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6th Social Sciences Korean Studies European Network' (SoKEN)

The 6th Social Sciences Korean Studies European Network' (SoKEN) will take place on 10-11 November 2023 in Frankfurt. 

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Korean Studies Guest Lecture Series - winter semester 2023/24

We invite all interested parties to attend the guest lectures by international scholars organised by Korean Studies in the winter semester 23/24.

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The IZO ECRN Workshop on "Asia and the liberal global financial system: contestation, compliance or cooptation?" took place on 30 August/1 September 2023 

The ECRN workshop "Asia and the liberal global financial system: contestation, compliance or cooptation?" took place on 30 August/1 September 2023 

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TIE Conference 2023 on 21/22 September 2023

The TIE Conference 2023 will be held between 21-22 September 2023

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IZO successfully organised the Second Asia Forum in Frankfurt on 6/7 July 2023

The second Asia Forum organised by IZO took place on 6/7 July 2023. 

Lecture Series

Lecture Series in the Summer Semester 2021

China on the way to becoming the leading economic power: Sinological and economic perspectives.

China is today the second economic power in the world. Its rise to the top seems unstoppable, and last year President Xi Jinping redefined the growth targets so that China now aims to become a “fully developed and innovative” economic power by the year 2035. Both the successes and difficulties of the Chinese economy have a direct impact on the global economy. This development is also leading to a shift in the global balance of power. In 2019 the German Minister for Economic Affairs, Altmaier, presented an industrial strategy which was meant to strengthen German and European competitiveness vis-à-vis China, but it appeared rather inadequate since it sought to reach this goal mainly by copying Chinese methods.

For many years now German companies have done excellent business in China. However, knowledge about China’s economic development and about China in general is appallingly limited, not only among the wider public but also in business, political and academic circles. No doubt one reason for this is the Eurocentric perspective which still prevails, but  it is equally deplorable that the slow-moving academic system delays or ignores necessary changes and adaptations. This is reprehensible and indeed reckless, given the fact that developments in China will have an ever more noticeable impact on the situation in Europe and on individual lives. This is true with regard to Chinese economic dominance, which is repeatedly painted as a threat, or with regard to China’s successful handling of the Corona pandemic, but it also holds true if a crisis in China’s political or economic system were to occur, which always remains a possibility.

The lectures in this series will be given by renowned experts. They are linked by a common subject but they can also be appreciated as freestanding talks. The aim in each case is to elucidate aspects that are of great importance but have until now been largely neglected by the general public. Thus the purpose of this series of lectures is to present on the one hand a wider picture of China’s economic development in its historical context, but also to address specific issues and to offer, to the extent that this is possible, an assessment of future developments. It will become apparent that the Chinese economy is to be considered not only in its relation to the global economy, as a market, a competitor and an innovator; it also has significance in itself and is subject to inner-Chinese policies and dynamics which are rarely perceived in the West.

15 July 2021
Prof. Matthias Niedenfür (University of Tübingen)
Lecture: Confucianist entrepreneurs – Cultural capital as a key to success ?
Time : 6.15 pm (Hybrid event Foschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften Bad Homburg/Zoom)
Guest lecture as part of the lecture series “China on the way to becoming the leading economic power: Sinological and economic perspectives". For further information on the lecture series and on registration go to

This lecture will be held as a hybrid event at  Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften in Bad Homburg. Following the lecture the IZO will host an open-air reception (under cover). In compliance with current Corona regulations it is necessary to register by email prior to this event but not later than 14 July, stating name and first name, phone number and address. On the day, you have to present a certificate that you are fully vaccinated, have fully recovered from an infection or have tested negative within the last 24 hours.   Alternatively, you can follow the lecture on Zoom.

1 July 2021
Jörg Wuttke (European Union Chamber of Commerce in China)
Lecture: China's economy and the outside world: an enigma inside a conundrum, concealed in a mystery
Time: 12.15 pm (via Zoom)

24 June 2021
Prof. Barry Naughton (University of California, San Diego)
Lecture: The New State Steerage in China (in English)
Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

17 June 2021
Prof. Justin Yifu Lin (University of Beijing)
Lecture: China's Rejuvenation: its Likelihood and Impacts (in English)
Time: 12.15 pm (via Zoom)

10 June 2021
Prof. Isabella Weber (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Lecture: The struggle for China's economic reforms: historical roots of a new economic system
Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

27 May 2021
Prof. Doris Fischer (University of Würzburg)
Lecturer: China's industrial and innovation policies: genie or illusory giant?
Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

20 May 2021
Prof. Elisabeth Köll (University of Notre Dame)
Lecture: The role of the railway in China's economic development: from steam locomotion to high-speed travel
Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

29 April 2021
Prof. Andrea Bréard (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Lecture: Economics and the art of large numbers. How reliable are China's statistics?
Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

22 April 2021
Bertram Schefold in conversation with Michael Lackner and Iwo Amelung (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Goethe University Frankfurt)
Lecture: China : History, culture and economy – a panel discussion
Tme: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

Winter Semester 2020/21

Canonisation Processes in East Asia

The lecture series set a new thematic focus at the IZO in the winter semester 2020/21. Processes of canonisation in East Asian societies as well as regional and national interactions and the associated interaction dynamics are also the focus of a joint application project by IZO researchers led by Managing Director Prof. Amelung.

In this lecture series, which was held virtually due to the pandemic, researchers from Germany, Norway and the USA presented research contributions on canonization processes in East Asia to an interested audience.

25 January 2021

Prof. Björn Ahl (University of Cologne)

Guest lecture: The guideline rulings of the Chinese Supreme People’s Court

Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

18 January 2021

Prof. Michel Hockx (University of Notre Dame)

Guest lecture: Cultural Canon Creation in Xi's China

Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

13 January 2012

Prof. Xiaofei Tian (Harvard University)

Guest lecture: “A Certain Quality of Feeling": Nie Gannu's Classical-Style Poetry in Socialist China 

Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

7 December 2020

Dr Martina Wernli (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Guest lecture: Towards a counter-canon? Counting and gendered language in the social media (views from German literary studies)

Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

23 November 2020

Prof. Glen W. Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa/University of Chicago)

Guest lecture: What is a Classic Text?

Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

16 November 2020

Prof. Terje Stordalen (University of Oslo)

Guest lecture: Canons and the Production of Authority: A Comparative Perspective

Time: 6.15 pm (via Zoom)

Summer Semester 2020

The Korean Peninsula: The Past and The Present

In accordance with the central concept “Global East Asia – Past and Present” IZO organized during the summer semester 2020 a series of guest lectures entitled “The Korean Peninsula: Past and Present”. From an interdisciplinary perspective and with a view to the past and the present, these lectures looked at Korea’s increasing interdependence with the rest of the world, for instance in processes of globalization.

The lectures, which were open to students and a wider public, offered  a better understanding of Korea’s place in a globalized world, looking at developments from the Chosŏn era to the present. Experts from various fields with a common interest in Korea discussed links between the past and social and political dynamics in present-day Korea, including migration processes, cultural appropriations and literary transformations. 

EPEL online lecture series "The Korean Peninsula: The Past and Present"

09 July 2020

Dr. Codruţa Sîntionean (Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania)

Guest Lecture:     "Using the past to build a nation. Heritage management during the Park Chung Hee era"

Zeit:                   10:15 - 11:45 Uhr c.t.

Ort:                    Per Zoom (For the Zoom invitation link, please email Ms. Mikah Lee at:

02 July 2020

Dr. Eunju Hwang (Coventry University, UK)

Guest Lecture:     "Theme Museums and Cultural Appropriation in Korea"

Time:                     10:15 - 11:45 Uhr c.t.

Place:                    Per Zoom (For the Zoom invitation link, please email Ms. Mikah Lee at:

18 June 2020

Dr. Jin Heon Jun (Freie Universität Berlin)

Guest Lecture:      "German Reunification Lived Experiences of Korean Migrants"

Time:                     10:15 - 11:45 Uhr c.t.

Place:                    Per Zoom (For the Zoom invitation link, please email Ms. Mikah Lee at:

04 June 2020

Dr. Jihye Kim (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

Guest Lecture:     "North Korean Migration in the UK"

Time:                     10:15 - 11:45 Uhr c.t.

Place:                    Per Zoom (For the Zoom invitation link, please email Ms. Mikah Lee at:

28. May 2020

Dr. Birgit Geipel (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Guest Lecture:      "Shifting Spaces in Division Literature"

Time:                     10:15 - 11:45 Uhr c.t.

Place:                    Per Zoom (For the Zoom invitation link, please email Ms. Mikah Lee at:

All IZO Events Before 2020 Can be Found in Our

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IZO Coordinator:

Bertram Lang
Bockenheimer Landstr. 133, Neue Mensa R. 305, PO 20
D-60325 Frankfurt/Main
Tel. +49 (0) 69-798-23284, email: izo[at]

MEAS Coordinator (contact person for all study-related questions):

Mirjam Tröster

Rostocker Straße 2, SKW, 5th floor, room 05.B140
60323 Frankfurt/Main
Mailing address:

Sinology/MEAS, FB09 - Linguistics, Cultures, and Arts
Mirjam Tröster/SKW
60629 Frankfurt

Tel. +49 (0)69-798-28795, email: m.troester[at]

Student Assistants:

Matthew Kwan-ho Lee (IZO), E-Mail: k.lee[at]

John Droß, (IZO/MEAS), E-Mail: dross[at]

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