Open Society University Network (OSUN) invited 18 scholars, experts, and OSUN students to National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, during November 14th-16th, 2022, for the HAHN and NSYSU Ideas Forum. The Ideas Forum is a project of the OSUN Hannah Arendt Humanities Network (HAHN). It brings together faculty, students, and staff from the OSUN community to engage in thoughtful conversation about some of the most important topics of the modern day. The Forum features robust conversations on two subjects: the differences between Nationalism as it is understood in Europe and Nationalism as it is understood in other parts of the world-particularly in Asia; and Nationalism in the Chinese-Taiwanese context specifically.
As questions are raised about the utility of transnational systems like the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Nationalism has taken on a larger role in European politics since the fall of the Soviet Union. More recently, Nationalism is also a major component behind Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In Asia, countries like India and China each have very different views of Nationalism. Discussions will focus on these differing views of Nationalism as well as how Nationalism is viewed in a post-colonial context around the world. Specifically, the rampaging state nationalism in China, led by China’s President, Xi Jinping, has created a very tense situation across the Taiwan Strait.
In this three-day event, scholars and experts from the OSUN community around the world gather at National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan, engage in rigorous and intellectual dialogues, attend lectures and participate in break-out sessions with speakers.
Dr. Ying-Yao Cheng, President of National Sun Yat-sen University, addresses in his opening remark that NSYSU is proud to work with HAHN to host such a meaningful event at NSYSU. It is not only because the NSYSU is the only OSUN member university in East Asia but also because Taiwan’s democracy and liberty are constantly threatened by the aggressive state-led Nationalism in China. President Cheng believes this is only the beginning of NSYSU’s active engagement in the OSUN community. He pledges that NSYSU will continue to cooperate with the OSUN community, both in depth and scale, and contribute to OSUN’s goals in promoting democracy, protecting human rights, and addressing global challenges collaboratively.