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Head of department: Prof. Yuri Pines 
Mrs. Kinneret Levy 

Room: 4501
Phone: 02-5883648
Fax: 02-5880326
Office Hours:
Sunday, 11:00-14:00
Monday-Thursday, 10:00-13:00

Staff Research Projects


Staff members in the Department of Asian Studies are currently engaged in a range of exciting research projects. Members of our staff employ a variety of methods and represent various disciplines, including history, religious studies, philosophy, literature, cultural studies, sociology and anthropology, archaeology, political science and international relations. Below is some information about the research projects our staff are currently working on:


Chinese Political Thought, Early Chinese Historiography and Chinese Empire in a Comparative Perspective

Yuri PinesThe primary research focus of Prof. Yuri Pines is political thought and political culture of early China. He is specifically interested in the formative age of Chinese political tradition, namely the five centuries preceding the imperial unification of 221 BCE, i.e., the Springs-and-Autumns period (Chunqiu 春秋, 770-453 BCE) and the Warring States period (Zhanguo 戰國, 453-221 BCE).

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Comparative Studies in Imperial History

Empires and religionsThis long-term project is dedicated to the memory of Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt and organized by Michal Biran (HUJI), Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum (Freie Universität Berlin), Yuri Pines (HUJI) and Jӧrg Rüpke (Erfurt University). Funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, it brings together leading experts on various imperial enterprises as well as prominent comparative historians and sociologists, and aims to promote a systematic approach to imperial polities through exploring core issues, which were faced by all major continental empires in human history.

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Mobility, Empire and Cross Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia

Mongol RidersProf. Michal Biran's the project seeks to explain why, how, when and to where people, ideas and artifacts moved in Mongol Eurasia, and what were the outcomes of these huge movements. Studying the Mongol Empire in its full Eurasian context, the project combines a world history perspective with close reading in a huge array of primary sources in various languages


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Crime Fiction in Colonial Korea

MasqueradeDr. Jooyeon Rhee’s current research examines detective/crime fiction produced in colonial Korea. Focusing on the relationship between science and morality, crime and urbanization, Japanese militarism and various versions of Pan-Asian imaginations, Dr. Rhee explores these topics that are deeply associated with the formation of class, as well as racial and gender relations and discourses in colonial Korea.

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War and the Military in Contemporary Chinese Education

Dr. Orna Naftali's research focuses on childhood, youth, education and the nation-state in contemporary China. Her current project, 'War and the Military in Contemporary Chinese Education: The Effects of Schooling and the 'Patriotic Education' Campaign on the Attitudes of Middle-School Students toward Armed Conflict', examines how Chinese schools present the concept of war to students, and how students of different socioeconomic backgrounds in China respond to these school messages.

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Japan’s cultural diplomacy in Asia

A political scientist in trainingNO, Prof. Nissim Otmazgin’s research interests include Japanese popular culture in Asia, popular culture and regionalization in East and Southeast Asia, Japan-Southeast Asian relations, and cultural industry and cultural policy in Japan and South Korea. 

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