In April 2010, the European Association of Taiwan Studies was formally registered as an independent association according to German law.
The origins of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) lies in the award of a Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation Grant given to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) to facilitate the establishment of a European-based academic network of Taiwan Studies. The grant was designed to foster a community of interest among specialists on Taiwan working in European universities and research institutions on Taiwan-related topics in areas of the social sciences, humanities, language and culture.
During the last few years, the Association has grown rapidly to become one of the largest and most active academic forums for Taiwan Studies any where in the world. The central method that EATS employs for promoting European Taiwan studies is the organizing of the annual European Association of Taiwan Studies Conference. Nine Annual Conferences have already taken place – in 2004 (London, UK), 2005 (Bochum, Germany), 2006 (Paris, France), 2007 (Stockholm, Sweden), 2008 (Prague, Czech Republic), 2009 (Madrid Spain), 2010 (Tübingen, Germany), 2011 (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and 2012 (Sonderborg, Denmark). The Tenth Conference will take place in Lyon (2013).
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF EATS
The European Association of Taiwan Studies is devoted to the promotion of Taiwan Studies and Research in Europe. The Association seeks to foster a community of inter est among scholars and researchers based in European countries in order to facilitate academic interaction and scientific collaboration.
The aims and objectives of the Association are solely and exclusively educational. Its academic scope includes inter alia the arts, humanities, law, languages, cultural studies and social sciences.
The Association pursues solely and directly objects of public interest in accordance with respective tax law definitions of objectives eligible for preferential tax treatment. The objectives of the constitution will be achieved through the following activities:
- facilitating networking and increased collaboration between students and scholars conducting research and teaching in Taiwan Studies,
- encouraging the study of Taiwan in educa tional institutions through out Europe,
- organization of the annual or biannual EATS conference and smaller workshops or semi nars in the field of Taiwan studies,
- support of young scholars in Europe, for example through the organization of PhD workshops or through the donation of grants for a limited period of time; the respective research results will be made publicly available,
- publication projects involving research presented at the EATS events or other publica tions in the field of Taiwan studies, especially publications of academic research results, maintenance of a website including a specific area for members (publications, information, forum),
- where it will help to achieve its objec tives, the Association shall develop relation ships with other organizations,
- Activities may come to include involvement in exhibitions, lectures, and improving social contacts to the academic benefit of the Association.
The Executive Board, elected at the 2010 General Assembly in Tübingen, includes seven members, including a Secretary General and a Treasurer (See "About Us"). The term of office of each Board member is two years.
The responsibilities include
- planning and running the EATS annual conference and the operation of EATS between conferences,
- invitation for the General Assembly,
- implementation of the decisions of the General Assembly,
- compilation of a report on the Association’s activities since the last General Assembly to be submitted to the General Assembly and published on the website.
- decisions about the exclusion of members.
- The preparation of an annual or bi-annual budget plan
a) The original text in German (since EATS is currently under going registration as a non-profit organisation (“Gemeinnütziger Verein”) in Germany, and according to German law the constitution (“Satzung”) has to be in German.