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.
The ERCCT will hold its first Taiwan Europe Connectivity Workshop, a workshop for emerging young scholars, i.e. Ph.D. students (3rd year and above) and postdocs, from 10 to 16 July, 2022. The main topic for this year’s workshop is "Taiwan’s Pandemic Management and Domestic Politics."
Since the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Taiwan has been sealed off the world, pursuing a Zero-Covid-strategy like Hong Kong and Mainland China. Although there is much domestic bickering concerning the different components of this strategy, most notably the government’s vaccination policy, Zero-Covid seems to enjoy overall legitimacy among Taiwan’s populace. Although Taiwan’s successful management of the pandemic in the early phase of the crisis has gained much international recognition, its Zero-Covid approach is increasingly debated between epidemiologists and policy-makers though, as its impact on and costs for Taiwan’s economy and society becomes arguably stronger. It is the objective of this workshop to assess Taiwan’s pandemic management over the last two years in terms of domestic party politics and repercussions on regime legitimacy. We also invite papers putting Taiwan in a comparative East Asian and/or global perspective, situating its pandemic management in a global crisis regime that must mitigate competing demands of “keeping the virus out” and “learning to live with the virus”.
Other paper submissions pertaining to the fields of Taiwan politics, society, economics and cross-strait relations are highly welcomed.
This format provides participants from Taiwan and Europe with the opportunity to
- present their research to an international audience of peers
- engage in scholarly exchange on theory and methodology
- discuss publication strategies
- get to know Tübingen, the CCKF-ERCCT and Tübingen university
Travel expenses and accommodation will be fully covered by the CCKF-ERCCT. Successful applicants are requested to submit a research paper after the workshop for online publication in the CCKF-ERCCT Online Paper Series.
For application, please send your CV and an outline of your research project (5-6 pages) until 15 February, 2022 to:
Stefan Braig, M.A.
ERCCT Managing Director
Download this Call for Applications
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.
In the last session of the Taiwan Colloquium before the Christmas break, our visiting fellow Pan Yi-Ling, who is joining the ERCCT from November 26 to December 23, presented a Ph.D. research project to the other felllows of the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, December 13, 2021. The presentation was titled "From Taiwan New Cinema to Post-New Cinema: The Transformation of Identity in today's Taiwan Cinema". Ms. Pan explained her research motivation, which lies with the issue of naming the present era of Taiwanese cinema as 'Post New Taiwanese Cinema', presented her research question and conceptual framework before bringing flesh to the bones by introducing a case study that is going to make up an important part of her Ph.D. dissertation.
Dr. Sirma Altun, who just received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Geography at the University of Sydney earlier this year, gave a presentation of her current reserach project on "Global, Creative or Smart: City branding practices in Taipei in the 2000s" in the Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, December 06, 2021. In her talk, Dr. Altun showed how various paradigms of city branding were applied in Taipei, each according to global trends, but also being influenced by the dynamics of the political economy in the Greater China region.
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) signed between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, and Vietnam in March 2018. Originally named the Trans-Pacific Partnership and with twelve members, the Trump administration withdrew the USA from it in 2017, the remaining eleven countries reorganising and renaming the agreement. After leaving the EU, the UK applied to join in February 2021, followed by both China and Taiwan in September the same year. Countries seeking to join the bloc must negotiate tariffs and other market access conditions with each of the 11 original members.
The Taiwan Studies Program of the University of Nottingham is holding a conference on 17th-18th June 2022 to explore the issues raised by this novel dynamic of contemporaneous applications to join the CPTPP from the UK, China and Taiwan. We are inviting papers which address (but need not be limited to):
- The regional trade relationship within East Asia
- The drivers and perspectives behind the three new applications to join the CPTPP
- American perspectives on these applications
- What the applications mean for the rivalry between China and Taiwan
- Implications of the application for the UK’s ‘Global Britain’ concept.
The conference will be held in a hybrid mode, with the speakers attending, presenting and debating in person, and online streaming of the proceedings for remote participants.
Please submit your abstract of no more than 500 words to email@example.com.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31st January 2022. Notification will be sent out by 15th February 2022; if selected, the deadline for submitting final conference papers (6,000 words) will be 27th May 2022.
Selected conference papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal, or as chapters in an edited book.
The Taiwan Studies Program will provide up to three nights’ accommodation in Nottingham for selected contributors.
The Program welcomes submissions from post graduate research students or early career researchers (researchers who have not yet obtained a permanent position). The conference will cover travel expenses up to GBP500 for those in these categories whose abstracts are accepted.
In the first on-site session of the Taiwan Colloquium in more than one-and-a-half years, visiting fellow Dr. Liao Tsung-Han 廖崇翰 from the Election Study Center at National Chengchi University presented his research project "The Personality Traits and Political Behaviors of Taiwan Voters" to ERCCT fellows and guests. The event format was in fact a hybrid one, combining the on-site presentation and discussion with the online participance of scholars currently not present in Tübingen, in this case, Dr. Sirma Altun. The presentation was ensued by a lively dicussion on the methodology and interpretation of the research results.
On Tuesday, October 26, the ERCCT presented Zhang Hong-Jie張弘榤‘s documentary film “When the Dawn Comes” 黎明到來的那一天 (Taiwan 2021, 59 minutes), a sympathetic portrait of Chi Chia-Wei 祁家威, the father of Taiwan’s gay right’s movement. The screening took place in local movie theatre Kino Arsenal and was part of the theatre’s first Queer Film Festival. The screening was followed by a Q&A with ERCCT managing director Stefan Braig. The ERCCT is grateful to Kino Arsenal to provide this opportunity to make a contribution the QFF.
The ERCCT team extends a very warm welcome to Dr. Liao Tsung-Han 廖崇翰 from the Election Study Center at National Chengchi University, who is the first Visiting Fellow to visit us after the long CoViD-19 break! Dr. Liao just arrived on Friday, 15 October and is going to stay until 15 November. We already looking forward to the presentation of his research project „The Personality Traits and Political Behaviors of Taiwan Voters“ in the Taiwan Colloquium on 8 November and wish him a pleasant stay in Tübingen.
In cooperation with local cinema Kino Arsenal, the ERCCT will present Zhang Hong-jie 張弘榤’s documentary „When the Dawn Comes“ on Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 5:30 p.m.
The film tells the story of Chi Chia-wei 祁家威, the father of Taiwan’s gay rights activism, from the beginnings of his fight in the 1980s until Taiwan’s historical breakthrough with the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2019 (view trailer).
The screening is part of the programme of Tübingen’s Queer Week, 22 – 31 October.
The film will be shown in Chinese with english subtitles at Kino Arsenal at Hintere Grabenstraße 20, 72074 Tübingen. Tickets are sold for 6 EUR, or 5 EUR with a student discount.
Associate Professor Eric Cheung 鄭肇祺 from the Department of Cultural Resources and Leisure Industries at National Taitung University presented his recent research project on cross-strait trade (failures) in the ERCCT Taiwan Colloquium on Monday, June 28. His presentation, titled "The Bony Milkfish Road: Cross-Strait Trade, Seafood Cultures, and Quality-Taste (Mis-)Punctuation", unraveled the story of how export of milkfish, which is a very popular food fish in southern Taiwan, failed as an export product on the mainland chinese market.
Here is the video recording: https://youtu.be/XZ6ukO5XB_0
On June 21, 2021, Dr. Magadaléna Rychetská from the Department of Chinese Studies at Masaryk University, Brno, gave an intriguing presentation on the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, gaging the possibility of understanding the church's activities in a transnational perspective on interaction between both sides of the Taiwan strait. Her talk in this Taiwan Colloquium was titled: "Transnational perspective: Can research of the Presbyterian church enrich our understanding of cross-strait studies?"
The talk has been recorded and can be watched at the CCKF-ERCCT's youtube channel.
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".
A side trip into the field of literature was made through the intriguing presentation on Monday, February 15, 2021, by Dr. Gwennaël Gaffric Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France). His topic was "Taiwan Literature in the Era of the Anthropocene", shedding light on how contemporary Taiwanese Literature (apart from imaginations about the Global South) engages with ecological crises.
Dr. Beatrice Zani, visiting postdoctoral researcher at the ERCCT, on Monday, February 8, 2021, presented her fascinating research project on "Women Miggrants in Southern China and in Taiwan: Mobilities, Digital Economies, and Emotions" in the Taiwan Colloquium.
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.
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!
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.