Identity Construction in East Asia: Comparative Perspectives on Taiwan, Ryūkyū/Okinawa, and the Korean Peninsula

Symposium @Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna / July 8–10, 2024

With kind support from The Japan Foundation, Vienna Center of Taiwan Studies, and AAJ, and the Doctoral School of Philological and Cultural Studies.

About the Symposium

Aiming to advance our understanding of cultural, ethnic, and national identities in Eastern Asia, the Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna hosts an international symposium in July 2024, featuring contributions that analyse examples of identity construction in Taiwan, Ryūkyū / Okinawa, and the Korean peninsula. Presentations will examine both historical and contemporary cases of identity construction from a diverse array of disciplinary angles, such as history, cultural history, anthropology, education, politics, tourism as well as literary and media studies. Reflecting ongoing research foci of the department, the symposium will draw attention to examples of identity construction from areas and communities existing (either traditionally or presently) between or at the margins of the more dominant powers of the region (i.e. China, Japan, European colonial powers, the Soviet Union, and the USA). The contributors will investigate processes of identity formation, (self-) conception, and (self-) representation pertaining to – either historically or presently – culturally, ethnically, and politically contested polities, societies, and minority populations. 

Approaching these issues comparatively, the symposium aims to highlight commonalities and shared experiences but also to delineate the individual evolution and conditions of each area. In an interdisciplinary setting, patterns of identity construction in East Asia will be analysed both cross-culturally and diachronically, thus identifying broader transcultural and geopolitical processes in the region. 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Vienna!

Liliane Höppe and David Emminger


  • July 8, 2024, 13:30~16:00 (CEST)
  • July 9, 2024, 9:00~16:00 (CEST)
  • July 10, 2024, 9:00~13:15 (CEST)


  • Japanese Studies Seminar Room 1, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2, Tür 2.4 (Campus), 1090 Vienna
  • Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna

 Symposium Programme

Day 1 – Monday, 8 July, 13:30~16:00 (CEST)

Day 2 – Tuesday, 9 July, 9:00~16:00 (CEST)

  • 10:30~11:00: Coffee break
  • 12:30~14:30: Lunch break

Day 3 – Wednesday, 10 July, 9:00~13:15 (CEST)

  • 10:30~11:00: Coffee break
  • 12:15~12:45: Final discussion
  • 12:45~13:15: Closing speech: Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (U. of Vienna)
  • 13:15: Wrap up (Liliane Höppe and David Emminger)

 List of Participants in Alphabetical Order

  • Jens Damm | Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Jerôme de Wit | University of Vienna
  • David Emminger | University of Vienna
  • Christian Göbel | University of Vienna
  • Yasuko Hassall-Kobayashi | Musashi University
  • Ann Heylen | National Taiwan Normal University
  • Liliane Höppe | University of Vienna
  • Sangpil Jin | University of Copenhagen
  • Liza Wing Man Kam | University of Vienna
  • Aihua Li | Leiden University
  • Viren Murthy | University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Isabelle Prochaska-Meyer | University of Vienna
  • Arne Røkkum | University of Oslo
  • Ian Rowen | National Taiwan Normal University
  • Jan Schindler | University of Vienna
  • Gregory Smits | Pennsylvania State University
  • Crystal Chia-Sui Sun | National Dong Hwa University
  • Kazufumi Taira | University of the Ryukyus
  • Shin Takahashi | Victoria University of Wellington
  • Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik | University of Vienna
  • Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang | University of Missouri
  • Adina Zemanek | University of Central Lancashire


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