Anthropology and Korean Studies Position at Olé Miss

University of Mississippi Korean studies position announcementThe Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy and the Croft Insti­tute for Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­sis­sip­pi invite appli­ca­tions for a posi­tion as Croft assis­tant pro­fes­sor of anthro­pol­o­gy and Kore­an stud­ies. This is a joint-appoint­ment, tenure-track posi­tion sup­port­ed by the Korea Foun­da­tion. Tenure and pro­mo­tion reside in the Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy. The start date is August 2017.

The search is for a cul­tur­al or lin­guis­tic anthro­pol­o­gist who will take a lead­ing role in the devel­op­ment of Kore­an stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­sis­sip­pi. The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will be able to teach intro­duc­to­ry and the­mat­ic cours­es for anthro­pol­o­gy and inter­na­tion­al stud­ies as well as upper-lev­el and grad­u­ate cours­es with a focus on Korea. 

Can­di­dates should have an active field­work pro­gram, a strong com­mit­ment to teach­ing, and the lan­guage pro­fi­cien­cy to con­duct orig­i­nal research in Kore­an. A Ph.D. in anthro­pol­o­gy is required by the time of appointment.

Teach­ing and ser­vice respon­si­bil­i­ties will be divid­ed equal­ly between the Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy and the Croft Insti­tute. The Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthro­pol­o­gy, and the Croft Insti­tute admin­is­ters the major in inter­na­tion­al stud­ies with­in the Col­lege of Lib­er­al Arts. 

To Apply

Inter­est­ed can­di­dates should apply online at https://https://jobs.olemiss.edu/postings/10802 by upload­ing a let­ter of appli­ca­tion, cur­ricu­lum vita, out­line of cur­rent and pro­ject­ed research inter­ests, evi­dence of teach­ing effec­tive­ness, a writ­ing sam­ple, and names and con­tact infor­ma­tion for three indi­vid­u­als who can be con­tact­ed for let­ters of recommendation.

Review of appli­ca­tions will begin when an ade­quate pool is estab­lished, but no ear­li­er than Novem­ber 10, 2016. Review will con­tin­ue until the posi­tion is filled. Salary is com­pet­i­tive. Women and minori­ties are encour­aged to apply.

For infor­ma­tion about the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­sis­sip­pi Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy and Anthro­pol­o­gy, see http://socanth.olemiss.edu. For infor­ma­tion about the Croft Insti­tute for Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies, see http://www.croft.olemiss.edu.

Forensic Anthroplogy and the Korea 208 Project

Anthropologist Jennie Jin manages the Korea 208 projectForen­sic anthro­pol­o­gist Jen­nie Jin of the Defense POW/​MIA Account­ing Agency will make two pre­sen­ta­tions on the UH Mānoa cam­pus March 8 and March 10, 2016. Jin man­ages the Agency’s Korea 208 project, which has iden­ti­fied more than 150 U.S. ser­vice mem­bers who died dur­ing the Kore­an War.

Jin’s first pre­sen­ta­tion, titled “Bones for Jus­tice and Clo­sure: Foren­sic Anthropology’s Role in Human Rights Inves­ti­ga­tions and Miss­ing Per­sons Iden­ti­fi­ca­tions,” will take place Tues­day, March 8 at 3:20 p.m. in Class­room 4 at the William S. Richard­son School of Law.

This talk will focus on how foren­sic anthro­pol­o­gists solve cas­es using a com­bi­na­tion of oste­ol­o­gy, DNA, archae­ol­o­gy, and his­to­ry. Analy­sis of bones can help reveal the sex, age, stature, and ances­try of uniden­ti­fied indi­vid­u­als. Foren­sic anthro­pol­o­gists con­duct such stud­ies to sup­port a vari­ety legal cas­es in pur­suit of jus­tice and in aid of prosecution.

Talk on Korea 208

The sec­ond talk will be pre­sent­ed as part of the Anthro­pol­o­gy Department’s 2016 Col­lo­qui­um Series and will take place Thurs­day, March 10, at 3:00 p.m. in Craw­ford Hall 115. The top­ic will be “The Korea 208: A Large-scale Com­min­gling Case of Unac­count­ed-for Amer­i­can Remains from the Kore­an War.” 

some individuals identified in Korea 208 projectSome 36,000 Amer­i­can ser­vice mem­bers lost their lives dur­ing the Kore­an War. Despite recov­ery efforts dur­ing and after the war, the remains of 7,800 indi­vid­u­als are still unac­count­ed for. In the ear­ly 1990s, the North Kore­an gov­ern­ment repa­tri­at­ed 208 cas­kets claim­ing that each rep­re­sent­ed one Amer­i­can. In fact, the remains of mul­ti­ple indi­vid­u­als were mixed in the cas­kets. Fur­ther recov­ery oper­a­tions in North Korea between 1996 and 2005 yield­ed addi­tion­al sets of remains that also fre­quent­ly proved to be mixed. Jin’s project ana­lyzes these remains using tech­niques drawn from anthro­pol­o­gy, his­to­ry, and genet­ics to solve the com­min­gling issue with the ulti­mate goal of iden­ti­fy­ing and send­ing them home.

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UH Magazine Spotlights CKS Faculty Member Christopher Bae

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­ber Christo­pher Bae of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy is the sub­ject of an arti­cle just pub­lished in the Uni­ver­si­ty mag­a­zine, Mālamalama. Bae is the recip­i­ent of a five-year, $1.2 mil­lion research grant from the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies, which he is using, with an inter­na­tion­al research team, to seek traces of the ear­li­est humans to live on the Kore­an penin­su­la. Read the entire sto­ry at http://www.hawaii.edu/malamalama/2011/10/asian-archaeology/#korea.

CKS Faculty Member Christopher Bae Wins $1.1 Million Grant

Christopher J. Bae (2010)Dr. Christo­pher J. Bae, an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the UH Mānoa Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy and a mem­ber of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, has been award­ed a $1.1 mil­lion research grant by the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Studies.

The award, fund­ed by the Academy’s Kore­an Stud­ies Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice (KSPS) divi­sion, will be used to con­duct pale­oan­thro­po­log­i­cal research in Korea from 2011 to 2015. It is one of only six pro­pos­als in the world being fund­ed by KSPS.

Bae’s project, titled “The Ear­li­est Peo­pling of the Kore­an Penin­su­la: Cur­rent Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Per­spec­tives,” will devel­op an active long-term research pro­gram in Korea to facil­i­tate a more com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of East Asian human evo­lu­tion dur­ing pre­his­to­ry. “In par­tic­u­lar, this project will inte­grate datasets from dif­fer­ent social and nat­ur­al sci­ence fields to recon­struct a syn­thet­ic view of human evo­lu­tion in the region,” Bae explained.

The research project is mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary in nature and involves close col­lab­o­ra­tion with sci­en­tists from var­i­ous insti­tu­tions in Korea, Eng­land, and the Unit­ed States. The pro­pos­al was strong­ly sup­port­ed by the UH Mānoa Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy, Col­lege of Social Sci­ences, and the Cen­ter for Kore­an Studies.

The pres­i­dent and oth­er offi­cials of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies will join Prof. Bae and UH offi­cials in a cer­e­mo­ny to sign a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment regard­ing the grant Decem­ber 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies con­fer­ence room.

For more infor­ma­tion about Christo­pher Bae’s back­ground, research inter­ests, pub­li­ca­tions, and teach­ing, see http://www.anthropology.hawaii.edu/People/Faculty/Bae/index.html.