Lauri Paltemaa

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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Application period 2020: Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies

The application period will be 8 January to 22 January 2020.

EAST Programme in UTU Master's portal

For a brief overview of the master's degree programme in East Asian Studies (EAST) check out the CEAS EAST brochure, or for more information and course descriptions please refer to the CEAS Study Guide.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Japanese speech event for UTU students, 28 Feb 2020

CEAS invites all UTU Japanese language students to participate in the 2020 Japanese Speech event on 28 February.

This event will be held for students of Turku University (including exchange students) at all levels from beginners to (upper-)intermediate and advanced, and is a great opportunity of showing your achievements in Japanese language learning and listening to your fellow students' speeches. The deadline for registration is 7 February (24:00hrs).

Please find more details here.

Asian Studies Days, "Science policies in Asia", 26 November 2019

Science and University Policies in Asia: How Asian countries are building state capacity and sustainability through science and education


Register now.


This year, the goal of the Asian Studies Days is to discuss science and university policies in Asian countries. In addition to recent trends, the topics deal with the prospects and challenges in the implementation of those policies, both in domestic and global context. This event will deepen our understanding of the specific features in the academic environment in Asia: what should we be aware of when pursuing cooperation with Asian actors. The discussions will help to develop realistic and sustainable cooperation with Asian countries in the field of science, education and technology.


The theme is topical in several ways. China’s emergence as a science power has raised much attention during the recent years, both within academia and in media. At the same time, many other Asian front-runners of science and technology have been left in shadow: countries such as Japan, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand have significant science capacities. Also the developing countries in Asia are actively building academic infrastructure. The region has own structures and patterns in science cooperation, supported by ASEAN and regional science powers. In many Asian countries, the role of the government in the steering of academic research and education is getting stronger.


The Finnish University Network for Asian Studies has organized Asian Studies Days annually since 2010. The event provides a national platform for discussions and networking in Asian studies. It brings together a wide community of people from the academia, business, public administration and civil society with a shared interest in Asia.



26 November 2019, 12:00-17.00

Welcoming words

Introduction to the theme of the event
Outi Luova, Director of the University Network for Asian Studies

Keynote presentations, commentaries and discussion
Christian Göbel, Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna

Ma. Assunta Caoile-Cuyegkeng, Professor, Director of ASEAN University Network (AUN) Thematic Network on Ecological Education and Culture (AUN-EEC), Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines

Coffee break

Greeting words
Jukka Kola, Rector of the University of Turku

Panel discussion ”Emerging trends and hot topics in Asian science field”
Confirmed participants:
Anna Korpi, Councellor, Education and Science, Embassy of Finland in Singapore
Mari-Anna Suurmunne, Councellor, Education and Science, Embassy of Finland in Beijing
Mika Tirronen, Councellor, Education and Science, Embassy of Finland in New Delhi
Jarkko Mutanen, PhD, coordinator of the FinCEAL Plus BRIDGES Asia

Korean Speech Contest 한국어 말하기 대회, 15 November 2019

The Centre for East Asian Studies of the University of Turku invites all students of the Korean language to participate in the 2019 Korean Speech Contest.

The contest is open for all levels from beginners (less than 1 year of Korean studies) to intermediate and advanced, and will be evaluated according to the levels. This is a great chance to upgrade your Korean skills – don’t miss it! *^^* And there will be Korean food party for all participants and the audience after the contest, so welcome everyone!


Date: Friday, 15 November 2019, 13-16 pm

Place: Lecture Hall Edu2, Educarium, Assistentinkatu 7, 20500 Turku

Contact person: Antonio Santiago (


Registration deadline: Thursday, 31 October by midnight


Registration form:

As not only the length of studies but also previous exposure to Korean culture has a great impact on one’s language skills, participants will be assigned a level based on their answers to the questions in the registration form. Should you be assigned to a group you do not believe you belong to, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Prizes: Pressure rice cookers, gift coupons to a K-pop store, Korean food and more. All participants will receive a prize!


Contest categories:

1) Beginner (3-5 minute speech, less that 1 year of studies)

2) Intermediate and advanced (3-5 minute speech)

Visual aids such as Powerpoint may be used


Eligibility and selection of contestants:

• All students of Korean at all levels

• Korean nationals and Korean native speakers are not eligible

• Up to 12 contestants are accepted to both contest categories. In case the total number of contest applicants exceeds 24, contestants will be selected in the order applications were received.

• The selected participants will be notified of the selection result by 5 November, 2019


Topic and title of speech:

• You can choose your topic freely

Choose your own speech title to fit your topic, for example: 나에게 백만 유로가 있다면

• You need to memorize your speech, but you can use notes as prompts

• You can also use a computer and a projector as well as small visual aids and illustrations


Evaluation Criteria in the Competition:

Speeches are assessed by a jury panel according to the following criteria:

1. Content and organization

2. Grammar and vocabulary

3. Pronunciation and fluency

4. The manner of presentation and engagement with the audience


Other support

•  Travel expenses will be reimbursed for participating contestants outside of Turku up to 50 euros.


Open Vacancy: Senior Researcher, contemporary China (post-doc)

CEAS is currently looking for a Senior Researcher, especially contemporary China (post doc). It is a fixed-term position of January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022. Application deadline is Thursday 31.10.2019 (23:59). More information on the UTU job portal:

Visiting lecture: Human dimension of Russian-Japanese dialogue in 1990's, 1 Nov 2019

Join the lecture by visiting scholar from St Petersburg University, Dr. Maria Malashevskaya on 1 November 2019 (Fri), 12-14 in Pub150. Her presentation is titled "Human dimension of Russian-Japanese dialogue in 1990's".

Visiting lecture: Trends in Asian Politics: Populism, Electoralism and Authoritarianism, 31 October 2019

The new director of the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (NIAS), Duncan McCargo, will deliver a public lecture “Trends in Asian Politics: Populism, Electoralism and Authoritarianism”.

Date: 31 October 2019 (Thu), 13.15-14:00

Venue: Pub4

This talk examines recent developments in the region, including the rise of Duterte in the Philippines, the 2018 electoral upset in Malaysia, Cambodia’s controversial banning of the political opposition, and Thailand’s controversial 2019 elections. It discusses the interplay between political protests, election campaigns and media events in the era of social media when the rules of the political game are being torn up and rewritten around the globe.

Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, working mainly on the politics of Southeast Asia. He has lived, researched or taught in Cambodia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. His books include the best-selling The Thaksinization of Thailand (co-authored, NIAS 2005), and the award-winning Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008). His Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand will be published by Cornell at the end of 2019. During his time at Columbia University, he co-founded the Columbia-based New York Southeast Asia Network (

Intensive Course: Regional Security in East and Southeast Asia, 11 October 2019

This 2cr course is provided by Docent Markku Salomaa and focuses on China's position in world politics in 2019 (MPAS2172). 

Time: 10:15-16:30 (including lunch break)

Room: Pub150

China's Arctic Policy: Actors and Mechanisms, 26 September 2019

The visiting lecture by Dr. Mariia Kobzeva, School of International Relations of the Saint-Petersburg State University, is titled "China's Arctic Policy: Actors and Mechanisms" discusses China's interest and activities in the Arctic. Dr. Kobzeva also gives a Russian perspective on the matter.

26 September 2019 (Thu): 12 - 14hrs, Pub399.

This is a CEAS lecture passport event.

Seminar "Peace Process and the Future of the Korean Peninsula", 5 September 2019

South Korean President Moon Jae-in entered his third year in office in May this year. Under his administration inter-Korean relations have improved and the South Korean government played a crucial role in brokering the US-DPRK summits. However, the dynamics of the peace process have slowed down. This seminar will address current issues, challenges and prospects of formally ending the Korean War and establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula.

CEAS students participating in the event will receive two entries in their lecture passports.

Date: 5 September 2019 (Thu), 10:30-13:00hrs

Venue: Publicum, PUB5, Assistentinkatu 7, 20500 Turku


10:30        Welcoming Remarks

               Professor Dr. Lauri Paltemaa, Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies

10:40        Opening Remarks

                  H.E. Ambassador Chang Jae-bok, Ambassador for Public Diplomacy, Republic of Korea

10:50        The Korean Peace Process 2018-19

                  Dr. Eunsook Chung, Senior Fellow, Department of Security Studies, The Sejong Institute

11:15        Korea Under the North Star: Towards and Beyond Peace

                  Dr. Sungju Park-Kang, Docent, Centre for East Asian Studies, UTU

--------------------------- Coffee Break --------------------------------

11:50        Peacebuilding as the Brand of Gangwon Province

                  Dr. Outi Luova, Docent and University Lecturer, Centre for East Asian Studies, UTU

12:10        Integration of North Koreans and Peace in the Korean Society

                  Suik Jung, PhD candidate, CEAS, UTU

12:30       Q&A and Discussion

12:50       Concluding remarks

                 H.E. Ambassador Jang Keun Ho, Chargé d'Affaires Pro Tempore of the Embassy of the 

                 Republic of Korea to Finland

13:00       End of seminar


Contact: sabine.burghart [a]

CEAS has moved to Publicum 1st floor

CEAS has moved to new premises in Publicum building 1st floor since early August. We are located in same part of Publicum than before only three floors down. Publicum is the building of Faculty of Social Sciences and the street address is Assistentinkatu 7. 

You are most welcome to visit us!

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.

Studia generalia lecture: ”Suomen ja Japanin 100 vuotta" (in Finnish), 26 August 2019

CEAS together with the unit of Contemporary History (University of Turku) and the Arctic Research Center (Hokkaido University) are organizing a studia generalia lecture at the Turku City Library on Monday 26th August 2019 at 18.00–19.30 in the theme of 100 years of Finnish-Japanese diplomatic relations. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Welcome all! Language of the lecture is Finnish. Read more about the event here.

Academy of Finland Research Project "Security in China"

We are delighted about the Academy of Finland's decision to fund the Security in China research consortium led by CEAS Professor Lauri Paltemaa and Professor Juha A. Vuori form the University of Tampere. More information on the project webpages:
Security in China (in English)
Turvallisuus Kiinassa (in Finnish)

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.

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.