Korean Family in Comparative Perspective Postdoctoral Fellowship at Illinois

The five-year Kore­an Fam­i­ly in Com­par­a­tive Per­spec­tive (KFCP) Lab­o­ra­to­ry for the Glob­al­iza­tion of Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois, fund­ed by the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies and housed in the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Cul­tures, has announced the avail­abil­i­ty of a KFCP Post­doc­tor­al Fel­low­ship start­ing August 16, 2011. This one-year posi­tion, with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a one-year exten­sion, is open to recent Ph.D. recip­i­ents (with­in the last three years) and those who will deposit their dis­ser­ta­tion by August 15, 2011.

The KFCP Lab­o­ra­to­ry aims to bring the Kore­an fam­i­ly to the cen­ter of com­par­a­tive East Asian and gen­er­al fam­i­ly stud­ies, high­light­ing Korea as a pro­duc­tive com­par­a­tive case of inter­est to non-Kore­anists across a range of dis­ci­plines and schol­ar­ly loca­tions. KFCP Fel­lows must be schol­ars inter­est­ed in com­par­a­tive work on the Kore­an fam­i­ly. Schol­ars with pri­ma­ry exper­tise in the fam­i­ly of oth­er East Asian coun­tries (e.g., Chi­na, Hong Kong, Japan, Tai­wan) are par­tic­u­lar­ly wel­comed to apply. Schol­ars with pri­ma­ry research empha­sis on the Kore­as must have a con­crete plan to con­duct com­par­a­tive research (i.e., with anoth­er country/​region). The post­doc­tor­al fel­low­ship is open to schol­ars in any human­i­ties or social sci­ence discipline.

The KFCP Lab­o­ra­to­ry is direct­ed by anthro­pol­o­gist Nan­cy Abel­mann and includes three KFCP Lab­o­ra­to­ry Fel­lows: Jung­won Kim (EALC and His­to­ry, Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois), Seung-Kyung Kim (Women’s Stud­ies, Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land), and Hyun­joon Park (Soci­ol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Pennsylvania).

The Post­doc­tor­al Fel­low will be wel­comed to an active Kore­anist com­mu­ni­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois that includes a biweek­ly Korea Work­shop (that will active­ly engage the themes of the Lab­o­ra­to­ry). The KFCP Fel­low will be pro­vid­ed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in orga­niz­ing a Kore­an Fam­i­ly Col­lo­qui­um Series, which grad­u­ate stu­dents will be able to attend for par­tial cred­it. The KFCP Lab­o­ra­to­ry will be guid­ed by a Nation­al Advi­so­ry Board. KFCP Lab­o­ra­to­ry direc­tor, fel­lows, and nation­al board mem­bers will take an active role in nur­tur­ing the com­par­a­tive schol­ar­ship of the Post­doc­tor­al Fel­low. The Post­doc­tor­al fel­low will also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to “workshop” his or her manuscript/​s with experts from both on and off campus.

The KFCP Fel­low will be paid $40,000 includ­ing ben­e­fits, if ben­e­fit eli­gi­ble, and some funds for domes­tic research-relat­ed travel.

The appli­ca­tion dead­line is Feb­ru­ary 25, 2011. Appli­ca­tions should be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cal­ly at http://go.illinois.edu/KFCP_Application and must include:

  • A cov­er let­ter review­ing your research his­to­ry, includ­ing your dis­ser­ta­tion and oth­er publications.
  • A state­ment of inter­est in the Kore­an fam­i­ly in com­par­a­tive per­spec­tive, includ­ing a pub­li­ca­tion plan that includes the sub­mis­sion of one arti­cle for each post­doc­tor­al year (or a sin­gle- or co-authored book man­u­script) (this can be inte­grat­ed into the cov­er letter).
  • A state­ment of com­mit­ment to active par­tic­i­pa­tion in KFCP Lab­o­ra­to­ry events, includ­ing the Kore­an Fam­i­ly Col­lo­qui­um Series (this can be a sim­ple state­ment in the cov­er letter).
  • One writ­ing sam­ple, 25 – 40 pages.
  • Con­tact infor­ma­tion for three ref­er­ees who can speak to your schol­ar­ly work and abil­i­ties and to the fea­si­bil­i­ty of your research and pub­li­ca­tion plans for com­par­a­tive work on the Kore­an fam­i­ly. Ref­er­ees will be con­tact­ed elec­tron­i­cal­ly and asked to sub­mit their letters.

Direct inquires to slcl-hr@illinois.edu.