Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies–2016 Fellowships

The Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies would like to invite applications for its 2016 fellowships. Please note that the deadline for applications is January 31, 2015. The fellowships allow researchers in various stages of their careers to use the Kyujanggak collection as well as the resources at Seoul National University to carry out their research projects or prepare a manuscript for publication. The… Read more →

Summer School EHESS: The Unity of the Social Sciences?

Paris, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales June 20-July 1, 2016 Hyper-specialization characterizes most, or all fields of academic studies. Medicine, history, economics or anthropology, are divided in internal subfields, often compartmentalized from each other and bearing little connection to the mother discipline. This hyper-specialization helped the development of all sciences, including the Social Sciences, but is often unsuitable… Read more →

Book Review: North Korea: Markets and Military Rule, by Hazel Smith

Hazel Smith, North Korea. Markets and Military Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2014), ISBN 978-0-521-72344-2 Reviewed by Robert Winstanley-Chesters, University of Cambridge (Beyond the Korean War) and University of Leeds (School of Geography) North Korea is a sovereign space surrounded on all metaphorical, analytical and conceptual sides by common sense. It is common sense that Pyongyang’s government is an autocratic, reactionary… Read more →

City University of New York (CUNY)–Assistant Professor in Korean literature

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT   The Department of Classical, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), invites applications for Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Korean literature, broadly conceived, to begin in the fall semester of 2016. We particularly welcome applicants whose research and teaching interests extend to related fields such as film, cultural… Read more →

Pre-modern Korean Literature Oxford-Wolfson Min Sunshik Graduate Scholarship

Oxford-Wolfson Min Sunshik Graduate Scholarship Wolfson College and the International Communication Foundation are offering a fully funded graduate scholarship at the University of Oxford from the beginning of the academic year 2016-2017 for a student undertaking a DPhil course in Korean Literature. This scholarship is part-funded by the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund.   Applicants proposing to work on pre-modern… Read more →

Postgraduate Scholarship to go to Korea 2016

Postgraduate Scholarship to go to Korea 2016 The Royal Legion’s website is now accepting applications for the Postgraduate Scholarship to go to Korea 2016: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/external-grants/postgraduate-scholarship-to-korea/ Application deadline is 18th December 2015. Read more →

Engage Korea 2015, December 12, University of Cambridge

Engage Korea 2015 Saturday, December 12, 2015 9:00 – 18:00 Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, UK   Confirmed speakers include: Anastasia Konyakhina, Research Associate in the Department of Social and Political Studies in the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of Peoples of the Far East at the… Read more →

Book Review: Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945 by Todd A. Henry

Todd A. Henry. Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945. University of California Press: Berkeley, 2014. 320 pp. ISBN: 9780520276550 Book review by Steven Denney, PhD Candidate at University of Toronto   Todd Henry’s Assimilating Seoul is the first book written about Seoul during the colonial period. It adds to the scholarship in the English language… Read more →

Book Review: The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov

Andrei Lankov, The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013); pp. 304. ISBN 978-0-19-996429-1. Hb. £16.99 Book review by Adam Cathcart, University of Leeds.   Socialist nostalgia is a powerful thing in northeast Asia. North Korea’s current leader Kim Jong-un (or, more correctly perhaps, his group of handlers) has wielded it at… Read more →