Center Welcomes 7th World Congress of Korean Studies

image: scholar's shelfThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is pleased to join the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies in host­ing the 7th World Con­gress of Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Manoa Novem­ber 5–7, 2014. The theme of the Con­gress is “Kore­an Stud­ies: A New Per­spec­tive Toward Glob­al Human­i­ties.”

The aim of the con­gress is to bring Kore­anists from around the world togeth­er to dis­cuss their research and exchange ideas about their schol­ar­ly inter­ests. Approx­i­mate­ly two hun­dred schol­ars from Korea and oth­er Asian coun­tries as well as the Unit­ed States, Europe, and Ocea­nia are tak­ing part in the con­fer­ence. Begun at the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies in 2002, sub­se­quent World Con­gress­es have been held in 2005 (Bei­jing), 2006 (Cheju), 2008 (Seoul), 2010 (Taipei), and 2012 (Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies).

After open­ing for­mal­i­ties at the Ala Moana Hotel on Novem­ber 5, the main work of the Con­gress will take place Novem­ber 6 and 7 at the East-West Center’s Imin Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence Cen­ter on the UH Manoa cam­pus.

photo: Uchang KimDr. Uchang Kim will open Thursday’s pro­gram at 9:30 a.m. with a keynote speech titled “Glob­al­i­ty and Uni­ver­sal­i­ty: Towards a New Hori­zon Beyond East and West.” Kim is a dis­tin­guished lit­er­ary crit­ic and schol­ar of Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture who is now pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Korea Uni­ver­si­ty. Dur­ing his career, he has been a pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture at Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty and Korea Uni­ver­si­ty and the dean of the Korea Uni­ver­si­ty Grad­u­ate School. He will speak in Keoni Audi­to­ri­um.

The con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions are orga­nized in mul­ti­ple morn­ing and after­noon ses­sions of six con­cur­rent pan­els each. Forty-one pan­els in all are on the sched­ule. A guide to the ses­sions can be found at For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041.