Welcome to the Department of East Asian Studies, the academic heart of East Asian Studies in the University of Cambridge. The department is home to an international faculty of scholars and teachers engaged in the study of China, Japan and Korea. We offer full subject undergraduate and graduate courses in Chinese and Japanese. Supported by world-class library holdings we strive to accomplish the highest achievements in undergraduate education and research on the languages, literatures, religions, history and politics of East Asian societies past and present.
A course in Korean language will be run throughout the year (two hours per week). No previous knowledge is assumed. For further details, please see the Korean Language Classes page.
For information on research projects currently being undertaken by members of staff, please see the research projects page.
Dr John Swenson-Wright took part in a panel discussion which formed part of the seminar series on development in the 21st century led by Helen Clark, (Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of the United Nations Development Group; former Prime Minister of New Zealand) who holds the Humanitas 2012 Visiting Professorship in Statecraft and Diplomacy.
Professor Philip Kuhn (Francis Lee Higinson Professor of History and East Asian Langauges and Civilizations at Harvard University) visited the Faculty on Wednesday, 7th March, 2012 and gave a lecture in the Department's China Research Seminar Series.
His lecture pointed out important continuities in relations between business and officialdom from the seventeenth century to reform China and how this can shed light on our understanding of Chinese cultures of migration. The event attracted a large and appreciative audience not just from Cambridge but from across England. The audience listened in hushed silence as Professor Kuhn provided a master class in historical analysis.
The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge is pleased to announce the establishment of the Kim Dae-Jung Memorial Lecture in Korean Studies.
The inaugural Kim Dae-Jung Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Moon Chung-in of the Department of Political Science at Yonsei University.
Dr Barak Kushner and Dr John Swenson-Wright hosted a conference at the Faculty in December, 2010 as part of the British Academy funded workshop "Regional and National Identities in the Cold War in East Asia: the integration of East Asian and Western Perspectives (1945-1991).
The Philip Leverhulme Prizes, with a value of £70,000 each, are awarded annually to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and where the expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come.
Dr Julia Lovell, a former student and Affiliated Lecturer of Chinese Studies at the Faculty who is now with the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London, was among the prizewinners for 2010. Her prize was awarded in the Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History category for her work on Modern Chinese History.
John Swenson-Wright, University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Politics and International Relations, spoke on the BBC Radio 4's Today program on Tuesday, 23rd November, 2010 in response to the North Korean exhange of fire with South Korea.
Saturday, 20th November, 2010 from 9:30am to 6:00pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Speakers include Dr Mark Morris, University of Cambridge
Booking Fee £10 - Advanced registration essential. For details see: baks.org.uk
Dr Barak Kushner was recently invited to Pennsylvania State University in the USA to give two talks. One of these talks, "The Devil Inside: the image of Japan in 20th century Chinese humor", was delivered on Monday, 25th October, 2010. Penn State recorded it and it can be viewed (a bit muffled unfortunately and preceded by an advertisement) at the address below:
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