Palacký University Olomouc is a university with long-standing tradition. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-oldest university in the Czech Republic. You can read about the history of Asian studies at Palacký University here.

Today it is a modern higher education facility with a wide range of study programmes and copious scientific and research activities. Almost 22 000 students are enrolled at its 8 faculties. Palacký University Olomouc is one of the very top Czech universities, and ranks among the best universities in the world, according to international rankings. [source]

The conference is organized by the Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc. The department focuses its teaching and research activities on languages, cultures, and societies of contemporary China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and Vietnam. It offers degree courses on undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate level. T

We hope that despite the current challenges created by the coronavirus outbreak we will be able to organize the conference in the usual in-person format. However, the final decision about the format will be made closer to the conference date in the late spring of 2021 so as to accommodate potential travel restrictions and social-distancing rules, as well as the preferences of the conference participants.

Postal address:

Department of Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts | Palacký University Olomouc
Křížkovského 14
771 80 Olomouc
Czech Republic

15 ICAL Local Organising Committee:

  • K. Alexander Adelaar (Palacký University Olomouc & The University of Melbourne)
  • Michaela Budiman (Palacký University Olomouc & Charles University Prague)
  • Aone van Engelenhoven (Leiden University)
  • Tom Hoogervorst (Leiden University)
  • Jiří Jákl (Heidelberg University)
  • Marian Klamer (Leiden University)
  • František Kratochvíl (Palacký University Olomouc)
  • David Moeljadi (Palacký University Olomouc)
  • Tomáš Petrů (Charles University Prague & Czech Academy of Sciences)
  • Ondřej Pokorný (Palacký University Olomouc)

Any questions regarding the conference can be addressed to the organizing committee at <fanacek AT>