Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Institute for Korean Studies at Indiana University Bloomington!

The Institute was established in spring 2016 with a mission to advance interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of Korea at Indiana University and beyond.  Located within the School of Global and International Studies, and affiliated with the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the East Asian Studies Center, the Institute promotes Korean studies—including instruction, research, and outreach—emphasizing the social science and policy fields while taking advantage of the already strong humanities fields on campus.

Our recent opening ceremony and the inaugural conference, “Peace Corps Volunteers and the Making of Korean Studies in the U.S.,” were great successes! (Photos of the events are available here.)  Many important guests joined us at Indiana University to mark the occasion including the leaders of the university, eminent Korean Studies scholars, and former ambassadors.  The conference was held with the support of the Academy of Korean Studies.

I would also like to express appreciation to the Academy of Korean Studies for selecting Indiana University as a recipient of a Core University Program grant (totaling nearly $1million over a five-year period).  Over the next five years, the Institute will be pursuing its project of “Establishing Korean Studies in America’s Heartland: Social Science, Policy, and Cultural Fluency.”  As part of this plan, the Institute will work with faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the University of Kentucky; the University of Louisville; and Purdue University, to sponsor cultural and academic programming related to Korea at these institutions.

In the coming semester, Spring 2017, we have many more events planned – a Korean film series, a workshop on Family Law in East Asia, and numerous lectures.  Please stay tuned for details!

--Seung-kyung Kim

Photo: View from Seoul observatory/ John Finch 

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