6th EATS BoardAbout Us

The EATS General Assembly elected a new 7-member Executive Board on 1 May 2014 at the 11th EATS Annual Conference in Portsmouth. They are (by alphabetical order of surnames):

  • Mr Niki Alsford, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the University of London.
  • Dr Isabelle Cheng, Lecturer in East Asian Studies, School of Languages and Area Studies, the University of Portsmouth.
  • Dr Ann Heylen, Associate Professor in the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature and the Director of the International Taiwan Studies Center, National Taiwan Normal University. Ann is also the Treasurer of EATS.
  • Dr Saša Istenič, Associate Professor of Sinology and President of the Taiwan Research Center at the Department of Asian and African Studies of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Dr Astrid Lipinsky, Lecturer, Department of East Asian Studies/Sinology, University of Vienna and co-founder of the Vienna Center for Taiwan Studies.
  • Dr Lara Momesso, temporary lecturer on China and East Asian studies at the University of Portsmouth. She is currently in Taiwan to do further research on the Taiwan Fellowship.
  • Dr Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley, Research Associate, Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS, University of London and Associate Fellow, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham. Ming-Yeh is also the Secretary-General of EATS.

As Niki, Isabelle, Ann, Sasa and Ming-Yeh were also on the 5th EATS Executive Board, their profiles have been published in the 1st issue of EATS News in January 2013. Here are the profiles of the two newly elected Board members: Astrid and Lara.


Astrid Lipinsky

Astrid Lipinsky

I studied Mandarin in Taipei and then wrote a MA thesis on the Taiwanese feminist reforms of the family code. In 1993/94 I came back for post-MA research (active participation included) on the Taiwanese women's movement. My 'feminist awakening' in Taiwan accounted for my jobs with German women's organizations: Terre des Femmes e.V. and Deutscher Frauenrat, and resulted in an UNIFEM posting as gender expert and project leader in Shandong Province, Linqu County, where I worked with the local women's federation. Continuous exchange with Federation officials led to the topic of my PhD thesis on coping strategies of a Communist Mass Organization (like the Women's Federation) with changed socio-political and economic surroundings.

I joined an NSC-post-doc project at the Department of Law, National Taiwan University in 2007 and was recruited to the Department of East Asian Studies/Sinology, University of Vienna from there. At the Department, I was one of the co-founders of the Vienna Center for Taiwan Studies in 2009 that I have been managing since then.

I am currently a lecturer at the University of Vienna. I am also executing several Taiwan-related small-scale grants, specifically the Vienna Taiwan Lecture Series.


Lara Momesso

Lara Momesso

I completed my MA in International Communication Studies at National Chengchi University in 2008 with a thesis focusing on the empowerment of mainland Chinese migrant spouses through a civil society organisation based in Taipei. Fascinated by the different accounts of my respondents, I decided to delve further into marriage migration in Taiwan. Thus from 2009 to 2013 I lived between London (as a PhD student at SOAS, University of London), Tuebingen (as a research fellow at the ERCCT, University of Tuebingen) and Taipei (as a visiting student at National Taiwan University).

The outcome of these years of research, movements across borders, and interactions with inspiring scholars and marriage immigrants is a PhD project that builds on feminist methodology and applies an intersectional analysis. An analysis that is fitting in the reconsideration of the phenomenon of marriage migration across the Taiwan Strait not only in light of the development of cross-Strait diplomatic relations and Taiwan domestic policies but rather as the outcome of the intersection of macro, meso and micro factors that may produce significantly different experiences amongst those who migrate.

I obtained my PhD degree in November 2013 and am currently a temporary lecturer on China and East Asian studies at the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth. As a recipient of the Taiwan Fellowship, I live in Taiwan the second half of 2014 to do further research.