Sharing the pursuit of training the next generation of Taiwan scholars in Europe, the Taiwan Studies Programme at the University of Nottingham, the Centre of Taiwan Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies, and the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan joined forces to hold a joint Ph.D. workshop in Taiwan Studies on Friday, December 10, 2021.
During the three-hour online event, one Ph.D. from each institution presented their research project and discussed it with the other workshop participants.
Huang Ching-Yu from SOAS marked the start with her project presentation on “Gender Mainstreaming in Taiwan’s Party Politics”. As Ms. Huang is already in a quite advanced stage of her Ph.D. project, she has recently returned from her field studies in Taiwan and reported about a very successful research process.
Ma Jinpeng, a fourth year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nottingham next presented his doctoral research project on “The Triangular Relationship Between China, the US and Taiwan: Strategies of Intergovernmental Organisations – Since 1949.” The pandemic had unfortunately kept Mr. Ma from going to the field, so his presentation centred on the conceptual framework and its application to the case of the World Trade Organisation, as far as this could be researched via archival materials.
Finally, the ERCCT’s Judy Lee, who is in the beginning stage of her research, presented her project plan, titled “Transnationalism, Identity, and Political Participation of Exiled Hong Kong Dissidents in Taiwan.” In her presentation, Judy presented the results of her explorations into the matter, e.g. making contact and chatting with Hong Kong exiles in Taipei, and shared her attempts at conceptualizing of her analysis, as well as her intended methodology.
The workshop proved to be very fruitful in bringing much expertise to the discussion of each project both from a disciplinary perspective as well as knowledge and experience from the area of Taiwan Studies. In this way, the workshop helped the three presenters to respectively fine-tune or build their analytical and theoretical framework. And as the online format of the event also helped connect the younger scholarly generation across these three institutions, the cooperation will be continued in a series of SOAS-Nottingham-Tübingen Joint Workshops on Taiwan Studies in the future.