WREAC's research is broadly directed by the four research clusters that provide a framework for research on prominent and emerging themes in East Asian studies.

Research Projects

WREAC's second phase of development under the AHRC-BA funded Language Based Area Studies (LBAS) development programme (2012-2016) has allowed the Centre's research to evolve through distinct research projects within three strands:

  • Strand 1: Identities and cultures in East Asia
    • Project 1: Staging China (previously known as Performing China on the Global Stage)
    • Project 2: Writing Chinese: Authors, Authorship and Authority in China
    • Project 3: Ruptured Pasts, Uncertain Futures: Imagining historical and social time in East Asia
    • Project 4: Mixed Cinema Network
  • Strand 2: Cross-cultural encounters and globalisation
    • Project 1: Informal Political Actors in East Asia, Russia and the Arab World
    • Project 2: East Asian Soft Power
    • Project 3: Asian Religions Network
    • Project 4: Sino-Japanese Relations Network
    • Project 5: China and Japan Observatories
    • Project 6: Japan's Shrinking Regions
  • Strand 3: Networks in Chinese and Japanese language
    • Project 1: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
    • Project 2: Tandem Japanese and Japanese Language Training
    • Project 3: Negotiating With Asia

WREAC is also currently involved in various collaborations with the other LBAS centres, as well as academic and non-academic partners, including:
  • Cross-LBAS Collaboration
  • FCO Knowledge Exchange
  • EastAsiaNet

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Research Projects from the ESRC-funded Period

During the first phase of ESRC-funded development (2006-2012), WREAC focused primarily on postgraduate student training. For a list of students who completed doctoral and Master's level training through WREAC funding, please see students. 

While funded by the ESRC, WREAC researchers led a variety of other research projects, as follows:

  • China in the World Postgraduate Research Summer Schools (PGSS) programme: led by Professor Flemming Christiansen, University of Leeds, as part of a four-year Marie Curie Actions training programme (2006-2009), this project provided research training to postgraduate students from around the world and was continued for a further year through collaboration with Nanjing University and financial support from the Research Councils UK and the Worldwide Universities Network.
  • Contemporary China Virtual Seminar Series: led by Professor Flemming Christiansen during WREAC's leadership of the Worldwide Universities Network Contemporary China Centre (WUN CCC).
  • Practice with Chizu: a Japanese language training blog, led by Chizu Whatley, University of Sheffield, aimed at providing a range of Japanese language podcasts for learners to become familiar with the different registers in the Japanese language.
  • Thoughts on Japan: a blog on Japan and the Japanese language written by Dr Thomas McAuley, Sheffield University.
  • Japan Expert's Corner: a series of commentaries on contemporary Japan by leading experts in Japanese Studies.
  • Japan Linka collection of links to Japan-related materials on the internet with a focus on academically relevant resources.
  • Chinese Link: a similar collection of useful links to China- and Greater China-related materials.

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