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.
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.
Ph.D. students or postdoctoral fellows from our Taiwanese partner institutions interested in the Visiting Fellow Programme of January - February 2023 please note that the ERCCT now accepts applications for that slot.
For information on the programme please see the Visiting Fellow Programme section of this website or see this announcement.
Dr. Amélie Keyser-Verreault, postdoctoral Resident Fellow at the ERCCT since April 2022, has presented her research on the gendered body politics in Taiwan in the Taiwan Colloquium of 28 July 2022. Under the headline "From the quest for beauty to fat-shaming: Gender, body and the politics of desirability in contemporary Taiwan", Dr. Keyser-Verreault fascinated the audience by shedding light on the plight put on Taiwanese women by society's beauty standards and on fat women in particular, but also showed a perspective of fat women's strategies of resistance.
On 21 July, Dr. Isabelle Cheng 程念慈 from the School of Area Studies, History, Politics, and Literature at the University of Portsmouth, who stayed at the ERCCT as a Visiting Scholar from July 4 to August 3, 2022, gave a talk titled "To flee is to be ‘free’? Irregular migrant farmworkers in Taiwan before and during the pandemic", in which she fascinated the audience with a very vivid account of the plight and hopes, the motives and living circumstances of migrant workers from Southeast Asian countries in Taiwan, who have left the employers and work contracts which they have been assigned to in Taiwan, in order to find more profitable jobs in Taiwan's agricultural sector.
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com
Schedule for submissions:
- Proposal Submission Deadline: 31 October 2022
- Acceptance Notice: 15 December 2022
- Full Paper Submission Deadline: 30 May 2023
Dr. Valentina Gamberi from the Research Center on Material Culture at the Fund for Ethnology Leiden, on Monday, February 7, 2022, presented her research project "Sacred Power as Spirituality Polluted: a Taiwanese Perspective on Sacred Waste" in the last session of the Taiwan Colloquium of the Winter Semester 2021/22. A cultural anthropologist by discipline and with a background in museology, her research project tackles the question of how "folk religion in Taiwan deal[s] with and conceptualize[s] sacred waste" and inquires into the possibilities of Chinese folk religion to offer new reconfigurations of the dynamic between heritage and 'sacred waste'.
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.
Two new visiting Fellows arrived this week at the ERCCT, so we are happy to welcome Ms. Shen Yi-chin 沈宜瑾 from National Chung-Hsing University's Graduate Institute of International Politics and Dr. Huang Wei-Hao 黃韋豪 from the Institute of Political Science at National Sun Yat-sen University.
We are very much looking forward to their presentations in the Taiwan Colloquium already.
Dr. Huang will present his research on "Expanding China's Partnerships Networks: How China Factors Affect Taiwan’s Bilateral Relations with Other Countries?" in the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, 17 January 2022 and Ms. Shen will present her project, titled "A Study of Australia’s Strategic Choices under US-China Competition and Cooperation" on Monday, 31 January.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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".
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.