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6-8 September 2018 - The 3rd World Congress of Taiwan Studies: “Taiwan in the Globalized World: The Relevance of Taiwan Studies to the Social Sciences and Humanities”. Jointly organized by Academia Sinica and the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Humanities and Social Sciences Build-ing (HSSB), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, please refer to the conference website.

20-21 September 2018 - “Constructing Post-Authoritarian/Post-Imperium Identity: Taiwan and Eastern Europe”. International workshop hosted by the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley, USA.

18-19 October 2018 - “Global Island: Taiwan and the World” Workshop, to be held at the Univer-sity of Washington, Seattle, USA. Hosted by the University of Washington Taiwan Studies Pro-gram. Further information available here.

24-28 October 2018 - “Beyond Beauty: Looking Through the Lens of Environmental Documen-taries at Taiwan in the World”. University of Vienna, Austria. For more information, please refer to the conference website.

15-16 November 2018 - International workshop: “The Invisible Within. Actors, Relationships and Activities in Chinese Migrant Families”. Featuring the screening of Nowhere to Call Home: A Ti-betan in Beijing (Jocelyn Ford, 2014) and Border People (Elena Barabantseva, 2018). University of Central Lancashire, UK.


6th ERCCT Young Scholars Workshop

Bad Urach and Tübingen, 2-8 July 2018

From July 2 to 8, the European Research Cen-ter on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) held its sixth Young Scholars Workshop in the city of Bad Urach and Tübingen, Germany. From the large number of applications, twelve young scholars from Europe and Asia were selected to present their PhD or postdoc pro-jects and discuss them together with ERCCT Fellows and Visiting Scholars. The workshop panels discussed the following topics: Tai-wan’s New Southbound Policy; Civil Liber-ties and Protest Movements; Cross-Strait Re-lations and International Order in East Asia; Refugees and Global Governance.

During the first day of presentations, Professor Emerson Niou from Duke University joined Professor Gunter Schubert and Assistant Professor Tseng Yu-chin from Tübingen for a roundtable to discuss Taiwan’s New South Bound Policy. Their inputs were followed by a lively discussion as all workshop participants took part in the controversial debate about the challenges and opportunities of this initiative.

As always, the workshop was complemented by a variety of social and cultural activities. These in-cluded a hike to the waterfall near Bad Urach, city tours in Bad Urach and Tübingen as well as visits to the Castle Hohenzollern and the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

ERCCT 10th Anniversary Symposium on the Future of Taiwan Studies

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan – A CCK Foundation Overseas Center (CCKF-ERCCT) hosted the Symposium on the Future of Taiwan Studies: the next steps to take on Friday and Saturday, June 22/23, 20 18, at the Castle of Hohentübingen.

At the beginning of the symposium, ERCCT Director Prof. Gunter Schubert offered a retrospective on the achievements of the center in its 10 years of promoting Taiwan Studies at the University of Tübingen. On Saturday, he also presented his views on "Strategizing the Recruitment of Taiwan Scholars at Western Universities"

A most recent milestone for Taiwan studies in Tübingen was the establishment of the position of Assistant Professor of Modern Taiwan Studies at the Department of Chinese Studies in April 2018. Dr. Tseng Yu-chin, who was appointed to this position and concurrently serves as ERCCT Co-Director, presented her vision of furthering Taiwan Studies in Tübingen and beyond at the symposium, her talk was entitled: “The Imaginations of Taiwan: How to Contest the Ambivalence of Taiwan Studies”.

As South Korea has been very successful in promoting Korean Studies worldwide as well as at the University of Tübingen, there is certainly a lot that Taiwan could learn from South Korean Institutional Enhancement Programmes and Cooperation Experiences, a topic discussed by Prof. Dr. Lee You Jae from the Department of Korean Studies at Tübingen University.

Following were a number of position papers presented by external guests: Professor Jonathan Sullivan from the University of Nottingham spoke on “Mainstreaming Taiwan Studies: Making the Case for a New Field”, Professor Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao from Academia Sinica reported on “Retrospect and Prospect for Taiwan Studies in Taiwan and in the World”, Professor Shelley Rigger from Davidson College reflected on “Liberating Taiwan from the Social Sciences”, and Professor Thomas B. Gold from the University of California, Berkeley, raised (and answered) the question “Is the Trump Disruption Providing an Opening for Taiwan Studies in the U.S.?”

The meeting concluded with the drafting of a “Manifesto on the Future of Taiwan Studies”; its final version will be made publicly available through the ERCCT’s website in due course, before being presented at the 3rd World Congress of Taiwan Studies in September.


The Taiwan Studies Dissertation Award (TSDA

The Taiwan Studies Dissertation Award (TSDA) is open to undergraduate and postgraduate stu-dents enrolled at an institution in the EU who submit their dissertations during the academic year of 2017-18. Students in the disciplines of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences whose dissertations are focused on, related to, or comparing Taiwan with other case studies are eligible to participate in the competition for TSDA. EATS will issue two undergraduate awards and two postgraduate awards. Each will be presented with an official certificate and a modest monetary prize. All submis-sions will be blind reviewed independently by experts in the relevant fields. The working language is English. The word count for undergraduate dissertations is between 10,000 and 12,000 words. The word count for postgraduate dissertations (Master’s, MPhil) is between 10,000 and 15,000 words. The primary criterion for assessment is the intellectual rigour of the dissertation. The deadline for submitting undergraduate dissertations is 30th July 2018; the deadline for submitting postgraduate (MA/MPhil) dissertations is 31st December 2018.

There are two channels for submission:

  • by self-nomination: if you are a student, please send your dissertation together with your CV (including the names of your supervisors).

  • by recommendation: if you are a supervisor and would like to nominate a dissertation under your supervision, please send a copy of the dissertation.

Please submit to and direct any related queries to Dr Chun-yi Lee at

The Washington International Law Journal

Symposium issue dedicated to Transitional Justice in Taiwan

The Washington International Law Journal, formerly the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, has published a piece by legal scholar, Professor Ernest Caldwell, in its Volume 27, Issue 2 publication titled “Transitional Justice Legislation in Taiwan Before and During the Tsai Administration.” The Journal wishes to increase the amount of scholarship on Taiwanese transitional justice by inviting scholars to respond to Professor Caldwell’s article and share their own insights and analysis on top-ics this area. The Journal looks forward to reviewing articles submitted on this topic and hopes to publish some of these works in a forthcoming publication. Please submit articles via ExpressO or directly to by November 15, 2018.

International conference on Taiwan’s Cultural Diplomacy

25-27 October 2019, Vienna, Austria

Marking the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Vienna Center for Taiwan Studies

Increasingly, Taiwan has been refused formal international political participation and diplomatic contacts that do not recognize the „One China“ principle. Luckily, Taiwan has other opportunities to present itself and become better known globally.

This October 2019 conference, organized by the Vienna Center for Taiwan Studies as it marks its 10th anniversary, will honor successes, explore possible channels and offer advice on enhancing promotion of Taiwan in the future.

Suggested panels include the following, and can be extended into other fields:

  1. Economics: The Southbound strategy

  2. Politics: Multiparty democracy is workable in the Asian context

  3. Culture: Promoting Taiwan in Art and Literature

  4. Culture 2: Filmmaking in and on Taiwan

  5. Ethnicity: Ethnic Multiplicity in Taiwan

  6. Gender: Developing an International Model for Equality

  7. Law: Continental European roots shared with Japan and Korea.

  8. Sharing the UN human rights conventions with the world

  9. Environment: Creating a sustainable Island

Important dates:

  • 30 Oct. 2018 Deadline for submission of a 500 word abstract including your name, title, affiliation, and the panel in question. Please send to

  • 15 Nov. 2018 letter of acceptance (per email) + panel confirmation

  • 15 Aug. 2019 submission of draft paper (7000 words)

  • 15 Sept. 2019 draft program available on conference website

For further information, please refer to this website.


Gary Rawnsley has been appointed Professor of Public Diplomacy and Dean of the Faculty of Hu-manities and Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). This marks a return to China as Gary was previously the Founding University Dean and Head of International Studies at UNNC between 2005 and 2007.


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