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Centre for East Asian Studies CEAS

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.

The Centre has research expertise especially in politics, sociology and contemporary history of the region. CEAS offers three different study programmes and coordinates the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies (Asianet).

News and Events

Application for the Master's Programme in east Asian studies is open 3 December 2018 - 31 January 2019

See the instructions here:  Application for the Master's Programme in East Asian studies is open 3 December 2018 - 31 January 2019

EAST Programme in UTU Master's portal


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.

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 .

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