The Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies (CEACS) was founded in March 2012. In 2018, CEACS joined the University of Nottingham’s Asia Research Institute and became one of the research centres that the institute hosts. CEACS contributes to the university’s overall strategy to expand and develop Asia-related research. CEACS members contribute to a number of the University’s Research Priority Areas including Languages, Texts and Society; Creative and Digital; and Rights and Justice.
CEACS understands ‘East Asia’ broadly, as a geographic region, a cultural imaginary and a critical method. East Asia includes national, subnational, regional, transnational and diasporic East Asian communities and cultures. CEACS recognises the transnational nature of East Asia and pays meticulous attention to inter-regional and intra-regional cultural flows.
CEACS embraces interdisciplinary research. It understands culture in the broadest possible sense. It recognises the intersection of culture with politics, economy, law, geography and society. It also acknowledges the political nature of culture and the cultural mediation of politics. In encouraging interdisciplinary research, CEACS aims to facilitate a decolonial and anti-hegemonic research culture based on conversation and collaboration.
Whilst CEACS embraces the contemporary critical turn within the humanities, it also seeks to engage critically with differing cultural perspectives associated with traditional and contemporary East Asian cultural thought and practice.
The Centre works closely with cultural institutions, creative industries and cultural practitioners to support the public dissemination of knowledge about East-Asian cultures within an international context. Through its work the Centre also Through its work, the Centre seeks to contribute to the activities of cultural institutions, practitioners and related communities of interest.
Drawing on established expertise at the University of Nottingham’s campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, CEACS provides a unique focus for interdisciplinary research networking, international mobility, knowledge transfer and public impact involving scholars, research students and practitioners engaged in the study of East-Asian cultures both within East Asia and beyond.
Members of CEACS have expertise in the following broad areas:
- media and visual culture in East Asia
- heritage and history in East Asia
- creative and cultural industries in East Asia
- gender, sexuality and identity in East Asia
- space, place and East Asian transnationalism