Risk & East Asia


2016 New Year Celebration

The GRK 1613 Risk and East Asia celebrated the 2016 season on the 16th of December 2015. The event was well attended by students and their families. The main highlights were a potluck buffet of international food, secret santa gift exchange and our very own brew of Glühwein. We wish everyone a healthy and prosperous new year!

2015, September 14–18: September Seminar in Beijing

The September Seminar 2015 in Beijing was organized by Prof. Flemming Christiansen, Prof. Yu Xianyang (Renmin University of China), Dr. Rumin Luo and Dr. Ting Huang. The Seminar started with opening speeches by Prof. Yu Xianyang and Prof. Flemming Christiansen, and a key note lecture by Prof. Ka Ho Mok from Lingnan University (Hong Kong). During the first two days, all the attending Ph.D. students presented their research, followed by comments by specialists in their field and from their peers. Six fellows from IN-EAST, University of Duisburg-Essen, six from Renmin University of China, one student from the University of Leeds and one student from Hong Kong Institute of Education, presented their research. 13 invited scholars and experts provided detailed feedback and advice on the students’ projects and contributed to the overall discussion.

The following three days of the Seminar were designed to guide fellows towards commencing their fieldwork. The activities included a visit to the China Center for Contemporary World Studies, a think tank of the Chinese Communist Party. Fellows met representatives from the Center, receiving important insights into processes of governance and policy making in China from a macro-perspective. A presentation by a senior policy maker in the Ministry of Education, followed by a frank conversation, addressed processes of decision making in government departments with particular focus on current higher education reforms.

Seminar attendees also visited a private organic farm in Shunyi District, an elderly care center in Fengtai District and a community in Mentougou District. These activities showcased diverse novel and emerging forms of local-level economic organization and social-service provision. The concrete cases of private entrepreneurship in farming, public-private partnership in elderly care, as well as the intersection of state administration, local self-organization and volunteer services in community management provided a vivid impression and ample opportunities for the fellows to hone the skills of making observations and asking questions.

Written by Ting Huang

For a pdf download of the program and abstracts, please click here.

2015, September 10–18: September Seminar Tokyo – Research Design and Practice in Trans­national and Global Studies

Jointly organized by Prof. Karen Shire and Prof. Florian Coulmas (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Prof. Kaori Hayashi (University of Tokyo), the September Seminar 2015 took place in Tokyo from September 10–18, 2015. On the first day, field trips took the participants to leading institutes in the social sciences in Japan: the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics and the Institute for Statistical Mathematics. Participants were able to meet local researchers and discuss contemporary issues of social science in Japan. On the next day a fieldtrip to the German Institute for Japan Studies (DIJ) was followed by a visit to the politically and socially highly controversial Yasukuni Shrine Museum Yushukan.

The second week of the September Seminar was organized as a workshop in which all participating PhD candidates and MA students presented their research projects and got valuable comments by guest speakers, professors and their fellow students. This year, the 2 DFG PhD candidates from UDE, Hongjin Oh and Zi Wang, were joined by students from the University of Tokyo, the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield (WREAC) and the University of Washington, Seattle.

Renowned external guests also joined the workshop, such as Peter Backhaus (Waseda University, Tokyo), Naoko Soma (Yokohama National University), Prof. Yoshitaka Mouri (Tokyo University of Arts), Mari Osawa (University of Tokyo, DFG Mercator Fellow) and Prof. Hiroko Takeda (University of Tokyo). They gave presentation on their own research as well as commented extensively on students’ projects.

The workshop was further enriched by attending a lecture by former Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the Fukushima disaster (organized by OAG and DIJ). Responding to current developments in Japan, some participants also went to see the demonstrations taking place in front of the Japanese parliament against the Abe government’s new security bills.

Melanie Wacker

For a pdf download of the field trips please click here, for the program please click here.

2015, June 10–11: June Workshop

The DFG Research Training Group 1613 Risk and East Asia (GRK) organized a Dissertation Proposal Workshop on June 10–11, 2015.

Professor Mari Osawa (Tokyo) and Professor Keping Yu (Beijing), both renowned scholars and influential thinkers in the field of public policy, accepted the GRK’s invitation and joined the workshop. Their longstanding contribution to the training of young researchers at IN-EAST was during the seminar recognized with the Award of a Mercator Fellowship. Again this year, their engagement during the workshop and in one-to-one sessions with PhD students they shared their advice and experience.

The two distinguished guests and IN-EAST scholars gave constructive feedback to the design of the individual research projects.

The GRK’s strong international collaboration was manifest with the participation of PhD candidates from the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield who also presented their research. PhD candidates from the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies also had an opportunity to present and receive feedback on their research at the GRK proposal workshop. [More ...]

2014, November 25-26: ACCER Workshop on Cross-Cultural Experimental Economic Research

The 5th ACCER workshop on “Exploring Culture and Behavior by Economic and Psychological Experiments” was hosted by the Graduate Research Training Group 1613 “Risk and East Asia” and the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies. The workshop provided an up-to-date overview on state of the art cross-cultural experimental research in economics and social psychology.

Please find a report, written by Kai Duttle, here.



2014, August 7th: Seminar, featuring three distinguished Sociologists/Social Anthropologists from the University of Nanjing, Professors FAN Ke, ZHOU Peiqin and YANG Yudong.

The Graduate Research Training Group 1613 “Risk and East Asia” presented an out-of-season research seminar, featuring three distinguished Sociologists/Social Anthropologists from the University of Nanjing, Professors FAN Ke, ZHOU Peiqin and YANG Yudong. [More...]


2014, July 3rd: Workshop on Professional Development by Robert Pekkanen

The Research Training Group "Risk and East Asia" organized a Workshop on Professional Developement open to PhD students and Postdocs of the Research Training Group and the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies. The workshop took place on Thursday, July 3rd 2014 at the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies and was held by our Guest Professor Robert Pekkanen. It mainly covered aspects of peer-review and book publishing, presentation and conference choices, applications for post-doc and Asst. Prof. / Lecturer positions.

Robert Pekkanen is guest professor at the Research Training Group "Risk and East Asia" in June and July 2014. He is Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA (as of 9/2014) and works in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and is also Adjunct Professor in both Political Science and Sociology Departments.




Kristin Surak wins American Sociological Association Book Award 2014

Jun. Prof. Kristin Surak´s book Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice (Stanford University Press) won the outstanding Book Award 2014 from the American Sociological Association, Section Asia and Asian America. [More...]

Gender Research and Mentoring Workshop, Nov. 9, 2013, Bad Godesberg, Germany


2013 June 13th –14th: June Workshops

The DFG Research Training Group 1613 "Risk and East Asia" June Workshops have concluded successfully. The Preliminary Results Workshop took place on June 13th and 14th and the Proposal Workshop on June 14th at the ZBT. Just back from China and Japan, seven members of the GRK 1613 presented their preliminary results. [More...]

2013 June and July: We welcomed Prof. Saadia Pekkanen and Prof. Robert Pekkanen from the University of Washington, Seattle

In June and July 2013 Professor Saadia Pekkanen, who holds the Job & Gertrud Tamaki Chair at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington-Seattle joined the Graduierten Kolleg as Guest Professor, accompanied by her partner, Professor Robert Pekkanen, Politics and Japan Studies, and their daughter Sophia. Prof. Saadia Pekkanen's research and publication profile is in international political economy and international trade law, and she has written extensively on defense and trade issues in the East Asian region. While in Duisburg, Prof. Saadia Pekkanen joined the June Workshop to comment on doctoral fellows' preliminary research findings, and delivered a talk in the Research Forum on July 3 with the title Japan's Space Policy: From the Market to the Military. [More...]

2013 June: We welcomed University of California-Berkeley Professor Lowell Dittmer

In June 2013 we welcomed University of California-Berkeley Professor Lowell Dittmer as Guest Professor to the DFG Graduierten Kolleg. Prof. Dittmer is editor-in-chief of the journal Asian Survey, and his research and publications cover Chinese political reform and international relations. During his Guest Professorship he met individually to advise a number of doctoral and post-doctoral fellows, gave a talk in the Research Forum on June 12, 2013 about Chinese Political Morality and joined the June Workshop to comment on doctoral fellows preliminary research findings. [More...]

2013 March 21st - 24th: Doctoral Fellows presenting at the AAS Annual Conference in San Diego

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association with approximately 7,000 members worldwide. The AAS was founded in 1941, originally as publisher of the Far Eastern Quarterly (now the Journal of Asian Studies). Each spring, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) holds a four-day conference devoted to planned programs of scholarly papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and panel sessions on a wide range of issues in research and teaching, and on Asian affairs in general. This year the AAS Annual Conference took place from March 21 - 24, 2013 in San Diego, USA. Four Doctoral Fellows from the DFG Research Training Group 1613 presented at the conference: Magnus Dau, Hans-Christian Schnack, Stephanie Bräuer and Armin Müller. [More...]

2013 January 25th: New Directions in Comparative and Transnational Studies, Joint Workshop University of Tokyo and University Duisburg-Essen

The Joint Workshop of the University of Tokyo and the University of Duisburg-Essen "New Directions in Comparative and Transnational Studies" took place on January 25, 2013 in Duisburg. Comparative research is faced with a number of methodological and theoretical challenges, some of them old, some of them new. The aim of this workshop was to provide a forum for graduate students and scholars at the University of Tokyo and the University Duisburg-Essen to discus how they do research comparatively and transnationally. The focus was on research experiences and how to deal especially with methodological problems. [More...]

At the end of an eventful year for the Research Training Group "Risk and East Asia" we would like to thank all of those who have supported our program, especially our fellows' research. We now have a "full house" with 21 doctoral projects at various stages of completion, an achievement in large part due to the advice, time and guidance contributed by our Asian partners, as well as the youngest and most senior scholars who have made the journey to Duisburg from all corners of the globe as post-doctoral fellows, guest lecturers and guest professors.

In 2013 our program comes up for renewal with the German Research Foundation, and with the work on our report and new proposal, we are very eagerly looking forward to sharing our new research plans and hopefully some good news about our future with you in the new year.

Season's Greetings

and Best Wishes

for a Happy and Prosperous

Year of the Snake

2012 December 14th - 15th: Expert Workshop "Methods and Challenges in Cross-Cultural Experimental Research- Insights from Experimental Economics and Psychology"

Duisburg, December 14-15, 2012

Organizers: Heike Hennig-Schmidt (Bonn University), Sven Horak (Duisburg-Essen University), Gari Walkowitz (Cologne University)

The expert workshop mainly meant for experimental economists who are working on cross-cultural and intercultural projects, focused on questions such as "Why cross- cultural research is important", "Methods and challenges in cross-cultural experimental research", "What economists can learn from psychologists". The guest lecturer was Dr. Anu Realo, Department of Psychology, University of Tartu (Estonia) an expert in cross-cultural research. [More...]

2012 December 7th: Public Lecture of Prof. Zhao Shukai "China’s village reform and local governance"

The public lecture, in Chinese, of Prof. Zhao Shukai "China’s Village Reform and Local Governance" took place on December 7, 2012 at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Prof. Zhao Shukai was a guest of the Research Network "Governance in China". He is a leading figure from the Development Research Center of the State Council (Beijing). In addition he is deputy Secretary-General of the China Development Research Foundation. [More...]

2012 November 26th: "Genderworkshop"

The "Gender Workshop" took place on November 26, 2012 at the University of Duisburg-Essen and was organized by the DFG Research Training Group 1613 „Risk and East Asia“ University of Duisburg-Essen and the JSPS funded Project on “Livelihood Security Systems and Global Economic Crises“ University of Tokyo. [More...]

2012 November 7th: Lecture of Prof. Ellis Krauss (UCSD) - What’s Wrong with Japan? It’s the Politics!

The Public Lecture by Professor Ellis Krauss "What’s Wrong with Japan? It’s the Politics!" took place on November 7, 2012, 18.15-19.45 at the University of Duisburg Essen. [More...]

2012 October 29th: Lecture of Prof. Keping Yu (Beijing University) - "Social Innovation in China"

Professor Keping Yu (Beijing University) visited Duisburg as a guest professor of the DFG Research Training Group 1613 Risk and East Asia in October 2012. His public lecture "Social Innovation in China" took place on October 29, 2012, 6–8 pm at the Gerhard-Mercator-Haus in Duisburg. [More...]

2012 October 22nd: "Doctoral Fellow Workshop on Social Innovation in China"

The "Doctoral Fellow Workshop on Social Innovation in China" took place on October 22, 2012, 10:00-16:20 in room LC 141, University Duisburg. The workshop was designed to enable PhD students to exchange with Prof. Yu Keping and to receive comments on their individual PhD projects. [More...]

2012 September 2nd to 8th: September seminar in Beijing

Jointly organized by Prof. Flemming Christiansen, Dr Yuan Li (both University of Duisburg- Essen) and Prof. Yu Xianyang (Renmin University), this year´s September seminar took place in Beijing from September 2nd to 8th. In the first two days, all the attending doctoral fellows of DFG 1613 (Martin Heinberg, Ting Huang, Alison Lamont, Stenya Melnikova, Anna Shpakovskaya, Dung Vu and Mei Yu), as well as two doctoral students from Renmin University, presented their research projects in Chinese. [More...]

2012 September 10th- 21th: "Research Design and Practice on Transnational Global Studies"- The 2012 edition of the September Seminar in Tokyo

Jointly organised by Prof. Kristin Surak, Prof. Karen Shire (both University of Duisburg- Essen) and Prof. Kaori Hayashi (University of Tokyo), this year's September Seminar took place in Tokyo from September 10th to 21th. In the first two weeks, the workshop convened in the main building of the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Information Studies (GSII) on the Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo to discuss the research projects of DFG 1613 doctoral research fellows Vitali Heidt and Hanno Jentzsch as well as of MA-student Elitza Koeva from GCII. [More...]

2012 June 22&25 and 26&28: June Workshops

The June Workshops of the DFG Research Training Group 1613 "Risk and East Asia" have concluded successfully. In this year the workshops involves four days and took place at the ZBT. The second cohort of PhD Fellows presented the results from their field research at the Preliminary Results Workshops on June 22 and 25, 2012. [More...].

2012 June 6th: Introduction to Cross Asia databases and moduls

On June 6th 2012 Martina Siebert and Christian Dunkel from the Staatsbibliothek of Berlin (East Asia Department) gave an introduction on how to use the Cross Asia databases and modules. [More...]

2012 May 23rd: Joint Workshop: Discussing Empirical Research in China

Prof. Dr. Zhou Hongyun and Dr. Liu Chengli are both researchers at the Center for Comparativ Politics and Economics (CCPE) in Beijing. They have undertaken numerous research projects that always have involved empirical research in- and outside China. This joint workshop of the DFG Research Training Group 1613 and the BMBF-funded Research Network "Governance in China" intended to discuss the research results of Prof. Zhou and Dr. Liu, but especially provided insight their research approach and stress practical issues of conducting fieldwork in China. [More...]


2012 March 1-2: GK 1613 participation at Doshisha University Workshop

The International Joint Workshop for Partner Universities Global Network was organized to enhance the academic and educational cooperation among Sheffield University (UK), University of Paris 13 (France), Duisburg-Essen University (Germany), University IULM Milan (Italy), Jilin University (China), Hanoi University (Vietnam), and Doshisha University (Japan) and to identify joint research quests. [More...

2011 December 16: UDE Scientist in Residence - Workshop

Low economic growth, growing social inequality, and long-term aging of the population have posed major challenges to the Japanese government over the past two decades. The electoral victory of the new Democratic Party Japan in 2009 raised hopes and expectations for new directions in policies and governance in Japan, but now with the third DPJ Prime Minister in exactly as many years in office, concerns center around governance capacities of the ruling party. [More...]

2011 December 15: UDE Scientist in Residence – John C. Campbell - Public Lecture

On December 15th, 2011 the Scientist in Residence of the University of Duisburg-Essen 2011, Prof. John Creighton Campbell Ph.D. (University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor (emeritus)) together with Prof. Gerald L. Curtis Ph.D. (Columbia University, New York) hold the tandem lecture about the implications of the triple disaster for politics and social policy in Japan at the University of Duisburg Essen. [More...]

2011 November 17-18: First Asia-Europe Forum on Methods and Perspectives of Risk Analysis

On November 17 and 18, 2011, the DFG Research Training Group 1613 “Risk and East Asia” of IN-EAST was co-organizer of the Asia-Europe Forum on Risk, hosted by the Hong Kong Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Study of the City University of Hong Kong. Doctoral students, post-doctors, and prominent scholars and professors in the field of risk research participated in the forum from both Asian and European countries. [More...]

2011 October 28-29: Expert Workshop: Ready or Not? Assessing Recent Changes in Japan’s International Crisis Management Capabilities

On October 28 and 29, 2011, the DFG Research Training Group 1613 “Risk and East Asia” in cooperation with the White Rose East Asia Centre, Universities of Leeds and Sheffield organized a workshop entitled:

“Ready or Not? Assessing Recent Changes in Japan’s International Crisis Management Capabilities”

The workshop brought together doctoral candidates, young post-doctoral scholars and renowned experts engaged in the study of Japan’s foreign and security policy and the country’s role in East Asia. [More...]

2011 September 19 - 24: Workshop "Hands-on" concluded successfully

The workshop "Hands-on" Training in Economic Experimenting in Asia took place from September 19 to 24, 2011 at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.  [More...]


2011 September 5-9: September Seminar in Beijing

The September Seminar 2011 took place between the 5th and the 9th of September in Beijing. The attending doctoral fellows (Stephanie Bräuer, Magnus Dau, Susanne Löhr, Iva Ognjanovic, Ann-Kathrin Prior & Hans-Christian Schnack) had the chance to present their research topics to internationally- reknown Chinese experts in their disciplines. [More...]


2011 July 12-13: Presenting in Chinese

Prof. Dr. Jinyang Zhu from the University of Applied Science, Konstanz held a guest lecture on "Presenting in Chinese" on July 12-13, 2011. He is an expert on Business Chinese and Chinese Economy. [More...]


2011 July 8: Participation and Popular Resistance in Rural China

The Workshop on Participation and Popular Resistance in Rural China took place on  July 8, 2011 in room LE 736. This workshop was a joint event of the Research Network: Governance in China (BMBF) and the Research Training Group. For the workshop program please click here. [More...]


2011 June/July: Guest professors

The DFG Graduierten Kolleg 1613 "Risk and East Asia" welcomed its first Guest Professors of the year 2011!  Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schaede from the University of California, San Diego and John Creighton Campbell as “Scientist in Residence” 2011 at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). [More...]


2011 June 24 & 27-28: June Workshops

The two June Workshops of the DFG Research Training Group 1613 "Risk and East Asia" have been concluded successfully. The first cohort of PhD fellows attended the first Preliminary Results Workshop at the Gerhart-Mercator-Haus on June 24, 2011. [More...]


2011 June 22-23: Experimental Economics and Intercultural Research

The workshop on „Experimental Economics and Intercultural Research“of the DFG Research Training Group 1613 "Risk and East Asia" took place from the 22nd of June until the 23rd of June at the Institute of East Asian Studies. [More...]


2011 April 14-16: East Asia Net Meeting

In 2011 the first East Asia Net conference was hosted by the Institute of East Asian Studies jointly with the DFG Research Training Group 1613 "Risk and East Asia. EastAsiaNet is a network of leading European research schools with a well-developed social-science focus on East Asia, plus others that aspire to develop in this direction. It takes up issues that surpass the capacity of single institutions in training and in research. Ultimately, it contributes high-level expertise to a European perspective on Euro-Asia relations. [More...]


2011 April 8-10: ECARDC X: Rural China and its Global Connections

The 10th ECARDC returned to Aarhus University to celebrate its anniversary in the place where the first conference was held in 1989.

Among the presenters four phd fellows of the DFG Graduierten Kolleg 1613 "Risk and East Asia" presented their recent research. [More...]

2011 March 31–April 3: IN-EAST researchers presenting at the AAS conference in Honolulu

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association consisting of approximately 7,000 members worldwide met from March 31–April 3, 2011 for its annual conference . The AAS was founded in 1941, originally as publisher of the Far Eastern Quarterly.  [More...]


2011 March 14: GK 1613 Blog

The new Blog by faculty, post-docs, doctoral fellows, research students, and interntional research partners participating in the DFG Graduierten Kolleg 1613 Risk and East Asia was initiated in order to create a forum for intellectual analysis and debate of current events from a risk research perspective. [More...]


2011 Mar 7: Gender Workshop II

The DFG Research Training Group 1613 organised a workshop on "Gender & Social Policy Challenges in Japan, East Asia and Europe" which was held at the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI-Essen) in cooperation with the University Duisburg-Essen, Ruhr University Bochum and the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. [More...]

2011 Mar 3: Workshop about Experimental Perspectives on Behavioral Economics

A workshop on behavioral economics was held to focus on culture as a factor for systematic decision making for every single person. It presented several lectures concerning this topic.   [More...]


2011 Feb 12-13: Iserlohn 2011 – China Workshop

Young social scientific researchers concentrating on China met on February 12/13, 2011 in Iserlohn. Under the umbrella of “State capacity and legitimacy in PR China” young scholars from Würzburg, Duisburg, Cologne and Tübingen came together in Schwerte to discuss their research ideas.  [More...]


2010 Oct 5: New Ph.D. Fellows started at In-East

Seven new doctoral fellows and two new post-doctoral researchers began their research in October 2010 at In-East, forming the 2nd cohort of the DFG Research Training Group 1613.   [More...]




September Seminars Beijing and Tokyo 2010

Every doctoral fellow will have the opportunity to participate in one of the yearly September Seminars in Asia. Aiming at improving the quality of European doctoral research about East Asia field research coaching is provided in during a two week training in Japan and China. [More...]

2010 Aug 4-5: Workshop „Experimental Economics and Intercultural Research“ 2010

The DFG Research Training Group 1613 "Risk and East Asia" was holding a workshop on „Experimental Economics and Intercultural Research“ 2010.   [More...]



2010 Jul 6-8: Qualitative Content Analyis (QCA) using Asian Languages

The Workshop was one of a series of methods training events in the DFG Research Training Group 1613, Risk & East Asia, at the Institute of East Asian Studies, University Duisburg-Essen.   [More...]



2010 Jun 25: Inauguration and Award Ceremony

During the International Symposium at the Duisburg City Hall the DFG Research Training Group 1613 "Risk and East Asia" was inaugurated and the fist Cohort of fellows was officially introduced. [More...]





2010 Jun 25: International Symposium

The international symposium 2010 was held in June in the Duisburg City Hall and offered presentations by an international crew of East Asian related professors.  [More...]




2010 Apr 28: Guest lecture by Prof. Håkan Jerker Holm

Prof. Håkan Jerker Holm from the School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden, was giving a guest lecture about how to conduct experiments abroad.  [More...]



2009 Nov 19: Women Crossing Boarders: First Gender Workshop

The aim of this workshop was to discuss new transnational career opportunities and orientations for young female scholars in East Asian Studies and other dimensions of international careers in East Asian Studies, with a particular emphasis on gender dimensions of international research mobility.   [More...]

2009 Nov 20-22: VSJF Conference 2009

In November the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF) held together with the JDZB and the WREAC a symposium on Risk and East Asia.  [More...]