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SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies 20th Anniversary Interview

1 March 2019

This year the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To help mark the occasion, Co-Director Dafydd Fell was interviewed by former Taiwan Politics student and head of the SOAS Diplomatic Society Irene Sofia Olmi, discussing the Centre’s creation, expansion and impact on the field of Taiwan Studies in the UK and beyond.

During the interview Dr Fell discussed his initial involvement with the Centre of Taiwan Studies, major conferences such as the World Congress of Taiwan Studies and European Association of Taiwan Studies Annual Conference, as well as his thoughts on how it has developed over the years. For instance, he outlined how SOAS has gone from not having a single Taiwan course in 1999 to having the most extensive Taiwan teaching programme of any European or American university. Discussion then moved to the Centre for Taiwan Studies’ numerous events and research publications. Among the Centre’s regular events, he particularly highlighted the annual film week and the Taiwan Studies Summer School. Dr Fell also highlighted the Centre’s comprehensive approach to Taiwan Indigenous Studies over the past few years. Thanks to the collaboration with the Sheng Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines in Taiwan, study of Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples at SOAS has expanded to encompass everything from environmental activism to popular music.

We at the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies would like the thank Irene Sofia Olmi for providing such a great way to start our 20th anniversary celebrations. We have an exciting line-up of Taiwan Studies events planned in the near future. Here’s to another 20 years!

You can watch the entire interview here:

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SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies 20th Anniversary Interview

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