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Director: Christine Moll-Murata
Office: Uni134 (3.13)
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-28254
Co-director: Christian Schwermann
Office: Uni134 (3.11)
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-29253


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Building of the University Library, UB 4/2
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-26928

Mailing Address

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
Taiwan Research Unit
Uni134 (3.13)
44780 Bochum


Teaching Program for History, Culture, and Languages of Taiwan

Since spring 2019, the project „A Teaching Program for History, Culture, and Languages of Taiwan” is being conducted at the Faculty of East Asian Studies of Ruhr University Bochum.

The project is being generously supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Education. In this program, scholars from universities and research institutes in Taiwan are invited to teach courses on the anthropology, social and economic history, linguistics and languages of Taiwan at the Faculty of East Asian Studies of Ruhr University Bochum.

The Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature coordinates the curriculum.



  • Tuesday, 29 November 2022    Local Elections in Taiwan – Analyses and Backgrounds (Lokalwahlen in Taiwan – Analysen und Hintergründe)

    At the end of November, local elections will be held in Taiwan, on the occasion of which we are offering a panel and audience discussion entitled "Local Elections in Taiwan – Analyses and Background" on Tuesday, 29 November. The panelists will include Jürgen Kahl, correspondent of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tatjana Romig, a freelance journalist who works for Radio Taiwan International, and the head of the Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature (TRU), Prof. Dr. Christine Moll-Murata. The evening will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Jörn-Carsten Gottwald, Chair of East Asian Politics. The hybrid event will take place from 18:30–20:30 in room GB 04/59 or as online webinar via the following link:
    Webinar-ID: 653 0379 3202
    Kenncode: 931933

    All interested persons are cordially invited.
    The discussion will be held in German

    Vortrag Lokalwahlen

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  • Tuesday, 6 December 2022   Taiwan Information Day (Taiwan-Infotag) – Information About Taiwan and Field Reports About Studies, Internship and Job Search

    On Tuesday, 6 December from 12–15 p.m., an information day on Taiwan will be held in cooperation with the International Office of the Ruhr University Bochum and the Taipeh Vertretung Frankfurt. In addition to interesting lectures on Taiwan, the event will also focus on exchange opportunities with Taiwan, whether for a study visit, an internship or a job. All interested persons are invited to come by at any time in Tagungsraum II of the Mensa.
    The presentations will be held in German.

    Taiwan-Infotag 2022

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  • Thursday, 17 November 2022   Lecture by Prof. Heylen on the Topic:
    A Sociolinguistic Approach to Language Standardization in Taiwan:
    The Case of Taigi

    On Thursday, 17 November 2022, Prof. Ann Heylen from National Taiwan Normal University (國立臺灣師範大學) will give a talk titled "A Sociolinguistic Approach to Language Standardization in Taiwan: The Case of Taigi". The lecture will take place from 17-19 h c.t. at Ruhr University Bochum, Building GB 04/59.
    All interested persons are cordially invited.
    Those who can not attend in presence, are welcome to join via Zoom
    [link: ]
    Meeting-ID: 656 8226 8219
    Password: 650152

    Research Stay of Prof. Shih

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  • Winter Term 2022/23    Courses on the Languages of Taiwan

    MA Seminar: The History of the Languages of Taiwan: Prehistoric to Contemporary

    Teachers:  Dr. phil. Li Tai-yuan, Prof. Dr. Christine Moll-Murata
    Time: Thursdays, 8-10 h

    Course information:  This course probes and discusses Taiwan's multi-ethnic society and the research of different languages of Taiwan through the viewpoints of linguistics and ethnology, starting out from the Austronesian languages of the prehistorical phase through language use during the early colonial period up until the present multilingual situation.
    The topics of this course including linguistic features, resources of research, language development and language planning of Taiwan's national languages, those of Aboriginal peoples, of the Hakka, of the Holo (Taiwanese) and of the Mainland Immigrants. The relationships between languages and cultures of Taiwan will also be analyzed.

    The course will be taught in English. Some reference materials are in Chinese or Japanese.

    BA Seminar: Elementary Tâi-gí (Taiwanese Holo Language)

    Teacher: Ms. Kho Poe-bin
    Time:  Mondays, 10-12 h

    Course information: This course aims at explaining the structure and characteristics of Tâi-gí (the Taiwanese Holo Language) so that the students will understand its basic grammar. There will be a systematic introduction to Tâi-gí structure such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax as well as practical exercises in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Besides, the course will give an general outline of the history, current situation, writing systems, learning resources, dialectal differences, idiomatic expression, linguistic research, and language development of Tâi-gí.

    BA Exercise: Tutorium für Grundkurs Taiwanisch / Tutorial for Elementary Taiwanese

    Teacher: Wu Kuan-wei, M.A.
    Time:  Wednesdays, 16-18 h

    Course information:  This is a tutorial for Elementary Tâi-gí
    (Taiwanese Holo Language). It is intended for practice of pronunciation and
    The course will be held in English.