Guest Lecture Series

As part of the doctoral programme funded by by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR), in addition to the AREA Ruhr Occasional Lecture Series a separate series of guest lectures was conducted from 2019 to 2022, hosting a total of 13 researchers and their presentations on topics pertaining to Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia.


16 March 2022 | Prof. Caterina García Segura: Power shifts in the international system and transformations of the international order. China’s new normative role in global rule-making: the cybernorms

12 January 2022 | Andreas Eder-Ramsauer: Yamamoto Tarō and Reiwa Shinsengumi: Testing the Left-Wing Populist Hypothesis in Japan


22 June 2021 | Prof. Biao Xian: A way out or a way in? Social competition in China and transnational mobilities

15 June 2021 | Prof. Kirk Larsen: The false promise of membership in the “family of nations”: Diplomacy, treaties, legations, and Chosŏn Korea’s fall into colonial rule in the age of high imperialism.

09 February 2021 | Prof. Motokazu Matsutani: Tohoku Christians‘ Vision to Evangalize Korea – Oshikawa Masayoshi and his missionary interest in Korea

26 January 2021 | Dr. Anders Karlsson: Unequal inequality: The Great Ming Code and the construction of a Confucian penal system in Chosŏn Korea


02 July 2020 | Dr. Dr. Henrik Sørensen: Dunhuang as a sacred space – On the History and Formation of a Major Religious Site in the Eastern Central Asia

26 June 2020 | Prof. Tracy Miller: Creativity, Geometry, and Generative Design in the Architecture of Medieval Chinese Buddhism


09 July 2019 | Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte: Overlapping Regionalism and the Venezuelan Crisis (and the Role of China)

18 June 2019 | Prof. Dr. Martin de Jong: Urban and Infrastructure Development in China in an International Perspective

12 June 2019 | Prof. Dr. Jörn Dosch: Is Asia still Relevant for Theory Building in Social Sciences? The Developmental State, Soft Regionalism and other Concepts Revisited

28 May 2019 | Dr. Mark Pendleton: Gender, Sexuality and Historical Memory in Transnational Northeast Asia

09 December 2019 | Prof. Mark Mullins PhD: Neonationalism, Japanese Religions, and the Politics of Restoration