9:00 Registration


Welcoming Remarks:

Fiorella Allio (GFRT) & Jean-Pierre Cabestan (GFRT)

Robert Ash (SOAS) & Dafydd Fell (SOAS)

Angela Leung (CCK Foundation, vice-president)


Keynote speech by Chu Yun-han

(Professor of political sciences at National Taiwan University & CCK executive director)

“Cross-Strait Relations at the Cross-road”

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:30 Panel 1: Identity Basics
: Chang Mau-kuei (Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica & Professor, Department of Sociology, Taiwan University)
Panel 2: Global History and Taiwan

Chair: Marianne Bastid (Senior researcher, CNRS)

10:45-11:00 Stefan Fleischauer (University of Tuebingen, Germany)

“Interpretations on 228: The 28th February 1947 Incident on Taiwan and the Taiwan Independence Movement”

Ann Heylen (Research Unit on Taiwanese Culture and Literature, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany)

“Writing Taiwan History: Interpreting the Past in the Global Present”

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11:00-11:15 Carsten Storm (ICCD-Project, Centre for East Asian Studies, Dresden University of Technology, Germany)

“Dominant Migrants, Migrant’s Culture, Settlement and Identity”


Michael Hoare (Independent historian, London)

“Taiwan’s darker past: Emerging histories of the World-war II prisoner of war camps”

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11:15-11:30 Chao-yu Wu (Sociology, University of Bristol, UK)

“Home-making movement and ethnicisation in Taiwan”

Tsung-ming Chen (Ph.D. candidate in history, Université Lumière, Lyon II)

“The inculturation of Taiwanese Catholic Church during Chiang Kai-shek’s government: identity heading for the sinisation and its international action”

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11:30-12:00 Discussants:
Stéphane Corcuff (Fleischauer & Storm)
(Associate professor of political sciences, Lyon II)Mark Harrison (Wu)
(Research fellow in Chinese studies, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, UK)
Ngo Tak-wing (Heylen)
(Lecturer in Chinese politics, Leiden University, NL)Stephan Feutchwang (Hoare)
(Professorial research associate, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics)Chantal Zheng (Chen)
(Professor, University Aix-Marseille)
12:00-12:30 General discussion
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break in the Foyer
13:30-15:30 Panel 3: Identity Markers

Chair: Stephan Feuchtwang (Professorial research associate, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics)

Panel 4: New Features of Political Life in Taiwan

Chair: Benoît Vermander (Director, Ricci Institute, Taipei)

13:30-13:45 Bi-yu Chang (Research Fellow, SOAS Taiwan studies programme)

“The Nationalisation of Nature: Yushan, Modern Myth and Taiwanese Identity”

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Joseph Lee (Lecturer, Nottingham University, UK)

“Corporate Governance in Taiwan : Convergence or divergence?”

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13:45-14:00 Chen Long-ting (Lecturer, Diwan College of Management, Madou, Tainan County, Taiwan)

“From Local Theatre to National Symbol of Identification: Process of Taiwanisation in The Theatre Po-te-hì”

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Francesca Congiu (Ph.D. Candidate in History, Institutions and International Relations of Modern and Contemporary Asia and Africa, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Cagliari, Italy)

“National Identity and the Weakness of Taiwanese Organized Labour”

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14:00-14:15 Cheng Shui-cheng (Research Engineer, CNRS & director, Department of ethnomusicology of Frèsnes’ national school of Music)

“Mountain Songs of the Hakka in Northern and Southern Part of Taiwan”

Norman Peng (Ph.D. student, Royal Holloway University, UK)

“Image building in Taiwan’s Political Advertising – Exploring How Audiences Evaluate Celebrity Endorsement and Emotional Appeal Advertisements”

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14:15-14:30 Discussants:
Fiorella Allio (Chang & Chen)
(Researcher, CNRS, Marseille & coordinator of the GFRT)Chantal Zheng (Cheng)
(Professor, University Aix-Marseille)
Bogdan S. Zemanek (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)

“We are not Chinese: the Taiwanese self-image as presented by the pro-independence media”

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Michael Palmer (Lee)
(Professor, SOAS)Hermann Halbeisen (Congiu, Zemanek)
(Cologne University, Research Institute for Political Science and European Affairs, Germany)Samia Ferhat (Peng)
(Senior lecturer, Paris 10th University of Nanterre)
14:45-15:30 General discussion General discussion
15:30-16:00 Tea break
16:00-18:00 Panel 5: Economic Reforms and Global Challenges

Chair: Marie-Claire Bergère

(Professor emeritus of Chinese civilization, INALCO, Paris)

Panel 6: History: Norms vs. Practice

Chair: Chantal Zheng

(Professor, University Aix-Marseille)

16:00-16:15 Leou Chia-feng (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London)

“Financial liberalization under political democratization: the long journey of the state-owned banks’ privatization in Taiwan”

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Henning Klöter (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Leiden University, CNWS Research School)

“Between ideology and functionality: The choice of a language in Japanese Taiwan”

16:15-16:30 Joseph Lin (Ph.D. Student, SOAS)

“The Changing Role of the State in Taiwan’s Financial Development”

Hsu Hung Bin (Ph.D. student in history of Taiwan, SOAS)

“Who is smoking opium in Taiwan? Opium statistics and its meaning in colonial Taiwan”

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16:30-16:45 Béatrice Knerr (Professor, Dept. of Development Economics and Agricultural Policy, University of Kassel, Germany)

“Food Security vs. WTO membership in Taiwan”

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To be confirmed (Leou Lin)

Robert Ash (Knerr) (Professor, Department of Economics and Department of Financial and Management Studies, SOAS)


Sandrine Marchand (Klöter)(A.T.E.R. Artois University, France)

Ann Heylen (Hsu)  (Research Unit on Taiwanese Culture and Literature Ruhr University Bochum)

17:15-17:45 General discussion General discussion
18:00-19:30 General Assembly of the European Association of Taiwanese Studies