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Risk and East Asia, June 20–21



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  • 30.09.2018 - 10:08:09

    Yu Keping Mercator Fellow at IN-EAST

    Prof. Yu Keping is going to visit the IN-EAST from September 30 to October 7, 2018. He will give a talk on Friday, October …
  • 24.01.2018 - 16:00:01

    Research Forum Lecture by Jürgen Howaldt

    Social Innovation – concepts and international trends | Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 16–18 h | Room SG 183, Campus Duisburg

    The …
  • 22.01.2018 - 11:59:01

    Research Forum Lecture by Thomas Kalinowski (in conjunction with the lecture East Asia in Economic Science)

    Contemporary Issues and Problems of the East Asian Model of Capitalism  |  Mon, Jan. 22, 2018, 12–14 h  |  Room LE 104, Campus Duisburg
    The East Asian region and in particularly Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the PRC have developed successfully through a distinct developmental state-led model that is based on investments and export orientation. In the comparative political economy literature, this development model is referred to as “East Asian capitalism” highlighting similarities in the region and differences with Western liberal models of capitalism in the US as well as coordinated varieties in continental Europe. Indeed so far the hyper-globalization thesis that all countries would converge towards one best practice model of (neoliberal) capitalism have been wrong. This does not mean that the East Asian growth model is unchallenged and without problems. On the contrary, declining growth rates, high debt levels, increasing social inequality, environmental degradation, political corruption and weak civil societies are impeding the transformation of East Asia towards a balanced, sustainable and equitable future. Is the path dependency of a previously successful development model impeding progress in the region?

    Thomas Kalinowski is a professor of Political Science at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. He is teaching International Political Economy, Comparative Political Economy, European Integration, International Organizations and Development. After receiving his PhD from Freie Universität Berlin in 2004 he was a lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California in Berkeley and a visiting assistant professor at Brown University. Recent publications include works on the political economy of financial crisis and crisis management, global governance, the global role of East Asia, the diversity of capitalism and the transformation of the East Asian developmental state. You can follow his research at
  • 15.11.2017 - 09:49:11

    Research Forum Lecture by Susanne Brandtstädter

    Barefoot lawyers and the search for justice in rural China  |  Wed, Nov. 15, 2017, 16–18 h  |  Room SG 183, Campus …
  • 14.11.2017 - 10:05:11

    Thomas Kalinowski new Guest Professor of the GK 1613

    Prof. Thomas Kalinowski is visiting professor of the Research Training Group "Risk and East Asia" (DFG Graduiertenkolleg …
  • 23.10.2017 - 23:33:10

    Guest Lecture by Osmany Porto de Oliveira

    Brazil Exporting Social Policies: From Local Innovation to a Global Model  |  Mon, Oct. 23, 2017, 15–17 h  |  Room …
  • 26.09.2017 - 15:38:09

    The Language of the Qing Dynasty

    PHD Candidate Ying Ding wrote an article about the language of the Sibe tribe who are an ethnic minority in China
  • 18.09.2017 - 16:21:09

    Research Forum Lecture by Mahito Hayashi

    Labor/Poverty Politics against the Japanese Developmental State: De-Nationalization after 1945, Nationalization by New Actors …
  • 26.07.2017 - 15:13:07

    Research Forum Lecture by Peng Lu

    Cadre Parents and Their Children for Business? The Dual-Track Intergenerational Reproduction of Elites in China: 1978–2010 …
  • 13.07.2017 - 12:39:07

    Peng Lu Guest Researcher at IN-EAST

    Dr. Peng Lu (Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) will visit our institute from July 23 to August …
  • 13.07.2017 - 09:10:07

    Guest Professor: Dongya Huang

    Professor Dongya Huang will join the GRK 1613/2 “Risk and East Asia” from 02.07. to 30.08.2017.
    Dongya Huang is a …
  • 12.07.2017 - 10:51:07

    Research Forum Lecture by Zhongyuan Enoch Wang

    Coaching Representation: Congressional training in China's single-party system  |  Wed, July 12th, 2017, 16–18 h  |
    Room …
  • 12.07.2017 - 10:33:07

    Guest Professor: Fan Ke

    Professor Fan Ke will join the GRK 1613/2 "Risk and East Asia" from 15.06. - 15.07.2017.
    Fan Ke earned his PhD in Anthropology …
  • 10.07.2017 - 08:47:07

    Research Forum Lecture by Hsin-Lun Yu

    Being Forced to be Herdsmen: The Process of Modernization of Evenki Hunters under the State Power of China  |  Monday, …
  • 09.07.2017 - 14:35:07

    Research Forum Schedule

    The detailed schedule for summer 2017 at a glance
  • 05.07.2017 - 08:35:07

    Research Forum Lecture by Sarah Eaton

    Ecosystem Governance in China: Incentives Structures and Adaptive State Capacity  |  Wed, July 5th, 2017, 16–18 h  |
    Room …
  • 29.06.2017 - 11:00:06

    Awards at Dies Academicus 2017

    Alison Lamont and Martin Heinberg, former PhD candidates at DFG Graduiertenkolleg Risk and East Asia, have been awarded for …
  • 23.06.2017 - 11:10:06

    Research Forum Lecture by Fan Ke

    Fredrik Barth and Paradigm Change in Chinese Ethnology | Tuesday. June 27th, 2017, 16 - 18 h | Room SG 183, Geibelstr.41, …
  • 07.06.2017 - 11:12:06

    Research Forum Lecture by Yilong Lu

    The coming of Post-earthbound China | Wed. June 7th, 2017, 16–18 h | Room LE 736, Forsthausweg 2, Campus Duisburg
    Professor of School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China, getting Ph.D. of Sociology at Peking University in 2000. Main research interests are: China’s Huji system, Rural China, law and society, water resource and society. Published books include: The Huji System (2003), Overstepping Hukou (2004), The Definition of Flowing Property Right (2004), Embedded Adapting Pattern (2006), The Embedded Politics and Change of a Village Economy (2007), Peasantry China (2010), Qualitative Social Research Methods (2011), Institution, Market and Development of Rural China (2013), Disputes and Order in Transitional China (2015), Post-earthbound China (2017). He also published more than hundred papers on Chinese academic journals.

    Contact E-mail: luyilong@ruc.edu.cn
  • 31.05.2017 - 11:08:05

    Research Forum Lecture by Dingxin Zhao

    Confucian-Legalist State, and Patterns of Social Change | Wed. May 31st, 2017, 14 - 16 h | Room SG 183, Geibelstraße 41, …
  • 17.05.2017 - 08:09:05

    Research Forum Lecture - Yanfei Sun

    Twists of Fate: Growth Trajectories of Catholicism and Protestantism in Modern China Compared | Wed. May 17th, 2017, 16 …
  • 09.05.2017 - 11:36:05

    Selfie-Ausstellung Insook Kim / Benjamin Rabe

    Zeitgenössische Kunst trifft Sozialwissenschaften –
    Insook Kim und Benjamin Rabe stellen gemeinsames Projekt in Seoul …
  • 03.05.2017 - 09:28:05

    Research Forum Lecture by Misook Lee

    Transnational Communicative Networks in South Korea’s Democratization Movement …  |  Wed, May 3rd, 2017, 16–18 …
  • 22.03.2017 - 10:23:03

    Guest Professor: Keping Yu

    Professor Keping Yu will join the GRK 1613/2 “Risk and East Asia” from 17.06.2017 to 23.06.2017.
    Prof. Keping Yu from …
  • 22.03.2017 - 10:18:03

    Guest Professor: Dingxin Zhao

    Professor Dingxin Zhao will join the GRK 1613/2 “Risk and East Asia” from 09.05. to 10.06.2017.
    Professor Zhao’s …
  • 22.03.2017 - 09:56:03

    Guest Professor: Yilong Lu

    Professor Yilong Lu will join the GRK 1613/2 "Risk and East Asia" from 21.05.2017 - 10.07.2017
    Professor Lu of the School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China, obtained his PhD in Sociology at Peking University in 2000. His main research interests are: China’s Huji system, rural China, law and society, water resource and society. Published books include: The Huji System (2003), Overstepping Hukou (2004), The Definition of Flowing Property Right (2004), Embedded Adapting Pattern (2006), The Embedded Politics and Change of a Village Economy (2007),Peasantry China (2010), Qualitative Social Research Methods (2011), Institution, Market and Development of Rural China (2013), Disputes and Order in Transitional China (2015), Post-earthbound China (2017). He has published more than 100 papers in Chinese academic journals.

    Contact Email:luyilong@ruc.edu.cn
  • 08.03.2017 - 08:01:03

    Institutionen in der Entwicklung Ostasiens

    5. Duisburg-Frankfurt Workshop | 08.03.2017, 14:00 Uhr - 18:00 Uhr | Frankfurt a.M. | Goethe Universität, Campus Westend | Raum RuW 4.201. | Please register by March 1
  • 07.03.2017 - 12:33:03

    6th International ACCER Workshop

    Cross-Cultural Experiments in the Social Sciences, Economics and Management. Date: March 6 and 7, 2017. Venue: University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Duisburg.
  • 01.03.2017 - 13:41:03

    Thesis on the Chinese Red Cross

    Congratulations to Anna Shpakovskaya, Doctoral Fellow at the DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1613 Risk and East Asia, who passed her …
  • 14.02.2017 - 12:08:02

    Research Forum Talk by Qian Wang

    The Effectiveness of the Emission Trading Scheme on Carbon Emissions Reduction. Evidence from China  |  Tue, Feb. 14, …
  • 08.02.2017 - 16:00:02

    Research Forum Lecture by King Lun NGOK

    China's Social Turn and Social Policy Expansion in the New Century: Toward A New Welfare Regime? | Wed, Feb. 8, 2017, 16 …
  • 08.02.2017 - 09:58:02

    Hanno Jentzsch receives best paper award

    2016 Francesco Kjellberg Award by the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Montreal for the "Outstanding Papers …
  • 02.02.2017 - 15:09:02

    Research Forum Schedule

    The detailed schedule for autumn/winter 2016/17 at a glance.
  • 25.01.2017 - 19:18:01

    Research Forum Lecture by Maggi Leung

    Internationalization of Higher Education and Research as a Development Strategy in China: Opportunities and Risks.  |  January 25, 16–18 h  |  Venue: SG 183, Geibelstraße 41, Campus Duisburg
    The higher education and research field in China, like in many other places, have undergone tremendous internationalization in the two decades. For a long time, China has been the source of the highest number of students who study abroad. It has also recently become one of the most popular destinations for international students. Academic staff and researchers have also become more mobile traversing in and out of China in the past decades. Student and staff mobility is only one facet of the internationalizing higher education field. Academic programmes, in the form of transnational education, are also increasingly mobile, through which academic credential can be acquired by students ‘at home’ (in China in this case) through an international (and ostensibly mobile) institutional provider. In the Chinese national discourse, education/academic mobility and transnational education are framed as a development strategy in the globalized knowledge economy.

    Drawing on a series of qualitative research projects conducted the past ten years, this seminar maps out the key trends in the increasingly internationalizing education and research field in China. Framed with the ‘politics of mobility’ concept, it illustrates how mobility is a privilege for some but also burden to the others, and that the impact of mobility is unevenly distributed. As such, the presentation highlights the opportunities and risks of this development strategy.

    Maggi Leung is Associate Professor for Human Geography and Planning – Social Urban Transitions at Utrecht University.
  • 21.12.2016 - 14:44:12

    Informal Talk by Prof. David Slater

    Digital Oral Narrative of Political Activism in Japan
    December 21, 12–2 pm | Venue: LE 736, Forsthausweg 2, 47057 Duisburg
    ABSTRACT In the years since the disasters of March 2011 in Japan, we have seen extensive local activism throughout Tohoku around issues of radiation, and the largest and most spectacular demonstrations in Tokyo since ANPO in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Youth have been at the center of many of these direct actions, including different 'anti-nuke' groups and more recently, 'anti-war’ groups, and especially SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy). While impressive in both scale and coordination, most of what is happening on the ground does not fit our established models of 'social movement’ as well as being a challenge to more established representations of Japanese civil society. Academics and activists are now trying make sense of this rise of 'non-movement' activism and to chart how a politics of survival in Tohoku become a normative politics of the popular in Tokyo. This talk, based on fieldwork and video interviews collected continuously since 2011, is a first attempt to sort out these shifts in terms of their institutional connections, rhetorical focus, performative repertoires and presence on both mass and social media.

    David Slater is Professor at Sophia University, Tokyo.
  • 14.12.2016 - 10:48:12

    Research Forum Lecture by Bingqin Li

    Housing, Care and Intergenerational Exchange in China
    Room SG 183, Building SG, Geibelstr. 41, 47057 Duisburg  |  Wed, …
  • 02.12.2016 - 07:52:12

    Research Forum Schedule

    The detailed schedule for autumn/winter 2016/17 at a glance.
  • 23.11.2016 - 09:39:11

    Associate Professor Bingqin Li joins the GRK 1613 "Risk and East Asia"

    Associate Professor Bingqin Li will join the GRK 1613 "Risk and East Asia" from 01. - 16.12.2016. She will be located in LE 717, Campus Duisburg.
    Bingqin Li is the director of the Chinese Social Policy Program, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia. Prior to this she was an associate professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. Bingqin Li’s research focus is on social policy and governance. Her current projects include governance of age-friendly community, local government motivation in delivering complex social programs, social inclusion and integration, urban governance, and social spending.
    Although she has particular expertise on China, she also works on other Asian countries and on comparative studies of policies between Asia and the West. Her research has been published in academic journals in urban studies and social policy, such as Urban Studies, Environment & Urbanisation, Social Policy & Administration and Public Administration and Development.
    Bingqin has also consulted international organisations, such as the World Bank, European Union, the WHO, UNESCAP, IIED, and the DFID. She has also collaborative research relationships with UNRISD, top Chinese universities and think tanks such as DRC and CASS in China.
    • Li, B 2015, 'Social pension unification in an urbanising China: Paths and Constraints', Public Administration and Development, vol. 34, pp. 281-293.
    • Li, B, Huikuri, S, Zhang, Y et al 2015, 'Motivating intersectoral collaboration with the Hygienic City Campaign in Jingchang, China', Environment and Urbanization, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 285-302.
    • Li, B & Zeng, Z 2015, 'Economic Structure, Social Risks and the Challenges to Social Policy in Macau, China', Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 383-398.
    • Li, B 2013, 'Welfare state changes in China since 1949', in Bent Greve (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, USA and Canada, pp. 222-231.
    • Gong, S & Li, B 2013, Inequality in China: A case study.
    • Shin, H & Li, B 2013, 'Whose games? The costs of being ''Olympic citizens'' in Beijing', Environment and Urbanization, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 559-576.
    • Li, B 2013, 'Governing urban climate change adaptation in China', Environment and Urbanization, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 413-427.
    • Li, B & Shin, H 2013, 'Intergenerational Housing Support Between Retired Old Parents and their Children in Urban China', Urban Studies, vol. 50, no. 16, pp. 3225-3242.
  • 23.11.2016 - 09:33:11

    Guest Professor Jianxing Yu joins the GRK 1613 "Risk and East Asia" for December 2016

    Professor Jianxing Yu will join the Research Forum from 1. - 31.12.2016. He will be located in LE 732, Campus Duisburg.
    Jianxing …
  • 23.11.2016 - 09:03:11

    Research Forum Lecture by Maria Danilovich

    "Tightening the Silk Road Belt: Challenges and Opportunities"
    November 23, 16–18 h | Venue: SG 183, Geibelstraße 41, Campus Duisburg
    In late 2013, an updated model of interaction between China and Eurasian countries was officially proposed by the Chinese leadership. As a part of this new strategic model, the Silk Road Economic Belt was presented to strengthen transcontinental links between the actors on bilateral and multilateral levels. The talk will focus on challenges and opportunities the project creates for prospective participants as well as on its possible implications for economic and political development in Eurasia. The discussion will also address the questions usually overlooked in official discourses: the perception of the Chinese initiative in the involved states, security concerns, and the limits of cooperation.

    About the lecturer:
    Dr. Maria Danilovich is a specialist on Chinese foreign policy and security issues in Central Asia, affiliated as a senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of International Relations, Belarusian State University (Minsk). During her PhD and ongoing research, she has done extensive field work in different regions of China and the Central Asian states. She is an author of articles, book chapters, and academic courses on Chinese strategies in Central Asia, regional conflicts, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • 15.11.2016 - 16:00:11

    Research Forum Lecture Katarzyna Golik

    "Dependent Development of Mongolia – what alternatives can be proposed?" | November 15, 2016, 16–18 h | Venue: SG 183, Geibelstraße 41, Campus Duisburg

    Katarzyna Golik is an alumnus of Faculty of Mongolian and Tibetan Studies, Warsaw University (Master’s degree, 2009) and Banking and Finance, Warsaw College of Economics (Bachelor’s degree, 2010). Awarded scholarships to study in National University of Mongolia (2006–2007), Liaoning Normal University (2011) and Inner Mongolia University (2012). The holder of the 4 individual Grants for Young Scholars of Ministry of Science and Higher Education, contribution to collective 2 grants of the National Centre of Science. An author or co-author of the 28 academic paper on Asian studies and 17 analytical reports on economics. A part-time lecturer at Asian Studies of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
    Fields of interests: political and economic transition in Mongolia and China, minority education and its reform in Northern and Western China, borderland policy in the PRC, Sino-Polish relations.
  • 14.11.2016 - 10:00:11

    Workshop: The Frontier of Northeast Asian Industrialization: The Long Perspective (1895 - now)

    Date: 14.11.2016 | Time: 10 am - 6 pm | Venue: Building SG, Room 183, Geibelstraße 41, Duisburg Campus
    This workshop is a joint project of the GRK 1613 “Risk and East Asia”, IN-EAST, University of Duisburg-Essen and the Ruhr-University, Bochum. Participants include: Julia Aristova, School of Advanced Studies, IN-EAST, University of Duisburg-Essen; Dr. Alessandra Cappelletti, The American University of Rome, Käthe Hamburger Kolleg, University of Duisburg-Essen; Prof. Flemming Christiansen, IN–EAST, University of Duisburg-Essen; Dr Katarzyna Golik, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warzaw, Central Statistical Office of Poland; Prof. Tao Liu, IN–EAST, University of Duisburg-Essen; Prof. Christine Moll-Murata, Ruhr–University Bochum; Prof. Nasan Bayar, Inner Mongolia University, China.

    Participants must register beforehand. Please contact Vinita Samarasinghe at riskandeastasia@uni-due.de.
  • 13.11.2016 - 11:18:11

    Benjamin Rabe got "Best Paper Award"

    Benjamin Rabe won the "Best Paper Award" at the "Third International Conference on Universal Village 2016" in Nagoya, October 8, 2016...
    ... together with Martin Rathmann from the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context, University of Heidelberg. Co-chaired by the MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Professor Yajun Fang), the University of Nagoya (Professor Yoshiki Ninomiya), and the Beihang University (Professor Zhang Xiong), the conference talks tried to exemplify the concept of Universal Village as a desired future society that pursues human-nature harmony through the wise application of technologies.
    The praised paper and presentation titled Ready for the Robot Revolution – Japan's Attempts to Solve Societal Issues by the Implementation of Advanced Robotics drew attention to the difficulties Japanese actors of the robotics industry and the government encounter while trying to solve challenges caused by the demographic aging of the population by the implementation of robots in various sectors of the society. In addition to the award, Benjamin Rabe and Martin Rathmann's paper will be published in the Journal Frontiers of Computer Science.

  • 12.11.2016 - 21:38:11

    Anna Shpakovskaya Gets Award by Okinawa Pref.

    At October 27, 2016, Anna Shpakovskaya has been awarded a certificate of recognition for her contribution to cultural exchange between Okinawa and Germany
    The award was given by the governor of Okinawa prefecture Takeshi Onaga. It acknowledged Anna’s active participation in promoting cultural exchange between Okinawa and Germany. Since joining the Okinawan Community in Germany in 2010, Anna has been actively involved in organization of various cultural events, such as Ryukyu Festival in Düsseldorf, Okinawan traditional music concerts and Okinawan traditional art workshops in Frankfurt, Cologne, Bonn and Dortmund.
    The ceremony was a part of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival that took place in Okinawan capital city Naha from October 25 to 30, 2016. Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival takes place every five years to promote Okinawan soft power both in Japan and abroad.
    One of the main objectives of the Okinawan Community in Deutschland is to establish a platform for cultural exchange between Okinawa and Germany. It pays a specific attention to providing exchange opportunities to talented young people in the two countries.

  • 09.11.2016 - 11:55:11

    Research Forum Lecture Bayar Nasan

    An Unofficial Discourse of Ethnicity in Inner Mongolia, China. Date: 09.11.2016. Time: 16:00 h. Venue: Building SG, Room 183, Geibelstraße 41, Campus Duisburg
  • 27.10.2016 - 09:22:10

    Duisburg Scholars at the German-Korean Forum

    Two IN-EAST scholars participated in the 15th German-Korean Forum, this time held in the beautiful ancient Shilla-capital …
  • 26.10.2016 - 11:20:10

    Research Forum Lecture Chenggang XU

    Political Economy of Making an Authoritarian Constitution: The Case of China. Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Time: 2 - 4 pm. Venue: Room SG 183.
  • 17.10.2016 - 10:36:10

    Research Forum Schedule

    The detailed schedule for autumn/winter 2016/2017 at a glance.
  • 15.10.2016 - 14:26:10

    Guest Professor - Chenggang Xu

    Professor Chenggang Xu will join the GRK 1613/2 “Risk and East Asia” from 15. - 30.10.2016.
    In 2009 Professor Xu (PhD in economics, Harvard, 1991) was appointed Professor of Economics at University of Hong Kong and serves as Associate Director at Institute for China and Global Development, University of Hong Kong. He has been invited to provide policy advises by the Chinese State Council, Peoples Bank of China, the CASS, the UNDP, the EBRD, and the UK HM Treasury. He has served as consultants for the World Bank and the IMF.

    Professor Xu is also Editorial Board member and Academic committee member at several academic journals, including China Economic Quarterly, China Economic Review and China Journal of Finance.

    Recent Publications

    • Chenggang Xu (2015). “Political and Economic Institutions of China and Their Influences.” Cato Journal. 2015.

    • Guo, Di, Kun Jiang, and Chenggang Xu (2015), “Institution and Managerial Task Allocation: Evidence from Chinese Entrepreneurs” Journal of Human Capital. 2015.

    • Kim, Byung-Yeon, Jin Wang, and Chenggang Xu (2014), “Development of private sector determines reform and economic development: firm level evidence from all transition economies“, China Journal of Economics, 2014, Vol. 1, No.3: 57-83.

    • Guo, Di, Kun Jiang, Byung -Yeon Kim, and Chenggang Xu (2014), “Political Economy of Private Firms in China,” Journal of Comparative Economics, Volume 42, Issue 2, May 2014, Pages 286–303

    • Chenggang Xu, “Institutional Foundations of China’s Structural Problems,” in Masahiko Aoki and Jinglian Wu (eds.), The Chinese Economy: A New Transition, International Economic Association World Congress. Palgrave Macmilla. 2012.

    • Chenggang Xu, “The Fundamental Institutions of China’s Reforms and Development,” The Journal of Economic Literature, 2011, 49:4, 1076–1151.

    During his visit he will be in room LE 717.
  • 13.10.2016 - 13:12:10

    Research Exchange Forum 2016

    The Research Exchange Forum took place on the 6th of October. It's main function was to help integrate scholars, new to the University of Duisburg-Essen, into the research community.
    This semester we welcomed a new DFG funded doctoral fellow, Jiajia Ma, and 5 visiting scholars (Wang Chao, Central China Normal University; Tianyu Jiang, Renmin University of China; Junhua Meng, Nankai University; Prof. Sun Bo, Harbin University of Commerce; Dr Alessandra Cappelletti, The American University of Rome) to IN-EAST. In order to integrate them into our research environment the Research Training Group 1613/2 “Risk and East Asia” organized a research exchange forum on the 6th October 2016.
    After an introduction to the structure of IN-EAST by Prof. Flemming Christiansen (speaker of the Research Training Group) and Helmut Demes (managing director IN-EAST), the scholars presented their research. Their ideas were commented on by the audience that comprised of PhD students from a variety of chairs. It is hoped that our visitors find these comments useful and are able to apply them to their work and that new collaborations have been forged between researchers with similar interests.
    An informal lunch was hosted at Lindenwirtin, a traditional German restaurant in Duisburg. Later in the afternoon the visitors were taken on a tour of Zeche Zollverein in Essen, introducing them to the culture of the Ruhr Gebiet.
  • 12.10.2016 - 14:41:10

    Guest Professor - Nasan Bayar

    Professor Nasan Bayar will join the GRK 1613/2 "Risk and East Asia" from 1.- 26.11. 2016.
    Nashun Bayier (Nasan Bayar) …
  • 27.09.2016 - 10:50:09

    September Seminar in Tokyo: Sept. 21–30, 2016

    Organized by Prof. Karen Shire, Kei Takata Ph.D. (both IN-EAST), Prof. Shigeto Sonoda and Misook Lee Ph.D. (University of Tokyo).
    The event is part of DFG research group 1613 Risk and East Asia program with partnership of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo.

    For a full report, please visit: https://www.uni-due.de/in-east/risk_and_east_asia/sept_seminar_2016_japan.php

    The seminar entitled “Research Design and Practice in Global Japanese Studies” co-organised by Prof. Karen Shire/Kei Takata Ph.D. from University of Duisburg-Essen and Prof. Shigeto Sonoda/Misook Lee Ph.D. from University of Tokyo will accommodate twelve Ph.D. students from Germany, U.K. and Japan as well as guest scholars specialized in the fields of student participants (e.g. migration, social movements, innovation, International Relations in East Asia, etc.).

    Invited scientist includes, Prof. Florian Coulmas (UDE), Prof. Axel Klein (UDE), Prof. Daishiro Nomiya (Chuo University), Prof. Reiko Ogawa (Kyushu University) and others.

    Through the presentation of their dissertation research proposal, Ph.D. fellows will gain useful knowledge and invaluable resources to conduct field work in Japan and Asia.

    Participants will also visit research institutions and organizations that would be beneficial for their future research; Leading scholars and specialists at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, National Diet Library, the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry will introduce us their facility and researches.

    Well-known entrance gate “Akamon (the red gate)” of University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus.
  • 27.09.2016 - 00:11:09

    September Seminar in Beijing: Sept. 26–28, 2016

    Organized by Prof. Flemming Christiansen, Prof. Tao Liu (both IN-EAST), and Prof. Yu Xianyang of Renmin University of China …
  • 20.09.2016 - 11:57:09

    Presentation by Anna Shpakovskaya

    Anna Shpakovskaya presented her paper at the International Red Cross Conference at Flinders University, Australia (Sept. 9–11, 2016)
    In her paper entitled “De-administratizing the Chinese Red Cross (2011–2014): a ‘tiger head and snake tail’ reform?” Anna offers an alternative explanation to why the ‘tigerish’ attempt to de-administratize the Chinese Red Cross in 2011–2014 did not gain momentum. Anna mainly argues that the reform attempt to de-administratize the Chinese Red Cross failed due to a fundamental divergence between how the CRC has been conceived by the China’s top leaders and how it was conceptualized in the reform proposal of 2011.

    The conference acknowledges the growing number of historians and researchers working in the rapidly expanding area of the history of the international Red Cross Movement. With its origins in the mid-nineteenth century, this global humanitarian organisation includes the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) originally formed in Geneva in 1863, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) created in 1919, as well as the 189 (at last count) national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
  • 13.09.2016 - 13:41:09

    Three Questions to Xueguang Zhou

    In July 2016, we had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Zhou. We interviewed him following his visit to Duisburg. He speaks …
  • 23.08.2016 - 23:36:08

    Research Forum – Announcing Two Talks

    Gracia Liu-Farrer and James Farrer are staying at the DFG Research Training Group 1613. Please join us for their talks on …
  • 19.07.2016 - 13:36:07

    Research Forum Schedule

    The detailed schedule for spring/summer 2016 at a glance.
  • 19.07.2016 - 12:26:07

    Auszeichnung Young Scholar Award

    Buying back face - Martin Heinbergs Paper wurde auf der AIB Konferenz in New Orleans mit dem Alan M. Rugman Young Scholar …
  • 14.07.2016 - 23:50:07

    Empirical Methods Workshop

    Everything about field research – by Dr Kathrin Thomas, Center of Comparative Social Surveys at City University London. …
  • 13.07.2016 - 10:46:07

    GRK Research Forum – Cosima Wagner

    Promoting a „robot barrier free society“? Political, societal and ethical aspects of the „Robot Revolution Initiative“ of the Abe Cabinet. Date: July 13, 2016, 16h. Venue: Room LE 736
    According to the recent “Robot Revolution Realization”-initiative of the Abe Cabinet, Japan is expected to lead the implementation of service robots into everyday life, especially in the field of elderly care, and become “world’s most advanced robot showcase“ as a “robot barrier free society”. Due to an allegedly “natural” relation-ship to material objects – including robots – a high acceptance of robots as technical tools for elderly people in Japan is expected. While this has still to be proven, it has been concluded, that more discussions on what kind of robot technology tools are desired by future users (caregivers, elderly people, physicians, disabled persons etc.), which prices they are willing to pay and which societal change could occur due to their implementation are needed.

    After an overview of the governmental “Robot Revolution Initiative”, the paper will then introduce critical views on recent social robotics’ promotion with a special focus on the quest for a “roboethics” movement in Japan. What initiatives have been taken so far to implement ethical concerns as well as user interests into the development of service robot technology (best practice examples)? How are risks of the further implementation of service robot technology into everyday life assessed? Is it possible to overcome the “retrospective engineering approach” only to learn from mistakes of the past and instead take a “proactive approach to treat socio-ethical problems of robotics” (Honda 2013) as a responsible innovation-process?
    By discussing these questions and other aspects of the interdependence of scientific-technological and societal change in Japan, the paper also aims at initiating a debate on the methodological approach of Science and Technology Studies for Japanese Studies scholarship.
  • 06.07.2016 - 15:00:07

    GRK Research Forum – Carolyn Cartier

    Talk on "Territorial Urbanization and the Party-state in China: Economy, Politics and Exigencies of the Mao Era". Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 4 p.m. Venue: IN-EAST, Room LE 736
    Carolyn Cartier
    Territorial Urbanization and the Party-state in China: Economy, Politics and Exigencies of the Mao Era

    This seminar introduces territorial urbanization in China through the historical conditions and research design problems of the Chinese administrative divisions and urbanization in relation to comparative territorial thought. The Chinese Party-state maintains powers to establish new cities and enlarge and merge existing ones, and even eliminate others whereas the literature on urbanization in China often subsumes party-state territorialization practices under internationally recognizable epistemologies such as urban and regional planning and simplifies and contains their urban-economic transformations to fixed spaces in zone development. This seminar pursues the territorial reproduction of state power through three cases: the Shanghai Pudong New Area, where a territorial merger doubled its size and central policy imagines the future of China’s international financial center; a ‘political economy of rank’ in Suzhou, a prefecture-level city in the Yangzi River delta, where Party officials adjust the administrative divisions in relation to official appointments and ‘rank boosting’; and in Changzhou, a prefectural city that faces limits to growth in relation to strong surrounding counties and the exigencies of the Mao-era territorial ‘cut’ in the 1950s.

    Carolyn Cartier (BA, MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor of Human Geography and China Studies at the University of Technology Sydney. She is chief investigator of ‘The Geography of Power in China: Urban Expansion and Administrative Empire’, a collaboration with the Center for Research on the Administrative Divisions in China. Her research program focuses on urban and regional change from perspectives on spatial transformation behind the spectacle of rapid growth in China, spanning subjects from territorial governance to the politics of culture and urban aesthetics and the production/consumption transition in the contemporary city. She has sat on and chaired the the U.S. Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Fellowship Final Selection Committee, and has been an editor of Urban Geography and associate editor of Eurasian Geography and Economics. She is a past Fulbright Fellow in Hong Kong and is currently an associate member of the Centre for China in the World at the Australian National University.
  • 23.06.2016 - 16:20:06

    June Workshop 2016 - GRK Risk and East Asia

    Der "June Workshop” ist ein Highlight im Kalender des DFG Graduiertenkollegs 1613/2 “Risk and East Asia”. In diesem Jahr fand die Veranstaltung am 21.-23. Juni 2016 statt:
    Mit welchen neuen Hoffnungen und Risiken ist eine Unternehmensgründung in Südkorea verbunden? Was darf man sich unter Japans zweiter Roboterrevolution vorstellen? Wie wird Personal in der ambulanten Pflege in Shanghai wahrgenommen – als Unterstützung oder als Eindringling? Der wissenschaftliche Nachwuchs am IN-EAST analysiert aktuelle Entwicklungen der Gesellschaften und Ökonomien Ostasiens – ein Interesse das die Promovenden mit ihren Kollegen des White Rose East Asia Centre der Universitäten Leeds und Sheffield (UK) teilen. Am 21.-23. Juni 2016 sind sie sich auf dem June Workshop im Rahmen des DFG Graduiertenkollegs Risk and East Asia zusammengekommen. Hier präsentierten sie ihre Forschungsarbeiten und erhielten Feedback, um weitere Ideen zu entwickeln und Forschungsarbeiten weiter voranzubringen.

    Begleitet wurde die Veranstaltung von einem internationalen Gremium renommierter Ostasienexperten, die konstruktives Feedback zu den individuellen Forschungsprojekten gaben. In diesem Jahr kamen Wissenschaftler aus Sydney, Venedig, Hong Kong und Aarhus nach Duisburg:
    Carolyn Cartier, Professor of Human Geography and China Studies University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)
    Patrick Heinrich, Professor of Japanese Studies, Universita Ca’ Foscari, Venice (Italy)
    Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice President and Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (China)
    Stig Thøgersen, Professor of Chinese Studies, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University (Denmark)

    Nachwuchswissenschaftler der University of Leeds und der Universität Duisburg-Essen präsentieren ihre Forschungsarbeiten und erhalten Feedback von ihren Mitstreitern

    Wissenschaftler aus Australien, Asien und Europa begleiten die Ausbildung der Ostasienexperten: Prof. Patrick Heinrich (Universita Ca’ Foscari, Italien), Prof. Joshua Mok Ka-ho (Lingnan University, China) und Prof. Flemming Christiansen (IN-EAST)

    Direkter Austausch zu den individuellen Forschungsarbeiten: Prof. Stig Thøgersen (Aarhus University, Dänemark) und Dominique Miguel Borm (IN-EAST)

    Weiterführende Informationen und Programm:
  • 13.06.2016 - 09:33:06

    GRK 1613 Research Forum - JunZuo Zhang

    Talk on "Recent developments in Chinese policies on forest ownership and management". Date: Mon. June 13, 2016, 13h. Venue: …
  • 08.06.2016 - 14:15:06

    GRK 1613 Reserach Forum – David Chiavacci

    Japan’s Immigration Politics, 1966-2016
    Date: Wed., June 8, 2016, 2.15 pm
    Venue: IN-EAST, Room …
  • 02.06.2016 - 14:16:06

    Kai Duttle’s Thesis on Behavioral Studies

    Congratulations to Kai Duttle, Doctoral Fellow at the DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1613 Risk and East Asia, who passed his thesis …
  • 02.06.2016 - 12:37:06

    Guest Professor - Patrick Heinrich

    Prof. Patrick Heinrich, Ca' Foscari University, Venice, will be joining the GRK 1613/2 “Risk and East Asia” from 02.06. – 24.06.2016.
    His visit coincides with the research training groups annual June Workshop which will be held from the 21.06. – 23.06.2016. During his visit, he will advise both first year students on how to improve their dissertation proposals and second year students, returning from the field, with their data analysis. Prof. Heinrich is no stranger to IN-EAST having obtained his PhD in Japanese studies here in 2002. After completing his habilitation in 2005 he stayed on in Duisburg, lecturing here until 2008.
    From 2008 – 2010 Patrick Heinrich was a visiting professor at the University of Ryukyus in Japan where after he moved to Dokkyo University, Japan (2010 – 2014). Currently he is an associate professor at the Department for Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
    His research interests are concentrated on language and identity, sociolinguistics and endangered languages. Some of his most recent books are: Handbook of the Ryukyuan Languages (with Shinsho Miyara and Michinori Shimoji; Mouton de Gruyter 2015), Language Crisis in the Ryukyus (with Mark Anderson, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014); Language Life in Japan (with Christian Galan; Routledge 2011).
  • 17.05.2016 - 09:06:05

    GRK 1613 Reserach Forum - Prof. Andrea Revelant

    The developmental state and inequality: the case of tax policy in modern Japan
    Date: Wed., May 18, 2016, 4.15 pm
    Venue: …
  • 11.05.2016 - 12:55:05

    GRK 1613 Reserach Forum - Dr Xiaoling Zhang

    Construction of the Image of Africa for the Chinese public
    Date: Wed, May 11, 2016, 4.15 pm
    Venue: IN-EAST, Room LE …
  • 03.05.2016 - 13:15:05

    Political Economy of Institutional Change in Rural China

    Congratulations to Mei Yu doctoral fellow at the DFG training group 1613 Risk and East Asia, who passed her thesis defense on April 05, 2016!
    The dissertation on “’Constructing a New Socialist Countryside’ in Contemporary China: Strategic Groups and Institutional Change” will be available at the library soon.

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership’s recent approach to narrowing the widening urban-rural gap is set forth in the comprehensive development policy for rural China: “Constructing a New Socialist Countryside” (shehui zhuyi xinnongcun jianshe, CNSC). This policy was a core part of the 11th Five-Year Plan in 2006. Like all other central rural development programs, CNSC is ultimately implemented by county and township governments. Arising from the idea of the “developmental state”, this dissertation delineates how the state is involved in the political economy of institutional change at local levels. Further elaborating on Oi’s notion of “local state corporatism”, and Heberer and Schubert’s “strategic group” approach that provide a set of concepts for analysis, this study applies and contributes to these theoretical and analytical frameworks by examining the roles of local officials, coal mine owners and villagers, as well as the agency problems and relationship between the local state and businesses.

    Employing a qualitative inquiry strategy and using in-depth interviews, field observations and extensive archival research of the comparative case studies in Fugu County, this dissertation examines how the local state used managerial strategies - “Local State Entrepreneurial-Developmentalism” - to change the ownership structure from private dominated to mixed ownership in order to reinstate gradually the state ownership of the private enterprises and to expand the tax base to promote the county-wide economy. Consequently, the institutional change in ownership structure reduced the total information and transaction costs, and the bargaining power of private capital, on the one hand, and on the other hand, it reinforced the state-business symbiotic relationship and intensified agency problems.

    Furthermore, using the “strategic group” approach in the analysis, this study investigates how the county and town cadres established strategic cooperation to co-opt local coal mine owners/entrepreneurs into “constructing a new socialist countryside”. It argues that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was used by the local officials as a political label to justify their efforts to establish new redistributive institutions. Formal and informal institutions closely interacted in the process of CNSC implementation, in other words, in the formation of strategic groups and in the process of extracting matching funds, redistribution and conflict mediation through pairing schemes. These empirical patterns of local entrepreneurial-developmental state and strategic groups contribute to clarifying how agencies structure within China as a developmental state.
  • 07.04.2016 - 12:35:04

    GRK 1613 Research Forum – Prof. Dr Felix Wemheuer

    Rebels in Power: Chaos and Order in China's Cultural Revolution
    Date: Wed, April 27, 2016, 4.15 pm
    Venue: IN-EAST, …
  • 06.04.2016 - 13:58:04

    GRK 1613 Reserach Forum - Prof. Dr Gabriele Vogt

    Title - "Policies Designed to Fail: Health-Caregiver Migration to Japan and Germany"
    Date, Place and Time - on 20th April in LE 736 at 4.15 pm
    On Wednesday the 20th of April Prof. Dr Gabriele Vogt professor for Japanese Politics and society at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at the University of Hamburg and liaison officer at the German National Academic Foundation will hold a lecture on the topic of health-caregiver migration to Japan and Germany.


    Japan and Germany face labor shortages in the health-care sector. Via bilateral treaties with selected partner countries, both nations fairly recently have jumped onto the bandwagon of recruiting health-caregivers on a global labor market. Yet, the migration schemes implemented in both countries are unattractive to potential migrants and their employers alike, and the numbers of applicants are extremely low. By studying the national and supranational levels of policy-making in Japan and Germany, this talk explores the reasons for the emergence of what will be coined 'policies designed to fail'.
  • 30.03.2016 - 09:18:03

    Thesis on Informal Village Institutions in Japan

    Congratulations to Hanno Jentzsch, doctoral fellow at the DFG training group 1613 Risk and East Asia, who passed his defense …
  • 10.03.2016 - 14:35:03

    Theory Reading Group

    PhD students at the IN-EAST GRK 1613 will start their new "Theory Reading Group" on 30th March 2016.
    This voluntary student …
  • 22.02.2016 - 09:07:02

    GRK 1613 Retreat Beijing 2016 - February 22-24

    Our annual field research retreat will take place at the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion, providing mid-term support …
  • 17.02.2016 - 12:01:02

    Ying Ding - New DAAD PhD Student

    Ying Ding joins us in March as a DAAD funded doctoral student.
    She gained her Bachelor’s degree in advertising from the Shanghai International Studies University, China in 2011. After which she joined King’s College, London as an MA student. Her master’s thesis investigated the interaction between media and cultural patterns using a case study of the Sibe people of China. Ying is herself from the Sibe culture and is interested in studying ethnic minority cultures in East Asia. Her PhD project will compare the Sibe people of China to the Ainu people of Northern Japan in order to explore the interrelations between media representations and cultural phenomenon in different societies.
    Ying enjoys learning different languages, reading books, traveling and doing sports in addition to her research.
  • 17.02.2016 - 08:17:02

    Guest Lecture by Prof. Emiko Ochiai

    Title: "Transforming familialism: care regimes in East and Southeast Asian countries since the 2000s.“
    Place and time: LE 736 at 12.15
    On Wednesday Prof. Emiko Ochiai, University of Kyoto and present holder of the prestigious Blaise Pascal Chair at the EHESS in Paris, will give a Guest Lecture in the Research Forum of the Graduate School Risk and East Asia, to which I would like to invite all of you.

    The talk will take place in LE 736 at 12.15. The title is: "Transforming familialism: care regimes in East and Southeast Asian countries since the 2000s.“

    Emiko Ochiai is a leading family sociologist and migration scholar in East Asia. She directed the Global Center of Excellence on the Reconstruction of the Intimate and Public Spheres in 21st Century Asia at the University of Kyoto and edits a book series on the topic for Brill Verlag.

    Emiko Ochiai’s research is very unique in that she works closely with scholars in China, Korea and a number of South East Asian countries to engage in comparisons of East Asian societies. The topic of her lecture will be of interest to those of you working on family, social policy, migration and demographic change (both fertility and aging).

    Despite the end of the semester, I hope many of you will find time to attend this special lecture.

    She is available to meet with doctoral students and advanced Master students about their research in the afternoon. Kindly send me a mail by Tuesday morning if you would like to meet with Professor Ochiai about your research.
  • 10.02.2016 - 14:07:02

    Lassi Laine - New DAAD PhD student

    Lassi Laine joins us this month as a DAAD-funded doctoral student.
    He gained his Bachelor's degree in Political Science …
  • 03.02.2016 - 08:59:02

    GRK 1613 Research Forum - Prof. Huchet

    Prof. Jean-Francois Huchet (Sorbonne Paris Cité) will talk about "Reforming China's Economy System: a painful and dangerous …
  • 19.01.2016 - 15:02:01

    GRK 1613 Research Forum - Prof. Mierzeijewski

    The DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1613 Risk and East Asia invites you to a Research Forum guest lecture
    Dominik Mierzejewski
    Professor, …
  • 13.01.2016 - 08:38:01

    GRK 1613 Research Forum - Jingrong Tong

    The DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1613 Risk and East Asia invites you to a Research Forum guest lecture
    Jingrong Tong
    Lecturer, …
  • 09.12.2015 - 12:00:12

    Publishing Workshop with Heidi Gottfried

    The DFG Research Training Group 1613 Risk and East Asia invites you to a Research Forum workshop by Heidi Gottfried.

    The …
  • 03.11.2015 - 11:10:11

    Latest Issue: Green Series N° 103

    Default or Reactance? Identity Priming Effects on Overconfidence in Germany and Japan - paper by Kai Duttle (GRK Risk and East Asia) and Tatsuhiro Shichijo (Osaka Prefecture Univ.)

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