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The Future of Taiwan Studies in a Post COVID world

Ep 1. COVID-19 and Governance Social and Global Solidarity



While the COVID pandemic affects almost all parts of the world, Taiwan has been a reference point concerning its effective response and disease governance. The pandemic and the measures to contain it have however influenced different groups of people in various ways and to various degrees. It is in this context that the issues ranging from national border control to international health cooperation and transnational social movement deserve scrutiny and a better understanding.

Thus, this roundtable aims to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on COVID governance in relation to the ‘solidarity’ discourse on both the local and global levels. Dr Yawen Yang will examine the definitions and practices with regard to territory, citizenship, and community and their impact on migrants. Dr Harry Yi-Jui Wu will consider the normative, diplomatic, and strategic concerns of international health particularly drawing on the #TaiwanCanHelp campaign. Dr Wen Liu will explore the importance of transnational and intersectional activism while witnessing the #BlackLivesMatter movement during the pandemic moment.

講者 speakers:

主持人 moderator: 李柏翰 Po-Han Lee(台灣大學)

Ep 2. How does the Hong Kong Security Law and "Decoupling from China" Impact Taiwan


  • Prof. Eberhard Sandschneider (Professor for Chinese Politics and International Relations, Free University Berlin. Previously Otto Wolff Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) from 2003 to 2016). 

  • Dr. Winnie King (Senior Lecturer in East Asian Political Economy, University of Bristol, School of Sociology and International Studies).

  • Dr. Malte Philipp Kaeding (Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics, University of Surrey). 

Moderator: Dr. Jens Damm (Associate Fellow at the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) 

Ep 3. The Impact of the COVID 19 Crisis on Taiwan’s External Relations: Views from Japan

The COVID-19 has been described as a “catalyst.” It accelerates previously existing changes in society. In less than three months, the epidemic which started in China quickly became a global pandemic, coming to bear in significant ways on national economies, societies, politics and international relations. Already strained Cross-Strait and Sino-U.S. relations have further deteriorated during the pandemic, while U.S. support for Taiwan has strengthened in important ways, and will likely continue to improve moving forward. Why and how has the pandemic changed Taiwan’s external relations in general, and Taiwan-Japan relations in particular? Three presenters from Japan will share their views on the catalytic effect that COVID-19 has had on Taiwan’s external relations, including old and new challenges therein.​

Presentation topics and Speakers:

  • Cross-Strait Relations: Yasuhiro Matsuda (The University of Tokyo)

  • US- China-Taiwan Relations: Ryo Sahashi (The University of Tokyo)

  • Japan-Taiwan Relations: Madoka Fukuda (Hosei University)

Moderator: Atsushi Sugano (Meio University)

Ep 4. From Taiwanese-language Films to the Future of Taiwan Cinema

Speakers and Talks:

  • Chris Berry (King’s College London) reflects on his experiences introducing Taiwanese-language cinema in the West with the “Taiwan's Lost Commercial Cinema” project. He asks, how do you launch an unknown cultural brand? And he reflects on the new role of universities as cultural incubators today.

  • Chi Ta-wei (National Chengchi University) talks about (1) disabilities as shown in Taiyupian and (2) disabilities as shown in Taiwanese cinema in the 21st century.

  • Corrado Neri (Jean Moulin University, Lyon proposes a close reading of some interesting and apparently contradictory agendas in Lin Tuanqiu (May 13th , The Husbands Secret, Six Suspects) and Xin Qi movies (The Bride who has returned from Hell, Dangerous Youth) where contemporary audiences can discover, under heavily moralistic overtones, intriguing representations of “devious”, alternative, enticing forms of sin and sex, crime and exploitation in order to help us further understand Taiwanese martial law cinema and culture. He also tries to decipher the legacy of 60s crime movie in contemporary cinema.

  • Robert Chen (National Chengchi University) talks about the evolution from the end of Taiwan New Cinema to the current state of Taiwan cinema in terms of subject matters and generic transformation represented by some key films from the end of 20th century till now.

Moderator: Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley (Research Associate, Centre of Taiwan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London)

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