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REA Conference 2018


REA Conference 2018
Risk and East Asia Conference, June 20–21
Die Wolfsburg, Falkenweg 6, Mülheim an der Ruhr

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This conference focuses on economic, political, and social institutions in East Asia and how the responsibility of the risk involved, due to rapid globalization and social change, is shifting from state to market, from public to private and from collective to individual. Specifically in East Asia, there has been a great variety of institutional development.

For the full program and abstracts please check the following link:

The final program is also available here:


Kerry Brown | Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
Flemming Christiansen | University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Margarita Estévez-Abe | Maxwell School, Syracuse University, USA
Bettina Gransow | Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Thomas Heberer | University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Patrick Heinrich | Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Karen Shire | University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Markus Taube | University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Ryozo Yoshiro | Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Tokyo, Japan
Dingxin Zhao | University of Chicago, USA


Registration for the conference is now open through the ConfTool link above. After registering for an account in ConfTool please do not forget to also register for the conference. Registration closes on 21.05.2018 at 23:59:59.

Call for Papers

The “Risk and East Asia” Final Conference should allow us to take stock of how the “risk” theme has evolved during the recent decade (when it focused our doctoral training at IN-EAST), but it should also allow us to point further and chart new challenges. “Risk” was from the beginning the prism through which we could focus the analysis of institutional change as practiced in economics, politics and sociology, and there is no doubt all those who were part of that process gained insights and new ideas from this, not the least the doctoral students. This conference aims to conclude the (still) existing program with outstanding research papers that bring out new, original contributions to the study of risk and institutional change in East Asia.

Institutional change has been and still is prominent in East Asia, where the rules of the game shift rapidly. We have seen how markets have expanded, while state control ceded ground, how the individual was in ascendancy, while many public and collective institutions declined, how localities became stronger, and central states less pervasive, and how states lost some of their power to supra-national, international or globalizing processes. We also noted how new collectivities and social organizations emerge. Risk shifts were omnipresent in these processes.

Participants are therefore encouraged to address East Asian dimensions of risk or institutional change in their papers and presentations. We will try to join papers together thematically and conceptually in sessions that straddle geographical borders and disciplines in order to reflect the spirit of the doctoral program. The broad themes we worked with in the two funding periods – marketization or market transformations; individualization or social organization; decentralization or central-local interaction; and transnationalization – may serve as a guide to presenters. Both empirical and theoretical contributions on East Asia or East Asian countries and contexts are welcome within the disciplines sociology, economics and politics.

Organization & Contact

Vinita Samarasinghe
DFG Graduiertenkolleg 1613/2, Risk and East Asia
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