About the local organizer

The University of Zurich, founded in 1833, is the largest in Switzerland and consistently ranked among the top 100 Universities in the world. The East Asian Department, comprising a Japanese and Chinese Studies Department, was established in 1950. Since January 2013 the East Asian Department has become part of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (IAOS) 東方學院. The Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies is the center of research and teaching on Asia and the Orient at the University of Zurich (UZH). It aims to position itself nationally and internationally as one of the leading institutions in the field. By bringing together the disciplines of Chinese Studies, Indian Studies, Islamic Studies, Japanese Studies, and Gender Studies (with a focus on Islamic societies) within one institutional structure, the University of Zurich’s strategic focus on Asian and Oriental studies has become more prominent within the University, the international academic landscape and amongst the general public in Switzerland.

Teaching focuses on the acquisition of language skills at an academic level including historical forms of languages as well as on comprehensive area-specific knowledge in culture, economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion and society (BA-level). This is supplemented with training in theoretical approaches and research methods (MA-level). The curriculum of the Department of Chinese Studies includes courses in Taiwan history, society and ethnic issues, and is supplemented with lectures by academics from Taiwan, and with cultural activities related to Taiwan.

The Department of Chinese Studies is closely associated with the academic journal Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, which provides a forum for the publication of research articles dedicated to past and present cultures and societies of Asia and the Orient in Switzerland and is published by the Swiss Asia-Society.

Information about the 2018 EATS Conference


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (IAOS)

Rämistrasse 59

8001 Zürich

Conference room: Aula magna (first floor) RAA G-01 and Room RAA-G-15 (second floor)

Equipment and Internet Access:

The conference rooms are all equipped with a PC and an overhead projector.

Internet access will be provided (more details about this will be available in the 2nd Circular).

Submission of Draft Papers

We will circulate draft papers among participants in order to maximise floor discussion.

Please submit your paper as a PDF or Word document by 20 March 2018 to and (subject: submission of SURNAME, Given Name).

Late submission will affect the chances of obtaining travel grants and free hotel accommodation.

Papers should not exceed the length of 7,000 words. We would be grateful if you do not change the title and abstract.

Presenters for MA panels do not need to submit full papers.

Travel Grant for European-based Students

PhD and MA students based at a European institution are entitled to a travel grant up to €150 (one travel grant per paper). To claim your travel grant, please fill in the travel grant form that will be given out during conference registration and post with your ticket or e-ticket after the conference to:

Professor Ann Heylen

Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature

National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU)

Taipei 106, Ho-ping East Road, Section 1, No 162




台北市 10610 大安區和平東路一段 162 號

Letter of Invitation

For those who need an invitation letter for their institution, please write to the local organiser Dr Simona Grano ( in the first instance.

Conference Programme:

A preliminary conference programme is attached to this email. If there is any mistake regarding you or your paper, please do not hesitate to let us know. We expect that the preliminary programme may change, so please follow the EATS website for the most updated version.

Conference Dinner (4 April 2018):

We are organising a formal Conference Dinner on 4 April 2018. However, due to the restriction of our budget, please understand that we can only pay for the conference delegate (i.e. speakers, chairs, and EATS personnels). If your name is not in the Conference Programme but you would like to join us for the Conference Dinner, you are more than welcome to purchase a dinner ticket (€60) online. You can either register and pay for the ticket yourself or ask a conference delegate member to make the purchase for you. If you are one of the co-authors of a paper, please discuss between you as we can only accommodate one Conference Dinner per paper. For details of the online registration and ticket purchase system, please see the following sections.

Online Registration:

EATS is moving toward online registration (including EATS Membership fee, Conference Registration fee, Conference Dinner ticket, and annual subscription to the International Journal of Taiwan Studies). The online registration system will be live via EATS website on 1 January 2018. Please complete your online conference registration by 20 March 2018 so that we can process your registration in time for the start of the conference on 4 April 2018.

Conference Fee

EATS Membership fee, 1 January–31 December 2018

  • Non-student member €50
  • Student member €35

2018 Conference Registration fee (to cover lunches, coffee breaks and conference materials, not including Conference Dinner except for conference delegate) Early bird rate (before 28 February 2018)

  • EATS member €100
  • Non-EATS member €170

Later rate (after 28 February and before 20 March )

  • EATS member €150
  • Non-EATS member €220

2018 Conference Dinner ticket (non-delegate only)

  • €60 per ticket

Annual Subscription to the International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS)

IJTS publishes twice a year. Ordinary annual subscription fee is €75, but EATS members can receive a major discount as follows:

EATS membership + annual subscription to IJTS (print copy)

  • Non-student: €75
  • Student: €70

EATS membership + annual subscription to IJTS (e-copy)

  • Non-student: €70
  • Student: €65

Payment methods will be specified when the EATS registration system is available on 1 January 2018 via EATS website. However, if you don’t want to become an EATS member but would still like to subscribe to the IJTS, please go directly to the publisher Brill’s website and follow their instructions there.

Book Launch

To celebrate EATS members’ publications, EATS Board will organise a book launch during the conference. If you have had a book relevant to Taiwan Studies published in 2017–2018 and would like to take part in this event, please write to EATS Board member Chun-yi Lee (; subject: EATS Book launch + your name) by 20 March 2018, including the following information: (1) bibliographical details of your publication and (2) one-paragraph abstract of your book. You are most welcome to display your book(s) or distribute leaflets during the conference. For your reference, past information for the Book Launch at the 2015-2017 EATS Conference can be found here.


All delegates will be staying at the same hotel. We have pre-reserved 100 rooms (40 double and 60 triple) at the IBIS Budget Hotel close to the airport. The hotel has a tram line (n.10) which drives directly to the University main stop (Universitätsspital) from where participants will have to walk 4-5 minutes downhill to reach the conference venue.

Rooms cost 75 CHF per room and 12 CHF per breakfast per person (therefore, if there are two occupants in one room the price for breakfast will be 24 CHF plus 75 for the room). The two deals are only valid together; meaning one cannot get the room for 75 CHF without the breakfast for 12 CHF. Otherwise the room would cost much more as a starting price so please do keep this in mind and do not try and bargain this with the hotel staff.

These 100 rooms have been pre booked for 4 nights (Check-in on the 3rd of April and check-out on the 7th of April). All conference participants are kindly required to get in touch with the hotel staff directly at: so that you can confirm your booking and arrival/departure dates directly with the hotel.

EATS will sponsor 1 night + 1 breakfast for each person who is a Conference delegate (i.e. speakers and panel chairs), irrespective of whether that person takes a single room or shares with another participant. However, if you share with another delegate member, the hotel will deduct 2 nights & 2 breakfasts from your total bill. If you stay in a single room or if you share with a non-delegate member, the hotel will only deduct 1 night & 1 breakfast from your total bill.

If you would like to share a room, but you don’t have a roommate already, please send an email to who will put you in contact with others in the same situation.

Deadline for your reservation with IBIS Hotel is the 20 February 2018, by which date you will have to communicate to the hotel staff your reservations, exact dates and travel companions – if any – by using the codeEATS2018. Please note that it is important to refer to the code EATS2018 in your email subject so that the staff of the hotel will know you belong to the EATS group.

Tourist Tax:

All the above mentioned prices do not include the tourist tax applied by the city of Zurich, which amount to 2.50 CHF/pers/night. This amount should be paid in cash by each participant directly to the IBIS Budget Hotel together with the additional nights, not paid by EATS.

Closest tram station to the hotel: Glattbrugg-Unterriet


From the Airport:

Take the number 10 tram from Zurich Airport in the direction of Zurich Hauptbahnhof until tram stop: Glattbrugg-Unterriet. Then walk for about 250 metres (3 minutes).


Coffee breaks and buffet lunches/box lunches will be available during the three days of the conference, for conference speakers and paying participants only.


The official conference dinner will take place on Wednesday, April the 4th at the ETH Dozentenfoyer, starting from 7.00 pm. Dinner will be paid for all paper presenters and paying participants.


A post-conference tour of Zurich old town will be organised in the afternoon of Friday. More details about this will be included in the 2nd Circular.


Local weather:

The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. In spring and autumn, the daytime temperature range is 8 to 15 °C (46° – 59° F). Depending on the altitude the temperature range may vary. It is highly recommended to visitors to pack a sweater, good walking shoes, a compact umbrella and/or a light rain coat. In spring (March to May) the trees blossom and the meadows turn green. Sometimes in April the winter returns for a short period and sometimes there are summer conditions as early as May. For more information before your trip, please check here.

Electric plug:

Switzerland has its own standard Named Type J, however, the Europlug, also known as the type C plug, is compatible with all continental European outlets (types E, F, J, K and L). If you have devices that use the Europlug, you can already plug them into Swiss sockets with no problem at all.