Presentation and Workshop Talk with Dr Thilo Diefenbach

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the lifting of martial law in Taiwan, translator Dr Thilo Diefenbach will visit Ruhr-Universität Bochum on 10 October 2017 to give a talk and discuss with participants about his recent volume of translations from Taiwanese literature (Kriegsrecht: Neue Literatur aus Taiwan [Martial Law: New Literature from Taiwan], Munich: Iudicium, 2017) (announcement).

Panel Discussion "Taiwan nach der Wahl"
[Taiwan after the Elections]

On 20 January 2016, the Departments of Chinese History and Philosophy, Chinese Language and Literature, and Politics of East Asia joined with the Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature to host a panel discussion on the results of the recent Taiwanese general elections (poster). The three speakers on the podium were Johannes Buckow from the Mercator Institute for China Studies, Jürgen Kahl, correspondent for Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Dr. Nora Sausmikat from Stiftung Asienhaus. The discussion was moderated by the dean of the Faculty of East Asian Studies, professor Jörn-Carsten Gottwald.
The organizers would like to thank the Frankfurt Bureau of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany and the Department of Politics of East Asia for their generous support for this event.

About us

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 for 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 for Taiwanese Culture and Literature will continue to expand its cooperation with Taiwan experts and institutions specializing on Taiwan research.


Director: Christian Schwermann
Office: Uni134 (3.11)
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-28253
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14265


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Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
Taiwan Research Unit
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44780 Bochum