IN-EAST Research Forum

Winter Term 2020/21

Populism in East Asian Democracies

Lecture Series International Research Colloquium of the Institute of East Asian Studies

Anyone interested in populism will quickly realize that the academic discourse has paid little attention to evidence from the East Asian democracies of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The pertinent literature mostly discusses cases from Europe, North- and Latin America, but East Asia seems to be off the academic map. Our lecture series offers an opportunity for the relatively few scholars who are working on East Asia to present their work. By bringing together presentations on Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, we also attempt to open up comparative perspectives on these three democracies.

Standard time slot: Wed, 10–11 am CET (30 min. lecture, 30 min. Q&A),
except for Nov 11, 2020: 9–10 am and Nov 25, 2020: 7–8 pm
Please register here via Zoom

Wed, Nov 11, 2020, 9–10 am
Hino Airo   Waseda University, Tokyo
Japan as an Uncharted Territory of Global Populism? Disentangling Its Myth with New Research
Link to Video of the lecture of Hino Airo

Wed, Nov 18, 2020, 10–11 am
Lin Thung-hong   Academia Sinica, Taipei
Populism in Taiwan, 2014–2020
Link to Video of the lecture of Lin Thung-hong

Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 7–8 pm
Chen Jung   University of California, Merced
Dehumanization and Polarization in the 2020 Taiwanese Presidential Election
No recording available

Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 10–11 am
Kang Won-Taek   Seoul National University
Populism, Polarized Partisanship and Democracy in South Korea
Link to Video of the lecture of Kang Won-Taek

Wed, Dec 16, 2020, 10–11 am
Yoshida Toru   Hokkaido University, Sapporo
Putting New Wine into Old Bottles? Institutions and Actors behind Japanese Populism

Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 10–11 am
Nathan Batto   National Chengchi University, Taipei
The (Rapid) Rise and Fall of Populism in Taiwan

Wed, Jan 27, 2021, 10–11 am
Hijino Ken   Kyoto University
Winds, Fevers, and Floating Voters: Populist Revolts in Urban and Rural Japan

Wed, Feb 03, 2021, 10–11 am
Lee Sook Jong   Sungkyungwan University, Seoul
South Korea’s Tamed Populism: Popular Protests from Below and Populist ­Politics from the Top

Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 10–11 am
Suh Byung-hoon   Soongsil University, Seoul
Is Gov. Lee Jae-myung a Populist? Focusing on Korean People’s Assessment of his Economic Policies


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