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Centre for East Asian Studies CEAS

The Centre for East Asian Studies, CEAS, is the only academic research centre in Finland that focuses on researching East Asian contemporary societies from the perspective of social sciences.

CEAS has research expertise especially in politics, sociology and contemporary history of the region with a focus on China, South Korea, North Korea and Japan. CEAS offers three different study programmes and also coordinates the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies (Asianet).

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NAJS 2019: Naming an Era, 23-24 May 2019 

The Fifteenth Conference of the Nordic Association for the Study of Contemporary Japanese Society (NAJS), 23-24 May, 2019, CEAS, Turku, Finland.

Read more about NAJS 2019 .

Nordic Korean Studies Days in Copenhagen, 11-15 March 2019

The Nordic Korean Studies Days (NKSD) is a five-day intensive Korean Studies course with lectures on topics including (pseudo)historiography, ghost stories, changing dynamics in family as well as politics in South and North Korea. It aims at bringing together students with an interest in Korea and teaching faculty of Nordic universities. The NKSD is generously supported by the Korea Foundation. Participation in the course, together with the required readings and a final presentation and a written research essay will be equivalent to 5 credits.

Students from outside of Denmark will be hosted by students of Copenhagen University ( and transportation to Copenhagen will be provided.

How to apply: 

Deadline for applications: 10 January 2019

Send a motivation letter (Word file) by e-mail to Sabine Burghart (sabine.burghart[at] and include the following:

1) Year of study, experience of Korean and other Asian Studies courses; experience of Korean language.
2) A statement detailing your motivation for participation (300-500 words) and potential ideas for a research topic, ideally your Master's thesis topic.

Application period for Master's Programme in East Asian studies has ended

The admission decisions will be published here on the 29th of March 2019. Next application will be open in December 2019 - January 2020.

EAST Programme in UTU Master's portal


Robot and AI ethics: Dialogue between Europe and East Asia, 22 November 2018

East Asian countries are among the most advanced in the utilization of robots and the development of AI. Robots are already deeply embedded in the Japanese society, South Korea's industry is the most robotized in the world, and China aims to become an AI super power by 2030. Scholars and practitioners from East Asia and Europe are going to discuss questions of robot and AI ethics and the future of human-robot relationships

Korea at the Crossroads, 1 November 2018

This international workshop discusses the regional economic integration of the two Koreas, the impact of the US-China trade conflict on the Korean peninsula, the challenges and prospects concerning the transition from a chaebol-driven to a SME-driven economy in South Korea as well as the economic transformation in North Korea.

China and the “Wider” Eastern Europe, 11-12 October 2018

China’s increasing activity and prominence in Eastern Europe raises the need to examine the impact of China on the politics, economics, and culture of the wider geographical area that ranges broadly from Greece to Finland and from the Balkans to Russia. Particularly, we are interested in how Chinese movement of people, ideas, and investments affect multiple levels of the area. The conference is organized by CEAS in co-operation with the University of Helsinki and the Confucius Institute of the University of Helsinki.