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The 16th EATS Annual Conference

Recognising Taiwan: A Conference Exploring Taiwan’s Society and Political World

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The School of Arts and Humanities are delighted to host The European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) 16th Annual Conference.

EATS is devoted to the promotion of Taiwan Studies and Research in Europe. The Association seeks to foster a community of interest among scholars and researchers based in European countries in order to facilitate academic interaction and scientific collaboration.

  • From: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 9 am
  • To: Friday 12 April 2019, 4 pm
  • Location: Chaucer Building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 9 April 2019, 5.00 pm
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To mark the 40th anniversary of Taiwan’s derecognition by the United States during the winter of 1978-79 the EATS 2019 conference invites proposals for scholarly papers engaging with any aspect of Taiwan, its recognition, and the recognition that Taiwan bestows upon others. Beyond the political realm, the conference is keen to explore aspects of Taiwan's recognition including military alliances, its international trade links, its efforts at environmental preservation and towards environmental consciousness, its cultural diversity and liberalism, its contribution to film, literature and other arts, and its engagement with international charity and foreign aid. However, issues such as the Taiwan legal system’s continued willingness to endorse the death penalty also lead to arguably more critical international appraisals that should also be explored. The conference hereby acknowledges the broad spectrum of the ‘recognition’ theme and enthusiastically encourages papers from across the social sciences, arts and humanities and beyond.

Taiwan’s marginalised diplomatic status and lack of widespread formal diplomatic recognition continues to be a pressing concern for the island’s government. Under President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan has once again started to lose formal diplomatic allies to the PRC with Burkina Faso the latest country to renounce its ties in May 2018. In response, the Taiwan government has attempted to enhance other aspects of its diplomatic network with its bid to become a full member of the World Health Assembly the most notorious of these. Nevertheless, Taiwan continues to be broadly recognised as a strong and stable social, economic, cultural and environmental actor that adheres to international norms of behaviour and makes a positive contribution to this global world. The extent to which diplomatic recognition concerns the Taiwanese people is a lot more contestable and something that the conference also looks forward to exploring.

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For enquiries please contact Dr. Colin Alexander, Senior Lecturer in Political Communications, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

Location details


Chaucer Building


Goldsmith Street


There is no parking available at the University itself, but there are many car parking facilities within a couple of minutes' walk. The nearest car park is Talbot Street Car Park. If using this car park, please exit onto Chaucer Street.

Travel Info:

To plan your journey to the NTU City Campus, please visit the Get Directions Page on the NTU website

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Dr. Colin Alexander
+44 115 84 83044