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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies


At the four departments of the AOI, research is carried out on the languages, literatures, religions and philosophies, the history, society, politics and economics of China, India, the Islamic world and Japan in the past and present. Our research employs methods and theories from cultural studies as well as from the social sciences. All research is based on expertise in the original languages, which allows the philological study of original texts, fieldwork studies in contemporary contexts, as well as direct access to and participation in academic debates taking place in Asia and the Orient. Gender Studies in Zurich has a decidedly extra-European focus and, as a systematic discipline, helps to establish transversal connections between the key areas of research in the Institute’s departments.

For a survey of each department's current and completed research projects please go to: 

Research Projects Chinese Studies

Research Projects Indian Studies

Research Projects Islamic Studies

Research Projects Japanese Studies

Research Projects Gender Studies

Weiterführende Informationen

Erfolgreicher SNF-Antrag in der Indologie

Der Schweizerische Nationalfonds hat den Projektantrag "Performing Arts and Religious Practices in classical and medieval Sanskrit literature" für eine Laufzeit von drei Jahren bewilligt. Der Antrag wurde von Prof. Dr. Angelika Malinar, Indologie, Asien-Orient-Institut eingereicht. Das Projekt wird von Dr. Elisa Ganser bearbeitet.

ERC-Advanced Grant for Prof. Raji Steineck

Prof. Dr. Raji C. Steineck (Japanese Studies/AOI) receives an ERC Advanced Grant of the European Research Council for his project «TIMEJ: Time in Medieval Japan». With his research team he explores the experience of time in medieval Japan. Start of the project with a term of five years is September 1st, 2017.

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