Korean Communication Research and Practice: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Dur­ing past decades, Kore­an com­mu­ni­ca­tion schol­ars have estab­lished a sol­id inter­na­tion­al rep­u­ta­tion in com­mu­ni­ca­tion research. Although a sub­stan­tial body of com­mu­ni­ca­tion research has appeared in Eng­lish, sub­fields of com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies have tend­ed to devel­op inde­pen­dent­ly. A con­fer­ence to be held at Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies July 27 – 28, 2017, aims to gath­er and assess the accu­mu­lat­ed research in all sub­fields in order to iden­ti­fy crit­i­cal gaps in cur­rent schol­ar­ship and point the way for future research.

Korean Communication Conference

The con­fer­ence, titled “Kore­an Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Research and Prac­tice: Look­ing Back, Look­ing For­ward,” was orga­nized by Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­ber Ji Young Kim of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The stat­ed goals of the con­fer­ence are to crit­i­cal­ly eval­u­ate the exist­ing schol­ar­ship on Kore­an com­mu­ni­ca­tion in key top­ic areas; car­ry on a dia­logue about the gaps in the cur­rent research lit­er­a­ture; and to exchange ideas and per­spec­tives about the future direc­tions of com­mu­ni­ca­tion research about Korea.

Near­ly two dozen com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ists from uni­ver­si­ties in Korea, the Unit­ed States, and Cana­da will present papers in the broad areas of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and soci­ety; pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tion; dig­i­tal media and com­mu­ni­ty; and culture/​visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Spe­cif­ic top­ics touch on com­mu­ni­ca­tion law, polit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, jour­nal­ism, health com­mu­ni­ca­tion, pub­lic rela­tions, adver­tis­ing, dig­i­tal games, and cin­e­ma, among others.

Kwan M. LeeThe con­fer­ence will begin on Thurs­day morn­ing with a keynote speech by Kwan Min Lee, Korea Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor of Con­tem­po­rary Kore­an Soci­ety and New Media in the Wee Kim Wee School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Infor­ma­tion at Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni­ver­si­ty in Sin­ga­pore. His speech, “User Expe­ri­ence (UX) Research and Prac­tice in South Korea,” is sched­uled to begin at 9:20 a.m.

On Fri­day after­noon, the con­fer­ence will wrap up with a pan­el dis­cus­sion on the future of Kore­an com­mu­ni­ca­tion fea­tur­ing five of the con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants: Seun­gahn Nah and Kyu Ho Youm of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ore­gon, Hye-Ryeon Lee of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Nojin Kwak of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, and Dal Yong Jin of Simon Fras­er University.

Spon­sors of the con­fer­ence include the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; the Nam Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan with sup­port from the Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies through the Repub­lic of Korea Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and the Kore­an Stud­ies Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies; the Kore­an Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion; the Cen­tre for Pol­i­cy Research on Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy at Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty; and the School of Jour­nal­ism and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oregon.

Atten­dance at the con­fer­ence is open to the pub­lic with­out cost. The sched­ule of con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions can be found on line here. Inquiries about the pro­gram should be direct­ed to the con­fer­ence orga­niz­er, Prof. Ji Young Kim, at jkim22@hawaii.edu.