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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.


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