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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 contemporary East Asia from the perspective of social sciences in both research and teaching. CEAS was established in 2006 but the minor programme in East Asian Studies has been offered since 1998.

CEAS has research and teaching 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 (minor, master's and doctoral level) and also coordinates the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies (Asianet).

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Asian Studies Days, "Science policies in Asia", 27-28 November 2019

The focus of the 2019 Asian Studies Days held at CEAS is on "Science Policy in Asia".

Finland and Japan in the Changing World, 27 August 2019

The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan. The seminar Finland and Japan in the Changing World celebrates the occasion by bringing together specialists from different fields to discuss both the shared historical experiences and the future challenges that the two different yet in many ways similar countries encounter in the contemporary world. The seminar is organized by the Centre for East Asian Studies and the Unit of Contemporary History, University of Turku, and supported by the Toshiba International Foundation and the Hokkaido University Europe Office in Helsinki.

Read more about the seminar here.

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.