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Asia

Dr. Eric Julian Ballbach

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Korean Studies
Division of North Korean Studies

Fabeckstraße 7, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • North Korea's foreign and security policy
  • Inter-Korean relations
  • Multilateralism in East Asia

Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott
Professor of Japanese Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Japanese Studies

Hittorfstraße 18 (Rückgebäude), 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Japanese domestic policy
  • Current issues in Japanese politics
  • Japanese foreign and security policy
  • Japan's economy
  • Politics and society of Japan
  • Political history of Japan
  • Relationship Japan / U.S.A.
  • Japan's role in Asia
  • Corporate social responsibility in Japan
  • Political party financing and corruption in Japan and Asia

 


Dr. Urte Undine Frömming
Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Landoltweg 9-11, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural interpretation and processing of natural hazards and natural disasters, particularly volcanism, earthquakes, tidal waves
  • Vulcan rituals
  • Climate change: sustainable human-environment relations
  • Local knowledge of indigenous people
  • Regional focus: Indonesia, Tanzania (East Africa), Iceland

Dr. Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla
Professor of Chinese Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Sinology – China Studies

Fabeckstr. 23-25, 14195 Berlin

Please note

Interviews can also be given in Chinese.

Areas of Expertise

  • China’s economic transformation since 1978
  • Local economic policy in China
  • China’s resources, industrial strategy, and energy policy

Dr. Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit
Professor of Japanese Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Japanese Studies

Hittorfstr. 18, 14195 Berlin

Phone (Office)
838-53857, -53856

Areas of Expertise

  • Culture and literature of Japan
  • History and society of Japan
  • Identity discourses, culinary studies
  • Cultural translation

Dr. Genia Kostka
Professor of Sinology

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Seminar of East Asian Studies
Sinology / China Studies

Fabeckstr. 23-25, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Digitization in China
  • Environmental politics in China
  • Climate change and energy policies in China
  • Political economy in China

Dr. Hermann Kreutzmann
Professor of Development Studies

Department of Earth Sciences
Institute of Geographical Sciences
Center for Development Studies

Malteserstr. 74-100, 12249 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Tajikistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Xinjiang (China)
  • Minority research
  • Development research
  • Political geography
  • High mountain research
  • Nomadism
  • Water
  • Ethnicity

Dr. Jeong Hee Lee-Kalisch
Professor of Art History

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Art History Institute
Art History of South Asia

Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • China: Silk Road, exhibitions on art and culture
  • North and South Korea: Art and culture
  • Japan: Buddhist art, aesthetics
  • Garden art of East Asia

Dr. Gerhard Leitner, FAHA (Hon.)
Professor of English and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Institute for English Language and Literature

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Australia: history, culture, languages, Aborigines, archaeology, migration and political dimensions
  • Language policy, language planning, education policy especially in Australia, Asia, and Europe
  • Languages and language ecology (language habitat) and political implications
  • Southeast Asia: history, culture, languages and politics, globalization

Dr. Mechthild Leutner
Professor of Chinese Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Chinese Studies

Fabeckstraße 23-25, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Recent developments in China
  • Politics and history of China

Dr. Christian Meyer
Professor of Chinese Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Chinese Studies

Fabeckstr. 23-25, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Religion(s) in China
  • Confucianism
  • Christianity in China
  • Religious policy

Dr. Elena Meyer-Clement
Professor of Chinese Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Graduate School of East Asian Studies

Hittorfstraße 18, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Political, economic, and social change in the PRC, in particular:
    • Urbanization
    • Transformation of rural areas
    • Chinese Communist Party
    • Private enterprise
    • Cultural policy
    • Chinese movies

Dr. Werner Pfennig

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science
International Politics and Area Studies

Iltisstr. 7, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Regional policy in East Asia
  • Nuclear issues
  • Reunification of North and South Korea
  • China-Taiwan relations

Dr. Cornelia Reiher
Professor of Japanese Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Seminar of East Asian Studies / Japanology
Graduate School of East Asian Studies

Hittorfstraße 18, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Japan
  • Globalization
  • Food studies
  • Global agri-food system
  • Food safety
  • Rural Japan
  • (Local) identities
  • Rural revitalization

Dr. Carola Richter
Professor of Political Science

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute for Media and Communication Studies
International Communication

Garystraße 55, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Arab media (al-Jazeera, Egypt, Libya)
  • Protest movements in the Arab world, Islamists
  • Foreign reporting
  • Image of Islam
  • Media and the Middle East conflict
  • Media and migration / refugees

Dr. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler
Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Collaborative Research Centre 1171: Affective Societies

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia (social and political structures, religious diversity, gender relations)
  • Vietnamese culture in Berlin
  • Cultural aspects of emotions
  • Socialization, education, and child development in cultural comparison
  • Emotions and migration
  • Gender relations (especially transgender cultural studies)

Dr. Eberhard Sandschneider
Professor of Political Science

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science / Politics in China and South Asia

Ihnestr. 26, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • China’s policies and international relations
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • Relationship between the EU and China
  • Political relations between India, China, and Pakistan
  • Politics in Korea and East Asia
  • Transatlantic relations and Asia
  • Balance of power between Asia and the U.S.

Jürgen Schaflechner

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Landoltweg 9-11, 14195 Berlin

Please note

Interviews can be given in German, English, Urdu/Hindi

Areas of Expertise

  • Pakistan
  • Populism / religious populism
  • Politics of resentment
  • Religious minorities in Pakistan
  • Blasphemy / blasphemy laws
  • Forced conversions to Islam
  • Popular culture in Pakistan
  • Antisemitism in Pakistan
  • Islam
  • Hinduism
  • Ethnology of religion
  • Ritual journeys

Dr. Regine Schönenberg

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Institute for Latin American Studies

Rüdesheimer Straße 54-56, 14197 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Organized crime
  • Natural resource management
  • Land management
  • Intercultural learning
  • Biography research
  • Scenario research

Dr. Thomas Stodulka
Professor of Anthropology

Department of Politcal and Social Sciences
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Landoltweg 9 - 11, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Culture
  • “Street children”
  • Emotions
  • Affects
  • Stigmatization
  • Childhood
  • Youth
  • Indonesia
  • Culture and mental illness
  • Social inequality
  • Ethnography

Dr. Paul Unschuld
Professor of Medicine

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Mitte Campus
Horst Goertz Institute for Theory, History, and Ethics of Chinese Life Sciences

Bonhoefferweg 3A, 10098 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Analysis of historical pharmacological and pharmaceutical Chinese text sources
  • Analysis of health policy and health industry in the PRC
  • Comparative analysis of the history of medicine in China and Europe
  • Investigation of historical and current developments in bioethics in China

Dr. habil. Christian Wagner
Senior Fellow

Department of Political and Social Sciences
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)
German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4, 10719 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Asia
  • Foreign and security policy
  • Democracy and politics in South Asia

Dr. Urs Matthias Zachmann
Professor of History and Culture of Modern Japan

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Japanese Studies

Hittorfstraße 18, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Culture and history of modern Japan
  • Intellectual history of East Asia
  • International relations of East Asia
  • Relations between Japan and China
  • Law in East Asia
  • Human rights in East Asia