22 December 2021
On December 21 the Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies, Dafydd Fell, gave a talk on his book Taiwan’s Green Parties: Alternative Politics in Taiwan to the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, National Cheng University. This brought to an end his 13 stop Autumn Book Tour.
Earlier this year he embarked on a 12 part Spring 2021 Tour of his book Taiwan’s Green Parties. While the Spring Tour was entirely online, the Autumn Tour has included both online and in person events.
Dafydd started the new tour in September with podcast interviews on Talking Taiwan (LINK for the podcast) and the New Books Network (LINK for this podcast). This was followed by a book talk for the Australasian Taiwan Studies Association (ATSA) Seminar Series on September 16 (event video LINK).
In October he gave two book talks, with the first for the Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies. This was followed by his first in person book talk to the East Herts Green party in Hertford.
The most intensive part of the tour was the first week of November, which had three talks. He started on Monday November 1 speaking at Stockholm University’s Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies. On Wednesday November 5 Dafydd gave a book talk for the SOAS Politics Department Seminar in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre. This was the Politics Department’s first in person event since early in 2020. The event was chaired by Sarah El-Kazaz and the discussants were Michael Albert and SOAS Politics PhD student Adrian Chiu. The third talk was on Friday November 5 to the Faculty of International Studies, Prince of Songkla University, in Thailand. The event was chaired by recent SOAS Politics PhD graduate Dr. Nattaporn Sittipat.
Next on November 11 Dafydd spoke about the book at a hybrid in person and online event titled Taiwan's Efforts in Greener Politics: Domestic and International Engagements, organized by the University of Nottingham’s Taiwan Studies Programme. This was followed by an online talk for Georgetown University’s Asian Studies Programme on November 19 (event video LINK). The last talk in November was an in person one at the University of Leeds on November 26, which was organized by their student run East Asian Research Society.
The tour ended with two online talks to audiences at Taiwanese universities. On December 3 Dafydd spoke at National Chunghsing University’s Graduate Institute of International Politics and this was followed by a talk for National Chengchi University’s Developments in the Global South Lecture Series on December 21.
During the Autumn Book Tour a number of reviews have been published. On August 23 the political scientist Nathan Batto published a review of the book in the Taiwan politics blog Frozen Garlic. Then in September Ho Ming-sho’s review came out in the China Quarterly.
Two reviews of the book came out in October. First on October 21 a review was published in the European Journal of East Asian Studies written by former SOAS MA student Silvia Frosina. Then on October 25 Jenna Lynn Cody published a review of the book in the blog Lao Ren Cha.
Dafydd Fell is now looking forward to the Spring 2022 book tour!