Our Project

In 2016, EASt received a grant of €680.000 from the ULB to start its new project “GENEsYs” on East Asian Youth: Identities and Practices in Public Spaces

East Asian societies have, over the past few decades, undergone dramatic demographic, economic, political and technological transitions. Particularly impacted by these transformations is the younger generation, which experiences differ greatly from earlier generations. Continually exposed to both traditional and modern values and practices, East Asian “Millennials” or members of “Generation Y” (cohorts born from the 1980s to the early 2000s) have proven particularly active in appropriating old and creating new practices when seeking to shape their identities.

The main objective of this project is to examine the relationship between youth identity construction and public spaces in East Asia. It seeks to understand how public spaces shape East Asian youth identities; how youth use these spaces; what the practices and strategies of appropriation are; and how youth active presence in public spaces influence the negotiation of beliefs, values and memory in terms of continuity and change, and shape collective identities.

The GENEsYs project will follow four main perspectives: youth cultural and gender identities; youth social and ethnic identities; youth religion identities; and youth political identities.


Our Team

This project seeks to develop an interdisciplinary research team and agenda on the emerging region of East Asia, fostering collaboration at the ULB between scholars from cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies and political science. It also seeks to enhance collaboration between existing ULB research units: Philixte, CEVIPOL, LAMC, CIERL, REPI  and IEE. 


Vanessa FRANGVILLE (Chinese Studies/ Philixte), main coordinator and promoter

Baudouin DECHARNEUX (Philosophy and Religious Studies/ CIERL)

Bin HUA (Chinese Studies/Cultural Studies)

Thierry KELLNER (International Relations/ REPI)

Françoise LAUWAERT (Anthropology/ Chinese Studies)

Clémentine LEONARD (Anthropology)

Pierre PETIT (Anthropology/ LAMC)

Frederik PONJAERT ((International Relations/ REPI)

Lisa RICHAUD (Anthropology/ Chinese Studies)