Conference on Populism, Alternative Truths, Fringe Voices

James Joo-Jin Kim Program conference on populismThe James Joo-Jin Kim Pro­gram in Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia is host­ing its third annu­al con­fer­ence on Fri­day, April 27, 2018. The con­fer­ence title is “Pop­ulism, Alter­na­tive Truths, and Voic­es from the Fringe in Korea.” The objec­tive is to dis­cuss var­i­ous forms of fringe groups, ideas, and move­ments, as well as the dynam­ics between fringe and cen­ter through­out Kore­an his­to­ry, mod­ern and pre­mod­ern.

Con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers wel­come con­tri­bu­tions from any dis­ci­pline, includ­ing anthro­pol­o­gy, cul­tur­al stud­ies, his­to­ry, lit­er­a­ture, phi­los­o­phy, polit­i­cal sci­ence, reli­gion, and soci­ol­o­gy. They hope to derive con­clu­sions that are rel­e­vant to under­stand­ing con­tem­po­rary events and devel­op­ments.

Those inter­est­ed in pre­sent­ing at the con­fer­ence, should send a 250-word abstract plus a short per­son­al intro­duc­tion to Nuri Kim at by the end of the day Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 19, 2018 (EST). Send ques­tions regard­ing the con­fer­ence to the same address.

For more infor­ma­tion about the James Joo-Jin Kim Pro­gram in Kore­an Stud­ies, vis­it

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Hawai‘i


Center for Korean Studies postdoctoral research fellowshipThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa invites appli­ca­tions for a post­doc­tor­al research fel­low­ship for the aca­d­e­m­ic year 2018–2019. The fel­low is expect­ed to con­duct research on Kore­an lit­er­a­ture or relat­ed top­ics. He or she is also expect­ed to be in res­i­dence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and to par­tic­i­pate active­ly in the intel­lec­tu­al life of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies.

This appoint­ment is for one year start­ing August 1, 2018, pend­ing posi­tion clear­ance and avail­abil­i­ty of funds. Com­pen­sa­tion for the posi­tion is a stipend of $3,750 per month with no addi­tion­al ben­e­fits.

Appli­cants should hold a Ph.D. by August 1, 2018, and should not have received the degree more than five years pri­or to the appoint­ment date. Field of study should be in the arts, human­i­ties, social sci­ences, or a relat­ed field. Abil­i­ty to speak, read, and write both in Eng­lish and Kore­an with pro­fes­sion­al work­ing pro­fi­cien­cy is desir­able.

The fel­low­ship is sup­port­ed by the Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies through the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion of the Repub­lic of Korea and Kore­an Stud­ies Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies (AKS-2015-OLU-2250005). This grant is to pro­mote Kore­an stud­ies inter­na­tion­al­ly in high­er learn­ing insti­tu­tions. The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is work­ing to expand the university’s cur­ricu­lum with Korea-focused cours­es and to increase its Kore­an stud­ies out­reach activ­i­ties. Pub­li­ca­tions devel­oped or pub­lished while fund­ed on this grant must acknowl­edge the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies.

How to Apply

To apply, sub­mit a cov­er let­ter, cur­ricu­lum vitae, research project pro­pos­al (not more than two pages, sin­gle-spaced), and two let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion. All mate­ri­als should be sent by e-mail to Com­bine all appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als into a sin­gle PDF file and use the sub­ject line “AKS Post-doc Fel­low­ship Search_surname, first name”.

The appli­ca­tion dead­line is Jan­u­ary 19, 2018. Inquiries about the fel­low­ship may be direct­ed to Dr. Sang-Hyop Lee, direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, tele­phone (808) 956‑7041 or e-mail

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and its pro­grams, see

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action insti­tu­tion and is com­mit­ted to a pol­i­cy of nondis­crim­i­na­tion on the basis of race, sex, gen­der iden­ti­ty and expres­sion, age, reli­gion, col­or, nation­al ori­gin, ances­try, cit­i­zen­ship, dis­abil­i­ty, genet­ic infor­ma­tion, mar­i­tal sta­tus, breast­feed­ing, income assign­ment for child sup­port, arrest and court record (except as per­mis­si­ble under state law), sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion, domes­tic or sex­u­al vio­lence vic­tim sta­tus, nation­al guard absence, or sta­tus as a cov­ered vet­er­an.

In accor­dance with the Jeanne Clery Dis­clo­sure of Cam­pus Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy and Cam­pus Crime Sta­tis­tics Act, annu­al cam­pus crime sta­tis­tics for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii may be viewed at, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respec­tive UH Cam­pus Secu­ri­ty or Admin­is­tra­tive Ser­vices Office.

Call for Papers: Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies

Bochum YearbookThe Bochum Year­book of East Asian Stud­ies (Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasien­forschung) is now accept­ing sub­mis­sions, in either Eng­lish or Ger­man, for edi­tion 41, which is sched­uled for pub­li­ca­tion in win­ter 2018. All papers sub­mit­ted will under­go dou­ble-blind peer review.

The Bochum Year­book of East Asian Stud­ies has been pub­lished since 1978 by the Fac­ul­ty of East Asian Stud­ies at Ruhr-Uni­ver­sität Bochum, Ger­many. It serves as an inter­na­tion­al forum for aca­d­e­m­ic pub­li­ca­tions on East Asian research, with indi­vid­ual research papers mak­ing up the larg­er part of the jour­nal.

For an idea of the scope of top­ics and research approach­es that have been includ­ed in the Bochum Year­book of East Asian Stud­ies, see the tables of con­tents of back issues at

Authors should use the tem­plate at and send papers as e-mail attach­ments to by March 1, 2018. Pre­vi­ous­ly pub­lished papers will not be accept­ed.

Visiting Assistant Professor for Tübingen Global Korea Project

Tübingen Global Korea ProjectWith fund­ing from the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies for the Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies, the Depart­ment of Chi­nese and Kore­an Stud­ies of the Insti­tute of Asian and Ori­en­tal Stud­ies at Eber­hard Karls Uni­ver­si­ty Tübin­gen, Ger­many, invites appli­ca­tions for the posi­tion of vis­it­ing assis­tant pro­fes­sor of the Tübin­gen Glob­al Korea Project.

The con­tract peri­od for this posi­tion is com­mences on March 1, 2018, and ends on Feb­ru­ary 28, 2021. Require­ments for appoint­ment are a Ph.D. degree in Kore­an stud­ies or a relat­ed dis­ci­pline, as well as pro­fi­cien­cy in spo­ken and writ­ten Kore­an and in Ger­man or Eng­lish. The Ph.D. must have been com­plet­ed by the time of appoint­ment.

The pri­ma­ry respon­si­bil­i­ties of this posi­tion are to teach two cours­es per semes­ter (four hours per week) and to con­tribute to admin­is­tra­tive work, espe­cial­ly in facil­i­tat­ing the Tübin­gen Glob­al Korea Project.

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Call for Papers: Korea Economic Institute

Korea Economic Institute logoThe Korea Eco­nom­ic Insti­tute of Amer­i­ca (KEI) solic­its papers for the next round of its Aca­d­e­m­ic Paper Series—a pro­gram to gen­er­ate month­ly aca­d­e­m­ic papers and a pub­lic dis­cus­sion of issues relat­ed to the Kore­an Penin­su­la and affect­ing the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance. KEI has com­mis­sioned more than nine­ty papers in this series on a vari­ety of top­ics.

KEI is seek­ing pro­pos­als for papers to be released between Feb­ru­ary and July 2018 on orig­i­nal sub­jects of cur­rent inter­est to seri­ous Korea watch­ers. KEI is inter­est­ed in papers con­cern­ing South Korea’s domes­tic econ­o­my, inter­na­tion­al eco­nom­ic rela­tions, or inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty rela­tions as well as inno­v­a­tive ideas on North Korea.

Top­ics of par­tic­u­lar inter­est this year include, but are not lim­it­ed to: the North Kore­an mis­sile pro­gram, North Kore­an nuclear strat­e­gy, the mar­ke­ti­za­tion of the North Kore­an econ­o­my, South Kore­an soft pow­er, meet­ing South Kore­an ener­gy needs, South Kore­an envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy, and South Kore­an naval strat­e­gy and capa­bil­i­ties.

Papers must be writ­ten exclu­sive­ly for the Korea Eco­nom­ic Insti­tute, that is, they must not have been pre­sent­ed or pub­lished pre­vi­ous­ly in any form. KEI will pay authors of papers select­ed for the Aca­d­e­m­ic Paper Series an hon­o­rar­i­um of $1,500 upon com­ple­tion of the edi­to­r­i­al process and receipt of a short sum­ma­ry of the key insights of the paper.

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