AREA Ruhr welcomes Prof. Shih Chih-yu from Taiwan

AREA Ruhr welcomes Prof. Shih, Chih-yu as International Research Fellow

Members of AREA Ruhr warmly welcome and are looking forward to work with Prof. Shih Chih-yu, a specialist on China studies, anthropology of knowledge, and international relations theory in the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University.

Determined to recollect and re-present intellectual heritage in Asia, he has devoted his academic career for the past 30 years to researching, teaching, and writing on the cultural and political agency of human society. 

Shih’s publications consistently challenge the mainstream views on the law of human behavior and gather evidence of human agency from ethnic communities, developing countries, people in poverty, and so on. In his writings, Shih pays attention to the cultural meanings of civilizational components such as religion, language, ecology, and institution. He practices a multi-sited methodology reified primarily through field interviews, oral history, and archive research.

He coached intermural basketball (in the political science league) with 10 national champions under his belt and himself still a standing player in the evergreen league. 


During his fully funded fellowship from 5th of August – 1st of November 2022 at AREA Ruhr, Prof. Shih will  give a lecture in AREA Ruhr’s Occasional Guest Lecture Series, scheduled for Friday, 14th October, 16-18h, and a workshop for doctoral (and advanced M.A.) students on Monday, 17th October 2022 (both events in hybrid format!). Detailed updates and announcements will follow soon.