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The 2015 EATS Conference Jagiellonian University Kraków, Poland 8–10 April 2015

The 2015 EATS Conference will take place in the ancient capital of Poland, Kraków – one of the best preserved medieval urban settings in Europe, UNESCO Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture for the year 2000. Two confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Gary Rawnsley (Aberystwyth University), the first chair of public diplomacy in the UK, and Professor Chris Berry (King’s College London), professor of film studies. The conference dates are 8–10 April 2015. The main theme of the conference is (In)Visible Taiwan, which addresses issues about Taiwan and the field of Taiwan Studies that may appear paradoxical from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Conference delegates will stay within five minute walk from Wawel Royal Castle and St. Mary’s Church with its magnificent Gothic altar by Veit Stoss. Our discussions of Taiwan will take place in the very same building Queen Hedvig donated to the Jagiellonian University in 1400. There will be opportunity for walks in the medieval city, with its street grid exactly as it was laid out in the 13th century and for having coffee in one of the 800 cafés and restaurants of the Old City. Lovers of art and history will have a dozen Gothic and Baroque churches and museums to visit, which are all around the conference site. Afterwards there will be an optional tour of 700-years old salt mines of Wieliczka (also on the UNESCO Heritage list) and visit to the Cathedral and Royal Palace.

Welcome to EATS. We look forward to seeing you!

2nd World Congress of Taiwan Studies Academia Sinica & SOAS London 18–20 June 2015

The 2nd World Congress of Taiwan Studies, co-hosted by Academia Sinica and SOAS, University of London will take place in London in June 2015. The World Congress of Taiwan Studies is the largest academic gathering within Taiwan Studies. The inaugural conference took place in April 2012 in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. The 2nd World Congress aims to offer a survey of field. For further information, please consult the SOAS website.

ERCCT received the 2013 French Taiwanese Cultural Award

On 29 September 2014, ERCCT Director Prof. Gunter Schubert received the Prize of the French-Taiwanese Cultural Foundation on behalf of the ERCCT. The Prize is granted annually to individuals or institutions with a significant contribution to the development of relations and the understanding between Europe and Taiwan. The Prize money of 25.000 Euro will help the ERCCT to fund its numerous activities in the realm of European-Taiwanese academic dialogue.

ERCCT–Nottingham Cooperation

The ERCCT and the China Policy Institute (CPI) at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, have agreed on a long-term cooperation. As a first step, both Notice Board 19 institutions run a joint edition of blogs discussing the November ‘9-in-1 local elections’ on the CPI’s website. In the future, the ERCCT and the CPI will host joint workshops on Taiwan-related issues with the first of these events scheduled for the second half of 2015.

Taiwan Documentary Week in Prague: “The Vitality and Sustainability of Taiwan Documentary”

Oriental Institute, The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 14–16 May 2015

Prior to the 1980s documentary was a marginalised form of filmmaking in Taiwan. However since the turn of the new century, documentary filmmaking on the island has evolved into an enthusiastic cultural practice, almost outshining the significance of feature films. The rise of documentaries in Taiwan has enriched the local cultural milieu for it indicates that local audience’s taste and choice in films has been extended to different forms of content and filmmaking. It also suggests that Taiwan’s film and television industries are no longer an exclusively local and insular operation as labour, money and ideas flow between different audio-visual sectors and locations.

Taiwan Documentary Week aims to offer the general public in Europe an intimate and lively glimpse of contemporary Taiwan society by bringing to Prague a series of high-quality, diversified and recent Taiwanese documentaries. Through the public screenings and direct interactions with filmmakers, scholars and industry insiders, the organisers hope to facilitate meaningful exchanges and cross-cultural dialogues between Taiwan and its friends in Europe.

Please join us at this exciting and informative event in Prague. For further information contact Dr Táňa Dluhošová at tana.dluhosova@gmail.com.

PhD Funding Opportunities School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

University of Nottingham Application Deadline: 20 February 2015

The School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, supported by the University of Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), invites applications for a fully funded PhD studentship in 2015 (1+3 or +3 awards) within Language Based Area Studies. Interdisciplinary research proposals are also welcome and those interested in applying are encouraged to approach individual staff members to ascertain if their proposed research fit in with the supervisory capacity at the School.

This studentship is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and includes full UK/EU tuition fees, plus a doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum for applicants who are UK citizens or meet the UK residency requirement. UK Research Council conditions apply. Applicants are required to provide evidence of significant and appropriate research training, normally through the attainment of a previous masters qualification, in order to apply directly to the PhD programme (+3 route). Students without this will normally be funded for an MA before PhD (1+3 route).

Applicants for funding must already hold an offer of a place to study at the University of Nottingham and have already provided two academic references, via the university online application system and the full ESRC application completed and received by the school no later than 20 February 2015.

For further information, please check the website. Alternatively, please contact Professor Niv Horesh (niv.horesh@nottingham.ac.uk) for academic consultation or Jenny Hall (jenny.hall@nottingham.ac.uk) for administrative support and general queries.

Visiting Fellows Programme CCKF-ERCCT University of Tübingen

Deadlines: 15 February and 15 June 2015

The European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan – A CCK Foundation Overseas Center (CCKF-ERCCT) at the University of Tuebingen, Germany – runs a Visiting Fellows Programme in cooperation with its Taiwanese partner institutions. Under this scheme, two Taiwanese PhD students or post-doc are invited each semester to join the CCKF-ERCCT for a period of one month. Successful applicants will be granted a living stipend of 900 EURO (including accommodation) and insurance provided by the CCKF-ERCCT, and a free round trip air ticket (economy class, up to € 1250). During their stay in Tuebingen, Visiting Fellows will be officially affiliated to the CCKF-ERCCT and be provided with office space. They will take part in the Centre’s activities, most notably the Taiwan Colloquium, and present their on-going PhD or post-doc research to other fellows. Working languages at the CCKF-ERCCT are English and Mandarin Chinese.

Interested applicants should submit an academic CV, an exposé of their PhD or postdoc research project of no longer than 10 pages, and a letter of recommendation by a professor of the partner institution where they are enrolled. All application materials should be sent in electronic form to Stefan Braig at stefan.braig@uni-tuebingen.de. Application deadline for the summer semester 2015 (13 April to 25 July) is 15 February 2015, and for the winter semester 2015/2016 (12 October 2015 – 13 February 2016) is 15 June 15 2015. For more information on the CCKF-ERCCT please refer to our website at www.ercct.unituebingen.de or feel free to write to Stefan Braig at stefan.braig@uni-tuebingen.de.

Call for Papers - Deadline: 30 March 2015

The 3rd Young Scholars Workshop: ‘Gaining Space: Taiwan in the International Community’ CCKF-ERCCT, Tübingen 21–28 June 2015

The European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, will hold a workshop for emerging young scholars on Taiwan Studies from 21 to 28 June 2015. The workshop will place a particular emphasis on the theme, ‘Gaining Space: Taiwan in the International Community’. Possible topics might include Taiwan’s economic integration outside of Greater China; prospects for a Taiwan-EU Economic Cooperation Agreement; Taiwan’s soft power, Taiwan in international organizations, EU-Taiwan relations, and others. However, papers on other topics related to Taiwan and cross-Strait relations are also welcome.

Ph.D. students (3rd year and above) and postdocs of the social sciences working on academic projects related to Taiwan or China are invited to submit their application. The workshop will provide young scholars with the opportunity to: (1) present their research to an international audience; (2) engage in scholarly exchange on topics related to theory and methodology; (3) fine-tune the theoretical framework of their respective research projects; (4) get to know Tübingen and its University; and (5) take part in our Taiwan Documentary Film Festival (26–27 June 2015).

Ten to twelve young scholars (five-six each from Europe and Taiwan) will be invited to attend. Travel expenses and accommodation will be fully covered by the ERCCT. After the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be asked to provide a short paper, which will be published online in our ERCCT Online Paper Series. Interested students are invited to send their CV and an outline of their research project (5-6 pages) by 30 March 2015 to: Stefan Braig, M.A. ERCCT Managing Director (stefan.braig@uni-tuebingen.de).

Call for Papers - Deadline: 28 February 2015)

Annali di Ca' Foscari (Oriental Series) Journal

The Oriental series of Annali di Ca’ Foscari was first published in 1970, and it is ranked in the ‘A’ category of Italian academic journals. In 2014 it has been renewed by the new editor, Prof. Rigopoulos from the Department of Asian and North African studies of Ca’ Foscari University. The journal is now available online: http://edizionicafoscari.unive.it/riv/dbr/9/13/AnnaliCaFoscari/1/276

The articles (with English abstract) or book reviews should be written in English, French or Italian. All articles will be double peer-reviewed. The deadline for submission for the next issue is 28 February 2015. Articles should be sent by email to the editor, Prof. Antonio Rigopoulos at a.rigo@unive.it.

St. Antony’s College University of Oxford Taiwan Studies Programme Seminar Series February 2015

  • 6/2/2015
    ‘National Identity: Personal Journey or Political Strategy’
    Speaker: Professor John MacInnes, University of Edinburgh
    (Please note that this event will take place in the Pavilion Room)
  • 12/2/2015
    Film Screening with conversation from Documentary Filmmaker Chiang Wei-hua and a student leader Chang Jiho on Two Crucial Student Movements in Ma’s Presidency, ‘The Mob’
    (Please note that this event will take place in the Dahrendorf Room)
  • 20/2/2015
    Film Screening ‘Banana Paradise’
  • 26/2/2015
    ‘New Waves of Student Movement in East Asia’
    Speaker: Dr Malte Philipp Kaeding, University of Surrey

All events are open to the public and will take place 5:00–7:00 pm at the Nissan Lecture Theatre (unless stated otherwise).

Convenor: Feng-yi Chu.
For further information please contact St. Antony’s College at asian@sant.ox.ac.uk. Tel: 01865-274559.

The Centre of Taiwan Studies (CTS) School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Upcoming Events February–March 2015

The SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies (CTS) is one of the world’s leading institutions for Taiwan Studies academic events. During term time it holds regular CTS seminars and lectures. In June or July, it holds an annual CTS Summer School and invites a range of Taiwan specialists to SOAS to share their research findings on a different set of themes. Since 2013 CTS has run a series of film screenings which are followed by Q&A with invited directors, film critics and scholars. The films screened are closely related to one or more of the SOAS Taiwan studies teaching courses.

The forthcoming CTS events and film screenings between February and March 2015 are as follows:

Recent Movement and Achievement of EATS Members

  • Dr. Ming-chin Monique Chu left the University of Oxford in September 2014 to take up a tenure-track job as a lecturer in Chinese politics at the department of politics and international relations, University of Southampton.
  • After more than one decade after the German Association for Social Science Research on China (ASC) was established, a Taiwan panel was accepted by the Research Network Governance in China and the ASC Joint International Conference in late 2014. The panel, ‘Cross-Strait Civil Society Networks and Their Impact on Taiwan’, was organised by Dr Jens Damm of Chang Jung Christian University and Dr Astrid Lipinsky of University of Vienna.
  • Denisa Hilbertova begins her lectureship in February 2015 at the Department for Chinese Studies, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.
  • Starting from July 2014, Dr Chun-Yi Lee, University of Nottingham, received a research grant from the CCK Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, on the theme of ‘Chinese Investment in Taiwan: Challenges or Opportunity for Taiwan’s Industrial Development’. This is a two-year research grant for a total amount of EUR 45,000. Apart from researching on Taiwanese investment in China, there is a nascent research on China’s overseas investment. At this stage, Chinese investment in Taiwan is still limited, however gauged from the potential of Chinese investment capacity, it is important for us to pay attention on the impact of Chinese investment, not only on the economic perspective, but also on actual industrial development perspective. This project will especially focus on high-technology industry.
  • Dr Jens Sejrup, Lund University, was awarded the 2014 EastAsiaNet Award for Best Academic Article for his Pacific Affairs piece that he presented in the EATS Conference in Lyon, 2013. EastAsiaNet is a network of leading European research schools with a well-developed social-science focus on East Asia, plus others that aspire to develop in this direction. For further information, please see: http://www.eastasianet.eu/

A New International Research Project on China’s Cultural Diplomacy

Organised by EATS Members and The Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Starting from January 2015, former EATS board member, Dr Jens Damm of Chang Jung Christian University, will be principal investigator in a 3-year research project bringing together various scholars from different area studies on ‘China’s Cultural Diplomacy: Role of Non-State Actors and Regional Variations’ at the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic. This project will be supported by a grant from the Czech Science Foundation and is scheduled to begin in early 2015.

The aim of this project is to conduct a comparative study of Chinese cultural diplomacy (CD) in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, in order to contribute to the broader theoretical debate on China’s increasing soft power in International Relations. Specific attention will be paid to China’s new forms of CD, focusing on the regional variations and involvement of non-state actors, building on the hypothesis that CD is more effective if the state is not directly involved. The regions were selected after due consideration of expected differences: in Europe, culture and the arts play an important role in China’s soft power strategies. In Southeast Asia, Chinese CD encounters a Chinese diaspora and has to adapt to specific local circumstances. The increasing number of Chinese citizens involved in the Hajj diplomacy in the Middle East adds a specific relationship characterized by a limited formal political space. Finally, Central Asia is a region where China is competing with both Russia and the West, and strategic considerations have the highest priority.

In all of these regions, China’s cultural diplomacy has also a specific focus on Taiwan.

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