Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Taiwan in Asia: Connections and Comparisons

Brief description

The project is firmly grounded in the approach of the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University, i.e. it aims at taking multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Following this approach, it will aim at looking at Taiwan and its regional entanglements in Asia. In accordance with the project’s general purpose to establish a broad basis for the implementation of Taiwan Studies in the future, the field will not be restricted to one discipline. Instead, we aim at implementing tasks that represent different and yet interconnected academic fields of inquire: history, social sciences, anthrophology, cultural studies, linguistics, etc.


Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan)


The project supports:

  • lectures and specialized courses on Taiwanese languages, history, society and culture;
  • Taiwan-related research in Taiwan and academic exchanges;
  • purchase of source materials for the study of Taiwan in its regional Asian contexts.


Past events

10 May 2016
Dr. Niki Alsford (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
Chinese Settlers and European Encounters with Formosan Aborigines


Abb.: J. Schulz


31 May 2016
Dr. Lee Ju-ling (University of Tokyo)
Clothing the body, dressing the identity: The case of Japanese in colonial Taiwan


Abb.: C. Lin


12 July 2016
Dr. Dafydd Fell (SOAS, London)
Political Advertising in Taiwan’s 2016 Elections


Abb.: J. Schulz


12 January 2017
Dr. CHANG Bi-yu (SOAS, London)
Modernist Unrest and Mapphobia: Three Decades of Cartographic Blankness in Post-war Taiwan


Abb.: C. Lin


28. June 2017 and 4. July 2017
Prof. CHIU Kuei-fen (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)
Ecodocumentary Making in Taiwan
Taiwan Literature as World Literature


Abb.: C. Lin


28. July 2017
PhD workshop

Multilingualism in Taiwan