Ph.D. Research Fellow Position in Korean Studies at Frankfurt

Goethe University logoWith funding from the Academy of Korean Studies, the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is seeking to fill two Ph.D. research fellow positions (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) (E13 TV-G-U, 50 percent part-time) for a fixed term of three years beginning October 1, 2015.

The successful candidates will be expected to write a Ph.D. thesis within the scope of the research project “Transnational Migration in and out of Korea,” to be submitted by the end of the contract period; provide support in preparing and teaching classes (2 SWS/2h per week); provide organizational support for research activities, colloquia, and conferences; and contribute to publications/academic articles and presentations at conferences.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies at Tübingen

image: Tubingen logoThe Department of Chinese and Korean Studies of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen in Germany invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in Korean studies. The position is scheduled to begin March 1, 2016, and end on September 30, 2019.

Requirements for appointment are an above-average Ph.D. degree in Korean studies or a related discipline and proficiency in spoken and written Korean and in German or English. The Ph.D. must have been completed by the time of appointment.

The fellow is expected to participate and contribute to research projects and programs on modern Korea, particularly in the fields of colonialism, the Cold War, or migration. The Korean Studies Program is especially interested in candidates whose research can complement and strengthen the existing approach of situating Korean history, society and culture into an East Asian and global context. The fellow is expected to teach two courses per semester (four hours per week) and to contribute administrative work, including assistance in the administration of the Korean studies library.

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Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research in 2016

Korea Foundation logoThe Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research offers support to enable eminent overseas Korean studies scholars and experts in relevant fields to conduct on-site field research in Korea and access resource materials. Overseas researchers of comparative/case studies in Korean studies or Korea-related areas in the humanities or social sciences may apply for support in the following categories.

  • Type A: Doctoral candidate who has completed his or her requisite coursework and is in the process of writing a doctoral dissertation (monthly stipend: KRW2,000,000);
  • Type B: Lecturer or researcher with at least five years of experience in teaching or research at a university or research institute (monthly stipend: KRW2,300,000);
  • Type C: Assistant professor or an individual currently in a professional/research field with more than ten years and less than twenty years of career experience; must hold a Ph.D. degree (monthly stipend: KRW2,600,000);
  • Type D: Associate or full professor or an individual currently in a professional/research field with more than twenty years of career experience; must hold a Ph.D. degree (monthly stipend: KRW3,000,000).

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Call for Papers: Mixed-Race Individuals in China, Japan, and Korea

University of San Francisco logoThe University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies invites submission of papers for the conference “Negotiating Identities: Mixed-Race Individuals in China, Japan, and Korea” to be held at the University of San Francisco on Thursday and Friday, April 14-15, 2016.

The conference is intended as a forum for academic discussions and the sharing of the latest research on the history and life experiences of mixed-race individuals in China, Japan, and Korea. It is designed to promote understanding of the cross-cultural encounters that led to the creation of interracial families and to encourage research examining how mixed-race individuals living in East Asia have negotiated their identities.

The highlight of the conference will be a keynote address by Emma Teng, professor of history and Asian civilizations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Each participant will be expected to provide a draft of his or her paper approximately four weeks before the conference to allow discussants adequate time to prepare comments.

Participants will be invited to submit their original research for consideration for publication in the Center’s peer-reviewed journal, Asia Pacific Perspectives.

Interested applicants should send a 300-word (maximum) abstract
and curriculum vitae by e-mail to with the subject line “Multiracial Identities in Asia.” The deadline is September 1, 2015.

Queries may be directed to Melissa S. Dale (, executive director and assistant professor, University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies.

2015 Korean Festival Set for Magic Island July 11

Korean Festival 2015 poster
You are invited to visit with representatives of the Center for Korean Studies at the 2015 Korean Festival Saturday, July 11, at Magic Island in Honolulu. Several members of the Center’s faculty will be on hand in the arts and cultural activities tent throughout the day to discuss programs at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Korean studies in general.

Korean Festival 2015 site planThe Korean Festival is an annual event staged by the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce with the support of many community organizations and businesses and hundreds of volunteer helpers. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is free and open to all. Proceeds from the event are used to fund service projects and ventures that benefit the Korean and larger communities in the Islands, including an annual scholarship fund for outstanding students entering or currently enrolled in college.

Every year, the festival presents food, dance, art, and music and other entertainment to convey something of Korean culture. This year’s schedule includes the obligatory kimchi-eating contest along with a jajangmyŏn-eating contest as well. There will be performances of contemporary Korean popular music–K-pop–throughout the day. For the more traditional-minded, there will be dance performances by the Halla Huhm Studio and other groups. The complete schedule of events and other information about the festival are available on line at

photo of CKS table at 2014 Korean Festival

Professors Sang-Hyop Lee, left, and Gary Pak enjoy staffing the CKS table at the 2014 Korean Festival.

Call for Papers: Global Korean Literature at the Crossroads

image of pageThe Korean Literature Association invites submission of papers for its conference “Global Korean Literature at the Crossroads: Celebration of Continuity and Transformation.” The conference will be held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, November 13-14, 2015.

The gathering will bring together North American scholars working on a wide range of topics in Korean literature and culture, including performance, art, and film. Papers on all aspects of Korean literature and culture, especially those on cross-cultural or border-crossing themes, will be considered. Papers that reflect on the transformation of Korean literature and culture in a transnational or global context are welcome. Submissions by junior scholars and advanced graduate students are encouraged.

Prospective participants should submit an abstract of 150-200 words and a brief bio with subject line Korean Literature Association: Last Name, First Name to Nayoung Aimee Kwon ( by August 10, 2015.

For more information about the conference and the Korean Literature Association, visit the Web site