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Centre of Taiwan Studies

SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies appoints new Deputy Director

Dr. Chang Bi-yu

14 October 2013

SOAS, University of London has announced the appointment of Dr Chang Bi-yu (張必瑜) as a Senior Teaching Fellow and Deputy Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan. In addition, she will also be the curator of the Centre’s new film screening project Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture.

Dr Chang has worked closely with the Centre of Taiwan Studies for over a decade as a Teaching Fellow and Research Associate. She previously taught courses on Society and Culture in Taiwan, Taiwan’s Politics and Chinese Politics at SOAS. In 2003-2005 Dr Chang also played a pivotal role in establishing the European Association of Taiwan Studies.

Her research focuses on cultural politics and cultural geography. She has published extensively on the politics of national opera, nation building, film and education in Taiwan. In 2012 she co-edited Imaging and Imagining Taiwan: Identity representation and cultural politics (Harrassowitz), a book based largely on papers from a 2008 SOAS conference on Culture and the State in Taiwan.

Dr Chang said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the Centre of Taiwan Studies, and be part of the team. I look forward to working with students and staff in the Centre, sharing ideas, and making a contribution to the excellent research and teaching that the Centre is known for.”

The Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Dafydd Fell added: "I am delighted that Dr Chang Bi-yu is joining the Centre to take on this new role. She is a remarkable teacher, having previously been nominated for the Director’s Teaching Prize. She also brings a different range of disciplinary expertise that will allow the Centre to broaden its coverage beyond our traditional focus on Taiwan’s politics, economics and film.”

The post is part of a three year funding agreement with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education aimed at further developing the SOAS Taiwan Studies programme.

The SOAS has become one of the world’s leading institutions for Taiwan Studies. It offers the only MA in Taiwan Studies, the widest selection of Taiwan taught courses and most extensive Taiwan academic events programme at any university in Europe or North America.