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Vortrag, Dr. Jens Damm, 18. Juni 2014, 18:15 Uhr

Cross-Strait Social Movements

Impacts and Challenges for Both Sides

In the public discourse, China has been described as an authoritarian state
which has become almost as powerful as it was in the prime time of the Qing rule
under the Emperors, Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong. In the case of China’s
relations with Taiwan, it is assumed that Taiwan is gradually, economically,
politically and socially being taken over by the rising power in Beijing. However,
one should not underestimate the influences of transnational and also cross-
Strait “transregional” social movements, where activists who are not only from
two sides of the Taiwan Strait meet and collaborate: these movements and
the civil society linked with these movements have created new forms of
participation for the Chinese third sector, have empowered citizens and have
indirectly transformed the Mainland. At the same time, these movements are
increasingly becoming cosmopolitan and although, for a long time, Taiwan’s
social movements were linked to the independence-leaning pan-green camp,
these linkages have also been weakened.
Drawing on various examples, the lecture will discuss the impacts and
challenges of these developments on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and thus
offer a new perspective on cross-Strait relations.
Abstract


Jens Damm
is Associate Professor at Taiwan Studies Graduate Center of
Chang Jung Christian University in Tainan, Taiwan. He is a board member of
the European Association of Taiwan Studies and a Research Associate with the
ERCCT, the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan, University of
Tübingen. Jens Damm’s research is mainly focused on discourses on gender
and ethnicity-related issues in Taiwan, Greater China including the People’s
Republic of China, and on the impact of new communication technologies.

 

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