4 December 2019 | AREA Ruhr Lecture series

Deliberative democracy in Japan against the backdrop of democratic challenges | Momoyo Hüstebeck Like other representative democracies, Japan has been facing a partial crisis of its political system. Democratic challenges have eroded democratic norms such as equality, representation, political accountability and legitimacy. The voter-turnouts for the last Lower House elections, for instance, have been at […]

09 December 2019 | guest lecture by Prof. Mark Mullins PhD

  Neo-Nationalism, Japanese Religions, and Restorationist Politics in Contemporary Japan | Prof. Mark Mullins PhD (University of Auckland)  Over the past half-century, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Association of Shintō Shrines (Jinja Honchō) have been engaged in collaborative efforts to “recover” or “restore” what was destroyed by the process of imperialist secularization during […]

6 Nov 2019 | Rhetoric and Evidence of Leadership Aspirations in East Asia:

On behalf of Sebastian Bersick (OAW) and Werner Pascha (IN-EAST), we cordially invite you to the Research Workshop on Rhetoric and Evidence of Leadership Aspirations in East Asia: Rhetoric and Evidence of Leadership Aspirations in East Asia: Immaterial as well as material sources of leadership and implications for regional governance patterns   VenueDuisburg, Building SG, […]

8 – 10 Nov 2019 | Annual Conference of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan

„Metropolitan Japan in Historical and Contemporary Perspective“ Annual Conference of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan at RUB (Ruhr University Bochum) You are cordially invited to the 2019 Annual Conference of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF) “Metropolitan Japan in Historical and Contemporary Perspective”. The conference will take place […]

Special journal issue on “East Asia and the EU – Partners in Global Economic Governance”

Edited by Sebastian Bersick and Werner Pascha of AREA Ruhr Professors Sebastian Bersick (Bochum) and Werner Pascha (Duisburg) have recently edited a special issue of the East Asian Community Review, a journal of Palgrave Macmillan with Professor Key-young Son of Korea University, Seoul, as editor-in-chief, on “East Asia and the EU – Partners in Global […]

18 – 24 Sep 2019 | Synopsis Tokyo Workshop

Synopsis of Tokyo Workshop “Research Design and Practice in Transnational Asian Studies”by Marc Paschke Area Ruhr’s interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Research Design and Practice in Transnational Asian Studies’ took place from September 18th – 24th 2019 in Tokyo. It was organized in cooperation with the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo. The workshop […]

19 July 2019 – AREA Ruhr Workshop „System Competition in East Asia“

AREA Workshop „System Competition in East Asia“ Friday, 19 July 2019 Location: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Mensa, Bistroebene, Room II Outline The workshop “System Competition in East Asia” will deal with competing political and institutional constellations, mainly from the 19th to the 21st century. Our group conceives of system competition as a process that takes place between […]

09 July 2019 – guest lecture by Prof. Detlef Nolte

You are invited to a guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte (GIGA – German Institute of Global and AREA studies) on „Overlapping Regionalism and the Venezuelan crisis (and the role of China)“. The lecture discusses the possible risks and potential benefits of overlapping intergovernmental regional organizations. Specifically, it studies the consequences of overlapping mandates […]