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Are North Koreans HAPPY?

Prof. Frank shares his view on the tricky question about the happiness of the North Korean people. Click here to read more.

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Interview with Prof. Frank about his new book

The University of Vienna published an in-depth interview with Prof. Frank about his newest book "Nordkorea. Innenansichten eines totalen Staates". Click here to read the full interview.

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Radio Interview with Prof. Frank

Prof. Frank gave a 36 Minutes Interview to German Radio RBB Info. On the occasion of the 25th aniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall, he discusses his latest book "Nordkorea. Innenansichten eines totalen Staates" and the socialist mystery called North Korea (in German). Click here to listen to the full interview.

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n-tv interview with Prof. Frank

Prof. Frank explains why North Korea wants to cooperate more with Germany. Click here for the full interview.

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Bid invitation

- for external lecturers for M4 -

The Chair of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) at University of Vienna is looking for an external lecturer for one course of module 4 (type VU, 4 ECTS) of our curriculum (for more information please see http://tinyurl.com/EcoS-curriculum-ENG). We accept applications for courses with the following range of topics for the summer term 2015:

• Politics and/or Economy in (South-)East Asia
• Religion and/or New Religion in (South-)East Asia
• Popular Culture in (South-)East Asia
• Capacity Building in (South-)East Asia

If you are interested and see yourself apt for teaching at our Chair, please send your application to ecos[at]univie.ac.at until November 19, 2014 and include the following attachments:

• Curriculum Vitae
• Proof of qualification for teaching MA-level
• Course outline (maximum 1 page)

For information on salary, please visit: https://personalwesen.univie.ac.at/kollektivvertrag/ mitarbeiterinnengruppen/wissenschaftliches-universitaetspersonal/gehaltsschema/#c151162 [LektorInnen § 49 (4)].

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

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Bid invitation

- for external lecturers for M2/3 -

The Chair of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) at University of Vienna is looking for an external lecturer for one of our core seminars (type SE, 7 or 8 ECTS) from M2 or M3 of our curriculum (for more information please see http://tinyurl.com/EcoS-curriculum-ENG). We accept applications for courses on politics and/or economics in East Asia (Northeast and/or Southeast Asia) for the summer term 2015.

If you are interested and see yourself apt for teaching at our Chair, please send your application to ecos[at]univie.ac.at until November 19, 2014 and include the following attachments:

• Curriculum Vitae
• Proof of qualification for teaching MA-level
• Course outline (maximum 1 page)

For information on salary, please visit: https://personalwesen.univie.ac.at/kollektivvertrag/ mitarbeiterinnengruppen/wissenschaftliches-universitaetspersonal/gehaltsschema/#c151162 [LektorInnen § 49 (4)].

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

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Office Hour Dr. Gerstl

Please note that Dr. Gerstl's office hour on October 21, 2014 has been cancelled.

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"Profil" Interview with Prof. Frank

Prof. Frank argues in Austria's news magazine "Profil" that Kim Jong-un's absence in the last weeks is nothing extraordinary and not a sign of a coup or regime change. Click here for the interview.

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New Publication

Prof. Frank has for the first time written a comprehensive book on the DPRK, or North Korea. The book combines his expertise as an East Asianist and Economist with his personal insights based on 23 years of travel and interaction with North Korea on various levels, and draws heavily on his experience as an East German who spent roughly half of his life under socialism. This is in many ways a very personal book, full of anecdotes and with over 30 photographs. “Nordkorea. Innenansichten eines totalen Staates” has been published in German at DVA Munich. Please click here for more details.

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Info meeting for new EcoS students

On Thursday, October 2, at 1:15 pm we invite all new EcoS students to our seminar room 'Ostasien' at the Department of East Asian Studies (Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05) for a general info meeting.

Together with the student representatives we want to provide you further information on the curriculum and the course registration system. You should also use the opportunity to ask questions, get to know the program, the EcoS staff, the student representatives and your fellow students a little better.

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REMINDER: EcoS Students meets Alumni Event

REMINDER: The EcoS Alumni Network cordially invites all EcoS students to the 1st EcoS Students meet Alumni Event which will be an exclusive Sushi workshop with star chef SAKAI Hiroshi. The event will take place on Sunday, Sep 28, 4pm-7pm at restaurant SAKAI - The taste of Japan (Vienna, 8th district).

We aim at bringing together current EcoS students and alumni in order to exchange ideas and experiences and of course learn to create sushi specialities. This is planned to be the first of a series of events where students and alumni meet and get together.

Please note that EcoS granted an additional subsidy so that the EcoS Alumni Network can offer the workshop for only EUR 35. We only have a few spots left. So better be fast!!

For more information, please click here!

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MAKES - Dual Degree Master of European-Korean Studies

The University of Tübingen offers in collaboration with the Seoul National University a new Dual Degree Master of European-Korean Studies. To find out more click here

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Dr Gerstl on the South China Sea dispute

Austrian daily "Die Presse" talked with EcoS´ Southeast Asian expert Dr Gerstl about strategic and legal aspects of the South China Sea conflict and a possible linkage of this dispute with the crisis in the East China Sea.


Please click here to read the article!

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Lecture "Intercultural Negotiation Patterns": Exam Dates

The next exam dates for the lecture "Intercultural Negotiation Patterns" will be:

26.08.2014, 18:30-20:00, JAP1 Inst. f. Ostasienwissenschaften Japanologie,  Uni-Campus, Hof 2.4, Parterre
Registration Period: 11.08.2014, 9:00 - 25.08.2014, 18:00

03.10.2014, 18:30-20:00, Hörsaal 32
Registration Period: 18.09.2014, 9:00 Uhr - 02.10.2014, 20:00

Please register for the exam via UNIVIS.

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APPLY to become an EcoS student assistant

The EcoS team is looking for a motivated student assistant for the upcoming winter term from October 1st 2014 to January 31st, 2015 for the extent of 10 hours a week.

In close cooperation with the EcoS team and the student representatives the hired candidate will provide information to potential and current students and do various administrative work (works for Director of Studies, Approval of Credits etc.). 

Applicants must fulfill following requirements:

  • being fluent in English and German
  • being comfortable in learning and using new software applications
  • being an active EcoS student for at least one semester

For further information, please read what the remuneration for 10 hours a week exactly entails: http://personalwesen.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/personalwesen/info/pdf/studass_info_ss2014.pdf

If you feel that you are a strong candidate, please send your letter of motivation and your CV to ecos@univie.ac.at until August 11th, 2014.

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Dr. Gerstl on Vietnam TV 1

On June 13 2014, Dr. Alfred Gerstl, the Southeast Asia expert at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society, gave a talk on the conflict in the South China Sea that has been featured and commented on by Vietnam TV 1.


Please click here to watch the piece. (In Vietnamese)

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The South China Sea Conflict: China - Vietnam - Philippines

On Friday, June 13 2014, 18.30 o'clock, Dr. Alfred Gerstl, Southeast Asia expert at the Department of East Asian Studies, will hold a talk titled "Der Konflikt im Südchinesischen Meer: China - Vietnam - Philippinen" (in German). Helmut Kramer, Professor em., Institute for Political Science, Universität Wien, will moderate the talk.

The talk is organized by the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and by the Gesellschaft Österreich Vietnam and will be held at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna,Bruno-Kreisky-Saal der Diplomatischen Akademie Wien Favoritenstrasse 15a, 1040 Wien, U-Bahnstation Taubstummengasse, U1.

Please register online or via Fax to 01/504 22 65-200.

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Special Lecture: Indonesia – A Rising Middle and Global Power?

Is Indonesia a new star to watch? Can this huge and rising economy be an equal match to powers like India, China or Brazil? Will it confirm her one-time status of a regional power? Is Indonesia´s democracy feasible, given its corruption, money politics and the growing pressures of the largest Muslim population? What are Indonesia´s major contributions to the world, what hinders its greater impact to global affairs? Where is Asia´s third giant heading?

On June 12, 4pm, these and other questions related to Indonesia and its position on the international scene will be addressed by Dr. Tomáš Petrů, a Prague-based Indonesianist. The event takes place in Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05 and starts at 4 pm.

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Dr. Alfred Gerstl on the current political crisis in Thailand

Dr. Alfred Gerstl,  MIR, University Assistant (post-doc) at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society, was asked to comment on the current political crisis in Thailand for the Austrian news show Servus Journal.

Please click here to hear his insights. (In German)

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Prof. Frank to speak at the World Economic Forum

Prof. Frank will join the panel on „East Asia Security Outlook“ at the World Economic Forum meeting in Manila, Philippines, on May 23rd.

The event is open to the public, there will be a live stream. For more information, see www.weforum.org/sessions/summary/asia-security-outlook

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Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 4 is NOW AVAILABLE

The fourth volume of our publication Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies (editors: Rüdiger Frank / Ina Hein / Lukas Pokorny / Agnes Schick-Chen) is now available! This volume contains articles by Christina Ellensohn, Kim Kwok, Václav Linkov, Jani Mustonen, Peter Mühleder, Lukas Pokorny and Elisabeth Schneeweiss.

Overview and Abstracts // Contributors // Editing Team // Purchase at Praesens Verlag 

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Kaminchu: Spiritual Healers in Okinawa

Volume 2 of the "Vienna Studies on East Asia", edited by Rüdiger Frank and Lukas Pokorny, is now available. Isabelle Prochaska-Meyer focuses on the Kaminchu Tradition in Okinawa.

Please click here to read more (in German) and to order your copy.

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Analysis: Prof. Frank on the newly elected North Korean parliament

Prof. Frank analyses the first session of the newly elected North Korean parliament which took place in early April 2014.
Despite the absence of major suprises, he identifies some notable developments, including: Bureaucrats still dominate the parliament; North Korea is continuing an expansionary fiscal policy; revenue from economic and trade zones is listed for the first time; the defense budget has been officially increased after many years, albeit minimally; profits from real estate rent are expected to grow much more strongly than before; the projected growth rates of expenditures on items including education, health care and social insurance are substantially reduced; and: sports are a new top priority reflected in a tripling of this item’s growth rate.

Click here to read more.

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Analysis: Prof. Frank on President Park's Dresden Speech

Fire the Speech Writers: An East German's Perspective on President Park's Dresden Speech

in: 38 North, 4/2014, U.S.-Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

South Korean President Park Geun-hye gave a speech in Dresden on March 28. Much has been written about it, mostly with a focus on her proposals vis-a-vis Pyongyang.
Prof. Frank adds a few thoughts from a different angle, with perhaps surprising results for those who are not too familiar with Germany and its history. His main point is that the speech reveals a severe lack of knowledge of the East German context, and thus sends signals to North Korea that might be unintended, but are nevertheless powerful.

Click here to read more.

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New Essay by Prof. Frank

Can North Korea Prioritize Nukes and the Economy at the Same Time?

in: Global Asia, Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 2014, pp. 38-42

Prof. Frank explores the question of the meaning and the feasibility of byungjin, a new policy line announced by Kim Jong-un in 2013. His key arguments are that byungjin is de facto the end to songun, as "economy and military at the same time" is logically incompatible with "military first", and that a key question is feasibility: can both be done simultaneously, and if so, where does the money come from?

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News for Applicants Graduating in Summer 2014

Knowing that many of our applicants are worried about graduating in time for the application deadline (April 30, 2014), we negotiated with the admissions office and now, we have great news for you:

If you graduate after April 30, 2014, you can substitute your BA-equivalent certificate with an official letter from your Directorate of Study stating that you indeed are set to graduate before September 30, 2014.

Please understand that an admission without a BA-equivalent certificate will be considered conditional until you provide your proof of qualification. In case you fail to do so by September 30, 2014, your admission will be revoked.

Click here for more information regarding the admission and these news.

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Lecture "Intercultural Negotiation Patterns": Exam Dates

The next exam dates for the course "WS2013-150224-1 Intercultural Negotiation Patterns" will be:

Tuesday, April 29th, 16:45-18:15, HS 32 Hauptgebäude.  

Friday June 27th, 18:30 - 20:00, HS 32 Hauptgebäude.

Please register for the exam via UNIVIS. The time window for registration via UNIVIS should be open in the two weeks prior to the exam date.

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Dr. Alfred Gerstl on the Crisis Management of the Malaysian Government

Mag. Dr. Alfred Gerstl, MIR, University Assistant (post-doc) at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society, was asked to comment on the crisis management of the Malaysian government for the Austrian news show ZIB 24.

Please click here to hear his insights. (In German)

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East Asianists and the Job Market: Intercultural Management in East Asia

On Monday, 31. March 2014, the event series  Praxis Link East Asia will focus on Intercultural Management in East Asia.

The event takes place in Seminar room OAW and starts at 6:00 pm.

Click here for more information.


We kindly ask you to register via Email to  stephan.si-hwan.park@univie.ac.at.

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Special Lecture: Social Media, Corruption, and Regime Support in China

On Monday, 7. April 2014, Prof. Lü Xiaobo of Columbia University will hold a special lecture on the topic "Social Media, Corruption, and Regime Support in China".

The event takes place in SIN 1 and starts at 6:30 pm.

Click here for more information.

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Special Lecture: Japans Wirtschaft unter Abenomics – Chancen und Risiken

On Thursday, 10. April 2014, Prof. Dr. Franz Waldenberger of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich will hold a special lecture on the topic "Japans Wirtschaft unter Abenomics –  Chancen und Risiken" (in German).

The event takes place in Japanologie, Seminarraum 1 and starts at 6:30 pm.

Click here for more information.

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EcoS featured in "Focus Point: Master Studies"

In its series "Focus Point: Master Studies" the Student Point introduces selected programs that put special emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach and combine innovative teaching methods with highly up-to-date research fields.

Click here to read the article on the MA program East Asian Economy and Society.

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Guideline for the EcoS Master Examination

In our info section for students you can now find a brief summary of information on the master examination at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. The guidelines explain all necessary steps and formalities that are a prerequesite for a successful completion of your studies. In addition to that, there is a concise description of the process as well as valuable recommendations.

Click here for the guidelines.

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Admission for the MA program East Asian Economy and Society for the academic year 2014/15

New information on this year's admission for the MA program East Asian Economy and Society is out now. The updated application documents and information on the procedure have been uploaded and are available in our admission section.

The exact application period will last from March 3rd until April 30th, 2014.

Click here for more information.

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Special Info Meeting on the Master Exam at EcoS

The EcoS team is presenting the procedure of the final master exam at the end of your studies at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. Next to explaining all necessary formalities, useful tips and suggestions will be provided. On top a recent EcoS graduate will attend the meeting and share here experience. Participation is highly recommended.

When? On January 13th at 6:30pm
Where? Seminar room 1 of the Sinology Department, Hof 2, Campus

Please pre-register with the official EcoS facebook event.

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A Guide to Kim Jong Un’s 2014 New Years Speech

Prof. Frank offers his take on the New Year speech held by North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, identifying a number of noteworthy points in comparison to previous New Year messages. 

Read his Guide to Kim Jong-un's New Year speech on 38 North.

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New Publication on North Korea's Arirang Mass Games

In the latest issue of the Asia-Pacific Journal, Prof. Frank has published an extensive article on "The Arirang Mass Games of North Korea". The paper is freely accessible online and provides a multitude of pictures from last year's performance in the DPRK.

Read more here.

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Analysis: Prof. Frank on the Downfall of Jang Song Thaek

Following reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek was not only purged but executed on grounds of "attempting to overthrow the state", analysts offer different takes on the developments in the DPRK. In three articles one the topic Prof. Frank approaches the issue from a different angle by focusing less on the purge itself but rather on its surprisingly public fashion.

Read more on:

38 North (English)

East Asia Forum (English)

Sueddeutsche Zeitung (German)

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Prof. Frank on Perils and Pitfalls of Traveling to the DPRK

Recent media coverage on the DPRK included reports of a United States citizen that has been arrested by North Korean state authorities right before leaving the country. Picking up on this, Prof. Frank has published an article on 38 North titled "The Mysterious Case of Merrill Newman: The Perils and Pitfalls of Traveling to the DPRK". In addition to an assessment of the situation of the Korean War veteran, he shares his experience and insights on tourism in the DPRK.

Read more on 38 North.

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Special Lecture on the Politics over the Mekong River

On Wednesday, December 4, there will be a special lecture by Maria Strasakova on the topic "The Mekong River: A Future Battleground or a Platform for Cooperation". Ms. Strasakova currently holds Senior Lecturer positions at the the Metropolitan University as well as the Charles University in Prague. The event takes place in the seminar room OAW and starts at 4:30pm.

For more information please refer to the announcement.

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Special Lecture: Prof. Lee Eun-Jeung

On Friday, November 15, Prof. Lee Eun-Jeung from the Free University of Berlin will hold a special lecture on the topic "In Search of Korean Identity. From Self-Peripheralization to World Power". The event takes place in seminar room OAW and starts at 10:00am. 


Click here for more information.

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Special Lecture on the Korean War

On Wednesday, November 6, there will be a special lecture on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War (1950-1953). The event takes place in the Senatssaal of the university's main building and starts at 4:15pm.

Speakers:

Prof. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Vice-Rector for Research and Career Development on "China and the Korean War"

H.E. Cho Hyun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Austria, on "Paradoxes of the Korean War"

Prof. Rüdiger Frank, Head of the Department of East Asian Studies, on "The Korean War and its Legacy"

Click here for the announcement.

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East Asianists and the Job Market

Mon, October 28th

East Asianists and the Job Market is an initiative taken by the team of East Asian Economy and Society to improve the employability of students in East Asian Studies by offering a chance for an active exchange with former graduates and practitioners. In our next meeting, three graduates of East Asian Studies share their experiences on entering the job market and reflect on chances and risks. 


Please register via stephan.si-hwan.park@univie.ac.at. The number of participants is limited.

Event Announcement

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Review of North Korean Tablet Computer

In one of only a few reviews available, Prof. Frank examines the hard- and software of the North Korean tablet computer called 'Samjiyon'. In some respects, the device comes close to its western counterparts and also offers interesting content for those interested in the DPRK.


Read more on 38 North.

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Prof. Frank among top 50 economists in German-speaking countries

The German daily ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’ (FAZ) has released a ranking of economists in German-speaking countries according to their influence in politics, media and research. Prof. Frank, Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna, is among the top 50 economists in German-speaking countries.

Please find the article online or download it here. Unfortunately, there is only a German version available.

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HOW TO register for courses

Find below the guides on how to register for EcoS and language courses:

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Lecture "Intercultural Negotiation Patterns": 3rd and 4th Exam dates out now!

The third exam date will be September 30 2013, 18.30-20.00, Hörsaal C2 UniCampus, Hof 2. The time window for registration via UNIVIS will be in the two weeks prior to the exam date. 

The fourth exam date will be January 31 2013, 13.15-14.45, Hörsaal 32, Hauptgebäude. The time window for registration via UNIVIS will be in the two weeks prior to the exam date.via .

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Article on North Korea by Prof Frank

Asia Policy Brief on Change in North Korea (in German)

The German non-profit organisation Bertelsmann Stiftung just published another issue of its Asia Policy Brief. In this edition, Prof Rudiger Frank talks about political and economic developments in North Korea since Kim Jong-un's accession to power.

Please find the article online or download it here.

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Job Announcement: Doctoral Researcher/PhD candidates for The IN-EAST School

Job Announcement for Doctoral Positions

The IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies at the University of Duisburg/Essen invites applications for 12 Doctoral Researcher/PhD candidates. Please see this pdf for further information.

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26th biannual AKSE Conference Vienna 2013

July 6-9, 2013

The 26th biannual conference of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) was held in Vienna from July 6-9, 2013. The organizing team was headed by Professor Rudiger Frank, AKSE Secretary, Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna.

Please click here for more information.

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Essay by Prof. Frank

Rolling Reforms: Reflections on Visits to Kim Jong Un's North Korea

On visits to North Korea since Kim Jong Un came to power, Rudiger Frank has seen growing evidence of a more diverse and cash-based economy. These signs of creeping reform are evidence of North Korea’s desire for change, but achieving real transformation remains a long and delicate process. Click here to read the full article.

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AKSE conference 2013 in Vienna

The Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna is proud to host the 26th Biannual Conference of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) from 06-09 July, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel Imperial Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

Conference Website

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What is PLAGIARISM?

 

Due to plagiarism a growing number of politicians needed to resign from their political positions. Make sure you know exactly what plagiarism is by going through this website thoroughly.

plagiarism.org

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Prof. Frank in "Deutsche Welle"

Experts from Germany and South Korean discussed the current state and potential future of North Korea. The "Deutsche Welle" summarized the main findings on their website.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: The future of nuclear weapons. The U.S. - Russia - North Korea - Iran

 

In an April 2009 speech in Prague US President Barack Obama spoke of a world free of nuclear weapons. Obama stated that the United States would maintain nuclear deterrence during the disarmament process “for as long as nuclear weapons exist”. The panel will discuss mutual nuclear deterrence, arms control and will assess why progress in nuclear disarmament since the end of the Cold War has fallen short of expectations.

Panel Speakers:

Rüdiger FRANK
Head of department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
Heinz GÄRTNER
Academic director of the oiip; Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
Siegfried HECKER
VCDNP Visiting Distinguished Scholar (on sabbatical from Stanford University)
Alexander KMENTT
Director for disarmament, arms control & non-proliferation, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria

Moderation: 
Fabio POLLY
Journalist at the ORF

Full Program

Registration

 

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World Congress of Hallyu Studies: Call for Papers

The World Association for Hallyu Studies (WAHS) is a new scholarly and practitioners’ organization that is striving to be the center of research that intends to bridge Hallyu and Hallyu Studies on a global scale. They invite student essays and research papers for presentation, if selected, at the First Congress of World Association for Hallyu Studies to be held in Seoul, Korea during Oct. 17-Oct. 19, 2013.

Call for student essays

Call for research papers

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Special Lecture: Dr. Marcus Mietzner

"Indonesia's Democratization after Suharto: Successes and Failures"

Wednesday, June 26 2013, 17:45

Seminar room OAW (2I-O1-05), Hof 5, AAKH Campus

Dr. Marcus Mietzner is senior lecturer at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia National University. His research has primarily focused on political parties in democratic Indonesia.

Click here for the announcement.

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East Asianists and the Job Market

Mon, June 10th

East Asianists and the Job Market is an initiative taken by the team of East Asian Economy and Society to improve the employability of students in East Asian Studies by offering a chance for an active exchange with former graduates and practitioners. In our next meeting, three graduates of East Asian Studies (Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies) share their experiences on entering the job market and reflect on chances and risks. 

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Special Lecture: Doh Chull Shin

"Confucian Culture and Democratization in East Asia: Reassessing the Confucian Asian Values Debate"

Tuesday, June 11 2013, 16:15

Seminar room OAW (2I-O1-05), Hof 5, AAKH Campus

Doh Chull Shin is the Jack Peltason scholar in residence at the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine and Korea Foundation Chair and the Middlebush Chair at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Click here for the announcement.

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APPLY NOW: MA program East Asian Economy and Society

Admission to the MA program East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) is open now. These are the four core requirements at a glance:

  1. at least BA or BSc in ANY field of study
  2. proof of English proficiency
  3. motivation letter
  4. curriculum vitae

All documents MUST ARRIVE at the admission office until July 15h, 2013.

Click here for more information.

Click here to join the Facebook group for PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS.

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Call for Applications: External Lecturers

The Chair of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) at Vienna University is looking for external lecturers for courses of module 4 (refer to curriculum).We accept applications for winter term 2013/14 for example for courses with the following topics:


• Politics and/or Economy in Southeast Asia
• Religion in East Asia
• Popular Culture in East Asia
• Development in East Asia

Application deadline: May 31st, 2013

We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

Click here for more information.

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Special Lecture: Gavan McCormack

"Disputed Territories: China, Japan, and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands"

Monday, May 13 2013, 6:00pm
Japanese Studies Department, Seminarroom 1 (JAP 1)
University Campus, Court 2, Entrance 2.4

This lecture looks at the evolution of the “Senkaku/Diaoyu problem” in the frame of Japan-China and US-Japan relations, considering the conflicting readings of the historical record, the relevant principles of international law, academic, media and civic constructions of the dispute, the US stake, the Okinawan stake, and the various formula that have been proposed to resolve it.

Gavan McCormack is emeritus professor in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.

Click here for the announcement.

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Prof. Frank on ARD's Programme "Beckmann" (in German)

Prof. Frank participated in the Round Table discussion "Beckmann" on the German TV Channel ARD on Thursday, April 11, at 10:45pm. The discussion will focused on North Korea's current threats and Kim Jong Un's intentions. The possibility of a war in East Asia as well as the current situation in the country were open for debate. 

Click here for the announcement.

Click here for the video.

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Special Lecture: Ambassador IWATANI Shigeo

"Diplomats - What do they do?"

Thursday, April 18 2013, 6:30pm
Japanese Studies Department, Seminarroom 1 (JAP 1)
University Campus, Court 2, Entrance 2.4

In the lecture H.E. Ambassador Iwatani will share experiences from his 40-year career in the field in order to explain what the job of a diplomat entails. The experiences are naturally limited to the realm of Japanese diplomacy but he believes that the essence of his experience is applicable to diplomats of any other country including Austria.

Click here for the announcement.

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East Asianists and the Job Market

Mon, April 15th

East Asianists and the Job Market is an initiative taken by the team of East Asian Economy and Society to improve the employability of students in East Asian Studies by offering a chance for an active exchange with former graduates and practitioners. In our next meeting, three graduates of East Asian Studies (Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies) share their experiences on entering the job market and reflect on chances and risks. 


Please register via stephan.si-hwan.park@univie.ac.at. The number of participants is limited.

Event Announcement

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Why now is a good time for economic engagement of North Korea

Prof. Frank contributed an article to The Asia-Pacific Journal on April 8th, 2013, on engaging North Korea economically.

Full article

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What is behind North Korea's threats? - ZDF interview with Prof. Rudiger Frank.

Prof. Frank comments on the motives behind North Korea's threats. (April 1st, 2013).

YouTube

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NEW PUBLICATION: Korea and East Asia in a changing regional and global environment

This conference volume captures and analyzes the role of Korea and East Asia in a changing economic and security environment. (editors: Heung Ching Kim, Sung-Hoon Park, and Rudiger Frank).

East Asia has obviously become a focal point of international politics as well as one of the major engines of the world economy. In cultural terms the East Asian region is experiencing its own renaissance. Due to the geographically and culturally central position of Korea and the two different systems that have been established on the peninsula, looking at Korea is among the best ways to understand the East Asian region and its economic, political and social developments.

Conference Site

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Interview with Prof. Frank on North Korea canceling the Non-Aggression Pact (in German)

Prof. Frank comments on North Korea canceling the Non-Aggression Pact with South Korea on Austria's evening news ZIB 24 (Mar 8, 2013).

YouTube

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Career Mentoring and Business Education for young academics

Research assistant and PhD candidate Stephan Si-Hwan PARK launched in February 2013 the Online School for UNconventional Academics.

The Center for Doctoral Studies at the University of Vienna interviewed him about the idea behind http://howtobecomeaprofessor.com. Click here to read the full interview (German).

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Job Announcement

Junior Research Group Leaders

(incl. one position in experimental economics)
(full-time postdoc positions; Entgeltgruppe 14 TV-L)

The Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen will establish a new School of Advanced Studies on Innovation in East Asia by establishing Junior Research Groups starting April 1, 2013 – pending final approval of funding by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Read more...

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Second Registration Phase for Courses now open

The Second Registration Phase for EcoS courses is now open until March 11,  10 am on the UNIVIS system. Only the following courses that still have free places available are open for registration:

  • VU History of East Asia
  • VU Creative Class and Tolerance in East Asia
  • SE Political Systems in East Asia (Group 2)
  • SE Research Seminar and Monitoring Class for the Master's and PhD Thesis

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Ostasientag 2013 (in German)

7 young East Asianists will present their final theses at the Department of East Asian Studies on Monday, March 11, 3 pm to 6:30 pm in the C2 lecture hall. This event is recommended for all EcoS students as a preparation for writing their master thesis. Click here for the program.

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Video of the Round-Table Discussion: “Teaching in English? Preconditions, Problems, Advantages“

Prof. Rüdiger Frank participated in the round table discussion “Teaching in English? Preconditions, Problems, Advantages“ which was part of the friday lecture series "Internationalization 'at Home'". The discussion took place on January 25, 2013, and was organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning/CTL in cooperation with the OeAD - Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research. 

Friday Lectures

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ORF Interview on the Unification Movement with Dr. Lukas Pokorny (in German)

Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Movement who died last year, had announced the so-called Foundation Day for February 22nd, 2013. In this article, Dr. Lukas Pokorny, Bruce Fellowship Lecturer from the University of Aberdeen, explains the religious foundations of the Unification Movement. Click here to read the full article.

 

 

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REMINDER: Info meeting on course registration

We kindly invite you to our Info meeting on course registration on Monday, February 25, 6pm in seminar room OAW. You can find this event also on Facebook.

This info meeting aims at answering open questions regarding our course offer, registration process and registration system. It is open for all EcoS students, but especially recommended for new EcoS students. Please also read our EcoS guideline for new Ecos students.

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The Economist on North Korea's changing society with comments by Prof. Frank

Some remarks from Prof. Frank were cited in an article by The Economist on societal changes in North Korea. 

Read more...

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Interview with Prof Rüdiger Frank on North Korea's recent nuclear test (in German)

 

Prof Rüdiger Frank was interviewed by the Austrian daily newspaper Wiener Zeitung on North Korea's intentions behind the recent nuclear test.

Read more...

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Prof. Frank on North Korea's nuclear test (in German)

Prof. Frank comments on North Korea's most recent nuclear test on Austria's evening news ZIB 2 (Feb 12, 2013).

YouTube

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Info meeting on course registration for all EcoS students

The Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and its Student Representatives kindly invite you to a Info meeting on course registration on Monday, February 25, 6pm in seminar room OAW. This info meeting aims at answering open questions regarding our course offer, registration process and registration system. It is open for all EcoS students, but especially recommended for new EcoS students. Please also read our EcoS guideline for new Ecos students.

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Information for NEW students is now available!

You can find everything about how to plan the first term, how to enroll in classes and more on our guideline for new EcoS Students here. Please note, information provided in the guideline is subject to change.  

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Information for prospective students on registration, now available!

We provide important information for prospective students on registration for our Master's program here. Please note, the deadline for online registration is February 5th. 

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Lecture "Intercultural Negotiation Patterns": Second Exam date out now!

The second exam for the M4 lecture 'Intercultural Negotiation Patterns' (Ronald Mitterhofer) will take place on March 1, 1:15pm in Seminar Room Jap 1, University Campus (Japanologie Seminarraum 1). You can register for the exam between February 15 (9am) and February 28 (12pm) via univis.

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Lecture "Intercultural Negotiation Patterns": Exam date out now!

The exam for the M4 lecture 'Intercultural Negotiation Patterns' (Ronald Mitterhofer) will take place on January 25, 1:15pm at Lecture Hall 32, University Main Buidling (Hörsaal 32). You can register for the exam between January 16 (10am) and January 24 (4pm) via univis.

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Lecture on popular sovereignty in Thailand

The Institute of International Development holds a lecture on popular souvereignty in Thailand.

Place: Seminar room IE, Department of African Studies, Hof 5

Time: January 23, 4pm

Lecturer: Ralph Guth (project staff at the Institute of International Development)

Language: German

more information

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Seminar "Transforming Taiwan: Social, political and cultural aspects" offered at our Department

The Department of East Asian Studies - Sinology together with Changjung Christian University, Tainan County, Taiwan will hold a master-level seminar in summer semester 2013. This seminar is eligible for EcoS module M4 (in the section 'additional courses / 4 ECTS').


Please find additional information on the seminar here

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Visiting Professors from Taiwan at our Department

The Department of East Asian Studies is proud to announce that there will be two guest professors from Taiwan teaching at our Department.

Prof Carol Yeh-Yun LIN (Changjung Christian University in Tainan) in February 2013

and Prof YEN Liang-Kung (National Chengchi University in Taipeh) in May 2013


Both professors will participate in Taiwan-related seminars (in Chinese and English). The seminars are open for EcoS students and can be used for the module M4. More information on the seminars will be issued in due time. 

Furthermore, both professors will hold special lectures. Please see the annoncements (Prof Lin // Prof Yen) for more information.

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Interview with Prof Rüdiger Frank on reports of 'radical reforms' in North Korea (in German)

Prof Rüdiger Frank was interviewed by the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard on the reliability of western media reports concerning 'radical reforms' in North Korea. 

Read more...

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Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 3 is NOW AVAILABLE!

The third volume of our publication Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies (editors: Rüdiger Frank, Ingrid Getreuer-Kargl, Lukas Pokorny and Agnes Schick-Chen) is now available! This volume contains articles by Elisabeth Gumpenberger, Marco Akira Klebel, Josef Falko Loher, Stephan Si-Hwan Park, Julia Ritirc and Marco Sostero.

The Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies is a joint project of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna aiming to give our graduates the opportunity to show their results to a wider audience. Even more importantly, we want to provide their peers and the international academic community with access to the work of our young and hopeful researchers. The Journal also shows the diversity of research topics covered in East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. Literature, society, culture, economy – all these fields are represented in our multidisciplinary approach to East Asia.

Overview and Abstracts // Contributors // Editing Team // Purchase at Praesens Verlag 

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Round-Table Discussion: “Teaching in English? Preconditions, Problems, Advantages“

Prof Rüdiger Frank will participate in the round table discussion “Teaching in English? Preconditions, Problems, Advantages“ which is part of the friday lecture series "Internationalization 'at Home'". The discussion will take place on January 25, 2013, between 1pm and 2:30pm at the OeAD lecture hall (ground floor), Ebendorferstraße 7, 1010 Vienna 

folder /// announcement

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No office hours during Christmas vacation

The EcoS team will not be in office during Christmas vacation. Therefore, our next office hours will take place on January 8th (Prof Rüdiger Frank) and January 11th (Josef Falko Loher). Thank you for your understanding. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Special Lecture: The Austrian Unification Movement: 1966–1969

Time: December 19th 2012 (Wednesday) 7:00pm

Place: Seminarraum Ostasien, Department of East Asian Studies

The South Korean Unification movement (UM), albeit never exceeding a few hundred members, has been part and parcel of Austrian religious history for nearly 50 years, from its long-lasting court struggle for formal recognition as an association in the 1970s and early 1980s,  to the role it has been ascribed by the media throughout the decades as the epitome of a ‘dangerous cult’ and its strident call for reform of Austrian religious law. The lecture discusses the pioneering years of the movement between 1966 and 1969, which have seen the Unificationist mission at the experimental stage, and can be characterised as an essential period in establishing the foundation for long-term viability and expansion (more ...)

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Prof Rüdiger Frank on North Korea's rocket launch (in German)

Prof Rüdiger Frank comments North Korea's successful rocket launch on Austria's late night news ZIB 24 at ORF1 (Dec 12). 

click here to watch the video on YouTube

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Research Project "Investment opportunities in Northeast China" completed

Prof. Rüdiger Frank and Mag. Manfred Steinkellner
Josef Falko Loher MA, Mag. Manfred Steinkellner and Mag. Benjamin Steuer

The chair of East Asian Economy and Society is proud to announce that the recently awarded research project "Investment opportunities for German and Austrian SMEs in environmental technologies in Northeast China" funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) through an Innovation Cheque has now been successfully completed.

The Innovation Cheque was handed over to Prof Rüdiger Frank by Mag. Manfred Steinkellner. The project is result of a cooperation between Steinkellner China Services, represented by Mag. Steinkellner, and our chair. "Mag. Loher and Mag. Steuer have worked very hard to make this reality. I am very proud of their achievement, and hope that this project will be just one out of many public-private partnerships to develop in the future at our Department of East Asian Studies. In the end, this is one of the things only Area Studies can deliver - knowledge of context and points of access, fruitfully applied to the "real world" of business, politics and culture and matched with the needs and capacities of multiple disciplines", says Prof Rüdiger Frank, Professor of East Asian Economy and Society and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies. The project has been funded with 5,000 EUR and lasted for 6 months.

The project was conducted by two of our PhD students, Benjamin Steuer and Josef Falko Loher. Both have already gained broad experience in the fields of climate change politics and environmental technologies in China through their master as well as PhD research and various other research projects.

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East Asianists and the Job Market - Dr. Uwe Schmelter

On Thursday, December 13th, 14:30, Dr Uwe Schmelter, a former representative of the German non-profit cultural association Goethe Institut, will reflect on his professional career and experiences as head of office in various East Asian countries (seminar room OAW). Praxis-Link East Asia (PLEA) is an initiative taken by the team of East Asian Economy and Society to improve the employability of students in East Asian Studies by offering a chance for an active exchange with former graduates and practitioners.

please see the flyer for further information

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East Asianists and the Job Market - Dr. Tat Yan Kong

Our Chair is proud to welcome Dr Tat Yan Kong (associate professor at SOAS, London) to Vienna. On Monday, December 10th, 18:00 at seminar room OAW, Dr Kong will reflect on his professional career as well as chances and risks of pursuing a career in the academic field. Praxis-Link East Asia (PLEA) is an initiative taken by the team of East Asian Economy and Society to improve the employability of students in East Asian Studies by offering a chance for an active exchange with former graduates and practitioners.

Please see the flyer for more information

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Research Project Award Scheme (University of Aberdeen): Comparative Statecraft and Constitutional Thought

This information applies for all students from East Asian Studies who are interested in pursuing an interdiscipilary PhD degree in an international environment. Our former staff and affiliated researcher Dr Lukas Pokorny (University of Aberdeen) is part of the supervisory and research team and is proud to present this new and innovative PhD programme.

For further information (prospective) EcoS graduates may contact Dr Lukas Pokorny. The studentships are open to all nationalities and will cover home/EU or Overseas fees. Deadline for applications (for entry October 2013) is 8 March 2013.

Project website // Poster  // Dr Lukas Pokorny

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Formation of Advisory Group on North Korea at World Economic Forum

At the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda in November 2012, it was decided to form an Advisory Group on North Korea. Prof. Frank was asked to co-lead this group, which aims to engage North Korea, promote development, and incorporate the country into the global multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Read more on the World Economic Forum's website

 

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Changes in North Korea: For Better or Worse?

In a short comment, Prof. Frank addresses the question of unbalanced reporting about developments in North Korea and argues that there is progress, albeit insufficient.

Read more on 38 North

 

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Prof Rüdiger Frank with The Elders

 

On Oct. 28, 2012, Prof. Frank went to Cairo to provide a two hour briefing for President Martti Ahtisaari, Ela Bhatt, Prime Minister Gro Brundtland, President Jimmy Carter, President Mary Robinson, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on North Korea. The Elders, as this group of independent global leaders is called, work together for peace and human rights. One of their donors is Richard Branson of Virgin Unite (see photo).

http://www.theelders.org/

 

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10th EastAsiaNet Research Workshop in Barcelona

The 10th EastAsiaNet Research Workshop, this time with a focus on governance in East Asia, took place in Barcelona, Spain, 25-26 October 2012. Prof. Frank attended as the representative of the Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna.

http://www.eastasianet.eu/

 

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NEW PUBLICATION: Korea and East Asia - The Stony Road to Collective Security

Will the twenty-first century be the Asian century? Will the People’s Republic of China overtake the United States as the leading global superpower? Will an armed conflict break out on the Korean peninsula, and can it be contained? While opinions differ strongly, there seems to be a certain consensus that the East Asian region, roughly defined as Northeast Asia (China, the two Koreas, Japan and the Russian Far East) plus Southeast Asia (ASEAN), will be ever more globally significant in the years to come. This book, which is part of a new series, critically addresses the potential of the liberal concept of collective security to provide a solution, with a focus on the Korean peninsula (more...).

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The Unification Movement in Austria: Background and Early Beginnings

Mon, October 29th

This lecture discusses the Korean, American and German context as well as the early beginnings of the UM’s Austrian adventure, whilst reviewing the legal and religious environment in the 1960s in Austria. Lukas Pokorny and Simon Steinbeiss offer first results of their joint research into the turbulent history of the Unification movement in Austria (more...).

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East Asianists and the Job Market

Mon, October 15th

Three graduates of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna presented themselves and their experiences on the job market to the audience. After a brief introduction, they elaborated on fears and expectations prior to their job entry as well as experiences of finding a job. Students of all study programs of our Department showed great interest and actively took part in the discussion. Please see the announcement for further information. Click here for the report.

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ACADEMIC ANALYSIS

by Prof. Rüdiger Frank on current developments in North Korea on 38north.org

ARTICLE

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Information on the possibility of substituting one seminar


As discussed at the Info Meeting on last Monday, there is the possibility of substituting one of the seminars of modules 2 and 3. Please find more information within the attached pdf.

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New Publication

Frank, Rüdiger et al. (2012), Korea 2012: Politics, Economy and Society, Leiden: Brill

Korea 2012: Politics, Economy and Society contains concise overview articles covering domestic developments and the economy in both South and North Korea as well as inter-Korean relations and foreign relations of the two Koreas in 2011. Additional papers deal with topics such as South Korea’s foreign trade drive, the death of Kim Jong Il, South Korea as a middle power, the portrayal of North Koreans in ROK cinema, graphic novel representations of food issues in post-famine North Korea, and North Korean views of foreigners. A detailed chronology complements the articles. Korea 2012: Politics, Economy and Society can be ordered at BRILL.

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EcoS Info Meeting + Students Round Table

October 1, 2012, 18:00 at Seminarraum "OAW"

In this meeting the vision, targets and structure of the MA program "East Asian Economy and Society" will be presented to our new students. After the meeting, the students representatives invites everybody to the EcoS Round Table, starting around 19:00 at Gangl. Let us know if you are coming on our Facebook-event page.

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ORF Interview on the Unification Movement with Dr. Lukas Pokorny

 

 

 

On September 3rd, 2012 Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Movement and the "Washington Times" died at the age of 92. In this interview, Dr. Lukas Pokorny, Bruce Fellowship Lecturer from the University of Aberdeen, discusses current and potential future developments of the Unification Movement. Click here to read the full article.

 

 

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Asia 2050 - The sustainable route to prosperity

 

 

 

 

On 13 September 2012, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a round table discussion on the sustainable future of Asia which will feature prominent development policymakers and practitioners from the region. In a recent report, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has undertaken an important analysis of the future prospects for Asian growth in its report entitled “Asia 2050, realizing the Asian century”. However, the achievement of this scenario could be threatened by the so-called “middle-income trap”, whereby middle-income economies find themselves unable to compete with either low-wage economies or highly skilled advanced ones, arresting the pace of sustainable growth in the long-run. In cooperation with the ADB, the UNIDO round table discussion provided a unique platform to address these issues and to map out a route for sustained development for Asia. Click below for the program and flyer.

 

 

Flyer


Program

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Special Lecture on "The Global Manifestations of Caodaism in the Vietnamese Diaspora"

Ninh Thien-Huong will hold a special lecture on "The Global Manifestations of Caodaism in the Vietnamese Diaspora". Ninh Thien-Huong is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Southern California. Her research compares two Vietnamese transnational religious communities - Catholicism and Cao Dai - in the U.S., Cambodia, and Vietnam. Her latest articles include “God needs a Passport: The Struggle of Vietnamese Caodaists in Cambodia for Religious and Ethnic Recognition Across National Borders” and “The Transmission of Religion Across Generations: How Ethnicity Matters”. Click here for the announcement.

  • Monday, August 20th, 13:30
  • Seminar room OAW
  • in English

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Students Exchange Program

 

EcoS students from Austria, France, Germany and Poland and who are between 20 and 30 years old are now eligible to apply for the  “Exchange Program for Regional Integration in East-Asia and Europe (EPRIE)”. EPRIE 2012 deals with the regional integration of East-Asia and Europe, by using the examples of Japan, South Korea, Germany, Poland and France. The 12-day seminar aims for a better understanding of historical and transnational interrelations in the two regions by analyzing them and by promoting collaboration. 20 participants get the chance to obtain profound knowledge of the topic, to develop inter-cultural competency and to socialize with the other international attendants. During the 12-day seminar, the participants will travel to Warschau, Berlin and Strassburg. The host organizations will bear all the costs (free board and lodging, no travel costs) expect the arrival and departure expenses to/from the seminar. For more information click here.

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ACADEMIC analysis

A Question of Interpretation: Economic Statistics From and About North Korea

Reading Aidan Foster-Carter’s “Budget Blanks and Blues,” I feel inspired to add my own slightly more optimistic thoughts on the analytical value of North Korean annual budget reports, in particular, if contrasted with statistics on its economy in general, a quagmire I have been dealing with for almost two decades now. Click here to read the full article.

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ACADEMIC analysis

The World Economic Forum on East Asia: Burmese Lessons for North Korea?

The 21st World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 30 to June 1, 2012. As a member of its Global Agenda Council on Korea, I participated with the expectation that whenever issues like security or human rights were addressed, the focus would inevitably be on North Korea. I was wrong. Nevertheless, I found that the issues discussed prominently at the WEF Bangkok meeting had a strong relevance for the Korean peninsula. Click here to read the full article.

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AKSE conference 2013 in Vienna

The Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna is proud to host the 26th Biannual Conference of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) from 06-09 July, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel Imperial Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

Conference Website

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ACADEMIC analysis

North Korea after Kim Jong Il: The Risks of Improvisation

Kim Jong Il’s death was announced less than three weeks ago. But the world is surprisingly quickly getting used to the new leadership in North Korea, as if there were no concerns left at all. To provide a counterweight to this amazingly complacent mood, and the many speculations about a stable North Korean future (including my own), I’d like to play devil’s advocate and ponder a relatively pessimistic scenario based on my reading of some developments that should be watched carefully. Click here to read the full article.

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3sat Interview

Prof. Frank comments on the newest political and economic developments in both, North- and South Korea

3sat 

YouTube

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Research Project: Investment opportunities for German and Austrian SMEs in environmental technologies in Northeast China

Josef Falko Loher MA, Prof. Rüdiger Frank, Mag. Manfred Steinkellner, Mag. Benjamin Steuer

The chair of East Asian Economy and Society is proud to announce that the recently awarded Innovation Cheque tendered by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) has now led to a concrete research project named 'Investment opportunities for German and Austrian SMEs in the sector of environmental technologies in Northeast China'. The project will be conducted by two of our PhD students, Benjamin Steuer and Josef Falko Loher. Both have already gained broad experience in the fields of climate change politics and environmental technologies in China through their master as well as PhD research and various other research projects. The project is result of a cooperation between Steinkellner China Services, represented by Mag. Manfred Steinkellner, and our chair. "The combination of serious academic research with practically relevant questions and the building of bridges between Europe and East Asia are two of the many strengths of this project. Environmental and energy policy in East Asia is one of the strategic research topics at our Chair, and this project adds to our growing portfolio of results and competence in this field”, says Prof Rüdiger Frank, Professor of East Asian Economy and Society and Vice Head of the Department of East Asian Studies. The project has been funded with 5,000 EUR and will last for three months.

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Special Lecture: Ambassador Bernhard Zimburg

Ambassador Bernhard Zimburg held a special lecture on "The EU's involvement in the emerging East Asian Regional Architecture". He is currently Head of the Asia Department of the Austrian Foreign Ministry. He previously served as Austrian Ambassador to Algeria, Indonesia, Singapore and Timor Leste. Prior to joining the foreign service of Austria (1981) he worked for the Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce, Department of Foreign Trade, in Vienna. Zimburg is a graduate of the University of Innsbruck (PhD, Law) and holds a diploma of the College of Europe in Bruges/Belgium. He has practised law in the State Court of Innsbruck and has made an internship in a law firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Ambassador Zimburg is married with two daughters. Click here for the announcement.

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Mapping Religions in Vienna

"Mapping Religions in Vienna" aims at providing a complete survey of the religious landscape in Vienna at the beginning of the 21st century. The research project is led by Hans Gerald Hödl, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Vienna, in collaboration with various partner institutions. The collected information also includes rich data on a large number of East Asian religions based in Vienna.
 
Dr. Lukas Pokorny is closely involved in the project, co-editing a first book publication with V&R unipress.

ORF
Project Website

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Photos of "Cao Đài - A Profile"

Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Đọ (Cao Đài) is one of the six officially recognized religions in today’s Vietnam. Since its inception in 1926, Cao Đài has played a decisive role in Vietnamese society. The doctrine is based on the idea of unifying major religious traditions including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Christianity, Islam and others under the banner of a new monotheistic belief.
For the first time, a delegation of Cao Đài dignitaries visited Austria and introduced the history and the main doctrinal tenets of this remarkable movement.
The seminar was jointly organized by the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. Click here for the announcement in English and German. Click here for the photos.

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AKSE conference 2013 in Vienna

The Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna is proud to host the 26th Biannual Conference of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) from 06-09 July, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel Imperial Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

Conference Website


Online article on Cao Đài

In this online article religious studies scholar Dr. Lukas Pokorny explains some basic features of Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Đọ (Cao Đài) - one of the six officially recognized religions in today’s Vietnam. more

For the first time, a delegation of Cao Đài dignitaries visited Austria and introduced the history and the main doctrinal tenets of this remarkable movement.
The seminar has been jointly organized by the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. Click here for the announcement in English and German.

WHEN: 26 Mar 2012
MODERATION: Dr. Lukas Pokorny, University of Aberdeen


Asian Politics and History Association

Prof. Frank has been elected as Vice President of the Asian Politics and History Association (APHA). The Asian Politics and History Association is an apolitical, non-profit academic society organized by scholars of Asian studies and sponsored by the Clarewood Institute (USA). Established in September 2011 in Hong Kong, AHPA currently has members from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, China, Japan, South Korea, United States, and the European Union. APHA and Clarewood will support the Journal of Asian Politics & History, an academic journal to be published twice a year. Prof. Frank is a founding member of the Editorial Board of the journal. For more information, click here.



Comment on Süddeutsche Zeitung

Prof. Frank explains why the North Korean dictatorship has been this sustainable and calls the attention to current developments within the society. Click here for the article.


Workshop Timor-Leste

Workshop Timor-Leste. Youth's Future, Local Politics & Foreign Relations: Challenges and Opportunities in Timor-Leste in the Light of the Upcoming 2012 Elections. Click here for the flyer and program.


Special Event

Cao Đài - A Profile
Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Đọ (Cao Đài) is one of the six officially recognized religions in today’s Vietnam. Since its inception in 1926, Cao Đài has played a decisive role in Vietnamese society. The doctrine is based on the idea of unifying major religious traditions including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Christianity, Islam and others under the banner of a new monotheistic belief.
For the first time, a delegation of Cao Đài dignitaries will visit Austria and introduce the history and the main doctrinal tenets of this remarkable movement.
The seminar has been jointly organized by the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. Click here for the announcement in English and German.


WHERE:
Seminarraum I, Universitätscampus, Hof 1
WHEN: 26 Mar 2012, 18:00-19:30
MODERATION: Dr. Lukas Pokorny, University of Aberdeen
LANGUAGE: English
REGISTRATION: l.pokorny@abdn.ac.uk


ACADEMIC analysis

North Korea after Kim Jong Il: The Risks of Improvisation

Kim Jong Il’s death was announced less than three weeks ago. But the world is surprisingly quickly getting used to the new leadership in North Korea, as if there were no concerns left at all. To provide a counterweight to this amazingly complacent mood, and the many speculations about a stable North Korean future (including my own), I’d like to play devil’s advocate and ponder a relatively pessimistic scenario based on my reading of some developments that should be watched carefully.Click here to read the full article.


Innovation Cheque: € 5,000

We are proud to announce that the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society in cooperation with Steinkellner China Services received an Innovation Cheque in the amount of € 5,000 tendered by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). This program awards an innovative research project which links Austrian Small and Medium Enterprises with Universities to overcome barriers for long-term research cooperation. "I look forward to this project with outstanding researchers from EcoS and the value they will create for our clients!", says Mr Manfred Steinkellner, CEO of Steinkellner China Services. Rudiger Frank, Professor of East Asian Economy and Society added: "This is a great opportunity for our graduate and PhD students to combine the knowledge they acquire in our program with the application in a competitive real-world environment."

Steinkellner China Services

Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)


ACADEMIC Analysis

North Korea after Kim Jong Il: The Kim Jong Un era and its challenges

Austria is a great country for many reasons, but with just 8.4 million citizens and locked in the center of the European continent, it is hardly a global player. However, even here the death of Kim Jong Il, the details of the mourning procedure, and the assignment of titles and functions to his son Kim Jong Un, were reported by almost all media as top news. Click here for the full article.


Recorded Lecture Database

From now on the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) provides recorded lectures to all teaching staff at the University of Vienna. 

Press Release (German)

Recorded Lecture Database


SPECIAL Lecture: Prof. Adam Fforde

Prof. Adam Fforde, renowned expert on Vietnam and development issues held a  special lecture on “Q&A on Vietnam and some related issues: Prof. Adam Fforde”. He prepared his talk on the basis of our students' questions that have been sent beforehand. Click here for the announcement.


ACADEMIC analysis

The Party as the Kingmaker: The Death of Kim Jong-Il and its Consequences for North Korea

Kim Jong Il is no more. The state news agency KCNA reported that he died on his train on Saturday, December 17, 2011. He was on his way to offer another round of on-the-spot field guidance, working himself to death for his beloved people. This is the official version that we have actually seen under preparation for quite a while, including in works of art that we discussed in a recently published book. Click here to read the full article.


Spiegel Interview

Prof. Frank answers questions regarding the 70th birthday celebrations of Kim Jong-il who passed away last December and explains the current state of political stability in North Korea. Click here for the full interview.


ANALYSIS on North Korea

Since the death of North Korea's Kim Jong-il a number of questions has arisen instantly. What is the future of the country? Will his son Kim Jong-un continue his father's politics? What about the nuclear program? How will North Korea's neighbours South Korea, Japan and China react? Prof. Rudiger Frank gives answers to these and more questions on TV, radio and newspapers.


New Publication

The Vienna Graduate Journal of East Asian Studies is a joint project of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna aiming to give our graduates the opportunity to show their results to a wider audience. Even more importantly, we want to provide their peers and the international academic community with access to the work of our young and hopeful researchers. The Journal also shows the diversity of research topics covered in East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. Literature, society, culture, economy – all these fields are represented in our multidisciplinary approach to East Asia (more...).


EXPERT: Herbert Friesacher

MO, 5 November, 18:15 at Room "Koreanologie" 

The project "Praxis-Link East Asia" of the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society aims to raise the employability of our students, give practical recommendations and deliver realistic expectations on the job market. For that purpose we invite East Asian Studies graduates with substantial professional background and high profile professionels working in East Asia to share their personal experience on entering the job market. Click here for the announcement (German).


GUEST LECTURE: Ambassador of Indonesia to Austria

On November 30th, I GUSTI AGUNG WESAKA PUJA, Ambassador of Indonesia to Austria held a guest lecture on "Indonesia - an emerging profile in global affairs" at Dr. Alfred Gerstl's course Political and Economic Systems in Souteast Asia. Click here for the PPT.


East Asianists and the Job Market

TUE, November 22nd

The project "Praxis-Link East Asia" of the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society aims to raise the employability of our students, give practical recommendations and deliver realistic expectations on the job market. For that purpose we invite East Asian Studies graduates with substantial professional background to share their personal experience on entering the job market. Click here for the report (German).


RECORD ATTENDANCE: Ostasientag 2011

Over 100 people came to watch 8 young East Asianists presenting their final theses at the Department of East Asian Studies. Click here for the program. Special thanks go to our 12 students who made the Ostasientag 2011 a complete success.  


East Asianists and the Job Market

November 8th, 2011 

The project "Praxis-Link East Asia" of the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society aims to raise the employability of our students, give practical recommendations and deliver realistic expectations on the job market. For that purpose we invite East Asian Studies graduates with substantial professional background to share their personal experience on entering the job market. Click here for the report (German).


Davos Debates in Abu Dhabi 2011

Prof. Frank gives a brief overview on the range of issues that are discussed at the World Economic Forum and Global Agenda Council on Korea. In addition to regular consultations by video-conference this includes participation in the annual Summits on the Global Agenda in Abu Dhabi and the Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian (China).

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Live-Interview for Russia Today Television

US President Barack Obama declared North Korea a threat to the US and South Korea and warned it to disarm or face isolation. The stern words came as the South Korean president arrived in Washington to an unusually warm welcome. (...) Lee’s visit also comes as opposition has grown to South Korean plans to build a controversial naval base on Jeju Island. Given the close ties between Seoul and Washington, it is “very obvious” that the US navy will use this base, Rudiger Frank, an expert on North Korea and professor at the University of Vienna, told RT. He explained that it might be used as a part of missile defense shield against long-range ballistic missiles which might come from North Korea or further up north. And it also should help the South Korean navy project its power in the region.

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EcoS Info Meeting + Students Round Table (Stammtisch)

October 17, 2011, 18:15 at Seminarraum "Koreanologie"

In this meeting the vision, targets and structure of the MA program "East Asian Economy and Society" will be presented to our new students. After the meeting, the students representatives invites everybody to the EcoS Round Table, starting around 19:30 at Gangl. In order to reserve enough seats for the round table at Gangl, please register online via Facebook (EcoS round table) or email to julia.peitl@oeh.univie.ac.at


DONE: 8th EastAsiaNet Research Workshop

September 15-16, 2011

EastAsiaNet is a network of leading European research schools with a well-developed social-science focus on East Asia. 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. The 8th EastAsia Research Workshop was hosted by the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. Click here for the program and abstracts.


New Publication

Korea 2011: Politics, Economy and Society, edited by Rudiger Frank, James E. Hoare, Patrick Köllner and Susan Pares, contains concise overview articles covering domestic developments and the economy in both South and North Korea as well as inter-Korean relations and foreign relations of the two Koreas in 2010. A detailed chronology complements these articles. South Korea-related refereed articles in the 2011 volume deal with concerted efforts at ‘nation branding’, political relations with India, overseas resource acquisition, labour migration policies and problems, the US Armed Forces and entertainment districts in and near Seoul, return migration, and the impact of Korean popular culture on East Asian identity in Europe. Additional refereed articles provide analyses of North Korea’s cultural discourse on Russia and Russians, economic relations between China and North Korea, and international attempts at dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons programmes. 

For more information, see the flyer and order form and the publisher's website.


Live-Interview for Russia Today Television

Despite North Korea stating it is ready to restart the talks on nuclear problem with no conditions from its side, there may be conditions from the US and South Korea, Rudiger Frank told RT.

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New Publication

In an attempt to investigate contemporary North Korean society through art, twelve academic experts from eight countries came together in Vienna in September 2010 for the international symposium “Exploring North Korean Arts”, designed and organized by Prof. Frank of the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna in close cooperation with the MAK (Museum für Angewandte Kunst, museum of applied arts). The results of this symposium are now available as an edited book. Three core themes are addressed: (1) an introduction to North Korean art, including its function, its reception, and its connection to other spheres of society; (2) the question of exhibiting North Korean art; and (3)  examples of North Korean art ranging from traditional brush painting to music, stamps, mosaics and illustrations in children’s books. For the table of contents, the introductory chapter and ordering information, click here. For more information on previous publications click here.  


North Korea’s Strategic Outlook on Northeast Asia: The Syrian Litmus Test

"The Libyan story seems to be over, at least for now. We do not exactly know who is going to rule that country next and with what consequences. There is room for experience-based pessimism, but only time will tell. So it is now worth looking closer at another of the anti-dictatorship uprisings in the region. What is the meaning of Syria for North Korea?" Click here to read Prof. Frank's full analysis.


Policy Briefing for "The Elders"

Prof. Frank in April 2011, upon invitation by the secretariat of The Elders (http://www.theelders.org/), wrote a background policy paper and provided briefings to staff in preparation for the visit by President Martti Ahtisaari, Prime Minister Gro Brundtland, President Jimmy Carter and President Mary Robinson to China, North and South Korea.” Click here to find out more.


Prof. Frank joined the World Economic Forum

Professor Rudiger Frank, Chair of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna, has in June 2011 joined the World Economic Forum/Global Agenda Council on Korea. In addition to regular consultations by video-conference this includes participation in the annual Summits on the Global Agenda in Abu Dhabi and the Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian (China). more


PRESS release: International MA Program EcoS

Starting from October 2011, the graduate program on East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) will be fully converted to English. Click here to read more about the essence of the program (German). 


Live-Interview for Russia Today Television

North Korea has again shelled waters near the maritime border with South Korea. Local residents say three shells have been fired in the Yellow Sea area on Wednesday following the earlier exchange of fire between the two countries (http://rt.com/news/koreas-shelling-pyongyang-nuclear/). Click here to watch the interview on YouTube.


Online Application Deadline: August 31, 2011

Prospective students for the winter term 2011/2012 who plan to enroll for the MA program "East Asian Economy and Society" need to apply online until August 31, 2011. For more detailled information  on the application process (in German), please click here. For the English translation (unofficial and not legally binding) please click here.

New students coming from outside the University of Vienna must apply here.

Current University of Vienna students apply via univis.


Our program has been converted to English

Starting from October 2011, the graduate program on East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) will be fully converted to English. The approved and legally binding update of the changed curriculum can be found here in German. Please click here for the English translation.


Dr. Byong Man AHN's lecture on "Korean Education"

Last June Dr. Byong Man AHN, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on Education, Science and Technology since January 2011 held a lecture on Korean education. From 2008 to 2010 he was Minister for Education, Science and Technology. Under a clear vision to enhance the autonomy and creativity of schools, Dr. Ahn is making various policy endeavors to strengthen educational excellence.The introduction was held by Prof. Georg Winckler, Rector of the University of Vienna, and Rudiger Frank, Professor of East Asian Economy and Society and Vice Head of the Department of East Asian Studies.


CanKor

Commentary by Prof. Frank: "Food aid diversion: Why it does NOT matter"

"One of the things I have, for years, been having difficulties to understand is the discussion of (staple) food diversion. It is of course an important political issue if we consider that donors like to give their resources for a specified purpose and discontinue donating if it cannot be proven that everything went as promised. Fair enough." (...) more


SPECIAL lecture

On May 5th, 2011 Prof. Dr. Han S. Park held a special lecture on North Korea's Policy Shift and its Foreign Policy Orientations. Click here for more information.


Business Dinner with Dr. Achatz

On May 3rd 2011 entrepreneur Dr. Achatz hosted a business dinner for selected students of the Master program East Asian Economy and Society at the vinothèque Vinophilia. It was part of a series of events meant to enforce exchange between professionals from various backgrounds and students of East Asian Economy and Society. Click here for more information.


SPECIAL lectures

On Monday, May 2nd 2011 Isabelle Milbert held a special lecture on International Relations in East Asia: The Indian diaspora in East Asia as spearhead of 'Shining India'. Click here for more information.

On Tuesday, May 3rd 2011 Isabelle Milbert held a special lecture on Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer: the Indian Urban Sector in a Comparative Perspective. Click here for more information. 


HELD conference: Korea and East Asia in a Changing Regional and Global Environment, 28-29 April 2011

This was already the third event in the new international conference series on "Korea and East Asia" that is organized by the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society at the Department  of East Asian Studies at University of Vienna -  this time in cooperation with the renowned Korea University and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). Click here for more information.


SPECIAL lectures

Birgit Tremml held a special lecture on "Interkultureller Informations- und Technologietransfer zwischen den Philippinen, Japan und China 1565-1898". Click here for more information. 

Prof. Christopher M. Dent held a special lecture on "Economic Regionalism in East Asia". Click here for more information.

 


Libyan Lessons for North Korea

Prof. Rüdiger Frank discusses the probable interpretation by the North Korean leadership to recent bombing of Libya. Click here to read the full article.


KOREA 2010

Frank, Rüdiger et al. (2010), Korea 2010: Politics, Economy and Society, Leiden: Brill; Korea 2010: Politics, Economy and Society contains concise overview articles covering domestic developments and the economy in both South and North Korea as well as inter-Korean relations and foreign relations of the two Koreas in 2009. A detailed chronology complements these articles. Click here for more information. Purchase @amazon or @brill.


Kim Jong Un on Painting?

Prof. Rüdiger Frank discusses what to make of a recent leaked photo of what have deemed the first North Korean painting depicting Kim Jong Un. Click here to read the full article.

 


COMMENTARY

Prof. Rüdiger Frank comments on the current security situation in East Asia after artillery shelling in Korea on November 23rd.  Click here to read (in German) @derStandard.at


Vienna Studies on East Asia Vol. I

Claudia Schmidhofer: Fakt und Fantasie. Das Japanbild in deutschsprachigen Reiseberichten 1854-1900, in Rüdiger Frank and Lukas Pokorny (Eds.): Vienna Studies on East Asia Vol I; In der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jh. gewann Japan, die einstige terra incognita, eine ungeahnte Popularität als Reiseziel, wovon ein umfangreiches Schrifttum Berufs- und Vergnügungsreisender zeugt. Dieser heute weitgehend dem Vergessen preisgegebene Literaturkorpus bietet nicht nur Einblicke in die Diskrepanz zwischen europäischem Wunschbild und fernöstlicher Wirklichkeit, poetischem Ideal und prosaischer Realität, sondern auch erstaunliche Aufschlüsse über die Traditionslinien gegenwärtiger westlicher Japan-Stereotype. Purchase at amazon.

 


First master thesis within main area of research 'Climate Change, Environment and Energy in East Asia'

We are proud to present our first contribution to our new main area of research 'Climate Change, Environment and Energy in East Asia'. Our graduate Josef Falko Loher has written a master thesis on Domestic Climate Change Governance in Japan, China and South Korea. You can find his thesis online within the University of Vienna database of theses. Click here for the full thesis (German).


ZDF interview

Prof. Rüdiger Frank gives answers on the current security crisis on the Korean peninsula and interpretes the motives of North Korea's actions. Click here to read the full interview.

 


ACADEMIC NETWORK: EastAsiaNet

Since October 2010, the Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna is a member of EastAsiaNet, a network of leading European research schools with a well-developed social-science focus on East Asia. 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. Prof. Rüdiger Frank has been elected as Executive Board Member of the network. To learn more, see http://www.eastasianet.eu.

 


Photo: KCNA/AP

FIRST analysis of the outcomes of North Korea's recent delegates meeting

Prof. Rüdiger Frank examines what we can glean from the outcomes of the recent Third Delegate's Meeting of the Worker's Party of Korea about the power succession in North Korea. Click here to read the full article.

 


INITIATIVE: from THEORY to EXPERIENCE

From today highly motivated students can apply for internships at renowned companies and organizations from various fields. Depending on the project, students are also given the opportunity to write their MA or PhD thesis in the course of their working experience. To find out more about the initiative click here.

 


Main area of research ‚Climate Change, Environment and Energy in East Asia’ at EcoS

The chair of ‘East Asian Economy and Society’ has since October 2010 installed ‘Climate Change, Environment and Energy in East Asia’ as a key topic within our program. Given the need for intense research on global warming countermeasures, environmental degradation and energy politics in East Asia, we support contributions that imply a social science approach in one of these fields. more


Live Chat @derStandard.at

Due to the delegates meeting of the North Korean party on tuesday September 28th, Prof. Rüdiger Frank answered questions about North Korea @derstandard.at Chat. Click here to read the chat protocol.

 


LIVE Interview

According to Rudiger Frank, Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at Vienna University, it’s unlikely that Jong-un will be announced at the meeting. Rather, Frank says, he will be elevated to some kind of post within the Central Committee and be given a chance to develop a record of his own. After that, at the 2012 party congress, he might be announced as the next leader (www.rt.com). Click here to watch the interview on YouTube.

 



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