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Centre of Taiwan Studies

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.

Each year we also host a number of Taiwan studies book launches. These are often books published by the Routledge Research on Taiwan Series or the Harrssowitz Taiwan Series.

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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