The Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature (TRU) is a platform for scholarly exchange in the field of Taiwan Studies. It houses one of the largest research libraries on the subject of Taiwanese culture and literature in Europe and continuously expands its cooperation with experts and institutions specializing in research and teaching about Taiwan. Its focus includes linguistic, historical, media-related, and political topics. For the history of the Research Unit, see here.



  • Christine Moll-Murata, Chair Professor for History of China and director of the Research Unit
  • Christian Schwermann, Chair Professor for Chinese Language and Literature and co-director of the Research Unit


Current Projects

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 als Pionier) for a duration of four years, starting in February 2022.


Since spring 2019, the Taiwan Ministry of Education generously supports the project "A Teaching Program for History, Culture, and Languages of Taiwan".

Taiwan Teaching Program

With the generous support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF), beginning in July 2023, we are now able to create an image database.

CCKF Database Project

News Bulletin

· Application Deadline extended: 15 March 2024 ·

Taiwan Travel Grant

Trier University is awarding three travel grants in 2024 as part of the collaborative research project "TAP – Taiwan as a Pioneer". 

The focus is on Taiwan-related research projects. Postdoctoral fellows, doctoral fellows, and outstanding master's and bachelor's students from all programs and departments who wish to write an independent research project (or thesis) with a thematic focus on Taiwan are eligible to apply. The trip should be started and completed in this calendar year at best, considering the entry requirements, and should last at least eight weeks. The scholarship holder will submit a written report on the progress of the research supported by the scholarship at the end. The results of the research activity should be made available to the public, if possible, and presented on the TAP website and in the network.

Important Facts at a Glance:

  • one-time funding amount: maximum 4,000 euros
  • target groups: Postdoc/PhD, doctoral students, bachelor's and master's students of all study programs
  • starting date: April 2024 (stay needs to be completed within 2024)
  • duration of stay: at least 8 weeks
  • application deadline: 15th of March 2024

You can find more information on the website of Trier University. Please read all information carefully and submit all required documents completely. Please note that the application deadline has been extended, the information on the website of the University of Trier will be updated soon. 

Further Information from Trier University
· Summer Term 2023 ·

Courses on Taiwan

BA Exercise: Geographic Information System and Map-Making for East Asian Studies

Teacher: Prof. Dr. Cheng An-hsi 鄭安睎
Time: block seminar starting on Friday, 16 June (please check eCampus)

Course information: This course is a basic course of geographic information system (GIS) digital cartography and metrological history. It mainly uses the free software QGIS and other spatial software OSM (Open Street Map). The QGIS course is taught in four units, including: basic operation of software, statistical mapping, integrated application of GPS tracks and QGIS, GPS trajectory and field survey, etc. Through the training of this course, students will be guided step by step from software operation, data analysis and arrangement. This will induce students' understanding of spatial digital quantification in the humanities and social sciences, and aims to establish a learning attitude of objectively using quantitative data and independent thinking.The course provides a methodological tool for all students of East Asian Studies.
Assignments: Active participation, map-making, presentation: 5 CP


BA Seminar: Taiwan’s Ethnic Groups Between Mountains and the Sea: Anthropological Explorations

Teachers: Prof. Dr. Cheng An-hsi 鄭安睎, Prof. Dr. Christine Moll-Murata
Time: Fridays, 1214 h
Room: Uni134, 2.06

Course information: This seminar presents the main ethnic groups living in present-day Taiwan from an anthropological  perspective. We will start with a presentation of prehistorical traces and historical records of these Austronesian peoples and discuss their cooperation and conflicts with early Dutch and Spanish colonialists and Chinese settlers up until the early 20th century.
In the period of Japanese colonial rule, first anthropological research was conducted in Taiwan with the objective of controlling  the indigenous population. The related research will be presented with a special focus on resistance and adaptation of  Taiwan's  indigenous peoples. One main focus of the seminar is on the self-representation of the indigenous groups, Taiwan Aboriginal Rights and their political participation in the recent years.
Students will be asked to give short presentations of particular groups and more general issues. Except written materials, we will also analyze media representations of the concerned groups. The course will be taught in English and Chinese; introductory materials in Chinese will also be presented.


BA Exercise: Tutorium für Grundkurs Taiwanisch / Tutorial for Elementary Taiwanese

Teacher: Wu Kuan-Wei 吳冠緯, M.A.
Time:  Wednesdays, 1618 h
Room: GABF 04/409

Course information:  This is a tutorial for Elementary Tâi-gí (Taiwanese Holo Language). It is intended for practice of pronunciation and conversation.
The course will be held in English.