General Information

About GRK 2833 “East Asian Futures”

The research training group GRK 2833 “East Asian Futures: Visions and Realizations on National, Transregional and Global Scales” (EAF)  is based at Ruhr University Bochum and at the University of Duisburg-Essen. It aims to train doctoral researchers about conceptions relating to the future in East Asia.

The programme will develop and apply an analytical model of conceptions of the future, with the aim of comple-menting research in the humanities (history, linguistics, philology, religious studies) with research in the social sciences (economics, political science, sociology).

Doctoral dissertations in this research training group will study and explain how projections and conceptions of the future have emerged, on what premises they are based, and how they have been and continue to be applied to the paradigmatic fields of (1) language, religion, and ideology, (2) self and society, (3) resources and technology, and (4) sovereignty and governance.

Research will focus on the period between 1850 and the present, with recourse to earlier intellectual heritage where necessary. The analyses will include projections of the future by East Asian states and polities (China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan) in relation to each other, to Europe, and the world.

The programme opens up a new field of research in East Asian area studies, combining a macro-regional perspective with a focus on the modern and contemporary periods.