Aktuelle Veranstaltungen

Greater China and Taiwan Colloquium Winter term 2023/24

ASC Conference 2023

The annual conference of the ASC (Arbeitskreis Sozialwissenschaftliche Chinaforschung, DGA) this year was hosted by Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert, Chair of Greater China Studies, and took place on the 23rd and 24th  of November at the University of Tübingen. The agenda consisted of five panels covering the topics of 'International Political Economy and IR,' 'Digitalization and the (Chinese Party-)State,' 'Political Steering under Xi Jinping,' 'Local Politics and Central-Local Relations,' and 'Censorship and Surveillance.' These panels were chaired by Tobias ten Brink (Constructor University), Margot Schüller (GIGA), Björn Alpermann (University of Würzburg), Doris Fischer (University of Würzburg), and Ryanne Flock (University of Würzburg). In each panel, discussants presented and commented on the conference papers, which included two contributions from our PhD candidates, Abbey Heffer and Joachim Brinkmann, before participants engaged in lively discussions. Overall, the ASC Conference was characterized by timely papers that reflected the current important debates within social science research on China.

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Greater China and Taiwan Colloquium - Summer Term 2023

Join us this summer term for fruitful discussions on the latest research! Regular colloquium sessions are held on Thursdays, 6-8pm c.t. at Wilhelmstr. 19 SR 001. Additional sessions are scheduled for Mondays. We will keep everyone posted about the latest schedule

Greater China and Taiwan Colloquium - Summer Semester 2023

May 4


Lin Kaiyuan

Green Energy Transition and Peripheral City Development in China: toward a local Eco-developmental state

May 11
Dr. Jens Damm
Contested and Negotiated Discourses: LGBTQI Issues in Taiwan’s Media
Wilhelmstr. 19, SR 001
May 22

Dr. Li Rongxin

Understanding Consultative Politics in China, Ideology, Democracy and Governance

Keplerstr. 2
SR 002

May 25


Prof. Shen Hsiu-Hua

Infrastructuring Youth: the Chinese Government's mobilization of
Taiwanese young people

Wilhelmstr. 19, SR 001

June 5


Prof. Shen Hsiu-Hua

Kinmen as a Shifting Border

Keplerstr. 2
SR 002
June 22
Prof. Chen Yi-Ling
From Globalizing Taipei to Refencing European Cities: Referencing as a politicalizing strategy in Taiwan’s urban development

Wilhelmstr. 19

SR 001

June 29


Zhou Shunzi

Steering and Shirking Environmental Policy under Top-Level Design in Xi Jinping's China

Wilhelmstr. 19

SR 001

July 3


Daniel Davies
Ethnic Affinity, Proximity Voting and Indigenous Politics

Keplerstr. 2
SR 002

July 6


Prof. Anne Sokolsky
A Diary of a Taiwanese Girl (1944): Imperialization, Language Edu-cation, and a Young Woman's Voice in Japanese Ruled Taiwan

Wilhelmstr. 19

SR 001

July 10


Wu Peng-Chi
Keplerstr. 2
SR 002
July 27
Prof. Lee Po-Han
What's beneath ‘I'd rather not’? Disabled sexualities and crip ambivalence

Wilhelmstr. 19

SR 001

GCS Colloquium Summer 2021

China’s Political System in the Xi Jinping Era: Features, Trends and Developments

China’s Political System in the Xi Jinping Era: Features, Trends and Developments

Many observers have stated that China’s political system has seen considerable change since the beginning of the Xi Jinping era. But what exactly has changed, and to what effect? What are the most striking features of today’s political system, and what broader trends and developments within China’s elite strata and society at large do they embody? How successful is the system in generating stability and legitimacy? Does is allow for systemic evolution, and if so, in what direction? Or, are we facing an increasing ossification of the system that may lead to its eventual demise? This lecture series focuses on a number of relevant topics assessing the steering capacity of China’s political system in various policy fields, which is critical for the future development of China’s Communist regime and its “authoritarian resilience”. It is also an event to feature the “German school of China studies”.  

The lecture series is an online event via Zoom. It takes place on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45 pm (CET). Speakers shall talk no longer than 25-30 minutes, followed by 45-50 minutes of Q&A.




April 29

A Disciplining Agency: The State in Xi Jinping China

(Prof. Dr. Thomas Heberer, Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Talk recording


May 6

Economic Steering in Xi Jinping China

(Prof. Dr. Doris Fischer, Universität Würzburg)

Talk recording



How to Ensure Cadres' Compliance? Cadres Management in Xi Jinping China

(Chen Xuelian, Central Compilation and Translation Office, Beijing)


June 10

Handling Social Protest in Xi Jinping’s China

(Prof. Dr. Christian Göbel, Universität Wien)

Talk recording


June 17

From Resilience to Consolidation: Judicial Reforms and Authoritarian Rule in Xi Jinping China

(Meng Ye, M.A., Universität Tübingen)


June 24

Xi’s Third Way: Illiberal Institutionalization

(Prof. Dr. Björn Alpermann, Universität Würzburg)

Talk recording


July 1

Building a „World Class Science System” in Xi Jinping China

(Dr. Anna L. Ahlers, MPI für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin)

Talk recording


Please register here to receive zoom link for all or any of the sessions and for event updates!

GCS Colloquium Winter 2020/21

The World in Crisis Mode: Fighting, hedging and utilizing the corona pandemic in Greater China and Asia

When human-to-human transmissions of a new coronavirus were first reported in January 2020, few people – most probably within China and its near-by periphery – could have foreseen the scale of the crisis that would soon follow. Within two months, a local outbreak of infections in the city of Wuhan in Central China turned into a pandemic, sending political systems worldwide into crisis-mode and redefining the complex web of international relations. The coronavirus crisis has revealed the strength and weaknesses of political regimes across Greater China and (East) Asia as each developed their own specific strategies to fight the virus. At the same time, the crisis arguably accelerated existing trends in international relations, most notably the increasing competition for global power between the U.S. and China. 


This colloquium takes stock of the political and social repercussions of this pandemic in Greater China and (East) Asia. It focuses particularly on the role of China as the major factor shaping regional and international relations and explores the dimensions of regional and global political change accelerated by the pandemic’s impact.

This lecture series is organized as a luncheon seminar via Zoom. It is an online event that takes place on Thursdays from 12.30 to 13.45. Speakers are supposed to talk no longer than 25-30 minutes, followed by 45-50 minutes Q&A. 

Please follow the links to the individual sessions for detailed information and registration. 

12 November 2020:
How may the pandemic affect political trust in China?
Li Lianjiang, Hong Kong

19 November 2020:
The pandemic and Hong Kong’s political survival
Malte Kaeding, Surrey

26 November 2020:
The governmentality of anti-epidemic politics in Taiwan
Gunter Schubert, Tübingen

3 December 2020:
Still catching up or already looking back? How the Corona pandemic changed South Koreans' view of the West
Lee You Jae, Tübingen

17 December 2020
Japan-China relations during the coronavirus crisis
Chris Hughes, LSE

14 January 2021
Covid-19 - a litmus test for Southeast Asian regionalism
Jürgen Rüland, Freiburg

21 January 2021:
COVID-19 Response in China and East Asia: Unhealthy Populism and Healthy Authoritarianism?
Mark Thompson, Hongkong

4 February 2021
Crisis outfall: the demise of US-China relations
Eberhardt Sandschneider, Berlin

11 February 2021
The European Union’s search for geopolitical space in the era of Covid-19
Hans-Jürgen Bieling, Tübingen

18 February 2021
Chinese perspectives on a world in turmoil
Gudrun Wacker, Berlin