Workshop "EU - East Asia Relations in a Shifting Global Order"
In the framework of an FWO-MOST (Taiwan) agreement, the workshop 'EU - East Asia Relations in a Shifting Global Order' will be organized on 12 and 13 September 2023. Venue: 'De Abt', Lange Kruisstraat 4, 9000 Gent.
September 12, 2023
Opening Remark (09:00-09:20)
Prof. Dr. Bart DESSEIN (Ghent University)
Representative of International Relation Office, Ghent University
Prof. Dr. I-Ling CHANG (Director of NSTC, Taipei Representative Office in the EU)
Prof. Dr. Chin-peng CHU (Monnet Chair and President, CAPS Taipei)
Session 1 Europe and the Cross-strait Interaction (09:20-10:50)
Chair: Sven BISCOP (Ghent University)
1. Sven BISCOP (Ghent University): Global geopolitics in shift: The role of the EU, China, and Taiwan.
2. Jasper ROCTUS (Ghent University): The European Union and cross-strait relations: Just what is “its” one-China policy?
3. Cathy LI (Monnet Chair, Soochow University): A closer look at the stagnant multilateral investment court system and 2022 ICSID Arbitration reform: Mapping concerns of East Asian countries and how to address them.
Session 2 Geopolitical and Security Issues (I) (11:10-12:40)
Chair: Chin-peng CHU (Monnet Chair and President, CAPS Taipei)
1. Chi-mei LUO (Monnet Chair, National Taipei University): Reflecting Zeitenwende or reconfirmation with convention: Germany’s Indo-Pacific policy and how far can it go?
2. Jieqiong DUAN (Ghent University): “EU-China security relations: A role-based perspective”
3. Yun-chen LAI (National Dong Hwa University): “EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: A chance for EU-Taiwan BIA?”
Session 3 Geopolitical and Security Issues (II) (14:00-15:30)
Chair: Nanae BALDAUFF (UNU-CRIS)
1. Nanae BALDAUFF (UNU-CRIS): The evolution of Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept.
2. Yang LI (Ghent University): China’s instrumentalization of foreign relations.
3. Shiang-yuan CHU (Giessen University): EU’s strategic autonomy and EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy: Implications of new era EU-China relations.
Session 4 Culture and Normative Issues (15:50-17:20)
Chair: Bart DESSEIN (Ghent University)
1. Bart DESSEIN (Ghent University): A logic of relationship or a logic of appropriateness?
2. Yu-Zhou WANG (Ghent University): On the Tianxia (all-under-heaven) theory.
3. Yih-Jye HWANG (The Hague College Leiden University): Re-examining the Belt and Road Initiative under the framework of China-CEEC cooperation: A moral realist analysis.
September 13, 2023
Session 5 Economic Issues (09:00-10:30)
Chair: Chi-mei LO (Monnet Chair, National Taipei University)
1. Brandy MILLER (Ghent University): From diplomatic arbitration to economic sway: Examining EU-Taiwan relations in the context of US-China competition.
2. Huanyu ZHAO* (Ghent University) and Xiaoyu PU (University of Nevada): Decouple, de-risk, reconnect China: Knowledge communities in EU foreign policy making.
3. Ya-chi LIN* (Feng Chia University) and Kuo-Chun YEH (Monnet Chair, National Taiwan University): The impact of Russo-Ukrainian war on the EMU’s divergent risk: Empirics and policy implications.
Workshop "Words and Interpretation: Comparative Approaches to Chinese Literature and History"
In the framework of the Taiwan Chair Programme (in a collaboration agreement between Ghent University, the University of Groningen, the Georg-August Universität Göttingen / Georg-August Universität Göttingen Stiftung Öffentliches Rechts, the University of Tartu, and the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education, Taiwan), The workshop "Words and Interpretation: Comparative Approaches to Chinese Literature and History" will be held on 31 May and 1 June 2023 (venue: 'De Abt', Lange Kruisstraat 4, 9000 Gent).
Programme DAY 1: 31 MAY
- Opening: Representative DICE
- Introductory lecture: “Beyond Words and Interpretation” (Bart Dessein, UGent)
Digital Humanities Round Table: Hou-leong Ho (East-Asian Department of Berlin State Library): “Introducing Open Access Resources for Sinology and Taiwanese Studies in Taiwan and CrossAsia”
Session 1: Culture and Language
Chair: Bart Dessein
- Táňa Dluhošová (Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague): “Quantitative study of Taiwanese political elites from the perspective of Taiwanese and Chinese sources”
- Peiying Lin (HKU, ONLINE): “Manchuria as a site of cultural exchange: The China-Taiwan literary encounters under Japanese rule”
- Mieke Matthyssen (UGent): “Dimensions of ming 命: changing roles of one’s moral mission (tianming天命) and one’s partly malleable fate (mingyun命运) in contemporary China”
Session 2: Gendering Chinese History
Chair: Mieke Matthyssen
- Jolan Yi (NTU, Taiwan): “Taiwanese widows went to court under Qing rule”
- Ping Yao (California State University): “Approaching women’s history and gender history: Mainland China, Taiwan, and beyond”
- Shuran Zhang (VUB): “The struggle and dilemmas of the Chinese women’s suffrage movement around the 1911 Revolution”
DAY 2: 1 JUNE
Session 3: Historical Interpretations: Late Qing and REPUBLICAN China
Chair: Jolan Yi (or Huanyu Zhao)
- Alexandre Tsung-ming Chen (KU Leuven): “The Uprising in the Eastern Rehe in 1891: Different visions and changing interpretations in the historians’ circle of our time”
- Jasper Roctus (UGent): “How Sun Xiansheng became Guofu: The KMT’s deification of Sun Yat-sen during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945)”
- Yang Li (UGent): “Studies and gaps of existing literature on the evolution of diplomatic thought in the late Qing (1840-1914)”
Session 4: Political Narratives in contemporary China and Taiwan
Chair: Jasper Roctus
- Yuzhou Wang (UGent): “Tracing ‘Chinese School of IR’: Reviewing the interpretations of tianxia in contemporary China and Taiwan”
- Huanyu Zhao (UGent), Xiaochuan Sang (Shanghai University of Political Science and Law): “Strategic narratives on cross-Strait relations“
- Nanae Baldauff (UNU-CRIS): “Japan's security relationship with China: hovering between political objectives, security concerns and Taiwan issue”
Workshop "Ghent-National Sun Yat-Sen University Dialogues in Global Sinology. Solidarity and Connections in Time of Crisis - 根特-中山國際漢學對話：危機時刻的聯結與凝聚"
30 May 2023
Unit 1 East Asian Modernity
Speaker 1: Ghent University Representative: Bart Dessein
Speaker 2: NSYSU University Representative TBC
Speaker 3: NSYSU University Represenative TBC
Q/A and Discussion Time
Unit 2 Religion as Practice and Philosophy in East Asia
Speaker 1: Ghent University Representative: Mieke Matthyssen
Speaker 2: NSYSU University Representative TBC
Speaker 3: Ghent University Represenative: Yu-Zhou Wang