EATS 2013 Conference

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Name EATS 2013
Location Lyon Normal Superior School

Tenth EATS Annual Conference

2-4 May 2013

Lyon Normal Superior School, France

First circular with important information for all participants is now available -

please download the

a. First Circular 15 March 2013 as PDF

b. Registration form (to be filled in and sent back by March 24, 2013)

c. Excel Table with flight information for Lyon 


Call for Paper - Deadline CLOSED NOW

“Taiwan and Its Neighbours”

You may download the Call for Paper also as PDF

The European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) will hold its Tenth Annual Conference on 2 - 4 May 2013 at the University of Lyon (Ecole Normale Supérieure). The conference invites papers on the theme “Taiwan and its Neighbours”, which reflects an urgent need to expand discussion of the island beyond domestic politics and cross-strait relations to consider Taiwan’s importance to and interactions with the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The Conference is organized by the Taiwan Documentation Centre of Lyon (CDTL), Lyon Institute of East Asia (IAO) and EATS. It will welcome submission from all disciplinary perspectives that offer comparative aspects of Taiwan with particular focus on domestic, geopolitical, and maritime issues in the areas of society, politics, culture, economy, and historical studies. We especially encourage abstracts addressing the topics listed below. However, we will consider outstanding submissions in other areas related to Taiwan Studies (

Please submit an A-4 ONE PAGE abstract by January 10, 2013 to the webpage
 and send a copy of your abstract to the following email: The abstracts will be subject to a double blind review process and you will be informed whether or not your abstract has been accepted by end of February 2013.

Suggested Topics:
Economic Integration and Trade
This panel explores how Taiwan is economically linked with China, its neighbouring area, and the global system. From being one of the Asian Tigers to being seen as a part of ‘Greater China’ or ‘China Circle’, Taiwan has also embraced the ambition of operating as a regional economic centre. We welcome papers that look into the roles played by the Taiwanese government and different industries in the regional and global system. Explorations of the perspective of grassroots level workers are also welcomed.

Migration and New Members
This panel seeks to understand how Taiwan as a receiving state responds to migration from China, Southeast Asia and the so-called ‘advanced’ countries. The presence of marriage and labour migrants has generated a rich literature examining both the state policies and migrants' lived experiences. However, migrants from 'advanced' countries are rarely the protagonists of research, except for being an occasional contrast to the former's legal treatment and living environment. The different research interests partly reflect the categorisation of their legal status and divergent images of migrants imposed by the receiving society. This panel invites submissions that scrutinise these boundaries and compare the impact of these varying streams of migration on Taiwan in the fields of immigration legislation, citizenship, participation, and multiculturalism. 

International Relations
We invite papers on a wide range of topics that address Taiwan’s multi-lateral and bilateral relations, and its interaction with international organizations. Possible themes include Taiwan’s public diplomacy and soft power; Taiwan’s relations and interactions with its neighbours; security policy; and non-governmental international relations. Comparative, empirical and theoretical papers are all welcome.

Maritime Issues and International Law
We invite papers dealing with Taiwan’s role in the East Asia seas, including the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea. In particular of interest are conflicts (e.g. such as the Diaoyutai/Senkaku) and possible solutions regarding natural resources as well as other questions regarding unsolved sovereignty between the various bordering countries. In addition, any other issues regarding Taiwan as a matter of international law in current and historical perspective are welcome.

Geo-history and Geopolitics: A Maritime East Asian Regional Comparative
Maritime in a historical context should broadly be defined as the movement of people, goods, and ideas, as well as the consequences that have flowed as a result of them. The notion of Taiwan as an island means that such movements have arrived to its shores, for the longest parts of its history, by ships – from small boats to ocean going vessels. This panel is particularly keen to encourage papers from historians (including geohistorians) and geopoliticists specialized on different periods of Taiwan’s history and historical geopolitics in its regional environment, with a special emphasis, if possible, on its maritime dimension. It is hoped that by referencing Taiwan through micro-level examination of regional maritime history that this in turn shall irradiate macro-level questions on Taiwan’s position in East Asian historical studies.

Cultural Flow and Media Regionalization/Globalization
East Asian cultural industries have emerged as a formidable force. Either as a receiver or as a producer, Taiwan is an integral part of this East Asian cultural flow and the regionalization/globalization of creative industries. We welcome interdisciplinary research papers to examine the media products in Taiwan and Taiwan’s role in the consumption, production and circulation of cross-strait and East Asian images and texts, as well as what it means to our cultural lives today.

Continuity and Change in Cross-Strait Politics Since the 2012 Elections
The victory of the KMT’s candidate Ma Ying-jeou in 2012 presidential elections brought continuity in terms of increasing political, social, economic, and other links between the two sides of the Strait. With the new “fifth generation of leadership” in the PRC both sides will have strong mandates to begin to discuss signing a cross-strait peace agreement. Nevertheless, will the transfer of power in Beijing lead to a genuine shift in its Taiwan policy? Would the current US administration support the potential cross-strait peace accord? Domestically, is it feasible for the DPP and the KMT to forge a genuine consensus on core political issues?

Domestic Politics: A Neighbouring Context
Besides inviting papers on issues of elections, on various levels, including: party politics, the development of Taiwan’s party system, local politics, and political effects of institutional changes, this panel attempts to try and put these into a wider East Asian context either by comparison with neighbouring countries or by looking into the possible influences that certain countries might be exerting on Taiwan’s domestic politics.

Religion across Borders
This panel deals both with religious organizations being active in Taiwan in terms of relief and mission, as well as Taiwanese based groups increasingly being oriented outward in their various religious activities. Possible topics could be the evaluation of the various Christian missions in Taiwan who shaped belief, society and politics for more than one century; the world wide mission and relief work of organizations such as Ciji (Tzu-chi) and Foguangshan (Fo Guang Shan), and especially the newly established links to mainland China which have become an important part of the ongoing Cross-strait integration process. 

Taiwan’s Formosan Languages and Literature
Out of the 24 or so Formosan languages known to have been spoken up to the twentieth century in Taiwan, nearly half are already extinct while the others are rapidly declining. They exhibit great variation that is not well understood to date, as Formosan linguistics research was neglected for a long time. Preliminary studies were made during the Japanese occupation, and since the mid 1990’s, a renewed surge of interest has caused an influx of studies that have been carried out within different theoretical orientations. From a purely literary point of view, at the end of the 1980’s, “Formosan” literature started to flourish with regular and homogeneous publications written by indigenous writers. However, since most writers write their short stories or novels in Chinese, there has been no attempt in the past twenty years or so to rely on the field of linguistics as a basis for a better comprehension of the literature field and vice versa. There is a room and a need for crossing the study of literature and linguistics that this panel wants to explore. Formosan literature could for instance bring to light cultural aspects that linguists ignore but that they need to account for certain linguistic phenomena.

The Trans-regional and Transnational Networking of Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples and other Marginalized Groups
Since the lifting of Martial Law, Taiwan has opened up to the world. The aboriginal people of Taiwan have demonstrated their enthusiasm to learn from the Canadian experience, huaren-networks of LGBT groups have come into existence, and activists from Taiwan’s vibrant social movements in general are taking part in international conferences and employ opportunities offered by the new communication and information technologies.  We welcome papers that investigate the mutual impacts of these new networks and the learning processes that underlie their activities, as well as the problems that they still encounter in the context of the unresolved problem of Taiwan's international status.

MA Panel
Masters students enrolled in a Taiwan Studies Programme/course or working on a dissertation focused on Taiwan are encouraged to apply to present their research in the EATS MA panel. (Although we encourage students from outside of Europe to apply for the panel, please note that students of non-European institutions are not eligible for the EATS Young Scholar Award.)


It is our greatest pleasure to announce for the third time: 

The European Taiwan Studies Young Scholar Award (YSA)

You can download the YSA Call for Paper also as PDF.


1. MA students who present papers at regular EATS panels, Ph.D. candidates, Post-Doctoral researchers
2. Candidates currently based at European institutions
3. EATS board members are not eligible to apply

Paper evaluation criteria: relevance to the field, originality, clarity of methodology, quality of the expression, clarity of source and respect for rules of quotation 

Papers should be written in English; only single-authored papers will be accepted. Papers should preferably be unpublished; however, candidates may submit papers that are under review for publication in a scholarly jour-nal at the time of the 2013 EATS conference. Each applicant may submit only one paper between 7000 to 9000 words (including bibliography and notes), with a one-page abstract. The copy should include the author’s full name, institution, and address. 

The YSA review committee will nominate 3 finalists. Nominees will be invited to France to attend the 2013 EATS conference where their papers will be presented during a special session in which the winners will be formally announced. The winners of the YSA will be honored with the award of a certificate and modest monetary prizes.
It is expected that candidates who submit papers for the consideration of Young Scholar Award are or will be registered as EATS members by the time of the 2013 EATS conference.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 December 2012. Please upload an A-4 ONE PAGE (500) word abstract to the following email: . After 28 February 2013 you will be notified if your abstract has been accepted. The full paper is then to be submitted within the next six weeks by April 15th, 2013.