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Graduate Conference: Transnationalism and Institutions in East Asia

Oct 20, 2017 | 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Program Schedule

8.30 to 9.00


9.00 to 9.15


Verena Blechinger-Talcott (GEAS Director)

9.15 to 10.15

Keynote Speaker

Yasemin Soysal: “Transnational Trajectories in East Asia: Nation, Citizenship, and Region”

10.15 to 10.45

Coffee Break

10.45 to 12.45

Panel 1

Anna Shpakovskaya: “Caravan of Opportunities and Challenges: a Case of Integrating the Chinese Red Cross into International Humanitarian Structures”

Lucia Silva: “Brazilians Working in China: Difficulties and Adaptation in Transnational Spaces”

Yue Liu: “Institutional Environment and Strategy-performance Relationship of Organizations in East Asian Countries”

Irina Lyan: “The Apple-Samsung “Smartphone Patent Wars” as a Legitimacy Battle in the Name of Innovation”

Discussant Barbara Fritz (Professor of Business Studies, Institute for Latin American Studies)

12.45 to 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 to 15.00

Panel 2

Yougene Kim: “Joseonjok (Korean-Chinese) Migration in Japan: Their Multilingualism and Transnational Identities”

Jonathan Yainishet: “Refocusing the Ethnic Lens in South Korea: North Korean Migrants and Ethnic Nationalism”

Discussant: Hyun Gyung Kim (GEAS post-doctoral fellow)

15.00 to 15.30

Coffee Break

15.30 to 17.00

Panel 3

Sean Wang: “Intra-Asian Infrastructures of Chinese Birth Tourism: Agencies’ Operations in China and Taiwan”

Atsushi Sumiya: “Logics of Refugee Support among Refugee Associations, Ethnic Communities and Civil Society Organizations in Japan”

Agnieszka Batko: “Overcoming Historical Controversies in East Asia – the Role of International Institutions and Civil Societies”

Discussant: Emina Popović (GEAS post-doctoral fellow)

17.00 to 17.30

Concluding Session


Conference Dinner

Alter Krug (Königin-Luise-Straße 52, 14195 Berlin; +49 30 832 7000 750 750)

Transnationalism – understood as the exchanges, connections, and practices across borders – has transgressed national boundaries and challenged nation states. In an interconnected world, the meaning and sovereignty of nation states has been increasingly blurred and bounded institutions have been questioned. Institutions are an essential element of society, as they organize social, political, economic, cultural, religious, and normative activities. Our conference seeks to explore the relationship between transnationalism and institutions in East Asia. Does transnationalism create a space for actors to negotiate existing structures? Does it provoke, on the contrary, a mobilization around local/national institutions to protect themselves from an openness experienced as a threat? More generally, how do institutions emerge, transform, resist, or disappear within the dynamics of transnationalism?

We, the PhD candidates of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) at the Freie Universität Berlin are pleased to organize the second GEAS Graduate Conference in October 2017 on institutions and transnationalism in East Asia. We invite young scholars to present their research on how individuals, groups, institutions and states interact with each other in a new global space where cultural, social and political characteristics of national societies are combined with emerging multilevel and multinational activities in China, Japan, and South Korea.

Time & Location

Oct 20, 2017 | 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Freie Universität Seminarzentrum (Seminar Centre)
Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26
14195 Berlin
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