Taiwan Studies 台灣研究

Within the world of Oriental scholarship, Sinology and Asian Studies, the academic discipline of Taiwan Studies is fairly new. This is not because of neglect or limited attention that has been paid to the island as an object of social knowledge, but because of an ideological corpus that tied the study of Taiwan neatly into the world of Chinese culture and civilization. Said otherwise, until up into the 1980s – and for some even beyond right up to the present day – writing about Taiwan was not conceived as part of a project of local discovery. Instead, it was written to describe modern Chinese society.

With the end of martial law in 1987 and the beginning of democratization, the focus was lifted from Taiwan as an exclusively Han Chinese society. The origins of Taiwan Studies is best situated in a scholarship that begins with its frontier history during the Qing dynasty or even before. By the 1990s, Taiwan Studies as a distinct field had been born. A Taiwan historiography began to appear that emphasized an emerging importance of the Japanese colonial period. Today, scholars from all over the world are regularly involved in discussion of the series of historical events that gave birth to this unique society. A large enough body of research has become available to support a growing number of overviews and surveys with Taiwan as their central theme and now involves a wide range of academic disciplines. In addition to historically informed scholarship (Taiwan History), there is a growing understanding of Taiwanese identity and ethnicity that draws heavily from theoretical considerations. These works also include an increased understanding of the role of religion in contemporary Taiwan politics, gender issues and studies on the place of indigenous peoples in a contemporary Taiwan. Another trend that heavily influences contemporary Taiwan Studies is linked with the critical analysis of literature and its recent expansion into venues like cinema, documentary and drama. Finally, scholarly work on politics, law, cross-strait and international relations is indispensable to a proper understanding of contemporary Taiwan culture and society.

-from the European Association of Taiwan Studies

As such, here we compiled a list of academic institutions that either have research centers focusing on Taiwan, offer academic programs or courses about Taiwan, or have both. Institutions are listed by regions in the world. If you know of any programs or institutions with a focus in Taiwan Studies that’s not listed here, feel free to leave a comment and we will be happy to add it/them to the list.

Taiwan 臺灣

Academic Institutions:

Academia Sinica 中央研究院
Institute of Taiwan History 台灣史研究所

Aletheia University 真理大學
Department of Taiwan Literature 台灣文學系

Chang Jung Christian University 長榮大學
Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies 台灣研究所

National Changhua University of Education 國立彰化師範大學
Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature 臺灣文學研究所

National Chengchi University 國立政治大學
Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature 台灣文學研究所
Graduate Institute of Taiwan History 台灣史研究所
Taiwan Studies Center 台灣研究中心

National Cheng Kung University 國立成功大學
Department of Taiwanese Literature 臺灣文學系

National Chung Cheng University 國立中正大學
Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature 台灣文學研究所

National Chung Hsing University 國立中興大學
Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature 台灣文學研究所

National Taipei University of Education 國立臺北教育大學
Graduate School of Taiwanese Culture 台灣文化研究所

National Taiwan Library 國立中央圖書館臺灣分館
Taiwan Study Research Center 臺灣學研究中心

National Taiwan Normal University 國立臺灣師範大學
Department of Taiwan Culture, Language, and Literature 台灣語文學系
Graduate Institute of Taiwan History 臺灣史研究所

National Taiwan University 國立臺灣大學
Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature 臺灣文學研究所

National Tsing Hua University 國立清華大學
Institute of Taiwan Literature 台灣文學研究所

National University of Tainan 國立臺南大學
Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture 台灣文化研究所

Providence University 靜宜大學
Department of Taiwanese Literature 臺灣文學系

Taiwan Research Institute 台灣綜合研究院

Also learn about Taiwan Academy 臺灣書院!

Museums:

National Museum of Prehistory 國立臺灣史前文化博物館

National Museum of Taiwan History 國立臺灣歷史博物館

National Museum of Taiwan Literature 國立台灣文學館

National Taiwan Museum 國立臺灣博物館

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines 順益台灣原住民博物館

People’s Republic of China 中華人民共和國

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 中國社會科學院
Institute of Taiwan Studies 台灣研究所

Nanjing University 南京大學
School of Liberal Arts 文學院

Shantou University 汕頭大學
Institute of Taiwan Studies 台灣研究所

Tsinghua University 清華大學
Institute of Taiwan Studies, School of Public Policy and Management
公共管理學院 台灣研究所

Xiamen University 廈門大學
Taiwan Research Institute 台灣研究院
Taiwan Research Center 台灣研究中心

Japan 日本

Japan Association for Taiwan Studies 日本台湾学会 日本台灣學會

Tenri University  天理大学 天理大學
Taiwan Studies 天理台湾学会 天理台灣學會

Wasada University 早稲田大学 早稻田大學
Taiwan Research Institute 台灣研究所

Australia 澳大利亞

Australian National University 澳洲國立大學
School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia & the Pacific

University of Melbourne 墨爾本大學
Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts

Europe 歐洲

Association Francophone d’Études Taïwanaises 法國台灣學會

Centre d’Études Français sur la Chine contemporaine 法國當代中國研究中心

Centre national de la recherche Scientifique 法國國家科學研究中心 &
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon 里昂高等師範學校
Institut d’Asie Orientale 東亞學院

European Association of Taiwan Studies 歐洲台灣研究協會

London School of Economics and Political Science 倫敦政治經濟學院
Taiwan Research Programme, Asia Research Centre

Ruhr-Universität Bochum 波鴻魯爾大學
Research Unit on Taiwanese Culture and Literature

University of London 倫敦大學
Center of Taiwan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies

University of Oxford 牛津大學
Taiwan Studies Programme, Saint Anthony’s College

Universität Heidelberg 海德堡大學
Taiwan Studies Activities, Institut für Sinologie

Universität Tübingen 杜賓根大學
European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan 歐洲當代臺灣研究中心

Universität Wien 維也納大學
Wiener Zentrum für Taiwanstudien 維也納臺灣研究中心

Univerzi v Ljubljani 盧布爾雅那大學
Tajvanski Raziskovalni Center 臺灣研究中心

Americas 美洲

American Political Science Association 美國政治學會
Conference Group on Taiwan Studies

George Mason University 喬治梅森大學
Taiwan Studies, Center for Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation

North American Taiwan Studies Association 北美台灣研究學會

University of California, Los Angeles 加州大學洛杉磯分校
New Directions in Taiwan Studies Program, Center for Chinese Studies

University of California, Santa Barbara 加州大學聖塔芭芭拉分校
Center for Taiwan Studies 台灣研究中心

University of South Carolina 南卡羅萊納大學
Taiwan Studies Program, Center for Asian Studies

University of Texas at Austin 德州大學奧斯汀分校
Taiwan Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts

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