Welcome at the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO) is a multi-disciplinary academic institution at the Goethe University. The aim of research and teaching at the Centre is to study the modern cultures and societies of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia, as well as their historic roots, from the combined perspectives of a variety of disciplines. The primary concern is to strengthen interdisciplinary, theory-led research, based on sound language skills as a prerequisite for working with sources in the original languages. The Centre actively contributes to the realisation of Goethe University’s internationalisation strategy.

News and Events of the Frankfurt East Asia Centre can also be found on our Facebook page.

IZO is celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary!

We celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies and the first Goethe Asia Forum Frankfurt with the lectures by Prof. Dr. Stephen Owen and Prof. Dr. Justin Yifu Lin.

The event is co-organized by IZO, SAFE and SID Chapter Frankfurt. The festivities end with a reception. We ask you to register here:

Information and activities of the Frankfurt Inter-center program "Africa's Asian options (AFRASO)" can be found at