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The Faculty of East Asian Studies was founded in 1965 with the express objective of giving new impetus to research and teaching in the field. The Faculty's study programmes are designed to enable students to address the region comprehensively and across academic disciplines. The focus of both research and teaching is on China, Japan and Korea. Diverse methodological approaches are applied from the fields of history, literature, philology, philosophy, political science, linguistics, and economics.

Because sound language skills are vital for the academic study of East Asia, the Faculty provides comprehensive and in-depth tuition in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, whereby both modern and ancient language forms are taught.

Graduates from the Faculty of East Asian Studies have the linguistic, discipline-specific and cultural skills as well as the analytical capability that qualify them for a wide range of professional fields. Depending on their area of specialisation, our alumni are to be found in the business sector (corporations and banks), in cultural organisations (museums, the media), in education (high school, university, adult education), in institutions of scholarly exchange, in political organisations, the diplomatic service, and in international organisations.

Attached to the Faculty are the Richard Wilhelm Translation Centre, the Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature, and the Siebold Archive.



Das Ostasienwissenschaftliche Mittagsforum im WS19/20:

11. Dezember

BURDORF Suzanne (Gent): Phone Form - How Medieval Chinese Characters are (In)capable of Expressing Speech Sounds.

After the first development of the script in pre-imperial China, and attempts to standardise it in early imperial times, the majority of graphs remained relatively stable. However, the language environment in which the Chinese characters were used did evolve quite dramatically. Through medieval dictionaries, as well as phonetic substitutions found in Dunhuang manuscripts, this paper discusses the challenges faced by scribes using a script designed for a language of the distant past.

Das neu aktualisierte Programm finden Sie hier:
Informationen über die Programme früherer Mittagsforen finden Sie  hier:

Das Vorlesungsverzeichnis für das WS 19/20

finden Sie hier:

"Metropolitan Japan in Historical and Contemporary Perspective" - die Jahrestagung der Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung (VSJF) wird vom 8.-10. November an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum ausgerichtet.

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Research Unit Gratefully Acknowledges Grant for Taiwan Studies Project

Neues Taiwan-Lehrprojekt an der Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
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The new didactic project "A Teaching Program for History, Culture, and Languages of Taiwan" has been generously supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Education. In this program, scholars from the National Taichung University of Education will be invited to teach courses on the anthropology, social and economic history, linguistics and languages of Taiwan at the Faculty of East Asian Studies of Ruhr University Bochum.
The Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature coordinates the curriculum.
In the summer term 2019, we are expecting the anthropologist Dr. Cheng An-hsi 鄭安睎, who will teach the course
"Taiwan's ethnic groups between mountains and the sea:
anthropological explorations".

Neues China-Zentrum eröffnet
Zhongguo, der heutige Eigenname Chinas, bezeichnete ursprünglich die Länder und nicht das Reich der Mitte. Schon im Altertum gab es dort mehr als nur eine chinesische Kultur. Mit der Übernahme der chinesischen Schrift und der klassischen chinesischen Literatursprache in Japan, Korea und Vietnam verbreitete sich dieses vielfältige kulturelle Erbe in ganz Ostasien und wandelte sich dabei ständig weiter. Sein Einfluss reicht bis in die Gegenwart hinein und ist Gegenstand des Centers for the Study of Traditional Chinese Cultures, das am 12. Juli 2019 feierlich eröffnet wurde...

CSTCC: Konzept und Strategie des neuen Zentrums

Praktikumsbörse für eine fächerkombinierende Suche
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