Call for Abstracts: 8th World Congress of Korean Studies

World Congress of Korean Studies logoThe 8th World Con­gress of Kore­an Stud­ies will take place at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia in Philadel­phia Octo­ber 5–7, 2016. The con­gress theme is “Kore­an Cul­ture, Seek­ing Insights for the Future.” The Con­gress is designed to bring togeth­er schol­ars and experts to present recent research and exchange aca­d­e­m­ic infor­ma­tion as well as to pro­mote net­work­ing among Kore­anists.

Prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants are invit­ed to sub­mit pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tion at the Con­gress, which will be host­ed by The Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia. Pro­pos­als for pan­els and indi­vid­ual papers must be sub­mit­ted through the World Con­gress Web­site. Look for the call for papers/application link. Pro­pos­als are being accept­ed between March 16 and April 30, 2016. Noti­fi­ca­tion of review results will be issued by May 27, 2016. Full papers will be due by August 21.

The orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for the 8th World Con­gress con­sists of Hyeon Kim, chair/Academy of Kore­an Stud­ies; Eugene Y. Park, chair/University of Penn­syl­va­nia; Jae Hoon Yeon, Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety for Kore­an Studies/SOAS, Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don; Hyaewe­ol Choi, Kore­an Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion of Australasia/Australian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty; Don­ald L. Bak­er, Com­mit­tee on Kore­an Stud­ies, Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Studies/University of British Colum­bia; James B. Lewis, Asso­ci­a­tion for Kore­an Stud­ies in Europe/University of Oxford; and Won­suk Chang, Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion con­tact the Sec­re­tari­at of the World Con­gress of Kore­an Stud­ies Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee. Web site:; e-mail:; tele­phone: +82–31-709‑9843; fax: +82–31-809‑9945.

Academy of Korean Studies Grants Program for 2016

Academy of Korean Studies grantsThe Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies grants pro­gram for 2016 offers sup­port for aca­d­e­m­ic activ­i­ties aimed at deep­en­ing the world’s under­stand­ing of Korea. Grants are avail­able in five cat­e­gories. In all cas­es, the grants are avail­able to researchers affil­i­at­ed with edu­ca­tion and research insti­tu­tions out­side Korea. The five grant pro­grams are:

  • Com­pet­i­tive Research Fund­ing. This pro­gram sup­ports investigator-chosen indi­vid­ual or col­lab­o­ra­tive research on Korea-related sub­jects. The project direc­tor is required to have more than two research results with­in four years (2012.3‒2016.2).
  • Work­shop and Con­fer­ence Sup­port. This pro­gram sup­ports aca­d­e­m­ic work­shops and con­fer­ences on Korea-related sub­jects held between June 2016 and May 2017.
  • Schol­ar­ly Jour­nal Sup­port. The Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies will assist schol­ar­ly jour­nals for broad dis­sem­i­na­tion of orig­i­nal research in Kore­an stud­ies.
  • Edu­ca­tion Program/Cultural Activ­i­ties Sup­port. This pro­gram sup­ports edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams and cul­tur­al activ­i­ties designed for dis­sem­i­na­tion of knowl­edge in Kore­an stud­ies.
  • Sur­vey of the Cur­rent Sta­tus of Kore­an Stud­ies and Dig­i­ti­za­tion of Kore­an Stud­ies Mate­ri­als. This pro­gram sup­ports sur­veys of the cur­rent sta­tus of Kore­an stud­ies in a giv­en area (bib­li­og­ra­phy, human resources, insti­tu­tions) and dig­i­ti­za­tion of Kore­an stud­ies mate­ri­als out­side Korea (data­base of his­tor­i­cal records, audio-visual mate­ri­als).

Appli­ca­tions, includ­ing all required doc­u­ments, should be sent by e-mail to no lat­er than April 10, 2016. Appli­ca­tions after that dead­line will not be con­sid­ered. Appli­cants will be noti­fied of the result in June 2016.

For com­plete infor­ma­tion on the avail­able grants down­load 2016 Kore­an Stud­ies Grant Appli­ca­tion Guide­lines. The var­i­ous appli­ca­tion forms are avail­able from the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies Web site.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies at

Jangseogak Fellow Program at the Academy of Korean Studies

Jangseogak Fellow ProgramThe Jangseogak Archives at the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies has announced new­ly estab­lished fel­low­ships for over­seas schol­ars of Kore­an stud­ies. The fel­lows will par­tic­i­pate in Eng­lish trans­la­tion projects of Kore­an clas­si­cal sources (from the Jangseogak Archives) or col­lab­o­ra­tive research projects based on these archival sources.

Appli­ca­tions are invit­ed from schol­ars in the var­i­ous fields of the human­i­ties and the social sci­ences who have well-developed research inter­ests in pre-modern Kore­an (or relat­ed area) stud­ies. Appli­cants should hold a Ph.D. and have research expe­ri­ence in Kore­an or relat­ed stud­ies (for ABD appli­cants, the Ph.D. is required by the time of appoint­ment). Fel­lows are required to reside in Korea dur­ing the peri­od of the fel­low­ship. The expect­ed peri­od of res­i­dence for suc­cess­ful appli­cants is six to ten months.

Fel­low­ships require a full-time com­mit­ment; the recip­i­ent is not eli­gi­ble to receive oth­er fel­low­ships in Korea dur­ing the same peri­od. Fel­lows should begin their research before August 31, 2016, at the lat­est. Fel­lows are expect­ed to par­tic­i­pate in trans­la­tion projects (Clas­si­cal Chi­nese into Eng­lish) or team research projects to be con­duct­ed by the Jangseogak Archives. Fel­lows also are expect­ed to present the results or find­ings their research at a sem­i­nar at the Jangseogak Archives at least once dur­ing the term of the fel­low­ship.

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2016 Hanmun Summer Workshop at the Jangseogak Archives

Hanmun summer workshop example textThe Jangseogak Archives at the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies is offer­ing a three-week inten­sive Han­mun sum­mer work­shop for the study of literary/classical Chi­nese from July 4 to July 22, 2016. Grad­u­ate stu­dents, young researchers, and pro­fes­sors of Kore­an (not exclud­ing Chi­nese and Japan­ese) stud­ies who have received at least two years of train­ing in clas­si­cal Chi­nese or have com­plet­ed com­pa­ra­ble cours­es in Asian stud­ies are wel­come to apply.

The work­shop will run for six hours each day from Mon­day to Fri­day for three weeks (morn­ing lec­tures and after­noon practicum for trans­la­tion) and will also include oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore his­toric sites relat­ed to the read­ing mate­ri­als addressed in the work­shop.

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Academic Director Sought for Jangseogak Hanmun Workshop

hanmun workshop textsThe Jangseogak Archives at the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies is seek­ing an aca­d­e­m­ic direc­tor of the 2016 Han­mun (literary/classical Chi­nese) Work­shop (July 4–22, 2016). The Jangseogak Archives is a pres­ti­gious nation­al library and research insti­tute of tra­di­tion­al Kore­an sources (

The main pur­pose of this work­shop is to train aspir­ing young schol­ars (grad­u­ate stu­dents and junior schol­ars) of Kore­an stud­ies. Through an inten­sive three-week course (six hours per day, Mon­day through Fri­day) on a care­ful­ly select­ed pre-modern Kore­an clas­si­cal text, the par­tic­i­pants will be instruct­ed on how to read and trans­late into Eng­lish classical/literary Chi­nese sources.

The work­shop will focus on one par­tic­u­lar text or a col­lec­tion of sources derived from the Archives. Apart from the read­ing and trans­la­tion of a select­ed text, the par­tic­i­pants will also write intro­duc­to­ry arti­cles on a list of fifty care­ful­ly select­ed texts from the Archives.

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