International Journal of Taiwan Studies

Award winners

After several months of hard work by our judges, the International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS) has the greatest pleasure to announce the winners of the 2023-24 IJTS Research Article Competition:

Wen-chi Li, “Why Do We Need Taiwan Studies in the Twentieth-First Century?” – winner of the Arts & Humanities category

Gina Song Lopez, “Going weigen: Animals, climate, and the new vegan movement in Taiwan” – winner of the Social Sciences category

Many congratulations to Dr. Li and Ms. Song Lopez for winning the competition. They will each receive a monetary award of £300 and a certificate. Moreover, the winning articles will be published in the IJTS after appropriate revision.

Meanwhile, the organisers would also like to thank all the scholars who entered the 2023-24 IJTS Research Article Competition. We have read some of the most innovative and fascinating studies in the field and shall arrange publication of these valuable works following peer review in due course.   

About the winners:

  • Wen-chi Li holds a post as the Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow at the University of Oxford, after completing Susan Manning Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and receiving his PhD in Sinology from the University of Zurich.  He has co-edited the Chinese book Under the Same Roof: A Poetry Anthology for LGBTQ (Dark Eyes, 2019) and the volume of Taiwanese Literature as World Literature (Bloomsbury, 2023). As a translator, he has co-translated Decapitated Poetry (Seagull Books, 2023) by Ko-hua Chen and received the first prize in the 2018 John Dryden Translation Competition for translating Yang Mu’s poetry. 
  • Gina Song Lopez is a PhD candidate at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University in Sweden. Her project examines the development and expansion of veganism and plant-based food advocacy in Taiwan and China. Her research interests pertain to civil society, foodways and technologies, and multispecies justice. She is particularly interested in the intersection of these aspects under sustainability transformations. 

About IJTS Research Article Competion

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS) is pleased to announce the IJTS Research Article Competition for the academic year 2023–2024.


This competition is open to anyone with a scholarly interest in Taiwan except members of the judging panels. We welcome submission of original research articles relevant to the broadly defined field of Taiwan studies.


  • There are two categories for entry: Art & Humanities; and Social Sciences.
  • The article should be between 6,000 and 12,000 English words in length, including references and notes. Please follow our Instructions for Authors carefully ( and submit the article online via the Editorial Manager (
  • Upon submission, please indicate where appropriate (1) the submission is for the IJTS Research Article Competition, 2023–2024; and (2) for which one of the two subject categories you wish your article to be considered.
  • Articles must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • Submissions may be co-authored, but in the case of a co-authored submission winning, any prize will be split between the authors.
  • Entrants may only submit one article per category. All submissions must be received by the IJTS Editorial Manager by 30 September 2023.

Judging and Prizes

  • The evaluation of entries will be completed on 31 March 2024.
  • Articles must be relevant to Taiwan studies and will be judged on: quality of content; intellectual rigour; relevance; originality; and quality of presentation.
  • The competition will award the best research article in each category. Winners will be notified in mid-May 2024. Each winner will receive a monetary award of £300 and a certificate. Moreover, the winning articles will be published in the IJTS after appropriate revision following peer review.
  • IJTS reserves the right to withhold the award of any or all prizes if the articles submitted do not meet the standard deemed appropriate by the judges.
  • IJTS’s decisions on the competition will be final and is not subject to any appeal.


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