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Taiwan Research Programme
Asia Research Centre
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE


Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

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 55 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

Tuesday 24 February, 6pm-9.30pm, Seligman Library (OLD 6.05), Old Building, LSE 
Film screening and discussion: Hand in Hand: A social construction of political romance and Taiwan's democratization|
Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective 

Journal Taiwan in Comparative Perspective Volume 5: Special Issue on Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective

The latest issue of the journal is now available| on open-access.

Anti Nuclear Protest

Thursday 26 June, 6pm-8pm, Graham Wallas Room (AGWR), Old Building, LSE

Panel Discussion: The 4-27 Anti-Nuclear Power Plant Movement: reflections and prospects|


Friday 20 June to Saturday 21 June

Panel Discussion: Moving Toward 20/20 vision through Lateral Thinking and Stereoscopic Perception: Taiwan and Irish Studies in Comparative Perspective, at 'The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward|' [External link], the 20th Anniversary Conference of the North American Taiwan Studies Association


Wednesday 11 June to Saturday 14 June

Panel Discussion on Ireland and Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, at 'Latitudes: Irish Studies in an International Context|' [External link], the Annual Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the Canadian Association for Irish Studies


Publication: Transition to Democracy at the Expense of Justice: The 2-28 Incident and White Terror in Taiwan| [External link]

by Fang-Long Shih, Co-Director, LSE Taiwan Research Programme

Part of the Middle East–Asia Project (MAP) series 'Pathways to Transitional Justice in the Arab World: reflections on the Asia Pacific experience|' [External link] at the Middle East Institute, Washington DC.

Christine Han

Thursday 8 May, 6pm-8pm, The Graham Wallas Room (AGWR), Old Building, LSE

Seminar on Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective
With Christine Han:
Education for Active Citizenship: youth organisations and alternative forms of citizenship education in Hong Kong and Singapore|


Thursday 27 March, 6pm-8pm, New Theatre (EAS.E171), East Building, LSE

Taiwan Week Event: Taiwan's Democracy in Action
Panel Discussion: 3-18 Sunflower Student Occupy Movement: reflection and prospects|

Edward Vickers

Wednesday 19 March, 6pm-8pm, CLM1.02, Clement House, LSE

Seminar on Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective
With Edward Vickers (LSE Taiwan Research Programme): Officially-Sanctioned Narratives of the War and Occupation in Hong Kong|


Wednesday 12 March, 6pm-8pm, G.17, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE 

Seminar on Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective
With Paul Morris (Institute of Education): Schooling, History and the Construction of Identity in Hong Kong|


Monday 10 February 2014, 6pm-8pm, Room G.17, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Seminar on Taiwan and Ireland in Comparative Perspective
With Bill Kissane (Department of Government): Calls for a New Republic during the Euro Zone Crisis in the Republic of Ireland: evidence of a consolidated, imminent, or non-existent democracy|

Felicia Yap

Wednesday 4 December 2013, 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|

JingJing Yang

Thursday 28 November 2013, 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|

Thursday 21 November 2013, 4pm-6pm, Room  G.15, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Seminar: Carol Jones (Department of Law Research Group, University of Wolverhampton): Lost in China? Law, society and culture in post-1997 Hong Kong|

Monday 18 November 2013, 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 2013

Seminar and roundtable| with Michael Danielsen (Taiwan Corner)
Graham Wallas Room, Old Building

Seminar: 2pm-4pm
Lobbying for a 'Forbidden Nation': lessons fromTaiwan Corner in Denmark and the EU

Roundtable: 5pm-7pm
Network Diplomacy: towards new perspectives on Taiwan's relationship with the EU

Pavel Sindelar

Friday 6 September 2013, 3pm-5pm, Room G.20, 32 Lincoln's Inn

Seminar: Pavel Šindelář (Centre for Chinese Studies, Masaryk University, Brno) Religion in Two Chinese Contexts: migrant communities in the Czech and Slovak Republics, and religious policy in the post-reform Chinese State|

National Taiwan University Logo 

Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July 2013

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

European Union Centre Taiwan

Monday 1 July 2013, 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)

Youth Ambassadors

Thursday 20 June 2013, 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 2013

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 2013, 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'.


Thursday 21 February 2013, 6pm-8pm, Room 2.03, Tower One

Seminar: Mr Niki Alsford (SOAS): A 'Fussy, Excitable, and Somewhat Self-Important Man': the life of British tea merchant John Dodd (1838-1907)|


Thursday 7 February 2013, 6pm-8pm, Room 3.02, Tower Two

Seminar: Dr Allen Chun (Academia Sinica): Making Sense of Experiences of a Japanese Diaspora in Postwar Taiwan, or Colonial Legacy and Contemporary Multiculturalism, Comparatively Speaking|

Fairbank Center, Harvard 

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

Chung Cheng University 

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)

The Taiwan Research Programme undertakes comparative study of Taiwan and other locations:

Taiwan and Ireland in Comparative Perspective|

Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective|

Taiwan in Dialogue with  the Middle East|