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Introduction

Vienna Studies on East Asia Vol. I

The book series “Vienna Studies on East Asia“ was launched in 2010. It provides a forum for conference volumes and other outcomes of academic work by researchers of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. This series is also intended to make excellent dissertations of our graduates available to a broader audience. These works are the product of months and sometimes years of dedicated research; a considerable number of them meets the highest academic quality standards. However, in particular those graduates who do not seek an academic career often shy away from the effort to publish, which often means that their results are lost forever. The dynamically developing yet still relatively small field of East Asian Studies cannot afford such a waste of resources.

At this point our initiative sets in. Basically we are open to all contributions; however, we focus on PhD theses and those works that are produced at the University of Vienna, show a clear reference to East Asia and have not been published elsewhere. In that case, the first criterion for a successful acceptance into the book series “Vienna Studies on East Asia“ is a very good evaluation of the work by the academic supervisor; additionally we require the latter’s explicit recommendation. The supervisor will also be asked to support the editorial team throughout the publication process and to write a foreword.

This is a joint project of the Department of East Asian Studies at University of Vienna. The editorial responsibility is with the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society in collaboration with the respective faculty members from the fields of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese Studies, and beyond.

With this book series we hope to further raise the visibility of Vienna University’s contributions to East Asian Studies. We are proud of the achievements of our researchers which are reflected in these volumes. The series is also intended to show our graduates that their efforts are recognized over and above the formal submission of their final theses. More volumes are currently under preparation.
 
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Rüdiger Frank
Professor of East Asian Economy and Society
Vice Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna
ruediger.frank@univie.ac.at

 


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