Director's Message

Director's welcome

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

We are starting the spring semester of 2018 with a brand new website, and I invite you to visit as often as you can.

It has been a busy couple of years at the Institute for Korean Studies! We were formally inaugurated as part of the School of Global and International Studies in 2016. During our first year, we won a Core University Program grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS), which will allow us to promote Korean Studies at Indiana University and across the Midwest at our four partner institutions -- Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville.

We established our advisory board with three distinguished professors at Indiana University: Dr. Yoosoon Chang, Dr. Patrick O’Meara, and Dr. Roy Shin. You can find their bios in the advisory board section of the website. Their academic and administrative experiences both within and outside Indiana University will guide our institute to excel. I would like to express my gratitude to Drs. Chang, O’Meara, and Shin for their willingness to serve.

In 2017, we hosted many visitors from across the U.S. and around the world.

In March 2017, we welcomed Dr. Ria Chae to campus as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies with the support from the AKS Core University Program grant. In addition to pursuing her research, she is teaching courses in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Dr. Chae’s research deals with inter-Korean relations and nation-building on the Korean Peninsula, diplomatic histories of North and South Korea, and international relations and Cold War in East Asia. Her expertise adds to our growing coverage of many aspects of Korean Studies.

We have a very exciting set of programs and events during the 2017-18 academic year. The highlights of the fall semester were our film series, “The Films of Byun Young-joo,” and our international conference, “Assessing Korean Democratization and Democracy: From Molotov Cocktails to Candle Lights.” We also held four colloquia covering a wide range of issues.

In the spring, we will hold three more colloquia and co-sponsoring “Korean Night” with the East Asian Studies Center. We will end the semester with the graduate students mentoring network meeting with students from our partner institutions.

We have an exciting future ahead of us, and you will be able to find all the details on our website.