Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lecture by Táňa Dluhošová

Ms. Táňa Dluhošová, Lecturer at Masaryk University, Czech Republic, will give a lecture on "How to Reconstruct a Literary Field: The Case of Early Post-War Literature in Taiwan."
Chang Jung Christian University, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies.
December 11, 2012. 1:20 pm -3:10 pm
Room: 1619-2.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Social movements, rights discourses and citizenship National Chengchi University, November 6-7, 2012.

Dr. Jens Damm and visiting scholar Dr. Taru Salmenkari, both affiliated to the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies of Chang Jung Christian University, participated on the conference "Social movements, rights discourses and citizenship: Social and political developments in Taiwan in a regional perspective." The conference was held at the National Chengchi University on November 6-7, 2012.

Jens Damm presented his paper “The Impact of the Taiwanese LGBTQ Movement in Mainland China.” He dealt with the question how cross-Strait cyberspace may offer LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered people, queer = in Chinese: tongzhi 同志, and lala 拉拉, a specific female expression) communities a space for the exchange of concepts and ideologies. In addition, he dealt with newly established workshops of the “Lala Chinese Alliance” (拉拉華人聯盟), the most important trans-regional LGBTQ organization. The results of his research shows that although the mainland Chinese LGBTQ communities online are localized to a certain extent and influenced by socio-cultural specifics, cross-border and cross-Strait communities of sexual minority groups do exist, and, Taiwan as well as Hong Kong, as the most liberal of all Chinese-speaking “entities,” has heavily influenced the discourse and social practices of LGBTQ on the Mainland during the “internationalization” process of the Chinese LGBTQ movement which started after 2005. In the discussion the issues were raised if one should speak of a Taiwanese impact or if it makes more sense to speak of an international impact brought to China via activists having been educated in the West, and also to which extent the cyberspace plays really such an important role as postulated in much of the research literature.

Taru Salmenkari presented a paper “Building Taiwanese identities from below: the role of NGOs and social movements.” She argued that, while the modernist project typically created a single national identity, typical for our contemporary era is that the production of identities is a more dispersed, personal and multivocal process. As the national identity itself is highly politicized and contested in Taiwan, there is a tendency to seek meaningful Taiwanese identities in one’s own community and through one’s personal contacts and experiences instead of nationalistic party-led definitions based on a sovereign nation (whichever it is). Taiwanese NGOs and social movements participate this process to create Taiwaneseness in the grassroots. The presentation led to discussion about how the emergence of more multivocal and personally experienced histories has led to changed perceptions of justice and nationalist countermovements.

As the conference was organized bilaterally with the University of Vienna, it provided also an opportunity to discuss cooperation with Austrian scholars specializing in Taiwanese studies.

Further cooperation for next term is envisoned in cooperation with Dr. Astrid Lipinsky.
Jens Damm is currently in Europe teaching two courses on:
a."The Chinese Language Cyberspace: Civic Engagement and National Endeavors in a Cross-Strait Comparison" (Masaryk University, Czech Republic, supported by the Annual Prize of the French-Taiwanese Cultural Foundation of the French Académie des sciences morales et
politiques as a recognition of efforts for a better understanding of  Taiwan in Central and Eastern Europe given to  Mgr. Táňa Dluhošová (Nov 12-16, 2012)
b. "Multiculturalism in Asia" at the L’Institut d’Asie Orientale (IAO)(Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon ( from Nov. 19 to Dec.
8, 2012. At the IAO, Jens Damm  also collaborates with Prof. Stéphane Corcuff on a project related to "historical compared geopolitics of the Taiwan Strait," "Formosa Geopolitica."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dr. Astrid Lipinsky, University of Vienna, will present a lecture on "Between local, international and the government: How Taiwan’s women’s movement positions itself" ( 臺灣婦女運動如何自我定位:本土化、國際化、與政府導向?) on September 26, 14.20-15.10 at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies, CJCU. The lecture will be bilingual - Mandarin and English. Please feel free to join.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

International Faculty Symposium Chang Jung Christian University

International Faculty Symposium
Chang Jung Christian University

Friday, May 25, 2012
Time:  Noon – 2 p.m.
Academic Building 2, 5th Floor
Room 20523

13:10 – 13:40   Dr. Jens Damm, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies
                       "Driving Factors in the Multiculturalization of Taiwan's Ethnic Groups"

13:40- 14:00    Discussion

Sunday, February 26, 2012

TAIPEI TIMES EDITORAL: "Ma should worry about Taiwanese, not Chinese"

A piece by Prof. Chuang Wan-shou appeared in Taipei Times.

While Chuang's points are well-taken, I personally think Zhuyin fuhao (bopomofo) is utterly inept. Hanyu Pinyin, through which many of us foreigners learned Chinese, is one of the best gifts Communist China had offered to this world. The international faculty in GITS is more open-minded, though never too "pro-China," PRC and ROC alike. (Written by Yoshi Amae)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lecture Announcement

Jens Damm will give a lecture on Cross-Strait Cyber-Communities and the Perceptions of Taiwanese: the Case of Xiamen, Fujian Province at the Asian Studies Centre, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford on 29 February 2012.

New Book Release

Jens Damm will present the edited volume "European Perspectives on Taiwan" (with contributions by Jens Damm and Yoshi Amae) at a seminarorganized by the EIAS in Brussels on 27 February 2012.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Research Fellow Prof. Taru Salmenkari

We welcome Dr. Taru Salmenkari, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, who will be residing at the GITS for one year from 1 March 2012 as recipient of the Taiwan Fellowship Program. Dr. Salmenkari will carry on her research on vertical and horizontal civil society relations in Taiwan and other parts of East Asia.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Conference: Reframing the "ROC" 1/6-7, 2012

Jan 6th: B1F, Hao-Ran International Conference Hall, Kuang-Fu campus, NCTU (1001 University Road, Hsin-Chu City)·
Jan 7th: RCHSS,3F, Assembly Bld 1 

Lecture given by our faculty:

Session 2 - An Attempted Reform?

達嚴思Jens DAMM/長榮大學臺灣研究所 (Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies, CJCU)
Ma's New Public Discourse on the Sanminzhuyi  

天江喜久Yoshihisa AMAE/長榮大學臺灣研究所 (Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies, CJCU)
Who is Our Father?: Re-gendering Nationalism on ROC

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