The Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature (TRU) is a platform for scholarly exchange in the field of Taiwan Studies. It houses one of the largest research libraries on the subject of Taiwanese culture and literature in Europe and continuously expands its cooperation with experts and institutions specializing in research and teaching about Taiwan. Its focus includes linguistic, historical, media-related, and political topics. For the history of the Research Unit, see here.
The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has awarded a grant to four post-doc researchers to conduct the joint research program TAP (Taiwan als Pionier) for a duration of four years, starting in February 2022.
Since spring 2019, the Taiwan Ministry of Education generously supports the project "A Teaching Program for History, Culture, and Languages of Taiwan".
Dr. Josie-Marie Perkuhn, Dr. Thomas Fliß and Dr. Yu-Yin Hsu attended the DVCS XXXIV annual meeting in Erlangen on 25 November 2023 for new events of the TAP project. For further information, please click the button below.
Dr. Hsu presented her current research progress in TAP and had a discussion with other researchers at a workshop in Taiwan. For more information and impressions, please click the button below.
BA Seminar: Elementary Tâi-gí (Taiwanese Holo Language) (online)
Teachers: Ms. Kho Poe-bin
Time: Monday, 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: Tutorial for Elementary Tâi-gí (Taiwanese Holo Language) (online)
Teacher: Ms. Kho Poe-bin
Time: Wednesdays, 12–14 h
Course information: This is an online tutorial for LV 090108 Elementary Tâi-gí (Taiwanese Holo Language). It is intended for practice of pronunciation and conversation. The course will be held in English.
Dr. Hsu from the TAP team is currently in Taiwan and Japan to research the influence of medical education in Taiwan under Japanese rule. For more information and impressions, please click the button below.
Dr. Hsu Yu-Yin from the TAP team in Bochum published an article titled "Building a Cornerstone of Education: Localized Growth of the Modern Printing Industry in Colonial Taiwan." In the article, she reviews the development of printing in Taiwan during the Japanese rule and discusses the link between the printing industry, education, and local awareness in Taiwan.
On Tuesday, 30 May 2023, at 3 p.m. Taiwan time (9 a.m. German time), Prof. Christine Moll-Murata gave a lecture at the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, on the topic "Taiwan in Europe – Historical Research and Public Awareness."
BA Exercise: Geographic Information System and Map-Making for East Asian Studies
Teacher: Prof. Dr. Cheng An-hsi 鄭安睎
Time: block seminar starting on Friday, 16 June (please check eCampus)
Course information: This course is a basic course of geographic information system (GIS) digital cartography and metrological history. It mainly uses the free software QGIS and other spatial software OSM (Open Street Map). The QGIS course is taught in four units, including: basic operation of software, statistical mapping, integrated application of GPS tracks and QGIS, GPS trajectory and field survey, etc. Through the training of this course, students will be guided step by step from software operation, data analysis and arrangement. This will induce students' understanding of spatial digital quantification in the humanities and social sciences, and aims to establish a learning attitude of objectively using quantitative data and independent thinking.The course provides a methodological tool for all students of East Asian Studies.
Assignments: Active participation, map-making, presentation: 5 CP
BA Seminar: Taiwan’s Ethnic Groups Between Mountains and the Sea: Anthropological Explorations
Teachers: Prof. Dr. Cheng An-hsi 鄭安睎, Prof. Dr. Christine Moll-Murata
Time: Tuesdays, 10–12 h
Room: Uni134, 2.06
Course information: This seminar presents the main ethnic groups living in present-day Taiwan from an anthropological perspective. We will start with a presentation of prehistorical traces and historical records of these Austronesian peoples and discuss their cooperation and conflicts with early Dutch and Spanish colonialists and Chinese settlers up until the early 20th century.
In the period of Japanese colonial rule, first anthropological research was conducted in Taiwan with the objective of controlling the indigenous population. The related research will be presented with a special focus on resistance and adaptation of Taiwan's indigenous peoples. One main focus of the seminar is on the self-representation of the indigenous groups, Taiwan Aboriginal Rights and their political participation in the recent years.
Students will be asked to give short presentations of particular groups and more general issues. Except written materials, we will also analyze media representations of the concerned groups. The course will be taught in English and Chinese; introductory materials in Chinese will also be presented.
BA Exercise: Tutorium für Grundkurs Taiwanisch / Tutorial for Elementary Taiwanese
Teacher: Wu Kuan-Wei 吳冠緯, M.A.
Time: Wednesdays, 16–18 h
Room: GABF 04/409
Course information: This is a tutorial for Elementary Tâi-gí (Taiwanese Holo Language). It is intended for practice of pronunciation and conversation.
The course will be held in English.
Trier University is awarding three travel grants in 2023 as part of the collaborative research project "TAP – Taiwan as a Pioneer".
The focus is on Taiwan-related research projects. Postdoctoral fellows, doctoral fellows, and outstanding master's and bachelor's students from all programs and departments who wish to write an independent research project (or thesis) with a thematic focus on Taiwan are eligible to apply. The trip should be started and completed in this calendar year at best, considering the entry requirements, and should last at least eight weeks. The scholarship holder will submit a written report on the progress of the research supported by the scholarship at the end. The results of the research activity should be made available to the public, if possible, and presented on the TAP website and in the network.
Important Facts at a Glance:
You can find more information on the website of Trier University. Please read all information carefully and submit all required documents completely.
228 Peace Memorial Day & 100th Anniversary of the Founding of Taiwan People News
A Pioneer of Press Freedom in Taiwan 台灣言論自由的先鋒
Tuesday, 28 February 2023 2–4 p.m. s.t. @ Ruhr University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 134, room 2.06
On Thursday, 26 January 2023, 6-8 p.m. s.t., Dr. Thilo Diefenbach will give a lecture and reading on his new work, "Zwischen Himmel und Meer", a new translation anthology of literary works from Taiwan. The lecture take place at Ruhr University Bochum, building GB, room 04/59 (room change!).
All interested persons are cordially invited.
The TAP team gladly announces that Dr. Hsu Yu-Yin from Tainan has arrived on 29 November 2022. Dr. Hsu is now taking up the position of TAP postdoc project leader in TAP's Bochum sub-project "Erziehung als Motor der Moderne" (Education as a Motor of Modernity).
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.
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.
All interested persons are cordially invited.
The discussion will be held in German.
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.