The 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.
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.
Forensic 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 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.
Center for Korean Studies faculty member Christopher Bae of the University of Hawai’i at MÄnoa Department of Anthropology is the subject of an article just published in the University magazine, MÄlamalama. 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.
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 MÄnoa 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.