SOAS University of London

SOAS to host its 12th Taiwan Studies Summer School June 17th-21st 2019

8 April 2019

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Since its creation in 2007 the SOAS Taiwan Summer School has been one of the most popular events in the European Taiwan Studies calendar. While it started as a two day event, over time the programme has expanded to become first a three day and more recently a five day programme of talks and film screenings. Each year the programme addresses a different set of themes by inviting both academic speakers and cultural practitioners to London. This year the event will be running between June 17 and June 21 and according to the programme’s curator Dafydd Fell ‘2019 promises to be one of our best ever Taiwan Summer Schools.’

This year we will address the main theme of documenting Taiwanese society and politics in a number of ways. We have invited two award winning documentary film makers to discuss their creative experiences. These will include screenings and director Q&As of Shen Ko-shang’s (沈可尚) Love Talk (幸福定格) that looks at Taiwanese marriages and Fu Yue’s (傅榆)  Our Youth in Taiwan (我們的青春,在台灣), a documentary about social movement activists in the Ma Ying-jeou presidency. In addition, we will consider how Taiwan is documented in TV drama and film. With this in mind, Sylvia Feng (馮賢賢) will be discussing her experiences in Taiwan’s Public Television Service, as well as her project to produce a political TV series Island Nation (國際橋牌社). Furthermore we will screen the animated film On Happiness Road (幸福路上) that portrays Taiwan’s social and political history since the 1970s. We will also welcome the writer Brian Hioe to discuss how he documents Taiwan’s social, cultural and political change through his popular online New Bloom Magazine.

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Promoting Taiwan Studies publications has also been one of the long-term objectives of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies. Therefore at the Summer School we will also be celebrating some new publications in the field. These include the book launches of Chang Bi-yu and Lin Pei-yin’s Positioning Taiwan in a Global Context  as well as Tommy Kwan’s 孤獨課.

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One of the most popular components of the programme is the student research presentations. These feature student presentations on their dissertation projects on Taiwan where they receive feedback from the teaching team and peers. The research presentations are open to both Master and undergraduate students working on Taiwan related research projects at UK and overseas universities.

Registration is now open, simply complete this short registration form

You can find our full Summer School programme of events on the main Summer School event page

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