Post for Data Scientist in Korean Studies at Sogang University

Sogang University logoSogang Uni­ver­si­ty is seek­ing can­di­dates for a full-time, tenure-track appoint­ment in the Depart­ment of Glob­al Kore­an Stud­ies at Sogang’s School of Inte­grat­ed Knowl­edge. The suc­cess­ful appli­cant will teach under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate cours­es in data sci­ence as it relates to the pro­duc­tion of knowl­edge about Korea and Kore­an cul­ture, as well as con­duct research and seek fund­ing for research on cre­ation of knowl­edge about Korea.

The Depart­ment of Glob­al Kore­an Stud­ies in sit­u­at­ed in Sogang’s School of Inte­grat­ed Knowedge along with the Depart­ment of Art and Tech­nol­o­gy. Cours­es in the Depart­ment are con­duct­ed in Eng­lish for Kore­an and inter­na­tion­al stu­dents with the aim of enabling those stu­dents to become glob­al lead­ers in the pro­duc­tion of knowl­edge about Korea.

The suc­cess­ful appli­cant is like­ly to have research and teach­ing expe­ri­ence in one or more of the fol­low­ing areas: Data stor­age and retrieval; dig­i­tal human­i­ties; cul­tur­al infor­mat­ics; bib­lio­met­rics, infor­met­rics; quan­ti­ta­tive his­tor­i­cal or anthro­po­log­i­cal analy­sis; applied machine learn­ing; data visu­al­iza­tion; com­put­er vision; large-scale data min­ing; nat­ur­al lan­guage pro­cess­ing; top­ic mod­el­ing; dig­i­tal con­ti­nu­ity; pol­i­cy, pri­va­cy, ethics, law (as they relate to data, dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, and Korea); sci­ence and tech­nolo­gies stud­ies; research design and data ana­lyt­ics; and soft­ware engineering.

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Textbook for the Language of Jeju Island Published

Jejueo 1 cover image

With­in the last few years, sev­er­al inter­na­tion­al groups (UNESCO, Eth­no­logue, and the Endan­gered Lan­guages Project) have rec­og­nized that Jejueo, the vari­ety of speech indige­nous to Jeju Island, is an inde­pen­dent lan­guage, not a dialect of Korean. 

Jejueo is crit­i­cal­ly endan­gered, with only a few thou­sand elder­ly flu­ent speak­ers, but efforts to pre­serve and revi­tal­ize it are under­way. A new Web site ( presents up-to-date infor­ma­tion on the lan­guage and on efforts to save it. 

Jejueo 1 sample pageOne of the most impor­tant revi­tal­iza­tion projects has just reached a major mile­stone, with the pub­li­ca­tion on July 5 of the first vol­ume in a pro­ject­ed four-vol­ume text­book series for Kore­an-speak­ing learn­ers of Jejueo. Jejueo 1 con­sists of fif­teen chap­ters, each with prac­tice exer­cis­es and an accom­pa­ny­ing set of down­load­able audio files. It can be obtained from the Kyobo Web site.

The vol­ume was pre­pared by a com­mit­tee of three authors: Changy­ong Yang, pro­fes­sor in the Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion at Jeju Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty; Sejung Yang, a Ph.D. can­di­date in the Depart­ment of Lin­guis­tics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; and William O’Grady, UH Mānoa pro­fes­sor of lin­guis­tics and a mem­ber of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Studies. 

The work was 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-2015-OLU-2250005).

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

An Interview with Korean Studies Editor Christopher J. Bae

Christopher J. BaeThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press Jour­nals Depart­ment has pub­lished on on-line inter­view with the new edi­tor of Kore­an Stud­ies, Prof. Christo­pher J. Bae.

Bae, a Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa pro­fes­sor of anthro­pol­o­gy, recent­ly became chair of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Pub­li­ca­tions Com­mit­tee and with that became also the edi­tor of the Center’s jour­nal and man­ag­er of its book series.

In the inter­view, Bae talks briefly about the his­to­ry and scope of the jour­nal, pub­lished con­tin­u­ous­ly since 1977, and about its prospects under his edi­tor­ship. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press is co-pub­lish­er of Kore­an Stud­ies and of the Center’s book series, Hawai‘i Stud­ies on Korea, ini­ti­at­ed in 2000 and now num­ber­ing fif­teen titles.

The full text of the inter­view can be found on the UH Press Jour­nals Depart­ment blog.

See the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Web site for more infor­ma­tion about Kore­an Stud­ies and the Hawai‘i Stud­ies on Korea book series.

Call for Papers: Identity and Transnational Mobility

Goethe University Frankfurt
Kore­an Stud­ies at Goethe-Uni­ver­si­ty of Frank­furt invites pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tions to be deliv­ered at an inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence, “Iden­ti­ty and Transna­tion­al Mobil­i­ty In and Out of Korea,” Feb­ru­ary 22 – 23, 2018. The con­fer­ence will exam­ine impor­tant socioe­co­nom­ic aspects of transna­tion­al mobil­i­ty in and out of Korea as well as the process in which over­seas Kore­ans and migrants in South Korea gain agency and nego­ti­ate mul­ti­ple identities. 

Pro­pos­als are wel­come for papers on all aspects of iden­ti­ty and transna­tion­al mobil­i­ty in and out of Korea, includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, transna­tion­al mobility/​migration and belong­ing in his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary con­texts, media con­sump­tion and ICTs in transna­tion­al migra­tion, issues con­cern­ing migrants in South Korea, and Kore­an dias­po­ra and eth­nic return migration.

Prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants should sub­mit a pro­pos­al includ­ing an abstract of three hun­dred words and a cur­ricu­lum vitae and to Mi-Jeong Jo at and Pro­fes­sor Yon­son Ahn at Pro­pos­als are due by August 20, 2017. Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will be noti­fied by Sep­tem­ber 24 and will be required to sub­mit a full paper (5,500 – 7,000 words includ­ing bib­li­og­ra­phy and end­notes) by Decem­ber 31, 2017.

Select­ed papers pre­sent­ed at the con­fer­ence will be con­sid­ered for pub­li­ca­tion as part of an edit­ed vol­ume. The select­ed papers will be required to con­sid­er com­ments and dis­cus­sion made dur­ing the con­fer­ence and must be sub­mit­ted by mid-April, 2018. 

The con­fer­ence is spon­sored by the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies, the Repub­lic of Korea Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion, and Goethe-Uni­ver­si­ty of Frankfurt.

Ques­tions regard­ing the con­fer­ence should be direct­ed to Mi-Jeong Jo.