Centre of Taiwan Studies Seminars and Events
The SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies is the world’s leading institution for Taiwan Studies academic events.
During term time it holds regular Centre of Taiwan Studies Seminars and lectures, in which scholars working on Taiwan present their research to the wider UK Taiwan studies community. Many of these seminars and lectures are closely related to our Taiwan Studies teaching courses. We also hold roundtables related to topical social and political issues, such as on Taiwan’s elections.
In June or July we hold the popular annual Centre of Taiwan Studies Summer School. Each year we invite a range of Taiwan specialists to SOAS to share their research findings on a different set of themes. The summer school is a free event open to any postgraduate student working on a Taiwan topic.
Since 2013 we have run the Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentary screening series. This involves film screenings followed by Q&As with invited directors, film critics and scholars. The films screened are closely related to one or more of our Taiwan studies teaching courses.
In addition, we aim to host one international Taiwan Studies conference every year. These tend to be collaborative projects with other Taiwan or East Asian institutes and are designed with the aim of producing a book or journal special edition publication.
Since 2007 we have worked together with Heidelberg, Edinburgh and Tubingen Universities to run a collaborative Taiwan Studies Lecture Series supported by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. This involves outstanding Taiwanese scholars coming to Europe to give lectures at the participating universities.
In 2004 we helped establish the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). The EATS conference is held in a different European city each year and is the most important date in the European Taiwan studies calendar. Although we no longer manage EATS, we work closely together in promoting European Taiwan Studies.
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- Environmental Justice and Public Participation: A Case Study of Nuclear Waste Management and Policy in Taiwan
Chi-lun Huang (Newcastle)
This paper is an investigation into the public participation of Taiwan’s policy on nuclear waste disposal, concentrating on the ways in which dumping sites have been chosen, and on the wider implications of those choices.
- Concentration of media ownership and the threat to democracy in Taiwan
Dr Monique Chu (SOAS), Dr Ming-yeh Rawnsley & Prof. Gary Rawnsley (Leeds) --moderated by Victor Chan of BBC
This event is co-organised by the Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS, and the student society “UK for Taiwan Media Freedom” as a round table forum.
- Documentary Screening: "Our Life Saving Vinegar” and “Memoir Of Miss Kuan” and Q&A with film maker Jeng Hsiao-ta
Jeng Hsiao-ta (SOAS)
In this seminar, we will screen a short film entitled "Our Life Saving Vinegar", which documents the difficulties of learning a new trade and leading a new life for former sex workers in Taiwan. The film also questions the government's policy and asks why prostitution is not an acceptable occupation in Taiwan. The film screening will be followed with Q&A with film maker Hsiao-ta Jeng.
- How the UK learnt to deal with Taiwan: Trade and politics 1960-1980
Mike Hoare (SOAS)
Based on newly available archival data, this lecture describes the fraught process through which the British government came to terms with pressure to open up trade with Taiwan between 1960 and 1980, while the Foreign Office struggled to maintain the fiction that Britain could not recognize or deal with the ROC for fear of Beijing.
- Face to Face with Lung Ying-tai
Dr Lung Ying-Tai (Minister of Culture, Taiwan)
Since May 2012, Dr. Lung Ying-tai has served as Taiwan's first Minister of Culture. Part of her mission is to promote sustainable peace across the Taiwan Strait through cultural exchanges. In this informal gather, Minister Lung takes questions from the audience and shares her views on cultural issues.
- Taiwan Since Martial Law: UK Book Launch
Niki Alsford (SOAS), Dr. Monique Chu (SOAS) & Dr. Ming-yeh Rawnsley (Leeds)
Taiwan Since Martial Law is a collection of papers that examine the social, cultural, economic, and political changes that have happened on the island since the lifting of martial law in 1987. The authors conclude that this was a truly watershed moment in modern Taiwan history. The Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS has assembled the UK-based authors to discuss this rapidly-changing island in all of its diversity through their own personal reflections.
- The US Military and American Commitment to Taiwan’s Security
Prof. Steve Tsang (Nottingham)
This talk focuses on how the U.S. military assesses the threat of a Taiwan Strait crisis over the next two decades, America’s possible responses, and the U.S. capacity for effective intervention. It examines the drivers behind the U.S. approach, highlighting their implications.
- Book launch: Imaging and Imagining Taiwan Identity representation and cultural politics
Dr. Bi-yu Chang (SOAS) & Dr. Andy Birtwistle (Canterbury Christ Church)
Since the 1990s the issue of identity has been one of the most prominent and hotly-debated topics in Taiwan Studies. Imaging and Imagining Taiwan takes a fresh approach to this important topic, examining Taiwanese identity from a visual perspective and exploring the ways in which the island is presented and imagined.
- Memories of a Future Home: Taiwanese Teenagers in China
Dr. Lin Ping (National Chungcheng University & SOAS)
This paper focuses on a special group of Taiwanese immigrant adolescents residing in China who have been educated in schools following the curriculum of their home country. By analyzing their experiences at these schools and life after graduation, we may know how this type of ‘overseas education’ affects the identity formation of these adolescents.
- Democratization in Taiwan and Implications for the Future
Prof. Bruce Jacobs (Monash University )
Taiwan had some ten inter-related factors that contributed to its democratic development. In addition, Taiwan had excellent leadership in both government and opposition. The talk will conclude with an analysis of the colonial nature of the Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo goverments, an analysis that both helps put these authoritarian governments into perspective and which also helps us analyse Taiwan and its potential international position today.
- 2013 SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School
Robert Ash (SOAS), Charles Chen (SOAS), Isabelle Cheng (Portsmouth), Dafydd Fell (SOAS), Simona Grano (Zurich University), Hu Yi-ju (Judge: Taichung District Court), Lara Momesso (SOAS), Lin Ping (Chungcheng University & SOAS) & Shen Lyu-shun (TRO), etc.
The Seventh SOAS Taiwan Studies Postgraduate Summer School will take place from June 19 to 21, 2013. Lecture topics include environmental politics, Taiwanese in China, judicial politics, marriage migration, fieldwork and publishing in Taiwan Studies, and maritime disputes.
- Past and Future of Local Politics in Taiwan
Prof. Chao Yung-mao (National Taiwan University)
- The Changing Field of Power in Post Martial Law Taiwan
Professor Thomas Gold (UC Berkeley)
- Update on Cross-Strait Relations and the Implications for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)
Liu Shih-chung (Director DPP Department of International Affairs)
- Roundtable on Resources for Research in Taiwan and Chinese Studies & Reception to mark the Opening of the Taiwan Chinese Studies Resource Centre at SOAS Library
Tseng Shu-hsien (Director General, Taiwan’s National Central Library) and Dr. Dafydd Fell (SOAS)
- Roundtable on Cross-Strait Relations since ECFA
Joe Karackattu (SOAS Centenary Visiting Fellow and Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai), Charles Chen (SOAS)
- The embedment of Guns: A case study of Taiwanese indigenes in history
Susan Lin (Nottingham Trent)
- Book launch: Technology Transfer between the United States, China and Taiwan: Moving Knowledge
Dr. Douglas Fuller (Zhejiang University) and Professor Murray Rubinstein (Columbia)
- Reflections on the State of Taiwan Studies
Prof. Murray Rubinstein (Columbia)
- Taiwan India Relations
Dr. Joe Karackattu (SOAS Centenary Visiting Fellow and Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai)
- The Social Basis of Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Policy Liberalization: 2008-2012
Chen Chih-jou (Academia Sinica, Sociology)
- Former DPP Chairman and Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) at SOAS
Frank Hsieh (謝長廷)