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New Publication on North Korea's Arirang Mass Games

In the latest issue of the Asia-Pacific Journal, Prof. Frank has published an extensive article on "The Arirang Mass Games of North Korea". The paper is freely accessible online and provides a multitude of pictures from last year's performance in the DPRK.

Read more here.

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Analysis: Prof. Frank on the Downfall of Jang Song Thaek

Following reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek was not only purged but executed on grounds of "attempting to overthrow the state", analysts offer different takes on the developments in the DPRK. In three articles one the topic Prof. Frank approaches the issue from a different angle by focusing less on the purge itself but rather on its surprisingly public fashion.

Read more on:

38 North (English)

East Asia Forum (English)

Sueddeutsche Zeitung (German)

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Prof. Frank on Perils and Pitfalls of Traveling to the DPRK

Recent media coverage on the DPRK included reports of a United States citizen that has been arrested by North Korean state authorities right before leaving the country. Picking up on this, Prof. Frank has published an article on 38 North titled "The Mysterious Case of Merrill Newman: The Perils and Pitfalls of Traveling to the DPRK". In addition to an assessment of the situation of the Korean War veteran, he shares his experience and insights on tourism in the DPRK.

Read more on 38 North.

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Special Lecture on the Politics over the Mekong River

On Wednesday, December 4, there will be a special lecture by Maria Strasakova on the topic "The Mekong River: A Future Battleground or a Platform for Cooperation". Ms. Strasakova currently holds Senior Lecturer positions at the the Metropolitan University as well as the Charles University in Prague. The event takes place in the seminar room OAW and starts at 4:30pm.

For more information please refer to the announcement.

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Special Lecture: Prof. Lee Eun-Jeung

On Friday, November 15, Prof. Lee Eun-Jeung from the Free University of Berlin will hold a special lecture on the topic "In Search of Korean Identity. From Self-Peripheralization to World Power". The event takes place in seminar room OAW and starts at 10:00am. 


Click here for more information.

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Special Lecture on the Korean War

On Wednesday, November 6, there will be a special lecture on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the Korean War (1950-1953). The event takes place in the Senatssaal of the university's main building and starts at 4:15pm.

Speakers:

Prof. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Vice-Rector for Research and Career Development on "China and the Korean War"

H.E. Cho Hyun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Austria, on "Paradoxes of the Korean War"

Prof. Rüdiger Frank, Head of the Department of East Asian Studies, on "The Korean War and its Legacy"

Click here for the announcement.

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East Asianists and the Job Market

Mon, October 28th

East Asianists and the Job Market 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. In our next meeting, three graduates of East Asian Studies share their experiences on entering the job market and reflect on chances and risks. 


Please register via stephan.si-hwan.park@univie.ac.at. The number of participants is limited.

Event Announcement

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Review of North Korean Tablet Computer

In one of only a few reviews available, Prof. Frank examines the hard- and software of the North Korean tablet computer called 'Samjiyon'. In some respects, the device comes close to its western counterparts and also offers interesting content for those interested in the DPRK.


Read more on 38 North.

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Prof. Frank among top 50 economists in German-speaking countries

The German daily ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’ (FAZ) has released a ranking of economists in German-speaking countries according to their influence in politics, media and research. Prof. Frank, Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna, is among the top 50 economists in German-speaking countries.

Please find the article online or download it here. Unfortunately, there is only a German version available.

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HOW TO register for courses

Find below the guides on how to register for EcoS and language courses:

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Lecture "Intercultural Negotiation Patterns": 3rd and 4th Exam dates out now!

The third exam date will be September 30 2013, 18.30-20.00, Hörsaal C2 UniCampus, Hof 2. The time window for registration via UNIVIS will be in the two weeks prior to the exam date. 

The fourth exam date will be January 31 2013, 13.15-14.45, Hörsaal 32, Hauptgebäude. The time window for registration via UNIVIS will be in the two weeks prior to the exam date.via .

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Article on North Korea by Prof Frank

Asia Policy Brief on Change in North Korea (in German)

The German non-profit organisation Bertelsmann Stiftung just published another issue of its Asia Policy Brief. In this edition, Prof Rudiger Frank talks about political and economic developments in North Korea since Kim Jong-un's accession to power.

Please find the article online or download it here.

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Job Announcement: Doctoral Researcher/PhD candidates for The IN-EAST School

Job Announcement for Doctoral Positions

The IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies at the University of Duisburg/Essen invites applications for 12 Doctoral Researcher/PhD candidates. Please see this pdf for further information.

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26th biannual AKSE Conference Vienna 2013

July 6-9, 2013

The 26th biannual conference of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) was held in Vienna from July 6-9, 2013. The organizing team was headed by Professor Rudiger Frank, AKSE Secretary, Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna.

Please click here for more information.

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Essay by Prof. Frank

Rolling Reforms: Reflections on Visits to Kim Jong Un's North Korea

On visits to North Korea since Kim Jong Un came to power, Rudiger Frank has seen growing evidence of a more diverse and cash-based economy. These signs of creeping reform are evidence of North Korea’s desire for change, but achieving real transformation remains a long and delicate process. 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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What is PLAGIARISM?

 

Due to plagiarism a growing number of politicians needed to resign from their political positions. Make sure you know exactly what plagiarism is by going through this website thoroughly.

plagiarism.org

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Prof. Frank in "Deutsche Welle"

Experts from Germany and South Korean discussed the current state and potential future of North Korea. The "Deutsche Welle" summarized the main findings on their website.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: The future of nuclear weapons. The U.S. - Russia - North Korea - Iran

 

In an April 2009 speech in Prague US President Barack Obama spoke of a world free of nuclear weapons. Obama stated that the United States would maintain nuclear deterrence during the disarmament process “for as long as nuclear weapons exist”. The panel will discuss mutual nuclear deterrence, arms control and will assess why progress in nuclear disarmament since the end of the Cold War has fallen short of expectations.

Panel Speakers:

Rüdiger FRANK
Head of department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
Heinz GÄRTNER
Academic director of the oiip; Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
Siegfried HECKER
VCDNP Visiting Distinguished Scholar (on sabbatical from Stanford University)
Alexander KMENTT
Director for disarmament, arms control & non-proliferation, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria

Moderation: 
Fabio POLLY
Journalist at the ORF

Full Program

Registration

 

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World Congress of Hallyu Studies: Call for Papers

The World Association for Hallyu Studies (WAHS) is a new scholarly and practitioners’ organization that is striving to be the center of research that intends to bridge Hallyu and Hallyu Studies on a global scale. They invite student essays and research papers for presentation, if selected, at the First Congress of World Association for Hallyu Studies to be held in Seoul, Korea during Oct. 17-Oct. 19, 2013.

Call for student essays

Call for research papers

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Special Lecture: Dr. Marcus Mietzner

"Indonesia's Democratization after Suharto: Successes and Failures"

Wednesday, June 26 2013, 17:45

Seminar room OAW (2I-O1-05), Hof 5, AAKH Campus

Dr. Marcus Mietzner is senior lecturer at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia National University. His research has primarily focused on political parties in democratic Indonesia.

Click here for the announcement.

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East Asianists and the Job Market

Mon, June 10th

East Asianists and the Job Market 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. In our next meeting, three graduates of East Asian Studies (Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies) share their experiences on entering the job market and reflect on chances and risks. 

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Special Lecture: Doh Chull Shin

"Confucian Culture and Democratization in East Asia: Reassessing the Confucian Asian Values Debate"

Tuesday, June 11 2013, 16:15

Seminar room OAW (2I-O1-05), Hof 5, AAKH Campus

Doh Chull Shin is the Jack Peltason scholar in residence at the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine and Korea Foundation Chair and the Middlebush Chair at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Click here for the announcement.

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APPLY NOW: MA program East Asian Economy and Society

Admission to the MA program East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) is open now. These are the four core requirements at a glance:

  1. at least BA or BSc in ANY field of study
  2. proof of English proficiency
  3. motivation letter
  4. curriculum vitae

All documents MUST ARRIVE at the admission office until July 15h, 2013.

Click here for more information.

Click here to join the Facebook group for PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS.

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Call for Applications: External Lecturers

The Chair of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) at Vienna University is looking for external lecturers for courses of module 4 (refer to curriculum).We accept applications for winter term 2013/14 for example for courses with the following topics:


• Politics and/or Economy in Southeast Asia
• Religion in East Asia
• Popular Culture in East Asia
• Development in East Asia

Application deadline: May 31st, 2013

We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

Click here for more information.

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Special Lecture: Gavan McCormack

"Disputed Territories: China, Japan, and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands"

Monday, May 13 2013, 6:00pm
Japanese Studies Department, Seminarroom 1 (JAP 1)
University Campus, Court 2, Entrance 2.4

This lecture looks at the evolution of the “Senkaku/Diaoyu problem” in the frame of Japan-China and US-Japan relations, considering the conflicting readings of the historical record, the relevant principles of international law, academic, media and civic constructions of the dispute, the US stake, the Okinawan stake, and the various formula that have been proposed to resolve it.

Gavan McCormack is emeritus professor in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.

Click here for the announcement.

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Prof. Frank on ARD's Programme "Beckmann" (in German)

Prof. Frank participated in the Round Table discussion "Beckmann" on the German TV Channel ARD on Thursday, April 11, at 10:45pm. The discussion will focused on North Korea's current threats and Kim Jong Un's intentions. The possibility of a war in East Asia as well as the current situation in the country were open for debate. 

Click here for the announcement.

Click here for the video.

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Special Lecture: Ambassador IWATANI Shigeo

"Diplomats - What do they do?"

Thursday, April 18 2013, 6:30pm
Japanese Studies Department, Seminarroom 1 (JAP 1)
University Campus, Court 2, Entrance 2.4

In the lecture H.E. Ambassador Iwatani will share experiences from his 40-year career in the field in order to explain what the job of a diplomat entails. The experiences are naturally limited to the realm of Japanese diplomacy but he believes that the essence of his experience is applicable to diplomats of any other country including Austria.

Click here for the announcement.

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East Asianists and the Job Market

Mon, April 15th

East Asianists and the Job Market 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. In our next meeting, three graduates of East Asian Studies (Japanese Studies and Chinese Studies) share their experiences on entering the job market and reflect on chances and risks. 


Please register via stephan.si-hwan.park@univie.ac.at. The number of participants is limited.

Event Announcement

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Why now is a good time for economic engagement of North Korea

Prof. Frank contributed an article to The Asia-Pacific Journal on April 8th, 2013, on engaging North Korea economically.

Full article

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What is behind North Korea's threats? - ZDF interview with Prof. Rudiger Frank.

Prof. Frank comments on the motives behind North Korea's threats. (April 1st, 2013).

YouTube

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NEW PUBLICATION: Korea and East Asia in a changing regional and global environment

This conference volume captures and analyzes the role of Korea and East Asia in a changing economic and security environment. (editors: Heung Ching Kim, Sung-Hoon Park, and Rudiger Frank).

East Asia has obviously become a focal point of international politics as well as one of the major engines of the world economy. In cultural terms the East Asian region is experiencing its own renaissance. Due to the geographically and culturally central position of Korea and the two different systems that have been established on the peninsula, looking at Korea is among the best ways to understand the East Asian region and its economic, political and social developments.

Conference Site

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Interview with Prof. Frank on North Korea canceling the Non-Aggression Pact (in German)

Prof. Frank comments on North Korea canceling the Non-Aggression Pact with South Korea on Austria's evening news ZIB 24 (Mar 8, 2013).

YouTube

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Career Mentoring and Business Education for young academics

Research assistant and PhD candidate Stephan Si-Hwan PARK launched in February 2013 the Online School for UNconventional Academics.

The Center for Doctoral Studies at the University of Vienna interviewed him about the idea behind http://howtobecomeaprofessor.com. Click here to read the full interview (German).

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Job Announcement

Junior Research Group Leaders

(incl. one position in experimental economics)
(full-time postdoc positions; Entgeltgruppe 14 TV-L)

The Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen will establish a new School of Advanced Studies on Innovation in East Asia by establishing Junior Research Groups starting April 1, 2013 – pending final approval of funding by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Read more...

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Second Registration Phase for Courses now open

The Second Registration Phase for EcoS courses is now open until March 11,  10 am on the UNIVIS system. Only the following courses that still have free places available are open for registration:

  • VU History of East Asia
  • VU Creative Class and Tolerance in East Asia
  • SE Political Systems in East Asia (Group 2)
  • SE Research Seminar and Monitoring Class for the Master's and PhD Thesis

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Ostasientag 2013 (in German)

7 young East Asianists will present their final theses at the Department of East Asian Studies on Monday, March 11, 3 pm to 6:30 pm in the C2 lecture hall. This event is recommended for all EcoS students as a preparation for writing their master thesis. Click here for the program.

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Video of the Round-Table Discussion: “Teaching in English? Preconditions, Problems, Advantages“

Prof. Rüdiger Frank participated in the round table discussion “Teaching in English? Preconditions, Problems, Advantages“ which was part of the friday lecture series "Internationalization 'at Home'". The discussion took place on January 25, 2013, and was organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning/CTL in cooperation with the OeAD - Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research. 

Friday Lectures

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ORF Interview on the Unification Movement with Dr. Lukas Pokorny (in German)

Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Movement who died last year, had announced the so-called Foundation Day for February 22nd, 2013. In this article, Dr. Lukas Pokorny, Bruce Fellowship Lecturer from the University of Aberdeen, explains the religious foundations of the Unification Movement. Click here to read the full article.

 

 

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REMINDER: Info meeting on course registration

We kindly invite you to our Info meeting on course registration on Monday, February 25, 6pm in seminar room OAW. You can find this event also on Facebook.

This info meeting aims at answering open questions regarding our course offer, registration process and registration system. It is open for all EcoS students, but especially recommended for new EcoS students. Please also read our EcoS guideline for new Ecos students.

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The Economist on North Korea's changing society with comments by Prof. Frank

Some remarks from Prof. Frank were cited in an article by The Economist on societal changes in North Korea. 

Read more...

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Interview with Prof Rüdiger Frank on North Korea's recent nuclear test (in German)

 

Prof Rüdiger Frank was interviewed by the Austrian daily newspaper Wiener Zeitung on North Korea's intentions behind the recent nuclear test.

Read more...

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Prof. Frank on North Korea's nuclear test (in German)

Prof. Frank comments on North Korea's most recent nuclear test on Austria's evening news ZIB 2 (Feb 12, 2013).

YouTube

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Info meeting on course registration for all EcoS students

The Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and its Student Representatives kindly invite you to a Info meeting on course registration on Monday, February 25, 6pm in seminar room OAW. This info meeting aims at answering open questions regarding our course offer, registration process and registration system. It is open for all EcoS students, but especially recommended for new EcoS students. Please also read our EcoS guideline for new Ecos students.

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Information for NEW students is now available!

You can find everything about how to plan the first term, how to enroll in classes and more on our guideline for new EcoS Students here. Please note, information provided in the guideline is subject to change.  

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Information for prospective students on registration, now available!

We provide important information for prospective students on registration for our Master's program here. Please note, the deadline for online registration is February 5th. 

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Lecture "Intercultural Negotiation Patterns": Second Exam date out now!

The second exam for the M4 lecture 'Intercultural Negotiation Patterns' (Ronald Mitterhofer) will take place on March 1, 1:15pm in Seminar Room Jap 1, University Campus (Japanologie Seminarraum 1). You can register for the exam between February 15 (9am) and February 28 (12pm) via univis.

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Lecture "Intercultural Negotiation Patterns": Exam date out now!

The exam for the M4 lecture 'Intercultural Negotiation Patterns' (Ronald Mitterhofer) will take place on January 25, 1:15pm at Lecture Hall 32, University Main Buidling (Hörsaal 32). You can register for the exam between January 16 (10am) and January 24 (4pm) via univis.

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Lecture on popular sovereignty in Thailand

The Institute of International Development holds a lecture on popular souvereignty in Thailand.

Place: Seminar room IE, Department of African Studies, Hof 5

Time: January 23, 4pm

Lecturer: Ralph Guth (project staff at the Institute of International Development)

Language: German

more information

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Seminar "Transforming Taiwan: Social, political and cultural aspects" offered at our Department

The Department of East Asian Studies - Sinology together with Changjung Christian University, Tainan County, Taiwan will hold a master-level seminar in summer semester 2013. This seminar is eligible for EcoS module M4 (in the section 'additional courses / 4 ECTS').


Please find additional information on the seminar here

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Visiting Professors from Taiwan at our Department

The Department of East Asian Studies is proud to announce that there will be two guest professors from Taiwan teaching at our Department.

Prof Carol Yeh-Yun LIN (Changjung Christian University in Tainan) in February 2013

and Prof YEN Liang-Kung (National Chengchi University in Taipeh) in May 2013


Both professors will participate in Taiwan-related seminars (in Chinese and English). The seminars are open for EcoS students and can be used for the module M4. More information on the seminars will be issued in due time. 

Furthermore, both professors will hold special lectures. Please see the annoncements (Prof Lin // Prof Yen) for more information.

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Interview with Prof Rüdiger Frank on reports of 'radical reforms' in North Korea (in German)

Prof Rüdiger Frank was interviewed by the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard on the reliability of western media reports concerning 'radical reforms' in North Korea. 

Read more...

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Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 3 is NOW AVAILABLE!

The third volume of our publication Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies (editors: Rüdiger Frank, Ingrid Getreuer-Kargl, Lukas Pokorny and Agnes Schick-Chen) is now available! This volume contains articles by Elisabeth Gumpenberger, Marco Akira Klebel, Josef Falko Loher, Stephan Si-Hwan Park, Julia Ritirc and Marco Sostero.

The Vienna 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.

Overview and Abstracts // Contributors // Editing Team // Purchase at Praesens Verlag 

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Round-Table Discussion: “Teaching in English? Preconditions, Problems, Advantages“

Prof Rüdiger Frank will participate in the round table discussion “Teaching in English? Preconditions, Problems, Advantages“ which is part of the friday lecture series "Internationalization 'at Home'". The discussion will take place on January 25, 2013, between 1pm and 2:30pm at the OeAD lecture hall (ground floor), Ebendorferstraße 7, 1010 Vienna 

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