Welcome

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Dear Participants, Guests, Friends,

 

On behalf of the Department of East Asian Studies I am pleased to welcome you to the 13th Lodz East Asia Meeting – Power Shifts in East Asia: Prospects for Developing Asian-European Ties. This year’s conference will continue the success of the preceding Conferences organized by our unit since 2004 and I do hope it will provide a legacy for those to come.

 

We, as the Department of East Asia Studies are one of Asian Studies units in Poland. What is worth mentioning we offer Bachelor degree in Asian Studies in English and next year we will start Asian Studies at the Master level. Apart from teaching we develop our in-deepth research in the field of Chinese and Japanese foreign policy. We have forth National Science Centre’s grants: on sovereign wealth founds in Asia, paradiplomacy in China, Russia and India, the issue of identity in China’s foreign policy and institutional changes in Japan foreign policy.

 

For the fourth time the Lodz East Asia Meeting becomes an important and international forum for cooperation and exploration of new ideas regarding the region of East Asia. We do hope the participants will enjoy friendly atmosphere and share their thoughts on the latest developments in the region.

 

I wish that this conference will give an opportunity for the future cooperation between us and become a place where one enjoys catching up with old friends and colleagues, as well as making new ones.

 

Enjoy your stay in Lodz! Welcome to our University!

 

Professor Małgorzata Pietrasiak,
Head of Department of East Asian Studies