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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.


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