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2021 : Zurich Taiwan Lecture Series 2021 (Online)

           organized by Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Univesity of Zurich
'Framing Analysis of the 2016 Taiwan Presidential Election Campaign'
by Prof. Lutgard LAMS, KU Leuven & Brussels Centre for Chinese Discourse Studies

Date: May 20, 2021, 10:15-11:45 am (CEST)
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   April 2020


BCCDS co-organizes the 17th International EATS (European Association of Taiwan Studies) Conference in cooperation with EASt (ULB).  

"Narrating Taiwan: Re-imagining, re-writing, and re-connecting Taiwan" 
Call for papers: forthcoming
  • Venue: ULB, Brussels
  • Date6-8 April 2020

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Research Fellowships Lutgard Lams, Jan-April 2011 and 2016, at National Sun Yat-sen University, Graduate Institute of Political Science (within the framework of Taiwan Fellowship Program, Min. Foreign Affairs, Taiwan). In 2011, Lutgard Lams carried out fieldwork on the discourses about ECFA. In 2016, she examined the Taiwanese presidential election campaign discourse.




2021 : Zurich Taiwan Lecture Series 2021 (Online)

           organized by Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Univesity of Zurich
'Framing Analysis of the 2016 Taiwan Presidential Election Campaign'
by Prof. Lutgard LAMS, KU Leuven & Brussels Centre for Chinese Discourse Studies

Date: May 20, 2021, 10:15-11:45 am (CEST)
ONLINE via Microsft Teams :



2016: Lecture Series in Taiwan:

'Sinicization and Taiwanization processes during Ma Ying-jeou’s first term in office' (L. Lams)

Date: March 24, 2016

Venue: Chung Hsing University, Graduate Institute of International Relations, Taichung, ROC (Taiwan)

The interplay of language and ideology in political communication: case study: Taiwan 2016 Election Campaigning” (L. Lams)
Date: April 11, 2016
Venue: National Sun Yat-sen University, Graduate Institute of Political Science, Kaohsiung, ROC (Taiwan)

2013: Lecture Series in China:  Frank Gotzen / Lutgard Lams

In the second half of April, Frank Gotzen and Lutgard Lams were invited by the School of Public Affairs at the University of Science & Technology of China (USTC), Hefei (Anhui Province) to give a series of lectures to the Ph.D. students of Public Affairs. Frank Gotzen also visited the  Chinese Intellectual Property Office, Anhui Branch and discussed recent developments of IP protection in China with the Director of the Office. Lutgard Lams met with the Head of the International Office of USTC  and the Vice-Dean of the USTC News Center and  Deputy-Director of USTC Center for Science Communication.

International Seminars

2014 Seminar in Brussels: 'Totalitarian/Authoritarian Discourse Across Time and Space'

Venue: Berlaymont building (EU Commission), Salle Cinéma, Wetstraat/                                  Rue de la Loi, 200, 1000 Brussels

Date: November 13, 2014, 16:30-18:30 pm  

Guest speakers  Rüta Petrauskaité, Ko Ko Thett, Lutgard Lams

At this seminar, three contributors to the recently published volume “Totalitarian/authoritarian discourses; a global and timeless phenomenon?", edited by Lutgard Lams, Geert Crauwels, and Henrieta Serban presented their views on totalitarian/authoritarian discourse in China, Myanmar, and the former Soviet Union, addressing the following questions. What are the common characteristics and main functions of the totalitarian/authoritarian discourse? In what form does totalitarian/authoritarian discourse survive after democratization and to what extent can it impede democratization? Why is deciphering discourse important for policy-makers? The authors discussed how totalitarian/authoritarian discourse contains an explicit emphasis on the Party's or Leader's monopoly on truth and aims at creating a collective identity directed towards a common enemy. 

Panel Discussions and Talks

On 15 April 2014, in a panel discussion "Taiwan's Role and Commitment from Regional and Global Perspectives", organized by EIAS (European Institute for Asian Studies), Lutgard Lams discussed how the Taiwanese authorities have been striving to improve cross-Strait relations in order to reinforce Taiwan's position in the region, and to increase economic opportunities and cooperation both with the PR China and with its primary trading partners. She outlined continuities within the presidential discourse over the last few years and presented different ideological perspectives in the Taiwanese society about cross-strait rapprochement. A discussion followed about the Sunflower Movement (including student demonstrations in March 2014) and the government response.

On 29 Nov 2013, the EU Parliament, DG External Policies, Policy  Department organized a Policy hub to discuss discursive issues of unification, 'one China framework', national identity with respect to Taiwan and Hong Kong, in light of recent policy trends and theoretical models. Guest speakers were Lutgard Lams (KULeuven Campus Brussels) and David Huang (Academia Sinica, Taipei).

On Feb 27, 2012, at the book launch of "European Perspectives on Taiwan" in Brussels,  experts on Taiwan discussed issues and questions related to various perspectives from Europe on Taiwan. Four of these experts, Dr. Jens Damm, Prof. Dr. Paul Lim, Dr. Ann Heylen and Dr. Lutgard Lams presented an in-depth elaboration of their contributions to the book. 

On Dec 19, 2011,  Lutgard Lams presented a talk entitled Taiwanization - A dynamic discursive process in the face of glocalization' during a conference at the European Parliament. Her presentation highlighted key discursive elements from the policy statements of two major Taiwanese  2012 Presidential candidates, President Ma Ying-jeou (KMT) and Dr. Tsai Ying-wen (DPP) to clarify their different options regarding Taiwan's future in the dynamic of the local democratization, the Cross-Strait relations, the regional integration in the Asia-Pacific region as well as of the globalization. The presentation happened at the occasion of the 28th Taiwan-European Conference: EU's development and contemporary Greater China. The participants included MEPs, diplomats in Brussels, IR scholars and experts from the EU and Asia.    
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On Nov 3, 2011, Lutgard Lams gave a talk to a group of Chinese MA and Ph.D. students on the application of  Chinese Discourse Studies in IPR studies (Law School & Intellectual Property School, Jinan University, Guangzhou)  



International Conferences 

2014 International Conference in Brussels

On April 3-4, 2014, The College of Europe organized an international conference "Mass Communication and EU-China relations" at the EU Committee of the Regions, Brussels. Lutgard Lams presented a paper "China: economic magnet or rival? Framing of China in the Dutch- and French-language quality press in Belgium and the Netherlands".

2013 International Conferences in China

In the Fall Semester, two presentations concerning 'Communication and China' were given by Lutgard Lams at two consecutive conferences in China.

 In September, she participated in the 2013  China Communication Forum and the First  Central Asia Communication Forum in UrumqiIn the panel on "Media, Xinjiang, and Central Asia", chaired by prof. Moritz, Lutgard Lams gave a talk on the Belgian press representation of Xinjiang. Kevin Peters from Web International English discussed shifting traditions in Xinjiang and Milica Pesic from the Media Diversity Institute, London presented a speech on "professional Journalism and the Question of Ethnicity". 

The second conference,  t
he Fourth International Conference of Multicultural Discourses, was held from 24 to 26 October at the enchanting West Lake in Hangzhou (Institute of Discourse & Cultural Studies, Zhejiang University). Lutgard Lams shared her views on how the Chinese press frames the US and Japanese Other in sensitive times of diplomatic standoffs.