Activities: East Asian Culture in Perspective

Conferences and Workshops


  • Roundtable: Top Sport, Olympic Games and Legacies: From Antwerp 1920 to Tokyo 2020 (12.10.), Meiji-Jingu, Shii-no-ma, Meiji Jingu, 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Activity during the Ryal State Visit) Link
  • Hokudai Days Ghent: Connecting Japan and Belgium, Ghent, Het Pand, 29.2.-2-3. Link


  • “Africa, China and Europe: Challenges and opportunities generated by China’s rise in Africa and its effects on African-European relations”, Université Saint-Louis, 11 May 2015 (in collaboration with KULeuven, UGent, ULg)
  • Emotionalizing the Nation:Conflicting Narratives in Japanese Food Identities. Brussels, Royal Flemish Academy, 1-3.7.2015 Link


  • International Workshop: Artistic Experimentations for a New Society - Continuities and Ruptures in Japan before and after the War,  23.9.2013. Details

  • U4 International workshop: China's Rise: Geopolitical Developments and Their Consequences for Global Stability, 28 en 29 maart. KANTL.


  • International conference: Transnational Responses to Catastrophe: Japanese Diaspora Communities and the March 2011 Triple Disaster, 22-23 June 2012 organised together with the Institute of Japanese Studies of the University of Düsseldorf and Kobe University. Link
  • International conference: Crossroads between Empires and Peripheries – Knowledge Transfer, Product Exchange and Human Movement in the Indian Ocean World from 21-23 June 2012, organized by the Department of Languages and Cultures of South and East Asia, Sinology Ghent University, Belgium. Link 


  • International Conference: Post-Independence Hindi Literature: 'Indianness' in Nayi Kavita (New Poetry) and Hindi Novel Link
  • International Workshop: You Are What You Eat - 'Feeding Identities' in Asia. September 2-3, Ghent Link
  • International Workshop: Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on non-Han Empires in China, June 15-17, Ghent Link


  • International Conference: Remembering the Glory Days of the Nation: Sport and Lieu de Mémoire in Japan. Brussels Link

Invited Speakers


13.05. dr. A. Regelsberger (University of Trier)

06.05. dr. E. Herber (Leiden Universiteit)

22.04. prof. dr.  A. Kurane (Savitribai Phule Pune University)

01.04. drs. B. Hellendorff (Groupe de Recherche et d’Information sur la Paix et la Sécurité - GRIP)

25.03. dr. Chantal Weber (University Köln)

18.03. dr. Erika Forte (University of Bochum)

11.03. dr. H. Oberlin (University of Tübingen)

25.02.  dr. Leslie de Vries (University of Westminster Cavendish)

(to be updated soon)


20.11. Ishii Masafumi (Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the NATO)

Major Trends & Policy Goals. From Asia to the World

05.09. Mihara Yoshiaki (Doshisha)

Ch'oe Chaeso's Invention of "Japanese" Literature, or How English Literature Helped a Colonial Korean Intellectual to Collaborate with the Japanese Empire 

14.05. dr. F. Bucci (Research projects manager, psychologist, psychotherapist)

        Cultures of mental illness in contemporary Japan

07.05. prof. dr. A. Birtalan (University of Budapest - ELTE)

         Mongolian Buddhist Folk Religion: tradition, transition and perspective

30.04. drA. Choudry/ dr. Vinayachandra (Centre of Indian Psychology, Jain University, Bangalore)  

         Is the Aryan Invasion a Myth?/The social system of Varnashrama: A bane or a boon?

02.04. dra. A. Lemberg (University of Cologne)

         In-Game Cultures. An Approach to Japanese Video Games

26.03. R. Saladin (University of Trier)

         Japan’s new men? – Youth, masculinity and media discourses

12.03. dr. M. Winkel (Leiden Universiteit)

         Zwaarden, zegels, kaarten en knuffels: objecten in het antiquarisch discours van de late Tokugawa periode

05.03. prof. dr. E. Florence (Centre d’études d’Ethnicité et Migration - Université de Liège)

         Studying power relations and problematizing 'politics' in postsocialist China: from Gramsci to Foucault.

         The case of rural migrant workers

26.02. prof. dr. L. Lams (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/KULeuven)

         The pragmatics of Othering in media narratives of the foreign Other

19.02. dr. P. Flügetl  (School of Oriental and African Studies - London)

         Max Weber's Sociology of Jainism

12.02. dra. S. Sattler (University of Göttingen)

         The Art of Medieval India-- Structure and Surface of the Hindu Temple


23.9. Prof. OKAMOTO Genta (Okayama Daigaku)

The Spirit in Experimental Stage: Takiguchi Shūzō and Jikken Kōbō.

Dr. Ayako IKENO (JSPS Research Fellow)

The Two-dimensional Objects: ‘Plastic Poem’ by Kitasono Katué.

25.3. Dr. IMAIZUMI Yoshiko (Meiji Jingu International Research Centre)

Between 'shrine' space and 'public' space: Rethinking the structure of Meiji shrine 1912-1920.

20.2. Prof. Dr. Vladimir Tikhonov (University of Oslo).

From Tanil minjok to multiculturalism


16.05. Prof. dr. L. Balan (University of Bucharest)

         The cognitive metaphor of emotion in Chinese and English

25.04. Prof. dr. H. van der Veere (Universiteit Leiden)

         Macht en gezag (obo-buppo): universele heersers en de rituele machtscentra in de Japanse geschiedenis

19.04. Prof. dr. F. Lauwaert (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

         Justice and Society in Late Imperial China. An Anthropological glance at some Qing Dynasty Cases

29.03. A. Lemberg (University of Cologne)

         “This is not my ideal Japan": the conflicted discourse about Japan in Enrique Gómez Carrillo's Writings

21.03. Dr. C. Tagsold (University of Düsseldorf)

         The Triple Catastrophy of March 2011 in Northern Japan and Social Capital: A Critical Perspective

14.03. Dr. A. Regelsberger (University of Trier)

         From Oiwa to Sadako: Revenge and Horror in Japanese theatre and cinema

22.02. Prof. dr. T. Kellner (Institut d'Etudes Européennes - Université Libre de Bruxelles)

         Le Xinjiang et la montée en puissance de la Chine en Asie centrale (1991-2012)

15.02. Prof. dr. O. Lomova (University of Prague)

  Du Fu 杜甫 (712–770): In and Out of the Canon


18.05. Dr. R. Busser (Universiteit Leiden)

         De ontwikkeling van de economische en politieke verhoudingen tussen Japan en de ASEAN-landen

11.05. Prof. Dr. Paolo Detroia (Sapienza University of Rome)

         Language and culture interaction: the case of Chinese

04.05. Ms. Petra Thiel (University of Heidelberg)

         Travelling concepts, travelling stories: a transcultural approach to children's literature

06.04. Dr. C. Tagsold (University of Düsseldorf)

         Japanese realms of memory

02.03. Prof. Dr. T. Kinkyo (Kobe University)

         Why is Japanese economy stagnating?

23.02. Dr. C. Weber/ M. Büyükmavi (University of Cologne)

         Arts in the Muromachi period: emergence and process of institutionalization


12.05. Celia Spoden (University of Düsseldorf):

         Is there a right to die? The case of an ALS-patient in Japan

05.05. Dr. A. Regelsberger (University of Trier)

         Towards an aesthetic of violence from classical theatre to contemporary Horror cinema in Japan

28.04. Dr. B. Grins (University of Cologne):

         Jûni kokki – Cultural Semiotic Aspects in the Series and their Psychoanalytical Context

21.04. Dr. N. Statu (University of Heidelberg)

         The Early Dynastic Histories and their Place in the Chinese Historiographic Tradition

24.03. M. Zlotea (University of Bucharest)

         The introduction of the Western political concepts in China, at the beginning of the 20th century

17.03. Dr. F. Casalin (University of Rome La Sapienza)

         Descriptions of Rome for the Qing readers: a plurality of sources and perspectives

10.03. Dr. A. Mittag (University of Tübingen)

         Anti-Mandchuism, Anarchism, and Assassinations – Political and Intellectual Culture in Late-Qing China

03.03. Prof. Dr. U. Schaffers (Universität Koblenz)

         Sunny Gardens, Flowers, Teahouses, Little Danseuses, and in the Centre of it Fujiyama? 
         Glimpses of Japan in the late 19th and the early 20th Century

 17.02. Dr. I. Bausch (Universiteit Leiden)

  Prehistorie en ’Identity’: Archeologie in Oost-Azië