Academia Sinica Kicks Off the Third World Congress

The “3rd World Congress of Taiwan”, an international conference on Taiwan studies will start on September 6-8, 2018 at Academia Sinica. An opening ceremony is going to be held at International Conference Hall: 3rd floor of HSSB on Sep. 6 at 9 a.m. The first World Congress of Taiwan Studies was launched in Academia Sinica in 2012, second conference was held in 2015 in SOAS, UK. This year, Academia Sinica will again organize the third conference, it is the largest Taiwan studies conference and hoped the event will help to establish strong ties among Taiwan studies’ scholars around the world. Participants from all over the world are going to attend the conference including many leading experts in this field.

Over the last two decades, interest in Taiwan studies has grown both in Taiwan and overseas. In Taiwan, The Preparatory Office of Institute of Taiwan History (ITH), Academia Sinica, was instituted in 1994. The universities also started establishing departments on Taiwan Studies era in 1997, and flourishing in the 2000 's. Now, there are 25 Taiwan Studies departments in the collages. Moreover, Ministry of Education spare no effort to promote Taiwan Studies, 44 projects are running in 2018 all over the world; the first academic association to focus on Taiwan Studies ever established outside Taiwan was the Japan Association for Taiwan Studies(JATS) in 1997. And followed by the creation of similar organizations in US, North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) in 1999, Europe in 2004 (European Association of Taiwan Studies, EATS). Moreover, besides the two Taiwan Studies Research Centers in SOAS and Tübingen, the Center for Taiwan Studies was established in the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004. 

It is initiated and organized by Vice President, Academician, Chin-shing Huang and Dr. Hsin-huang Michael Hsiao, Distinguished Research Fellow of Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, along with 6 institutes and research centers from Academia Sinica’s Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. The third conference will be attended by 118 top specialists from the world. Scholars from the Taiwan Studies-related Associations of Japan, Europe, and North America, and two well-known Taiwan Studies Research Centers — Center for Taiwan Studies School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK, and the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at the University of Tübingen, Germany — as well as scholars from Canada, France, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Singapore are among those who will present their papers.

On Sep. 6, Vice President Chien-Jen CHEN and President of Academia Sinica James C. Liao will join the opening ceremony and the keynote speech will deliver by Professor Fu-san Huang, Institute of Taiwan History (ITH), Academia Sinica. One of two plenary sessions to be given on Sep. 7 by Dr. Ming-Yeh Rawnsley, Associate Research Fellow of Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, University of London, UK. She also is the chief editor of International Journal of Taiwan Studies, IJTS, discussing “The Launch of International of Journal for Taiwan Studies”.  Another one is Dr. Gunter Schubert, Professor of European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at University Tübingen, discussing “Reflections on the Future Trajectory of the Taiwan Studies Field”.                                 

The Congress lasts three days and consists of one keynote speeches, two plenary sessions, two roundtables, 23 parallel sessions, one concluding roundtable, and the presentation of 94 papers in total. 

Sessions include topics in art, literature, history, religion, economics, sociology, political science, law, archaeology, linguistics, environmental change, and indigenous Austronesian studies. It is hoped that the conference will provide a platform to share academic achievements in Taiwan studies, help develop interdisciplinary collaborations, facilitate worldwide networks and enhance visibility for Taiwan Studies.

For more information, and the detailed conference schedule please visit:

  • 中央研究院近代史研究所
  • 漢學研究中心
  • 社會學研究所
  • 國史館臺灣文獻館