung Yu-hsien (Nat. Sun Yat-sen University, Institute of Education); Yang Dai-ying (University College London); Chien Ker-wei (University of Essex); Dr. Huang Jaw-nian (Tamkang University); Su Fang-ying (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg); Dr. Chen Li-ning (National Taiwan Normal University); Henderson, Mark (National Chengchi University); Dr. Wu Che-liang (National Tsing Hua University); Tang Qin (Ruhr Universität Bochum, Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften); Park, Anson Sung-lim (National Chengchi University, Department of Political Science).
Apart from presentation and discussion of the participants' academic papers, the programme features a guided city tour through the picturesque little town of Bad Urach, a dinner Barbecue, a guided city tour in Tübingen, a visit to the castle of Hohenzollern, a gondola ride on the Neckar River, and a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
We wish all participants a safe journey to Bad Urach!
Panel 1: Cross-Strait Issues, Morning Session
Chair: Stefan Fleischauer
Wenger, Josh (NTU, Graduate Institute of National Development): “Cross-Strait Political Negotiation: Background and Exploration of the Prenegotiation Approach”
Dr. Tang, Yen-chen (NTU, Department of Political Science): “Guns and Votes: The Logic behind China’s Military Exercises in Taiwan’s Presidential Elections”
Wang, Qin (NTU, Institute of National Development): “China: New Patron of Taiwan’s Lo-cal Factions? The Transition of Taiwan’s PatronClient System”
Panel 1: Cross-Strait Issues, Afternoon Session
Chair: Stefan Braig
Tseng Yu-Chen (I-Shou University, Department of Public Policy and Management): “The Political Implications of Cross-Strait Youth Contacts”
Tsai, Michelle (University of Cambridge, Division of Social Anthropology): “Cross-strait Capitalism and Identity Politics”
Panel 2: Taiwan Issues, Morning Session
Chair: André Beckershoff
Wu Shianghau (School of Business, Macau University of Science and Technology): “The Analysis of Taiwanese People’s Satisfaction with the Government Based on Bayesian Quantile Regression and Rough Set Classification”
Dr. Wahn, I-liang (NCCU, Center for China Studies): “Trusting, Qualification, and sustain-able Consumption in Alternative Food Networks in Taiwan (and China)”
Dr. Lee, Ling-yee (Academia Sinica, Institute of Sociology): “Behind the Book Publishing Miracle of Taiwan: An Analysis of Bookdistribution Systems and Commerce Circuits of Publishing in Taiwan”
Panel 2: Taiwan Issues, Afternoon Session
Chair: Sascha Zhivkov
Tsai, Huiju (National Sun Yat-sen University, Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies): “Service Sector in Taiwan: An Overview”
Dr. Hsia, Chuan-Wei (Academia Sinica, Institute of Sociology): “The Genealogy of Ne-oliberalism in Taiwan: A Neo-Polanyian Approach”
Prof. Gunter Schubert, Prof. Huang Chang-Ling: Round Table Discussion: Recent De-velopments in Taiwan and Impacts for cross-Strait Relations
Panel 3: Best of the Rest
Chair: Sia Ek-hong
Prof. Huang Chang-Ling (Dept. of Political Science, National Taiwan University): “Re-served for Whom? The Electoral Impact of Gender Quotas in Taiwan”
van Bekhoven, Jeroen (NTU, College of Law): “The Incomplete Makeover: Securing In-digenous People’s Rights to Land and Selfgovernment in Taiwan”
Yu, Yi-wen (School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University): “To change or not to change: A survey of collective identity and political belief among mainland spouses in Taiwan”
2016.06.26-2016.07.02. Freudenstadt, Tübingen