Workshop with Representatives from
National Taiwan Normal University
On 8 July 2015, the two sinological departments hosted a workshop with representatives from National Taiwan Normal University (Guoli Taiwan Shifan Daxue 國立臺灣師範大學) on "Current Topics of Research in and on Taiwan – Social and Legal History, Philosophy, and Literature". A PDF file with the abstracts is linked here.
The workshop took place in connection with the signing of an agreement between the Faculty and NTNU's College of Liberal Arts which will take effect in the winter term 2015-16. The planned agreement will help to facilitate the exchange of academic personnel between the two institutions and enable two students each year to study at the respective partner institution with no tuition.
The visit and workshop were jointly sponsored by the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Berlin and the Research Unit.
Acclaimed Taiwanese Film Director
Wei Te-Sheng Visits Bochum
On Friday, 24 April 2015, the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum welcomed Taiwanese film director and producer Wei Te-Sheng 魏德聖 for a discussion meeting with RUB students on his movies and on the history of Taiwan. Wei, who is known for Hái-kak Chhit-hō 海角七號 (Cape No. 7; 2007), Seediq Bale 賽德克·巴萊 (Warriors of the Rainbow; 2011) and KANO (Kano; 2014; scriptwriter, producer), was accompanied by fellow producer Jimmy Huang (Huang Chih-ming 黃志明), who has worked with him on these three movies.
On the day before, East Asian Studies instructors Achim Kehlenbach and Prof. Christine Moll-Murata offered an additional introductory session on the work of Wei Te-Sheng. (Announcement | Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3)
Since the early 1980s, under the leadership of the late Professor Helmut Martin, the research activities of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at the Faculty of East Asian Studies have focused increasingly on Taiwan, in particular the country's cultural development.
A three-year project, funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., was started in September 1999 with the aim to establish a research centre and thus counter the marginalization of Taiwan research.
The "Research Unit on Taiwanese Culture and Literature" was inaugurated on 13 November 2002 as a formal part of the Faculty of East Asian Studies. It now houses one of the largest research libraries on the subject of Taiwanese culture and literature in Europe. A platform for scholarly exchange in the field, the Research Unit on Taiwanese Culture and Literature will continue to expand its cooperation with Taiwan experts and institutions specializing on Taiwan research.