The Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) is funded by the Excellence Initiative and offers area studies research on East Asia with thorough, discipline-based methodological training in social sciences. GEAS builds on existing strengths in area studies at FU Berlin, graduate programs in Germany as well as partner institutions in China, Japan and Korea. GEAS provides an extensive network of cooperative relationships with the leading institutions in East Asia and worldwide.
The doctoral training program at GEAS is organized around the central theme of institutions, which can be investigated from the perspectives of the social sciences, business and economics, anthropology, law, history and the humanities. The core research and empirical analysis will be conducted using interconnected lenses:
- The origins and change of institutions in East Asia
- The effects of institutions and the consequences of institutional diversity
- Interdependence of institutions in East Asia in the broader regional and global context
The three-year doctoral program is open to candidates with a master’s degree and knowledge of at least one Asian language. The program combines methods courses, research seminars, and Summer Schools with mandatory fieldwork in East Asia, with the provision of specific area-related transferable skills. Candidates will receive degrees in the department of their discipline under the supervision of three advisors and a faculty mentor in East Asia.
Prof. Dr Verena Blechinger-Talcott Dr Katrin Gengenbach Freie Universität Berlin graduate programmes organised programme
east asia, social sciences, institutions in east asia, interdependence of institutions, area studies, interdisciplinary studies
Graduate School of East Asian Studies