7th EATS conference was held in Tuebingen, April 8-10, 2010

Posted on Apr, 19 2010

From April 8-10, 2010 the ERCCT hosted the 7th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies. The opening took place in the tower of Hohentübingen Castle, where some 80 participants where welcomed by Prof. Stephanie Gropper, Vice President of Tuebingen’s Eberhard Carls University; Prof. Jörn Staecker, Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Sciences; Ambassador Dr. Wei, Wu-Lien, Head of the Taipeh Representative Office in Berlin; Prof. Lin, Wen-Cheng of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy; and Prof. Gunter Schubert in his capacity as ERCCT Director. This was followed by two keynote speeches of Prof. Chou, Wan-Yao of National Taiwan University’s Department of History and Prof. Thomas B. Gold of the Department of Sociology at the University of California in Berkeley on the “Global State of Taiwan Studies”. A roundtable with European scholars then discussed their statements.

During the following two days, 37 paper presenters from all over Europe, Taiwan and North America presented their latest research in 11 panels, covering topics concerning Taiwan literature, language policies, nativization, gender studes, domestic politics and economic integration across the Taiwan strait.

The 7th conference was of particular importance for EATS inasmuch as the association took the opportunity of the gathering to turn itself from the loose membership association it had been before into a registered society, formally registered and seated in Tuebingen. Anyone interested in Taiwan Studies and sharing the goals of EATS is welcome to contact the EATS board for becoming a member.