Publications

The IZO maintains two series of publications: the book series "Frankfurt East Asian Studies" (FEAS) published by Iudicium and its own freely available digital working paper series. In addition, the bilingual Annual Reports provide a comprehensive overview of activities of the IZO and its active members, including individual publications and lectures. Current research contributions from IZO participants can be found in the IZO Research category.

Frankfurt East Asian Studies (FEAS) Series

The series of Frankfurt East Asian Studies is jointly published by the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO) at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and Iudicium publishers. This book series promotes interdisciplinary research into the modern cultures and societies of East and Southeast Asia in their historical contexts. As the IZO's approach is an interdisciplinary one, the book series is open to a variety of research methods which include, but are not limited to, philological, historical and cultural methods as well as those of social sciences, jurisprudence and economics. Below is a list of books that have been published so far.

Swantje Heiser-Cahyono
Framing climate risk insurances in the Indonesian news print media
Frankfurt East Asian Studies Series 5


In the context of global climate change, climate risk insurances are generally highlighted as a key element of adaptation to and management of global climate risks. This research is concerned with Indonesia's approach to such insurances and discusses the country's motivation to implement a national climate risk insurance programme. By drawing on media theories on frames and framing and by using frame analysis, this study identifies six frames that the Indonesian government and/or Indonesian journalists apply with regard to interpreting climate risk insurances, and locates the results in the wider international discourse. In addition, the analysis of both governmental and journalistic frames also allows to assess the present relation between the government and the press, which looks back at a very specific interconnection due to Indonesia's socio-political history.  


2021 · ISBN 978-3-86205-380-3 · 96 pages, kt. · EUR 16,00

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Amelung, Iwo / Schreijäck, Thomas (eds.)

Religions and social change in China

Frankfurt East Asian Studies Series 2

In recent years the People's Republic of China has seen a dramatic revival of religiosity. Religious traditions that had been considered obsolete long since have sprung up again and new religious movements attract many followers. At the same time more and more worshippers flock to the Christian churches – not only to the officially recognized ones but also to non-institutionalized underground and private churches. 

The present volume, which is the outcome of a series of lectures at Goethe University Frankfurt organized by the teaching project “Intercultural Theology" and the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies, is devoted to this phenomenon and attempts to draw some systematic conclusions. Great care is taken to view the present developments in a historical perspective, which is essential for an understanding of religion and social change in present-day China.


2012 • ISBN 978-3-86205-383-4 • 168 pages, kt. •  EUR 25,50

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Labahn, Marius (ed.)
Südostasien in der Außenpolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland - Eine Analyse der deutschen Außenpolitik gegenüber Staaten Südostasiens unter Anwendung des liberalen Handelsstaatsmodells
Frankfurt East Asian Studies Series 3

German news reports about Asia are mainly concerned with the economic rise of China and increasingly that of India. By contrast, the German public takes hardly any notice of the countries of Southeast Asia, except as exotic holiday destinations. Yet these countries, overshadowed by China and India, have also made remarkable progress in recent years. In a two-step analysis the present volume looks at German foreign policy towards Southeast Asia, China, India and certain states in Southeast Asia and seeks to determine the importance that German foreign policy attributes to Southeast Asia. The inquiry is based on the model of the liberal trading state, developed in foreign policy theory and applied in international relations, whereby a country's foreign policy is a form of pursuing domestic (economic) interests.

2013 • ISBN 978-3-86205-382-7• 144 pages, kt. • EUR 23,00

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Großmann, Eike / Tröster, Mirjam (Hg.)
Society, theatre and criticism – Current issues on the stages of Japan, China and Taiwan
Frankfurt East Asian Studies Series 4

This volume attempts for the first time to identify possible clusters of issues in contemporary sociocritical theatre. The contributions deal with productions and performances mainly from the period between 2000 and 2010. The common element in all of these papers is the fact that the productions are concerned with the human situation in times of globalization and its concomitant uncertainties. They ask questions about how dramatic productions in various regions approach the present social and political situations and their historical origins, and how they are translated into dramatic action. While the individual productions will differ, frequently influenced as they are by what is permissible or tolerated in their respective countries, it is possible to identify common tendencies. 

2014 • ISBN 978-3-86205-381-0

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Frankfurt Working Papers on East Asia

In the series published by the IZO itself, promising research work on East Asia that has not yet been published elsewhere is presented and put up for discussion at irregular intervals. Submissions for contributions to the series can be made by IZO members or at the suggestion of the IZO board of directors. A limited number of printed copies can be made available upon request. 

Qingbo Zhang


Das chinesische Eingabensystem in seinem gesellschaftlichen Kontext


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Jean-Baptiste Pettier


Who is the Weak? A Critical Examination of the Construction of 'Weak' and 'Strong' Interests from the Case of Dog Protection in Chinese Society


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Bengt Schwemann


Japans Beitritt zum Haager Übereinkommen über die zivilrechtlichen Aspekte internationaler Kindesentführung


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Marlen Heislitz


»Begrünung der Betonwüste« - Institutionelle und private Strategien des Urban Gardenings in der Metropole Tōkyō


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Heike Holbig

Regionen als Prozesse - Asienbezogene Area Studies an den Schnittstellen kultur- und sozialwissenschaftlicher Selbstreflexion

Daniela Lackner and Susan McEwen-Fial

From Resource Advantage to Economic Superiority: Development and Implications of China's Rare Earth Policy

Thomas Feldhoff

Japan's Quest for Energy Security - Risks and Opportunities in a Changing Geopolitical Landscape


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Cornelia Storz and Werner Pascha

Japan's silver market: Creating a new industry under uncertainty


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Susanne Rühle

A different Capitalism? Guanxi-Capitalism and the Importance of Family in Modern China


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Cornelia Storz

The emergence of new industries between path dependency and path plasticity: The case of Japan's software and biotechnology industry

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Holger Warnk

Searching for Seeds to Rest in Libraries: European Collecting Habits towards Malay Books and Manuscripts in the Nineteenth Century


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​IZO Annual Reports

The IZO also publishes extensive activity reports in German and English on an annual basis, which provide an overview of the publications and activities of the Centre and its active members. Here you will find the current Annual Report for the year 2020/2021 as well as all activity reports of the past years for download.

Annual Report 2020/21

Dear Members, Friends and Sponsors of the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In spite of what we had hoped for last summer when the previous activity report was written, 2020/2021 turned out to be another highly unusual academic year. Like almost everywhere in the country, teaching at our University including the IZO took place largely virtually. Given that this Centre depends essentially on its exchange with partners in East Asia and on contacts with academics locally or at conferences, the situation was just that little bit more complicated for us.

We have made every effort to keep teaching and research going as far as possible. Last winter semester the IZO organised a series of lectures dealing with questions about the literary canon and canon formation. During this summer semester we managed to stage another series of lectures, which were originally to have taken place in the summer of 2020. These lectures on the subject of “China on the way to becoming a leading economic power: views from Chinese Studies and Economics” were delivered under the auspices of the visiting professorship funded by Deutsche Bank. In the main they were held virtually. To our delight these lectures met with great interest and we are extremely pleased that each one of them, given by high-ranking specialists, sparked lively discussions among a world-wide audience. In this context it became evident once again how important the Chinese economy is for an understanding of the situation in East Asia and of an interacti- on with the West.

Download the report here

Archive of the Annual Reports:

IZO Annual Report from 2014 – 2015, Downloadlink

IZO Annual Report from 2013 – 2014, Downloadlink

IZO Annual Report from 2012 – 2013, Downloadlink

IZO Annual Report from 2011 – 2012, Downloadlink

IZO Annual Report from 2010 – 2011, Downloadlink

IZO Annual Report from 2009 – 2010, Downloadlink

IZO Annual Report from 2008 – 2009, Downloadlink

IZO Annual Report from 2007 – 2008, Downloadlink

IZO Annual Report from 2006 – 2007, Downloadlink

IZO Annual Report from 2005 – 2006, Downloadlink


IZO Statute

You can download the center regulations for the IZO in accordance with the Executive Committee decision of July 18, 2017 and the Senate referral of April 18, 2018 here: 

IZO Statute.pdf

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

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