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The First Milestone

Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley

EATS News has reached its 10th issue, in which we are proud to celebrate several landmark achievements. It is our pleasure to report on the highly successful and enjoyable 2017 EATS Annual Conference in Venice, which broke several records in EATS history, including the highest number of abstract submission (163), presenters (72), and participants (148). We have expanded the eligibility to a world-wide candidacy for EATS Young Scholar Award (YSA). Three winners emerged this year – Klavier Wong, Vivian Szu-chin Chih and Naomi Kojen – and rewarded us with their fascinating new research in the field.

It is always sad to say good-bye to old friends – Isabelle Cheng, a much depended and trusted colleague, decided to step down from EATS Board temporarily. However, it is also a joy to welcome new blood – Chun-yi Lee was elected to EATS Board in Venice and we look forward to working with her in the future.

The 15th EATS Annual Conference will take place at the University of Zurich (UZH), 4–6 April 2018, and the conference theme is ‘Sustainable Taiwan’. The local organiser, Simona Grano, offers us an overview of her institution and the UZH’s Taiwan Studies Focus Project. If you would like to submit an abstract to the EATS Annual Conference in Zurich, deadline is 31 August 2017. The submission of papers to the 2018 EATS YSA is also 31 August 2017. Please don’t miss it! The 15th EATS Annual Conference in Zurich will be a major event in the field of Taiwan Studies as we plan to launch the International Journal of Taiwan Studies there.

Adina Zemanek

Since its inauguration in London in 2004, one of the main goals of EATS has been to promote Taiwan Studies in Europe. We are grateful to be able to include two articles on the recent development of Taiwan Studies in France (by Stephane Corcuff) and in Poland (by Adina Zemanek). We hope we can continue bringing you update on the situation of Taiwan Studies in many European countries and different parts of the world.

Lastly, the Notice Board reports the news, movements and recent publications of EATS members and colleagues in Taiwan Studies. It seems appropriate to make an announcement of our own here that issue 10 of EATS News will mark a transition of editorship. While this edition is co-edited by Ming-yeh Rawnsley and Adina Zemanek, from issue 11, to be published in January 2018, EATS News will be under Adina’s capable hand. If you have anything that you wish to announce, please write to the editor of EATS News at adina.zemanek@eats-taiwan.eu. We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley is Research Associate, Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS, University of London. She is also Secretary-General of EATS, 2012–2018.

Dr Adina Zemanek is Assistant Professor, Institute of Middle and Far Eastern Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She is also an EATS Board member, 2016–2018.