East Asian Studies taster session

This online taster session will give you an insight into what it's like to study East Asian Studies at university. You'll have the chance to hear from our East Asian Studies academics, participate in a taster lecture and engage with current undergraduates.

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Visual Aesthetics in East Asia: The Rise of Cuteness

Cute studies is an emerging academic field that attracts increasing attention in East Asian aesthetics and popular cultures. The 'Aww' factor and the use of the Japanese word kawaii, for example, showcase cuteness as a widely experienced phenomenon. This talk will use cuteness as an example to examine East Asia from the perspective of visual aesthetics. Unlike classical philosophical discussions of aesthetics, this talk will depart from everyday life. It will explore how to perceive East Asian aesthetics in daily experiences, how cuteness shapes people’s understanding of East Asia, and how the field of cute studies connects with other academic disciplines.

The lecture helped me learn exactly what the subject consisted of and aided me in understanding further what I wish to study at University.

2023 participant

East Asian Studies taster 

When: Tuesday 7th May 2024, 3.50pm - 5.15pm

Age group: Year 12 and Year 13

Location: Online


Please note that this is an approximate schedule and is therefore subject to change.

Time Activity
3.50pm log-in & get comfortable
3.55pm welcome & introduction to the department
4.05pm taster lecture
4.50pm Q&A on the taster lecture, leading into
5.00pm Q&A about your subject at Sheffield -with Admissions Tutor and current students

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Contact us

For informal enquiries please email tasterdays@sheffield.ac.uk

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