Monday, July 5, 2010

Courses Taught in English in 2010/2011

Introduction to Taiwan Studies

GITS at Chang Jung Christian University  is offering graduate courses on Taiwan Studies in English. In the winter term 2010/11, GITS is offering a course Introduction to Taiwan Studies which is aimed specifically at Chinese language students.(For example, students at the Chinese language center at Chenggong University Tainan and Zhongshan University, Kaohsiung. Our staff would be more than happy to go to these universities and inform interested students directly.) These students, however, must have obtained a first university degree in- or outside Taiwan. The course will be taught by Yoshi Amae and Jens Damm.

 In addition, all English language courses, which  are part of the regular MA program in Taiwan Studies, can be taken as separate courses.

Social Development in Contemporary Taiwan (Jens Damm)
This course aims to provide students with a broad knowledge base on Taiwan's modern history, contemporary society and cultural developments. An understanding of Taiwan's recent history and societal/cultural development will, in particular, facilitate a better understanding and comprehension of Taiwan's embeddedness within East Asia and Southeast Asia and the interactions between the countries concerned. After a brief introduction to Taiwan's recent historical background (focusing on social history), there will be a series of in-depth units on ethnicity, gender, class, religion, family, literature, language mass media, new communication and information technologies, migrants and education in contemporary Taiwan.

Cultural Anthropology: Media Anthropology in Taiwan
This course aims to provide students with a broad knowledge base on 1) major concepts of cultural anthropology and 2) on a critical analysis of contemporary Taiwan dealing with the relations between the (new) media, social developments and dynamics, and cultural interactions from a cross-cultural anthropological viewpoint. The course aims to increase a critical awareness of the multifaceted factors which influence the (new) media and (memory) production. In particular, it will be asked how the (new) media (and the underlying technologies) affect the representation and reproduction of various cultures/ethnicities  and how mass media representations contribute to national identities and transnational identities  (here: examples of Aborigines, Hakka, Sinification, de-Sinification).

From the end of 2010, Chang Jung University will be directly connected by train from Tainan TRA Station and Tainan HSR Station.

If you later decide to enroll in the program, the credits gained from the courses previously taken would be recognized and counted toward your graduation. In addition, you will receive a written certificate in English about the courses; thus, many universities abroad should be willing to recognize these courses (e.g. Taiwan Studies, China Studies, East Asian History, Political Science with a an area focus etc).

Upcoming and Past events

Upcoming events 

Lectures for the term 2010/2011: 

1 October 2010, 10.00h - 12.00h
Dr. Astrid Lipinsky, Assistant Professor, University Vienna, Austria (in Chinese and English)

Gender Justice by Inclusion: How the women's movement can provide redress
This paper discusses the options of the (local, global) women's movement to offer justice to women victims who have a legitimate claim to (transitional) justice.
In 2003, the mass rape of German women in Berlin at the end of World War II finally found public attention. After 60 years of silence, a few victims recounted their experience. This paper describes how the feminist NGO Medica mondiale e.V. tried then and tries till today to incorporate the victims of 1945 into feminist history, and how it attempts to provide justice by listening to their stories. The value of providing space and of appreciating private memories for a gender concept of transitional justice is assessed, while simultanously outlining its problems. The paper discusses how transitional justice can be integrated as a part of the women’s movement; and if any findings might be of interest to Taiwan. Taiwanese former Japanese "comfort women" and the ererba widows and their inclusion in the Taiwanese women's movement history will be discussed.

Chang Jung Christian University
Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies,
396, Sec. 1, Chang Jung Rd.
71101 Guiren, Tainan, Taiwan+886 (0)6-2785123 ext. 4011

2nd floor

Dr. Ann Heylen
Asso­ciate pro­fes­sor
Direc­tor, Inter­na­tional Taiwan Stud­ies Center, National Taiwan Normal Uni­ver­sity
Asso­ciate researcher, ERCCT
Grad­u­ate Insti­tute of Taiwan Cul­ture, Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­ture
National Taiwan Normal Uni­ver­sity
November 2010

Venue and time will be announced.

Past Events

International Taiwan Studies Workshop 2010:
“‘Whither Taiwanization?’ State, Society and Cultural Production in the New Era”

23-24 April, 2010

Lecture by Prof. Stéphane Corcuff (University of Lyon, France):

“Post-Coloniality and Taiwan’s ‘Discursive Liminality’ vis-à-vis China: Hegemony, Politics of Values and Historical Geopolitics of the Taiwan Strait”

18 December,2009

Publications (will be updated later)


The Full Faculty of the GITS 

Professor who are in charge of the English Program:

Position: Assistant Professor
Name: Yoshihisa Amae
Education: Ph.D. (Political Science), University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Specialization: Taiwanese Politics; International Relations; Comparative Politics; Future Studies
Position: Assistant Professor
Name: Jens Damm
Education: Ph.D. (history and cultural studies), Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
Specialization: Social history (gender, ethnicity, diaspora);Social-cultural anthropology (media anthropology, gender)