Korean Literature Translation Fellowship

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In order to introduce and disseminate Korean literature abroad, the International Communication Foundation sponsors the Korean Literature Translation Fellowship Program, which is designed to discover and foster competent translators. The Foundation invites applications for fellowships in 2016 from non-Koreans who possess a deep interest in Korean literature translation and Korean nationals who are currently engaged in M.A. or Ph.D. studies abroad in Korean literature, English literature, comparative literature, or creative writing and who have proficiency in English equivalent to that of a native speaker.

Awards are made in two categories: those who relocate to Korea for the program and those who complete the program at universities abroad. Grants for the domestic program amount to K₩24,000,000 (two million Korean won per month) and for the overseas program, US$20,000 (five thousand U.S. dollars per quarter). Grants are awarded for one year and are renewable.

The extensive guidelines for fellowship applications as well as the required application form are available from the Foundation Web site: http://www.icfkorea.net/translator/program_eng.asp.

All applications and support materials must be submitted to the Foundation postmarked no later than September 30, 2015. Awards will be announced by mid-November of 2015.

For further information, contact:
Korean Literature Translation Fellowship Program
International Communication Foundation
Annex Building of YBM
98 Jongno, Jongno-gu
Seoul, Korea 110-122

Web site: www.icfkorea.net
E-mail: khj0912@ybm.co.kr
Telephone: 82+2 2280-7310

The International Communication Foundation is a private nonprofit foundation established in 1982 to introduce Korean culture to the world.

Call for Papers: Online Teaching in Asian Humanities

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Three or four contributors are needed to participate in a panel about online teaching at the Association for Asian Studies 2016 Annual Conference in Seattle March 31-April 3, 2016.

This panel will provide insights into innovative approaches to online teaching (web-conferencing, hybrid method) and course redesign and will discuss the opportunities and challenges of online classes in the Asian humanities. Appropriate papers will describe emerging methods that optimize online teaching, discuss potential legal/copyright issues as well as the consequences of collaborate efforts between universities and government-funded institutions to create online classes.

Interested parties should address questions and proposals to Maya K. Stiller (mstiller@ku.edu), assistant professor of Korean art and visual culture, University of Kansas, 209 Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS 66045, USA.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 19, 2015.

Call for Papers: “Shared Heritage” as New Variable in Indo-Korean Relations

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, in collaboration with the India International Centre, is organizing an international bilateral conference on “‘Shared Heritage’ – as New Variable in the Indo-Korean Relations: Historicizing the Legend of Princess from Ayodhya and its Legacy.” The conference will take place July 14-15, 2015, at the India International Centre in New Delhi.

The conference will emphasize the cultural contact between India and Korea in the backdrop of the legend of Ayodhya Queen and examine the impact of this legend on Korean society. By linking the shared cultural past with the present, the conference intends to provide a powerful cultural variable that can help in forging a closer partnership between India and Korea.

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The memorial to the Korean princess Huh Wang-Ock in Ayodhya, India

Full-length research papers are invited on these topics: (1) the legend of Ayodhya Princess and its historicity; (2) the impact of the legend of Ayodhya Princess and its Legacy on Korean society and culture; (3) the legend of Ayodhya Princess and its role in the shaping of Korean political history; (4) the idea of Korean homogeneity and the legend of Ayodhya Princess; (5) prospects of the legend of Ayodhya Princess in promoting Indo-Korean relations; (6) the economics of shared cultural heritage: Ayodhya as new destination for the Korean tourism industry; and (7) Ayodhya Princess and the journey of Indian social norms, values, and symbols to Korea.

Abstracts along with brief biographical profiles should be sent to the academic coordinator, Jitendra Uttam (juttam@mail.jnu.ac.in) of Jawaharlal Nehru University, with a copy to conscs.iccr@gov. Proposals must be received by May 25, 2015.

Research Grants at USC Korean Heritage Library

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The Korean Heritage Library at the University of Southern California has announced the availability of research grants for researchers, librarians, and educators in Korean studies. The grants, supported by the Overseas Korean Studies and Heritage Foundation (OKSHF), are intended to assist scholars in their use of the USC Korean Heritage Library’s resources.

Scholars and librarians whose research can benefit from the resources at the USC Korean Heritage Library are eligible to apply. Strong preference will be given to distinguished scholars from Korea and other countries outside the United States and to those at U.S. institutions that have few Korean library resources.

A maximum of $3,000 will be awarded during 2015 to support up to three scholars. Recipients will be expected to deliver a brief report at the end of on-site research; participate in an exit interview with KHL curator; acknowledge the grant in resulting publications and presentations; provide gift copies of publications resulting from the grant where possible; and submit receipts for reimbursement up to the amount of the award.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of USC librarians and faculty and should include a brief statement (approximately 250 words) describing the research project and its purpose, needs for on-site research at USC KHL, proposed visit schedule, an estimated budget, and a curriculum vitae. These items should be submitted as e-mail attachments to Joy Kim (joykim@usc.edu), curator of the Korean Heritage Library.

The deadline for proposals is September 30, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by October 30, 2015. Research grant awards must be used by October 31, 2016.

Inquiries may be directed to Joy Kim (joykim@usc.edu) or Kenneth Klein (kklein@usc.edu), head of the East Asian Library.

Faculty Positions Open at University of Central Lancashire

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The School of Language, Literature and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, United Kingdom, invites applications for two faculty positions in Korean studies. The deadline for applications is June 14, 2015.

One position is for an associate lecturer in Korean language on a two-year contract.
Applicants should have experience teaching Korean language and culture in a higher-education setting, native or near-native command of Korean, excellent presentation and communication skills, and a willingness to deliver innovative teaching methods and materials. For a complete description of the position, see http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALD586/associate-lecturer-in-korean/.

The second position is for a lecturer in Korean studies, also on a two-year contract. Desired applicants will be educated to Ph.D. level (or near completion), have native or near-native ability in Korean language, and have experience of curriculum design and development in social science-founded modules in Korean studies, preferably in the disciplines of international relations, political science, or sociology. See the complete description at http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALD588/lecturer-in-korean-studies.

Korean History Workshop for Overseas Doctoral Students at the Korea Foundation

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The Korea Foundation is conducting a new workshop program for doctoral students of Korean history who are currently undertaking their Ph.D. course work or are in the process of writing their dissertations on Korean history themes. The program is designed to reinforce the presence of Korean studies abroad, especially in the field of Korean history, by providing doctoral students opportunities to learn about the latest research, receive guidance on dissertation writing, and visit historical archives in Korea.

The workshop will take place July 20-26, 2015, and will include:

  • Lectures by distinguished scholars of Korean history;
  • Discussions of history-related research issues and trends in and outside Korea;
  • Presentations of participants’ theses/research work;
  • Guidance on dissertation preparation;
  • Network-building among doctoral candidates and professors of Korean history;
  • Historical resource archive visits; and
  • Cultural activities.

Workshop participation is open for up to thirty Ph.D. students who are undertaking doctoral course work at universities outside of Korea in the field of Korean history-related subjects and are able to make a presentation on their thesis project in Korean or English. Korean nationals with permanent residency in a country outside Korea are eligible. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, the Korea Foundation reserves the right to grant priority to students in the process of writing their doctoral dissertations.

The Korea Foundation will furnish economy-class round-trip airfare to and from Korea and accommodations and meals during the workshop period. See the Foundation’s Web site (http://en.kf.or.kr/?menuno=511 for the required application form and further details.

Applications must be by e-mail to the Korea Foundation’s Korean Studies Department at fellow@kf.or.kr by May 20, 2015.