Events In Retrospect · Veranstaltungen in der Rückschau
China-US-Europe Workshop 2020
Global Power Triangles and the Remaking of the International Order (Online Conference)
October 22–25, 2020, University of Duisburg-Essen
The Frontier of Continental North East Asian Industrialization. The Long Perspective (1895–now)
A Joint Workshop of AREA Ruhr and IN-EAST
February 25–26, 2019
CEC Conference 2018
The Fourth International Forum on the “New Silk Road”
and Sino-European Cooperation
October 10–12, 2018, University of Duisburg-Essen
Photos of the Public Forum of the ‘New Silk Road’ (Photos: Frank Preuß)
CEC Conference 2017
The Third International Forum on the “New Silk Road”
and Sino-European Cooperation
November 8–9, 2017, University of Duisburg-Essen
Photos of the Public Forum of the ‘New Silk Road’ (Photos: Frank Preuß)
Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung VSJF
November 18–20, 2016, University of Duisburg-Essen
How do people in urban areas live together? How do they commute to work? How do they maintain social interaction? All these questions are related to the topic of mobility. The German Association for Social Science Research (VSJF) held its annual meeting in Duisburg on November 17–20, 2016. The IN-EAST and its Advanced School hosted the event that strived to contribute to the discussion on Mobility and the City of the Future. 80 participants from eight countries joined the conference at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
The annual workshop “Gender Studies on Japan” started the event, followed by three days of keynotes, talks and presentations as well as a public panel and section meetings. Five scientific panels ranged from topics surrounding the emergence of electric vehicles, the city as a sustainable living and working place to reflections on governance and planning perspectives on urban transportation as well as challenges in the face of the super-aged society. The annual Duisburg East Asia Day, a second major event in the IN-EAST calendar, took place in the framework of the conference. The public panel on mobility in metropolitan regions focused on the Greater Tokyo Area and the Ruhr Area. Section meetings brought together researchers with a focus on History, Cultural and Media Studies, Education, Political Science, Science and Technology Studies. Sociology and Anthropology, Urban and Regional Studies, Economics to present and discuss their research.
About the VSJF
The German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF) was founded in 1988. Its general aim was and still is to strengthen the study of contemporary Japan in the German-speaking countries, namely Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. The Association is conceived as a forum for researchers and students from the fields of Japanese studies as well as from social sciences, including cultural studies.
Annual Conference Chinese Economic Association (CEA)
Second International Forum on the New Silk Road and Sino-European Cooperation
China’s New Way of Integration with the World:
The New Silk Road and the Opportunities for the World Economy
September 1–3, 2016, University of Duisburg-Essen
During the last three decades, the global economic system has seen dramatic changes in the intensity of global economic interaction and the structural patterns of labor division. In this context, China has risen from a peripheral actor in the global economy to a major gravitational center. Today, with the redesign of the Chinese economic development model, the country’s former role as the work benching of global manufacturing is being passed on to other economics. At the same time, however, Chinese politics and business have engaged in a major effort to promote an innovative pattern of regional labor division that might invest China with a new central role in the global system. The “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative has the potential to create a new fabric of industrial value creation that links China/East Asia via Central South Asia with Europe. The impact of these new regional value chains on global goods flows, investment activity as well as (transnational) institution building remains open and calls for comprehensive research initiatives.
In autumn, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping successively proposed the initiatives of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” that are known as the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative. In 2015, with the release of the “Vision and Actions on Jointly Building ‘One Belt, One Road’”, the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and the setting up of the Silk Road Fund, the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative has moved on to the stage of implementation. Furthermore, the EU and Chinese leaders issued joint statements to develop synergies between EU policies, especially the € 315 billion EU Commission Investment Plan (also known as the Juncker Plan), and China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative. Given the resources made available for the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, the latter will undoubtedly have a decisive impact on the structure and future development of global economic interaction.
What does the Initiative mean to the development of the involved countries and regions? What does it mean to the international order and relations between China and the world? The CEA Annual Conference 2016 was dedicated to this call and strives to contribute to the academic discourse on the multitudinous aspects of OBOR development.
Innovationen in Europa und Ostasien
16. März 2016, Urania Berlin
Weltweit wachsen die Millionen-Metropolen: immer mehr Menschen sind hier zu Hause und organisieren ihren Alltag weitgehend reibungslos. Das ist keine Selbstverständlichkeit. Welche Rolle spielen dabei bürgerschaftliches Engagement, technologische Innovation oder politische Wahlen? Mit diesen Fragen befasst sich die Research Group „Urban Systems“ der IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies. Gemeinsam mit der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb veranstalteten die Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen am 16.3.2016 in der Urania Berlin eine öffentliche Vortrags- und Diskussionsveranstaltung. Mit einem Fokus auf soziale und kulturelle Faktoren von urbanem Wandel setzte die Veranstaltung Impulse, sich mit dem „Wunderwerk Stadt“ auseinanderzusetzen. Neben Besuchern mit einem privaten Interesse an der Thematik nahmen Architekten und Stadtplaner aus Berlin sowie Wissenschaftler, Doktoranden und Studierende aus verschiedenen Disziplinen teil.
Politikwissenschaftler, Soziologen, Stadtplaner, Geographen, Kulturwissenschaftler, Ethnologen und Historiker aus ganz Deutschland gaben in ihren Vorträgen, Panel- und Diskussionsbeiträgen einen Einblick in aktuelle Entwicklungen in Berlin und Ostasien. Wichtiger Bestandteil der Veranstaltung war zudem ein gemeinsamer Workshop rund um die Themen Stadt der Zukunft, Diversität und Identität, in dem sich auch die Experten aktiv beteiligten. Im intensiven An- und Weiterdenken rund um die angebotenen Fragestellungen ergab sich ein facettenreiches Gesamtbild, wie Katharina Borgmann, Doktorandin an der IN-EAST School, erfreut betonte. Sie präsentierte die ausgewerteten Workshop-Ergebnisse vor dem Plenum, um eine Diskussionsgrundlage für das abschließende Podium zu liefern. So brachte die Podiumsdiskussion mit einem Berliner Stadtplaner, einer Japan-Expertin und einem China-Experten lokale und globale Fragestellungen letztlich wieder zusammen.
Midterm Conference 2016
Innovation in East Asia
March 2 and 3, 2016, University of Duisburg-Essen
The IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies held its Midterm Conference on Innovation in East Asia on March 2 and 3, 2016 at the NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum (NETZ) and the Zentrum für Brennstoffzellen Technik (ZBT), Campus Duisburg. On this occasion, the IN-EAST had the pleasure to welcome scientists from diverse fields of expertise who joined us for this event. The four keynote speeches on day one on networks, social innovation, urban systems and E-mobility reflected the different disciplines that are involved in the research at the Advanced School. The talks were open to the interested public. On day two, Advanced School fellows presented their preliminary research in three sessions on Innovation for Clean Energy, Organizational Patterns for Innovation and Tailoring Innovation for and by the People. At the Advanced School, research is first of all conducted in the framework of six research groups led by young academic professionals. The conference concluded with a roundtable discussion on experiences and prospects of this research group concept that is already well-established in natural sciences but still new to social sciences.
The IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies was founded in order to explore innovation in East Asia from a multidisciplinary perspective and gain a better understanding of the dynamics and the success or failure of innovation in society. It is initiating links between social sciences, humanities and engineering. Six early career scientists manage their own research group. A team of professors from the participating faculties at the UDE provide advice and support.
Gender Workshop 2015 – When Families Turn to the Market …
Gender Dimensions of Outsourcing Personal and Household Services:
Politics, Markets and Inequalities in East Asian and European Comparison
November 20–21, 2015, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Torino
Recent fiscal, welfare and employment policies in market economies around the world are seeking to shift the unpaid labour of housewives and other household members into paid employment relations, often in private sector service markets. Behind many of these policies is the aim to activate educated women with care and domestic responsibilities to either rejoin or increase their attachments to the labor force, while creating jobs for less educated women with fewer job opportunities.
The workshop brought together experts in research on the politics and practice of personal and household service work, including childcare and eldercare, to explore further research directions and possible collaborations. The workshop was organized by Margarita Estévez-Abe, Collegio Carlo Alberto, and Karen Shire, IN-EAST.
Preceding the workshop was a doctoral and postdoctoral seminar, where young scholars directly associated with the experts presented and exchanged their research related to family and demographic changes, social care, migration and mobility of domestic and care workers and the activation of female labor. The aim of this activity was to strengthen networks among young scholars in East Asia and Europe involved in family, social welfare and employment research in the social sciences, including economics, political science and sociology. A specific focus is attached to East Asian cases, to encourage inter-regional comparative exchange and research. Several experts in East Asian and European research on these topics commented on doctoral and postdoctoral projects.
The proposed format for the expert workshop was a mix of paper presentations and moderated discussion panels, with specific aims for outcomes (either publication or joint research). Panel participants gave a brief statement (10–15 minutes) on the state of their own research and knowledge on the subject, and for how to move research forward. Most of the time was reserved for moderated discussion. The final panel was devoted to outcomes.