Graduate workshops offer students, faculty, and scholars the opportunity to exchange new research and participate in discussions about East Asia-related topics. Workshops are sponsored by CEAS and the University of Chicago Council on Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Workshops take place for the entire academic year, and all are welcome to attend. Please check individual workshop websites below for current topics.


Art & Politics of East Asia

The Art and Politics of East Asia workshop provides a common intellectual forum for students and scholars of diverse fields investigating the interaction of aesthetics with political economy as reflected in textual and visual media in East Asia.  Taking as its focus the cultural products emerging out of East Asian societies as they experience modernity, the workshop confronts existing theoretical frameworks and methodological issues relevant to the study of artistic production and consumption.  The workshop is a space for students to share their work, discuss major cross-regional themes, and engage the work of noted scholars in the field.  Go to the workshop website.

This workshop meets alternate Fridays, 3:00-5:00 PM

Faculty Sponsors: Paola IoveneHoyt Long
2019-2020 Student Coordinator(s): Jiayi Chen and Sabine Schulz


East Asia: Politics, Economy & Society

The workshop has a long tradition of promoting inter-disciplinary conversation among students and faculty members whose interests lie in East Asia. Topics discussed in the workshop cover politics, economy, society and culture. We encourage students and faculty from different academic fields to present their original work. Presenters come from disciplines like sociology, political science, economics, anthropology, history, etc. This workshop provides a valuable venue for them to present their on-going projects and receive critiques and encouragement. We also invite outside speakers to give talks. Go to the workshop website.

This workshop meets occasional Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30 PM in Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Avenue.

Faculty Sponsors: Zhaotian LuoDali YangDingxin Zhao
2019-2020 Student Coordinator(s): Linzhuo Li and Yuchen Yang


East Asia: Transregional Histories

This workshop invites students, faculty and scholars from other academic communities to present creative and original work that speaks across the national lines of East Asia as well as the disciplinary lines of the academic community. Presentations that incorporate multidisciplinary and/or transregional historical perspectives are especially encouraged. While recognizing the continuing importance of the nation-state in historical understanding, we believe that it is just as important to give exposure to themes of a transnational and regional or global nature that have been obscured by the national paradigm. Such approaches can prove particularly fruitful when undertaken at a level of understanding beyond traditional departmental and specialty boundaries. The workshop invites advanced students, faculty, and outside speakers and visitors from the humanities and social sciences to present papers on the topic of East Asia and its multiple and contending historical definitions.  Go to the workshop website.

This workshop meets alternate Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 PM in Social Sciences Building #224, John Hope Franklin Room.

Facutly Sponsors: Jacob EyferthSusan BurnsJohanna Ransmeier
2019-2020 Student Coordinator(s): Alex Jania and Yasser Nasser


Visual & Material Perspectives on East Asia

This workshop is focused on the study of material and visual objects from East Asia (defined to include China, Central Asia, Korea and Japan, and other regions). It explores the possible uses of recent theories of art, history, and material and visual culture in the study of East Asia. Presentations of studies of objects, sites, visual materials, and bulit environments cover a variety of historical periods and geographical concerns within East Asia. Flexible in how the methodologies are defined, this workshop does not limit itself to art history, but also includes archeology, anthropology, and a wide range of fields of visual studies, such as film, museum studies, and visual culture etc.  The workshop is about half student presentations and about half outside speakers.  Go to the workshop website.

This workshop meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 PM in Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC).

Faculty Sponsors: Hung WuChelsea Foxwell
2019-2020 Student Coordinator(s): Yin Wu and Zhenru Zhou