Dr. Jens Damm 達嚴思

Posted on Feb, 17 2009

Jens Damm

Name:Dr. phil. Jens Damm 達嚴思

Institutional Affiliation: Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies, Chang Jung University, Tainan, Taiwan 

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Dr. phil. Jens Damm is an Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies, Chang Jung University, Tainan, Taiwan.  His research interests include the new media and the Internet, the Taiwanese and Chinese diasporas, and gender studies.

He was awarded his Magister (Master’s degree) at the University of Trier in 1994. From 1994 to 2003, he worked as a research associate at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of East Asian Studies, and at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science. From September 2008 to September 2009, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica. He is also a board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies. In 2011, for showing “outstanding talent”, he gained a special award consisting  of NT$ 500.000 annually for three years  (延攬及留住大專校院特殊優秀人才實施彈性薪資方案) from the Ministry of Education, Taiwan.

Prof. Damm is the author of Homosexualität und Gesellschaft in Taiwan: 1945 bis 1995 [Homosexuality and Society in Taiwan: 1945 to 1995] (PhD) and has co-edited a range of works, for example, China Networks (2009, with Mechthild Leutner), Postmodern China (2008, with Andreas Steen), Taiwanese Identity from Domestic, Regional and Global Perspectives (2007 with Gunter Schubert), Chinese Cyberspaces (2006 with Simona Thomas), Chinesische Literatur: Zum 70. Geburtstag von Eva Müller [Chinese Literature: On the Occasion of the 70th Birthday of Eva Müller] (with Mechthild Leutner 2005). His most recent publications include the edited volume Taiwanese Identity in the 21st Century (ed. by Gunter Schubert and Jens Damm, Routledge, London, New York, 2012) and European Perspectives on Taiwan (VS Springer 2012, co-edited with Paul Lim).

Current Research Project:

1) "Discourses on the Chinese/Taiwanese Diaspora: Entanglement and Interactions across the Taiwan Strait"

This project has been set up to analyze the discourses on a broadly defined "Chinese diaspora" (and a specific "Taiwanese diaspora") with a particular focus on the entanglements and interactions across the Taiwan Strait, particularly during the last decade, but also taking into account the historical situation. The key question concerns the relationship between issues of nationality and citizenship and the perception of "the Chinese and Taiwanese diasporas". The results are expected to shed light on various aspects of nationality, of "Chineseness" as a contested issue, and of citizenship in the Chinese world. As an investigation, the research also builds on a Foucauldian concept of discourse as an empirical concept.

Related articles include:

'The Cross-Strait Perception of the Taiwanese in Cyberspace,' 資訊社會研究, 21, Jul. 2011, pp. 55-82.

'Chinese Cyberspaces: Defining the Spatial Component of a “Borderless” Media. ,' Electronic Journal of Communication, 20, 3, 4, Dec. 2010.

'Chinascape – Moving beyond the People’s Republic.,' IIAS Newsletter, Vol.50, Jan. 2009, pp.9-28.

'The Chinese Diasporic Cyberspace: Cultural Essentialism, Nationalism and Hybrid Identities. ,' Chinese History and Society , Vol.34, Jan. 2008, pp.67-98.

2) Multiculturalism in Southeast and Asian Societies

This ongoing research project employs a comparative approach to deal with varying policies of multiculturalism in East and Southeast Asia.

In addition, several articles have been published:

Multiculturalism in Taiwan and the Influence of Europe, in Jens Damm and Pau Lim (eds.), European Perspectives on Taiwan.     Wiesbaden: Springer VS       2012/01, pp. 84-106.

Jens Damm, 'The Multiculturalization of Taiwan: From a Unified Han-Identity to the ’Four Great Ethnic Groups,' Berliner Chinahefte/Chinese History and Society, 38, Dec. 2012, pp. 72-89.

Migration across the Taiwan Strait since the 1980s: Social Discourses and Political Implications for Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland, EIAS newsletter, online. 2012.

In addition, Prof. Damm was invited, as a Visiting Professor, to teach a course on "Multiculturalism in Asia" at L’Institut d’Asie Orientale (IAO)(Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (http://iao.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article350) from Nov. 19 to Dec. 8, 2012.

Prof. Damm is also currently (2013) co-teaching a related on “Transforming Taiwan” (joint-course with the University of Vienna).