East Asia is currently undergoing far-reaching political, social, economic, and cultural change, without precedent in the history of the region. Freie Universität Berlin aims to contribute to investigating these changes by setting up a Graduate School for East Asian Studies. The graduate school integrates regional studies with the relevant disciplines, especially social sciences, and aims to advance the development of East Asian Studies in Germany and Europe, adding to the knowledge available about this important region of the world.
The graduate school provides excellent education in the East Asia-related subjects (Japanese studies, Korean studies, Sinology) associated with the mediation of broad regional expertise as well as a good foundation in methodologies in relevant disciplines such as history and political science, law, economics, social anthropology, and cultural studies.
An important part of the program will be an intensive training period in East Asia. The graduate school relies on existing networks between Freie Universität Berlin and the major universities and research institutions in East Asia as well as the most important related institutions in Europe and the United States.
Through close cooperation with local, regional, and international partners in research, business, politics, and culture the doctoral students will be given intensive supervision in their individual dissertation projects as well as international, broad-based, methodologically sophisticated training. The graduate school will strengthen the academic dialog between German, European, American, and Asian graduate students and scholars in different fields of East Asian Studies, as well as between regional studies and the separate disciplines.
The spokesperson for the graduate school is the professor of Japanese studies, Professor Verena Blechinger-Talcott. The deputy spokespersons are the professor of Korean studies, Professor Eun-Jeung Lee, and the professor of Chinese studies, Professor Klaus Mühlhahn.