IZO Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN)

About the Network

The IZO has long been committed to supporting early career researchers (ECR) in their personal development, e.g. by funding research trips, participation in academic conferences, or supporting publications. The IZO Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) was Created in 2021 by the centre's Academic Coordinator, Bertram Lang, as an additional offer for young researchers, both in terms of personal exchanges and tailored support.

  • Networking and horizontal exchanges: While our research areas may be very different, we all share an interest in East and Southeast Asian societies, languages and cultures. IZO-ECR creates a platform for informal exchanges with peers studying (South)East Asia from different angles, to find like-minded people at the university who you have never met before, or to suggest social activities as this is becoming possible again.
  • Exclusive Workshops: Whenever we have interesting guest lecturers or visiting professors with a strong East or Southeast Asia profile in Frankfurt, we seek to organise a special side event with them for personal exchanges with members of the IZO-ECR network. This is a great opportunity both to get first-hand insights from experienced researchers beyond the usual public talks and of course to strengthen your own academic networks. 
  • Special funding opportunities for joint projects: In addition to IZO's early career fund for individual researchers, the IZO board also accepts funding proposals for joint activities by at least two members of the IZO-ECR network. This can be for co-organised panels at conferences, or exploratory research for prospective third-party funding applications.
  • Organisational support and funding for your own ideas: The network is not organised top-down but developed based on members' own ideas and initiatives. We are happy to take up your ideas and promote them vis-à-vis the IZO board!

Joining the Network

As a member of IZO, you can signal your interest in joining the network to the Academic Coordinator along with a brief profile, including:

  • Full name and title/position
  • 2-3 sentence short bio
  • Portrait photo (web quality)
  • Link to your university or personal website (English/German), if available

Events of the ECR Network

Regular Network Meetings on Campus

Since the 2021/22 winter semester, we have been organising regular informal meetings to exchange ideas concerning our research and teaching activities as well as to plan new network activities.

All ECRN members are also invited to present their own projects or project ideas at these working lunches and to receive inspiring feedback from people with other professional backgrounds and regional focus areas. Joint ideas can be further developed into project applications within the framework of the IZO's ECRN Fund.


Background Discussion with Prof. Barry Naughton (UCSD) at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, 29 October 2021

On November 29, 2021, Prof. Barry Naughton, Chair of China's International Relations at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy & Strategy, was a guest at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften in Bad Homburg for two IZO events. Under the title "China Summer 2021: From Industrial Policy to Comprehensive Steerage?" Naughton discussed the wave of far-reaching regulatory measures and sweeping economic policy reforms launched by the Chinese Communist Party leadership in recent months.

Following a discussion with IZO researchers and external guests, Prof. Naughton answered questions from young researchers from the newly founded IZO Early Career Researcher Network in the afternoon. The interest in the informal exchange with the renowned China scholar was huge and the discussions both about the content of Naughton's research and about the future prospects of research in and with China could have lasted far longer than the planned three hours.

We would like to thank Barry Naughton for the inspiring exchange and look forward to further ECR network events in the coming months!

Members of the ECR Network

Ah-Hyun Angela Lee

PhD student in Korean Studies


Athanasios Fragkandreas

Economics: Innovation and Inequality, Methodology of the Social Sciences

Bertram Lang, M.A.

Academic Coordinator
(IZO and CEDITRAA)

Casandra Chistinean, M. A.

PhD student in the CEDITRAA project. M.A. in Modern East Asian Studies and International Peace and Conflict Studies

Chin-fing (William) NG

PhD student in Sinology at Goethe-University Frankfurt

Christopher Bracks

Scientific staff at South East Asian Studies

Felix Dröll

PhD student in Japanese Law (Prof. Moritz Bälz)


Fei Wang

Machine Learning specialist at the Chair for the Study of Economic Institutions, Innovation and East Asian Development (Prof. Storz)

Hong Jiang

PhD student working on Chinese economic history (Prof. Bertram Scheffold)


Jian Long, M.A.

Chinese literary and cultural research, gender studies, journalist for Chinese-language media

Johannes Petry, PhD

Postdoc in Political economy, focus on China's economic rise and relationship to the global financial system 

Kris Ramlan

PhD student and lecturer in Southeast Asian Studies, researches transcultural encounters

Marion Wambold

Scientific staff at Korean Studies


Marlene Herz

PhD student in innovation cconomics, focus on innovation systems in China and the European Union

Dr. des. Mirjam Tröster

MEAS Coordinator
CEDITRAA project on Taiwan

Mohammad Rokib

PhD student in Southeast Asian Studies


Dr. Na Zou

Postdoc in innovation economics. Her research interests lie in the areas of entrepreneurship and business innovation

Nuryatul Lailiyah

PhD student in Southeast Asian Studies at Goethe University and lecturer at Diponegoro University Indonesia, focus: "Social Media and Islamic Preachers in Indonesia"

Dr. Ruth Achenbach

Project Leader QuaMaFA

Silvia Mayasari-Hoffert

Researcher and lecturer in Southeast Asian Studies, researches the role of literature and culture, power relations, identity, postcolonialism and (new) media in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia

Swantje Heiser-Cahyono

PhD student in Southeast Asian Studies (Prof. Arndt Graf)

Tim Jablonski

M.A. in „China Language and Economy“ (University Würzburg) and BSc in Economics. Currently doing research on economic development in the past and current industrial policy in China


Wenjing Han

PhD student in Sinology, researches German-Chinese translation theory and practice, Chinese-Western transculturality, translation and reception of "Liaozhai zhi yi" in the West.

Yifan Dai, M.A.

MEAS graduate, doing her doctorate on the topic "Dressing the Nation: Fashion Politics in Modern China". Research focuses on Sinophone fashion classicism, nationalism, ethnography and material culture

Contact

IZO Coordinator:

Bertram Lang
Senckenberganlage 31, Juridicum R. 814, PO 20
D-60325 Frankfurt/Main
Tel. +49 (0) 69-798-23284, email: izo[at]uni-frankfurt.de

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

Mirjam Tröster

Senckenberganlage 31, Juridicum R. 719, PO 75
D-60325 Frankfurt/Main

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


Student Assistant:

Fabio Niepel, niepel[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de

Image Credits (from top to bottom.): Bertram Lang