Impression CEASG Launch conference 2014
On 7 and 8 May 2014 the new Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) presented itself with an international conference in the Senate Room of the main Academy building on the topic ‘East Asia and the European Union: strong Economics, weak Politics?’
The conference was attended by participants from partner universities in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and Europe.
Following the opening speech by University president prof. dr. Sibrand Poppema and a keynote lecture by the Ambassador of Mongolia, H.E. Davaadorj, the conference participants met in six panels divided over two days.
A total of 19 papers discussed topics ranging from the Political Economy of East Asia/EU to Maritime Security Governance and from developments in Regional Integration to Asianization and cultural relations. The conference was an interfaculty and multidisciplinary enterprise, with input coming from researchers in International Relations, Law, Economics, History, Theology, Sociology, etc.
The results of the conference became visible in a high level of presentations and panel discussions. Experienced scholars were confronted with talented PhD students, and Asian and European researchers were enabled to meet and exchange their expert views. The papers presented at the conference will be brought together in a special volume to be published by Brill in 2015 and edited by CEASG.
The Launch conference was the first in a range of conferences to be organized by CEASG. In September 2014, the Centre organizes a Workshop on China-EU relations, focusing on the theme ‘Do we really understand each other?’ This is the follow-up to a conference organized at Tsinghua University in Beijing in October 2014.
In 2015, there will be conferences on the political economy of Korea and on the implications of the rise of East Asia for the development of International Relations Theory.
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