Taiwan Research Programme
The Taiwan Research Programme contextualises processes of modernisation and globalisation through cross-disciplinary studies of significant issues that use Taiwan as a point of comparison. Through research, teaching, and hosting seminars, workshops, conferences, and publications, it seeks to stimulate new interactions between disciplines and areas in order to develop new scope for dialogue and understanding in the globalised world.
The Programme has to date held 47 Seminars on Taiwan in Comparative Perspective; 93 London Taiwan Seminars; 8 Taiwan Conferences; 5 Public Lectures on Taiwan; and 30 Workshops in Dialogue with Taiwan.
The Programme is currently focused on the research themes of Civil Society and of Heritage, in both instances in comparative perspective. The Programme also undertakes regional comparisons.
News and Activities
Wednesday 4 December, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Room G.17, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Seminar: Felicia Yap (Faculty of History, Cambridge University): The Japanese Occupation of East and Southeast Asia
Thursday 28 November, 5pm-7pm, Room 1.14, New Academic Building
Seminar: Jingjing Yang (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey): Social Conflict in Communities Impacted by Tourism: one-year ethnographic fieldwork in Kanas, Xinjiang, China
Monday 18 November, 5pm-7pm, Room 1.02, Clement House
Seminar: Malte Philipp Kaeding (School of Politics, University of Surrey): Challenging Hongkongization: the role of Taiwan's social movements and perceptions of post-handover Hong Kong
Thursday 14 November
Seminar and roundtable with Michael Danielsen (Taiwan Corner)
Graham Wallas Room, Old Building
Lobbying for a 'Forbidden Nation': lessons fromTaiwan Corner in Denmark and the EU
Network Diplomacy: towards new perspectives on Taiwan's relationship with the EU
Taiwan in Comparative Perspective Seminars for Autumn 2013
Details of seminars hosted by the programme during the current term.
Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July
International Conference on Cultural Heritage: modernity in dialogue with tradition, co-organized with the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University
Between and Buddhism and Violence in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Tibet
Dr Fang-Long Shih responds to media interest in phenomenon of violence in Buddhism
Monday 1 July, 2.15pm-4pm, Room G.20, 32 Lincoln’s Inn
Roundtable discussion on Taiwan’s Relations with the European Union: Asymmetry in Action, co-organized with the European Union Centre in Taiwan (By invitation only)
Thursday 20 June, 9.30am to 5pm, Graham Wallas Room
Taiwan Youth Ambassadors Programme Workshop: Unexplored Taiwan Co-organised by LSE Taiwan Research Programme and Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Thursday 4 May to Saturday 6 May
Dr Fang-Long Shih and Reverend John McNeil Scott presented a panel discussion on 'Big Issues, Small Islands: Taiwan and Ireland in Comparison', at the European Association for Taiwan Studies 10th Annual Conference [external link] in Lyon.
Tuesday 23 April, 5pm to 8pm, Room LG.03, New Academic Building
Forum with Tzu Chi: with Dr Hwang Yeh Chen (Director, Faculty Development Center at Tzu Chi College of Technology) and Dr Cheah Lee Hwa (Director, Office of Humanities, Tzu Chi College of Technology): Education in Sustainable Business and Community Service at Tzu Chi College of Technology
Friday 22 March 2013, 6.30pm-8.30pm, LSE Senior Common Room
A launch event and wine reception was held for the publication special journal issue on "Taiwan and Ireland in Comparative Perspective.
The journal is available on open-access.
Thursday 7 March 2013, 5pm-7pm, CON 1.04
The Programme's Co-Director, Dr Fang-Long Shih, delivered a paper on 'The Chinese Social Order: family, gender, and ancestral orthopraxy', as part of LSE China Week [external link].
Tuesday 5 March 2013
The Programme's Co-Director, Dr Fang-Long Shih, participated in a conference entitled Cross-Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions, at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. She presented a paper entitled 'From Politics to Culture: Taiwanization Discourses and the Techno Prince Nezha'.
Saturday 2 February 2013
The Co-Directors of the LSE Taiwan Research Programme took part in a Chinese Religions Workshop at the Fairbank Center, Harvard University, entitled 'Margins as Centers and Centers as Margins'. Professor Stephan Feuchtwang presented a paper on 'Border Regions and Empty Spaces: centers as margins and margins as centers in China', and Dr Fang-Long Shih presented on 'The Changing Locations of Sam-Giap Maiden Temple in Taiwan.
A report of the event has been published in the Fairbank Center's newsletter for Spring 2013, page 4.
Death Betting Not a Part of Taiwanese Culture
Dr Fang-Long Shih responds to media reports about betting on the life expectancy of terminally-ill people in Taiwan
Wednesday 3 October 2012
The Programme's Co-Director, Dr Fang-Long Shih, was invited to be a visiting scholar at Chung Cheng University during October, funded by the Taiwan National Science Council. From 20 to 22 October she attended a conference on the goddess Mazu, and present a paper entitled 'A Return to Mazu: civil society and religion in Taiwan'.
Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 September 2011
Small Islands, Big Issues: Ireland and Taiwan in Comparative Perspective. Conference co-organised with and hosted by the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies, University College Dublin
The Taiwan Research Programme currently has the following special research themes undertakes comparative study of Taiwan and other locations:
Civil Society: Taiwan in Comparative Perspective
Cultural Heritage: Taiwan in Comparative Perspective
Economic Resilience (Details to follow)
Network Diplomacy (Details to follow)