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.

Below is an overview, with speakers’ last names in alphabetical order. More information will be announced in summer 2021.

  • Professor Chris Berry, King’s College London, UK

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

  • Professor Ann Heylen, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Language Reform and Literacy Practices in Multicultural Taiwan

  • Professor Leigh Jenco, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

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

  • Professor Jonathan Stock, University College Cork, Ireland

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

  • Professor Michael Szonyi, Harvard University, USA

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

  • Chia Rong Wu, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Ghost-Island Narratives in the Twenty-First Century

  • Professor Hsiu-Ching Wu, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan

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


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.