Modern Korean History Position at the University of Hawai‘i

UH modern Korean history position announcementThe Department of History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as assistant or associate professor of modern Korean history. The appointment is to begin August 1, 2017, subject to availability of funds and position clearance.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Teach lower-division survey courses, upper-division, and graduate-level courses in area(s) of specialization;
  2. Advise undergraduate and graduate students;
  3. Maintain an active agenda of scholarly research and publication;
  4. Participate in service work;
  5. Other duties as assigned by the department chair.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in history or closely related field in the humanities or social sciences with an emphasis on modern Korea. Degree must in hand by the date of appointment (August 1, 2017) and be granted by a university of recognized standing;
  2. Research competence in Korean language and evidence of strong historical research capabilities.

Associate Professor Minimum Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated university teaching experience;
  2. Hold the rank of associate professor;
  3. Evidence of scholarly achievement comparable to peers at research universities.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated extensive teaching experience;
  2. Research focus on transnational or comparative studies which situates Korea in a global context;
  3. National and international scholarly engagement, particularly in Korea and the Pacific.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

To Apply

Application materials should include a letter of application describing research interests, curriculum vitae, writing sample, official academic transcripts (copies are acceptable, but official transcripts will be required at the time of hire), and a sample syllabus from an undergraduate or graduate course in Korean history. In addition, arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to the search committee.

Send paper copies of all materials (no electronic or e-mailed copies accepted) to Dr. Shana Brown (Chair), Korea Search Committee, University of Hawai‘i, Department of History, 2530 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-2383 USA.

For the official recruiting announcement, see

Direct inquires to Shana Brown at or telephone (808) 956-7151.

For more information about the UH Mānoa Department of History, see

Call for Papers: Korean Diaspora and the Arts

Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem conference on Korean diaspora and the artsThe Department of Asian Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites proposals for presentation at a conference titled “Korean Diaspora and the Arts.” The conference will take place at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University May 21–23, 2017.

This conference aims to bring together innovative approaches that will deepen understanding of the historical, cultural, and political experiences of Korean diasporic individuals and communities as reflected in creative works.

The conference organizers solicit individual papers and panel proposals that examine representations of the Korean diaspora in creative works and that investigate lives and philosophies of diasporic artists in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Papers that contain innovative theoretical, historical, and sociological approaches to the Korean diaspora are also welcome.

Individual abstracts and panel proposals (with abstracts for each of the panelists) should be sent to by January 30, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by February 28, 2017, and asked to send their working papers (3,000–4,000 words) at least two weeks prior to the conference.

For More Information

Address questions regarding the conference and the proposal submission process to the conference organizers, Dr. Jooyeon Rhee ( or Ira Lyan (

The Academy of Korean Studies, The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, and The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace are the sponsors of the conference.

For more information about the Hebrew University Department of Asian Studies, see

USC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017-2018

USC postdoctoral fellowshipThe University of Southern California Korean Studies Institute is accepting applications for its 2017-2018 AKS
Postdoctoral Fellowship. The USC postdoctoral fellowship is open to scholars from all fields whose research pertains to Korea or involves Korea as part of a larger comparative or interdisciplinary research.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand and should be within five years of having received the degree by the beginning of the appointment. The fellow is expected to remain in residence during the fellowship period, present his or her research, participate in Institute events, and mentor undergraduate fellows on their research papers.

The fellowship will cover up to a twelve-month period from August 15, 2017, to August 14, 2018. It will provide a salary, benefits, shared office space, and access to libraries and resources at the University.

To Apply

Interested applicants must submit the following via the on-line application portal by February 1, 2017:

  • Statement of purpose;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Thesis abstract;
  • Writing sample; and
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on February 1.

Address further inquiries to Sarah Shear at

This fellowship is supported by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2014-OLU-2250003).

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies at Indiana University

Indiana University postdoctoral fellowship in Korean studiesThe Institute for Korean Studies at Indiana University is soliciting applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Korean studies. The selected fellow is expected to conduct research related to Korea in one of the following areas: the social sciences, policy, international relations, or governance. He or she will also be expected to maintain an active presence on campus, participate in Institute events, and interact with faculty and students.

The fellowship term will be the spring semester 2017 and fall semester 2018. The fellowship carries an annual salary of $48,000 plus benefits. The fellow will have work space and full use of the campus and its libraries.


The fellowship holder is required to:

  • Remain in residence during the period of the fellowship;
  • Teach three courses over the two-year period of the fellowship;
  • Deliver a colloquium lecture in each year of the fellowship (two total);
  • Mentor students who specialize in Korean studies in the East Asian Languages and Culture Department; and
  • Participate in planning and executing Institute for Korean Studies programming.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in an area related to Korean studies at the time of appointment to the position. The Ph.D. must have been received between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2016.

To Apply

Applications for the position must reach the Institute for Korean Studies by November 18, 2016. Applications should include letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of past and proposed research; writing sample; and contact information for three references. Submit all documents in PDF format at:

Direct questions regarding the position or the application process to Susan Blake (, Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies, Institute for Korean Studies, Global and International Studies Building, 2046 355 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-1105.

Soon Young Kim Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard University

Harvard University postdoctoral fellowship in Korean studiesThe Korea Institute at Harvard University is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in Korean studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. This fellowship is open to all fields of study and time periods. Scholars working on Korean historical topics related to business, science and technology, the military, and the environment may receive preference.

The selected fellow is expected to participate in related activities of Harvard and the Korean studies community and to teach one or two undergraduate courses in the appropriate academic department.

The fellowship will cover up to a twelve-month period between August 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018. It carries a stipend of $50,000 (with an understanding that the fellowship recipient shall purchase her or his own health insurance). The recipient will have the option to purchase health insurance from Harvard’s affiliate insurance program (

The postdoctoral fellow will be provided an office and access to libraries and resources of Harvard University and will be invited to participate in the academic life of the Korea Institute and appropriate academic departments.

The fellow will be expected to reside in the Cambridge/Boston area during the appointment and to work on revising his or her dissertation for publication. The fellow will also be expected to teach or collaborate on one or two one-semester classes for undergraduates and give a public presentation at the Korea Colloquium or Kim Koo Forum seminar series.

Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree within five years of the postdoctoral appointment year (that is, in 2012 or later). The applicant must have fully completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2017.

Applications must reach the Korea Institute via e-mail by Thursday, January 5, 2017, by 5 p.m. EST.

Application details and process are available on line at

Further inquiries should be directed to: Catherine Glover (, Fellowships Coordinator, Korea Institute, Harvard University, Room S241, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.

Call for Papers: 2017 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

2017 SPAS graduate student conferenceThe University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies invites proposals for papers, performances, and panels for its 28th annual SPAS Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place at the UH Center for Korean Studies in Honolulu March 22-24, 2017. The program theme is “Bridging the Gaps: Conceptualizing Asia through an Interdisciplinary Lens.”

Conference organizers are looking especially for papers and panels that

  • critically address or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the study of Asia,
  • involve original research in any area of Asia and Asian studies,
  • incorporate interdisciplinary methods and frameworks,
  • engage comparative studies or transnational issues,
  • explore new and emerging trends in Asian studies,
  • critically re-examine existing methodologies and frameworks, and
  • present Asian performance practices.

Proposals for performances are also welcome in addition to those for papers and panels.

The deadline to submit proposals is January 20, 2017. An on-line application form is available here.

All accepted papers and panels will have discussants, so presenters should expect to submit their finished papers by February 15, 2017.

The conference sponsors will present best-paper awards for the best Japan, best Korea, and best Southeast Asia papers.

A limited number of partial travel grants to the conference site will be available.

For More Information

Direct questions about the 2017 SPAS Graduate Student Conference to the planning committee at

For more information, refer to the conference Facebook page “2017 SPAS Graduate Conference” or visit the Graduate Student Conference Web site.