Please note that the programme is subject to change.

The latest version of the programme can be downloaded as PDF file.

Important Notice:

No discussants are allocated in order to maximise floor discussion.

  • 45-50 min speech + 10-15 min discussion for the keynote session
  • 15 min for each paper presentation + 30 min for panel Q&A
  • MA panels have 90 minutes in total, about 15 min for each presenter + 30 min for panel Q&A

On Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April all the A panels will take place in Chaucer LT1 and the B panels will take place in LT4

On Friday 12th April we will move to Newton Building across the road. A panels will take place in Newton LT1 and B panels will take place in LT3

Plenary panels, along with the opening and closing ceremony, will take place in either Chaucer LT4 or Newton LT4.

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The 16th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies
School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
10-12 April 2019

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Day 1 Wednesday 10th April 2019
Time: 9:00h – 9:30h

Registration (Chaucer Staff Development Suite)

Time: 9:30h – 10:30h
Welcome Remarks

Chaucer LT4

  • Dr. Colin Alexander, Local Organiser, Nottingham Trent University
  • Prof. Cillian Ryan, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, Nottingham Trent University
  • Prof Fu-te Liao, President, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
Time: 10:30h – 12:00h
Panel 1: Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Panel: Is there authoritarian allure within democratic Asia?

Chaucer LT4

Chair: Fu-te Liao, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

1.     Eric Chen-hua Yu (National Chengchi University)
Political Leadership’s Approval Ratings in Northeast Asian Democracies

2.     Dali L. Yang, Co-author with Lingnan He (University of Chicago)
Political Trust in PRC and Taiwan (tables and figures)

3.     William Case (University of Nottingham Malaysia)
Allure of Authoritarianism’ in Malaysia

4.     Sandeep Shastri (Jain University)
How Do South Asians See Democracy and Authoritarianism

Time: 12:00h – 13:00h
Lunch (Chaucer Staff Development Suite)
Time: 13:00h – 14:30h
Panel 2a: Art and Popular Culture

Chaucer LT1

Chair:Ann Heylen, National Taiwan Normal University

1.     Wan-shin Chen (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle- Paris 3)
Far from the Capital/ the Authority: The Transformations of the Taiwan Cinema Industry and the Reconstruction of the Taiwanese Identity in Contemporary Films According to the Policies of Local Government Grants

2.     Boram Lee (University of Edinburgh)
Reshaping Local Colour Movement in Taiwanese art During the Japanese colonial period

3.     Chen-yu Lin (University of Liverpool)
A Study on Two Approaches of Musical Export and the Conception of ‘Independence’ for Taiwanese Musicians

4.     Maja Korbecka (Jagiellonian University in Kraków)
Recognizing Taiwan within 10 Years film franchise

Panel 2b: Law, Justice, and Transitional Justice

Chaucer LT4

Chair: Ernest Caldwell (SOAS)

1.     Kuan-Wei Chen (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
International Human Rights Law, Constitution and Taiwan’s Goal of “A Nation Founded upon the Principles of Human Rights”: Taking How Judicial Power Facing Economic and Social Rights as an Example

2.     Vincenzo Roberto Palmisaro (Rome Tor Vergata University)
Recognition and enforcement of Taiwan Courts’ civil judgments abroad: a practical case.

3.     Yu-hsien Sung (University of South Carolina) and Chin-show Wang (National Cheng Kung University)
Grand Justices and Political Development in Taiwan

Time: 14:30h – 15:00h
Coffee Break (Chaucer Staff Development Suite)
Time: 15:00h – 16:30h
Panel 3a: Literature

Chaucer LT1

Chair: Hsiu-chih Sheu (Nottingham Trent University)

1.     Federica Passi (Ca’ Foscari University Venice)
Recognising Taiwan Literature: the struggle of the island in the world literature context

2.     Shu-wei Tu (National Taiwan University)
Postmodern Countercurrent: Late Modernism and Lyric Tradition– Taking Yang Jia-Xian’s “The Civilization of Breathing” as an example

3.     Chih-fan Chen (National Tsing Hua University)
Literature as an Intervention in Future-making: The Native Resurgence and the Epistemology of the Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan

4.     Carsten Storm (Technische Universitaet Dresden)
Extrapolation, Allegory and Recognition: SF and the State of the World

Panel 3b: Migration and Economy

Chaucer LT4

Chair: Lutgard Lams (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

1.     Isabelle Cheng (University of Portsmouth)
Ambassador Citizens: the Role and Criticism of Immigrant Women towards Taiwan’s Foreign Policy

2.     Chia-yuan Huang (University College London)
A Journey to the Subjective Future: The Politics of the Self of Young Taiwanese ‘Non-Elite’ Migrant Workers in Singapore

3.     Beatrice Zani (Lyon 2 University) and Lara Momesso (University of Central Lancashire)
Can the Subaltern Feel? On Recognition, Domination, and Emotions

4.     Huai-jen Wang (National Chengchi University)
1949 Migration and Development of Taiwan Society (1949-1996)

Time: 16:30h

Group photo opportunity (weather permitting)
EATS Annual General Meeting (Chaucer LT1)

Time: 17:30h – 19:00h

Short film screening: ‘The Lighthouse of Wuqiu’ (Chaucer LT4)
Fei-fan Lin, London School of Economics and Political Science, ‘Political Activism in Taiwan: The Sunflower Movement’
Chair: Colin Alexander, Nottingham Trent University


Day 2 Thursday 11 April
Time: 09:00h – 10:30h
Panel 4a: Communities and Identities

Chaucer LT1

Chair: Adina Zemanek, (University of Central Lancashire)

1.     Scott Pacey (University of Nottingham)
Identity and Interfaith Competition: Christianity and Modern Buddhism in Post-war Taiwan

2.     Takako Sasaki (Waseda University)
Characteristics of the Community Participation in Community Development Activities, as the First Step to Investigate the Social Change after the Comprehensive Community Development Policy

3.     Shiho Maehara (Kyushu University)
Conceptualizing identity- the study of National Identity slogans by Lee Teng-hui (1988-2000)

Panel 4b: Diplomacy and International Politics

Chaucer LT4

Chair: Dafydd Fell (SOAS, University of London)

1.     Nancy Guy (University of California, San Diego)
Child prodigies as cultural ambassadors: Western art music and foreign relations in mid-20th century Taiwan

2.     Ann Heylen (National Taiwan Normal University)
Conceptualizing ROC statehood recognition: digital dynamics in 1950s Benelux media narratives

3.     Jessica Marinaccio (Victoria University of Wellington)
Rethinking Diplomacy and its Cultural, Social, and Political Contexts: The Diplomacies of Tuvalu, the Pacific, and Taiwan

4.     Simona Grano (University of Zurich)
Climate change politics: can these raise Taiwan’s recognition?

Time: 10:30h – 11:00h
Coffee Break (Chaucer Staff Development Suite)
Time: 11:00h – 12:30h
Keynote speech Introduced by Dr Colin Alexander

Chaucer LT4

Professor Harry Harding, America’s Taiwan Dilemma: During and After Derecognition
University Professor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia, Adjunct Chair Professor at National Chengchi University
Time: 12:30h – 13:30h
Lunch and Book Launch (Chaucer Staff Development Suite)
Time: 13:30h – 15:00h
Panel 5: Lim Pen-yuan Foundation Panel: Rethinking the history of Taiwan in the Global Hokkien context

Chaucer LT4

Chair: Huang Fu-san (Academia Sinica)

1.     Fabio Lee (National Tsing Hua University)
From Hokkien to Southeast Asian Hokkien: Case study of the Herzog August Philippine Chinese manuscript

2.     Peter Kang (National Donghwa University)
Rethinking the History of Taiwan in the Southeast Asian Context: the Case of Hokkien immigrants/settlers

3.     Cheng-heng Lu (Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica)
One Family, Five Worlds: the Southern Fujian families’ ethnic identities in East and Southeast Asia

4.     Sam Huang (University of Leeds)
The “Brexit” effect to Britain, Europe and to the outside world: A view from a Taiwanese-British dual national

Time: 15:00h – 15:30h
Coffee Break (Chaucer Staff Development Suite)
Time: 15:30h – 17:00h
Panel 6a: Place, People and Memory

Chaucer LT1

Chair: Amy Wang (Nottingham Trent University)

1.     Niki Alsford (University of Central Lancashire) and Ya-ting Fan (University of Reading)
A House on Dihua Street: Its history and its occupants

2.     Kristina Karvelyte (Ming Chuan University)
Forget-me-not: generating recognition through urban cultural policies in Taiwan

3.     Tsung-lun Wan (University of Edinburgh)
Sociolinguistics of Demilitarization: The Changing Social Meaning of Kinmenese Southern Hokkien

Panel 6b: History

Chaucer LT4

Chair: Lara Momesso (University of Central Lancashire)

1.     Ching-yu Chen (National Tsing Hua University)
Moral Universals and Nation Building: The Changes of Democratic Discourse in Taiwan History Textbooks after the martial law was lifted

2.     Nai-hui Yu (University of Tokyo)
Taiwan literature during the period of Japanese rule: an anthropological perspective with a focus on Satō Haruo “Nichigetustan ni asobu ki”, “Shokuminchi no tabi”

3.     Astrid Lipinsky (University of Vienna)
Recognising Taiwan: US Literature Reflects on Taiwan’s Unique History

Time: 17:00h – 18:00h
End of the Day’s Discussions
Time: 18:00h-18:45
Drinks reception (Old Chemistry Theatre, Newton Building)
Time: 18:45h
Dinner (Old Chemistry Theatre, Newton Building)


Day 3 Friday 12th April
Time: 09:00h – 10:30h
Panel 7a: Women, History and Literature

(Newton LT1)

Chair: Sarah Tang (University of Nottingham)

1.     Ti-han Chang (University of Central Lancashire)
Recognizing Colonial Taiwan through a Female Historical Genealogy: Chen Yu-hui’s Haishen Jiazu 海神家族 [Mazu’s Bodyguards]

2.     Weiting Guo (Simon Fraser University)
The Making of a “Heroine”: Huang Bamei and the Politics of Wartime History in Postwar Taiwan, 1945–1982

3.     Hsin-chin Evelyn Hsieh (National Taipei University of Education)
Writing for Recognition: Generational Differences and Transformative Identities in Taiwanese American Literature

4.     Fang-mei Lin (National Taiwan University)
Western Xia Hotel and the Paradox of (not) Becoming Taiwanese: Ethnic Relations, Imagination of the Female Body, and Place-based Exile

Panel 7b: Diplomacy in the Taiwan Strait

(Newton LT3)

Chair: Syaru Shirley Lin (University of Virginia)

1.     Andreas Fulda (University of Nottingham)
Citizen diplomacy across the Taiwan Strait: building positive relations, one handshake at a time?

2.     Ko-hang Liao (University of Cambridge)
Mao and Chiang’s ‘Geming’ (Revolution) for Recognition: The Second Taiwan Strait Crisis, the Great Leap Forward and the Project National Glory, 1958-1972

3.     Bonny Ling (University of Zurich)
The Taiwan Strait: Under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and Its De Facto Status

4.     Tommy Chung Yin Kwan (SOAS, University of London)
Recognising Taiwan in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Taiwan Public Diplomacy

Time: 10:30h – 10:50h
Coffee Break (Newton Forum Level 1)
Time: 10:50h – 12:20h
Panel 8: Young Scholar Award panel

(Newton LT4)

Chair: Simona Grano (University of Zurich)

1.     Jade Chang (University of Bristol)
Recognising Taiwan in Sight and Sound: Glocalisation in the Music of Post-TNC Films

2.     Ya-ting Fan (University of Reading)
The Album Commemorating the Redevelopment of Taipei (1915)

3.     Ming-huei Wang (University of Texas)
From Colloquial to Archaic: The Mandarin Baihuawen Tradition in Postwar Taiwan

Time: 12:20h – 13:00h
Lunch (Newton Forum Level 1)
Time: 13:00h – 14:30h
Panel 9a: MA Panel 1

Newton LT1

Chair: Carsten Storm (Technische Universitaet Dresden)

1.     Chao-hsuan Chen (National Tsing Hua University)
“Election” as a Consensus: The Changing Connotation of Taiwanese Local Autonomy in Postwar East Asia (1945-1947)

2.     Chih-hen Chang (Utrecht University)
Representing Perpetrators: Exploring History, Complicity, and Trauma in White Terror Literature

3.     Fei-fan Lin (LSE, University of London)
Democracy v. Progressiveness? –Social Movements and the Democratic Progressive Party’s Candidate Selection in Taiwan

4.     Joanna Zylinska (SOAS, University of London)
Chen Shui Bian and the Battle for National Identity – Analysis of Key Speeches from Second Term

Panel 9b: MA Panel 2

Newton LT3

Chair: Colin Alexander (Nottingham Trent University)

1.     Megan Conville (SOAS, University of London)
Losing Burkina Faso and Gripping eSwatini: A Comparative Study of Taiwan’s Diplomacy in Sub-Saharan Africa

2.     Sam Robbins (SOAS, University of London)
A Taiwanese “Crime Wave?”: An Analysis of Changing Law and Order Discourse in Transitional Taiwan

3.     Karoline Buchner (Freie Universität Berlin)
Between Academization and Informalization – Ways into the Profession of Chinese Medicine in Taiwan

4.     Ya-chen Lee (Leiden University)
United as a New Family: the Multivocal Approach to Repatriation Adopted by National Taiwan University Museum of Anthropology

5.     Chu-chun Hsu (National Taiwan University)
Re-inventing ‘Modern’: The Experimental Acts of Theatre Quarterly 劇場雜誌 in the 1960s

Time: 14:30h – 15:00h
Concluding Remarks, 2019 EATS YSA Presentation and Closing Ceremony

Newton LT4

Time: 15:00h
Nottingham city tour