About CEAS

The Center for East Asian Studies

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and its three Committees - the Committee on Japanese Studies, the Committee on Chinese Studies, and the Committee on Korean Studies - work to enhance opportunities available to scholars both in the United States and abroad, and to foster communication and inter-disciplinary collaboration among the community of professors and students at the University of Chicago and throughout the wider East Asian Studies community.

To these ends CEAS and its Committees sponsor a variety of activities including colloquia, workshops, conferences, public lectures, film series, cultural events, and other programs that promote understanding of the cultures and societies of China, Japan, and Korea. University of Chicago faculty and programs in East Asian studies regularly achieve the highest rankings among peer institutions in the United States, making East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago an invaluable national resource and a focal point for East Asian Studies in the Midwest. CEAS has been designated a National Resource Center for East Asian Studies by the United States Department of Education.

History of the Center for East Asian Studies

The formal history of East Asian studies at the University of Chicago dates back to 1936, with the establishment of a Chinese studies program in the Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures. The 1950s were a period of major growth and innovation in East Asian studies at the University. In 1951, acknowledging the wide-ranging relevance of East Asia, the University established an interdisciplinary Committee on Far Eastern Studies. This program was then  reorganized in 1959 as the Center for Far Eastern Studies with the support of funds from the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and other sources. Today it is known as the Center for East Asian Studies. Read more about the history of East Asian studies at University of Chicago in this article by Theodore Foss.

Today, the Center plays a vital role on campus and in the community by connecting resources on East Asia to scholars, students, and the general public.

Supporting CEAS

To expand its activities and to make more resources available for students and faculty, CEAS seeks the support of individuals who believe in the importance of improving our understanding East Asia. Donations help support faculty research, graduate fellowships, library collections, academic conferences, and lecture series. CEAS welcomes support for capital projects. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Abbey Newman.