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Contemporary East Asia Studies (CEAS) Initiative

The Contemporary East Asia Studies Initiative (CEAS), formerly known as the China and East Asia Studies Initiative, provides an open academic platform for research and debate on East Asian affairs and connected thematic issues. For doing so, CEAS aims to engage people from all backgrounds interested in this region and related affairs in the contemporary world. We are a recently founded (October 2020) students’ initiative that strives to mobilize academic and social resources to facilitate academic activities concerning East Asian affairs from an inclusive perspective via hosting open academic dialogues. As the first student initiative focusing on East Asia at the Graduate Institute, CEAS responds to the increasing demand among the student body to make sense of the relationship between East Asia and the rest of the world in the contemporary context. We have a strong faith in constructive dialogues, and we are committed to serving as an inclusive channel for ideas exchange. Visit our website here.

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President: Camille LAU

Vice President: Margherita GARONZI, Tanishqua KANETKAR 


Treasurer: Daegan KINGERY

Partnership and Fundraising Manager: Shunyao LIU


Academic Team

Head of Academic Team: Emma NIJSSEN

Academic Coordinator: Zizhou XIA

Academic Coordinator: Simon Felipe Ardila Eraso

Academic Editor: Anna Christina BAISCH

Academic Writer and Website Manager: Serena Clarisse UY


Communication Team

Head of Outreach Team and Professional Development Manager: Tanishqua KANETKAR

Newsletter and Social Media Manager: Heeran KIM

Outreach and Social Media Manager: Xinran Yi

Graphics Designer: Zizhou XIA


Events Team

Head of Events Team: Jingyi YE, Margherita GARONZI

Events Manager: Houda BARROUG

Events Manager: Mihail MOUHLOV

Events Manager: Asuka Nagasawa

Events Manager: Aditi Rajendra Joshi


The long-term vision of CEAS is to develop into the forefront of student research associations of East Asian Studies in Europe. CEAS’ operation complements the mission of the Graduate Institute of Geneva –– to promote academic exchange and to enable its research findings to reach out to the wider community. Meanwhile, CEAS maintains an unbiased academic platform for students from all around the world and gives them chances to exchange, communicate and analyze political, economic, and social developments of China and East Asia and their consequences for the international community. By doing so, CEAS acts as a bridge of different ideas, perspectives and cultures to build understanding, trust and friendship. To this end, CEAS organizes seminars, holds public talks, and invites research presentations on a regular basis. It actively responds to the interests of the student body and addresses frontier issues related to East Asia.


We're always excited for new students to join! Sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

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