- Open to all students of the department of East Asian Studies -
Friday, December 5, 9:30am Seminar room OAW (2I-O1-05), Hof 5, AAKH Campus
Dr. Dafydd Fell
Dafydd Fell’s interest in Taiwanese politics began after a year as a language student in Taipei in the late 1980s. Being an eyewitness to Taiwan’s transition away from authoritarian rule has helped shape his subsequent research at SOAS. He joined the SOAS Politics Department as a PhD student in 1999 and has been teaching there since 2003. Fell’s main research focus has been on Taiwan’s political parties and electoral politics. His first book, Party Politics in Taiwan (Routledge, 2005) examined party change in the first fifteen years of multi-party politics. He frequently visits Taiwan for fieldwork and election observing. His current research projects include looking at Taiwan’s Green Party, party switching and candidate selection within parties. Fell has been active in developing the field of Taiwan studies at SOAS and beyond. He helped establish the European Association of Taiwan Studies in 2004 and was the Association’s Secretary General for eight years. At SOAS he has helped develop the world’s most extensive Taiwan Studies teaching and academic events programme.