About us

The Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature is a platform for scholarly exchange in the field. It houses one of the largest research libraries on the subject of Taiwanese culture and literature in Europe and continuously expands its cooperation with Taiwan experts and institutions specializing on Taiwan research. The late Professor Helmut Martin (1940 ‒ 1999) conceived of this project, and the Research Unit was inaugurated in 2002 as a formal part of the Faculty of East Asian Studies. Dr. Christina Neder was the Research Unit’s first director, and it was managed by Ines-Susanne Schilling M.A. The initial funding was granted by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Subsequent directors have been Professor Raoul Findeisen (1958 ‒ 2017), Dr. Henning Klöter, Dr. Rüdiger Breuer, and as of September 2018, Professor Christine Moll-Murata. The Co-Director is Professor Christian Schwermann. Since its foundation, further research perspectives have been added. Currently, its focus includes linguistic, historical, media-related, and political topics.


In 2018, the Research Unit hosted the “Taiwan Days at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum” event with the support of the Taiwan Ministry of Culture. Recently, it cooperates with the National Museum of Taiwan Literature (Guoli Taiwan Wenxueguan 國立臺灣文學館) in Tainan, which has commissioned a report about the German academic situation for a “Pre-Study on Promoting the Study of Taiwan Literature at Universities of Various Countries” (推動台灣文學進入各國大學前期研究). The pre-study is being conducted by Chien Juo-Ping 簡若玶, M.A.


Chien Juo-Ping’s visit at the Library of the Taiwan Research Unit on 7 November 2018, with Dr. Breuer, Prof. Moll-Murata, head librarian Michael Schütte and librarians Hua Offenberg and Mark Yang.



Director: Christine Moll-Murata
Email: Christine.Moll-Murata@rub.de
Office: Uni134 (3.13)
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-28254
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14440

Co-director: Christian Schwermann
Email: christian.schwermann@rub.de
Office: Uni134 (3.11)
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-29253
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14265


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Building of the University Library, UB 4/2
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

Mailing Address

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
Taiwan Research Unit
Uni134 (3.20)
44780 Bochum