About Spotlight Taiwan Helsinki

Welcome to Spotlight Taiwan Helsinki’s website. We will organize 6 online academic lectures and 1  film-screening event (including dialogue with film director) in autumn 2021.  Each lecture is about 40-60 minutes followed by 20-30 minutes’ of Q & A.

Time below is Helsinki time, which is 1 hour ahead of Central European Time (CET).

  • Professor Leigh Jenco, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (Friday 24 September, 12:15-13:45)

Chinese Perspectives on Taiwan and Colonial Expansion in the Ming and Qing Dynasties

  • Professor Ann Heylen, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan (Friday 1 October, 12:15-13:45)

Language Reform and Literacy Practices in Multicultural Taiwan

  • Professor Jonathan Stock, University College Cork, Ireland (Friday 15 October, 12:15-13:45)

Kala-OK Nights: Voice, Embodiment and Society at Indigenous Bunun Karaoke in Southeast Taiwan

  • Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London, UK (Friday 29 October, 14:15-15:30)

Taiwanese-Language Cinema in the Martial Law Era as a Cinema of the Cold War

  • Professor Hsiu-Ching Wu, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan (Friday 5 November 12:00 to 14:00, two full hours)

Screening and discussion of her documentary “Song of the Reed”

  • Dr. Chia Rong Wu, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (Friday 12 November, 12:15-13:45)

Ghost-Island Narratives in the Twenty-First Century

  • Professor Michael Szonyi, Harvard University, USA (Friday 19 November, 15:15-16:45)

China’s Rise and Local Politics in Taiwan and Beyond: Lessons from the Offshore Islands of Kinmen and Matsu


Spotlight Taiwan Helsinki is organized by Department of Cultures at University of Helsinki, with the support of Taiwan’s Ministry of Cultures, Taipei Representative Office in Finland and Centre for East Asian Studies at University of Turku.

Photo of website is from Yeo Khee on Unsplash.