Joint Research Project Taiwan as a Pioneer (TAP)
The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has awarded a grant to four post-doc researchers to conduct the joint research program TAP (Taiwan as a Pioneer) for a duration of four years. TAP is an interdisciplinary and supra-regional postdoctoral joint project for the promotion, structural strengthening and networking of Taiwan research in Sinology. The research focuses on Taiwan's role as an innovator in the dynamics of global megatrends. The inter-institutional network between the universities of Trier, Tübingen and Ruhr-Universität Bochum, funded by the BMBF, is to create intra- and interdisciplinary structures over the next four years (02.2022 - 01.2026), by means of which Taiwan research can be sustainably anchored in the German science location.
Trier is one of the participating centers for Taiwan studies in Germany, next to Bochum and Tübingen. The program will be directed by Dr. Josie-Marie Perkuhn. It has started on 1 February 2022.
Outline of the Program TAP
Taiwan is a political and social pioneer. Recently, this has become evident in the successful handling of the CoVid 19 pandemic or Taiwan’s inclusive language policies. Yet to date, the historical, cultural and sociopolitical reasons for Taiwan’s role as a trailblazer have not been studied in depth. Broad-based social and political participation is one of the salient features of the coping strategies for dealing with global challenges.
The joint research program TAP (Taiwan as a pioneer) pursues the question of which institutional frameworks conditions and social actors have made it possible for Taiwan to assume such a pioneering role. The program is being designed and implemented by post-doctoral researchers from political science, sociology, literature and history.
The TAP postdoc team is composed of interdisciplinary researchers from the fields of political science, sociology, literature and history, so that a connection to major disciplines is given. The team combines eight content-related elements and forms of mediation, which aim at a dialogue both within the disciplines and with the public:
1. creation of an original subject network with annual conferences;
2. creation of a shared database accessible to the public;
3. individual studies on the respective research disciplines;
4. interdisciplinary synergetic overall analyses;
5. timely publications of research results in various formats;
6. preparation of a methodological manual for China studies with a Taiwan focus;
7. provision of digital teaching modules;
8. designing a corresponding certificate program.
With this interdisciplinary approach, Chinese Studies with a focus on Taiwan will be institutionally strengthened and its visibility in the German research landscape will be increased.
Perkuhn, Josie-Marie & Chien, Hung-yi (19.04.2022): "Shared but Particular: A Proposal to Pitch Taiwan Research in Sinology and beyond." Taiwan Insight.
Dr. Josie-Marie Perkuhn was live on HR2 on 24.03.2022 in the program "Buhlen um Peking-Chinas Rolle in der Weltpolitik", the contribution can be listened to as a podcast.
Dr. Josie-Marie Perkuhn gave an interview on Radio International Taiwan on 03/14/2022, you can listen to the post here.
The ministerial support for Taiwan research is positively reviewed in Taiwan's press, see the Feb 24, 2022 post in TheNewsLens.
On February 02, 2022, an interview by Dr. Josie-Marie Perkuhn on the topic "Is it possible to learn from Taiwan?" was published at idw - Nachrichten Informationsdienst Wissenschaft.
Report on the First TAP Meeting
On Friday, 11 February 2022, the first face-to-face TAP meeting took place at the Ruhr Universität Bochum. "Taiwan as a Pioneer" (TAP) is a supra-regional BMBF project of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in cooperation with the universities of Trier and Tübingen. The goal is to investigate Taiwan's role as an innovator in the dynamics of global megatrends and to contribute to the promotion of structural strengthening and networking of Taiwan research in the field of sinology.
Present were (from left to right) Dr. Thomas Fliß and the project and research coordinator Dr. rer. pol. Josie-Marie Perkuhn from Trier, Prof. Dr. Christine Moll-Murata, head of the Taiwan Research Unit at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Dr. Chien Hung-yi, head of the Bochum research project and the research assistant Tamina Renner.
On the agenda was, among other things, the translation of the project title into Chinese. After extensive discussion, the choice fell on Taiwan zuo touzhen/Tâi-uân Tsò Thâu-tīn: Zai quanqiu dashi tiaozhan zhong de difang chuangxin 台灣做頭陣：在全球大勢挑戰中的地方創新 (Taiwan as Pioneer – Local Innovation in the Dynamics of Global Megatrends).
Furthermore, dates for the first workshops were set and the methodological handbook was determined.