About our institute

IU’s Institute for Korean Studies promotes interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of Korea, on campus and beyond. We advance cultural fluency by providing programs for students, faculty, and the community.

Our institute was founded in 2015, and is housed within the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (HLS). HLS has a dual emphasis that distinguishes it from other schools in the United States, placing equal emphasis on cultural fluency and applied social policy. To influence and change U.S. and transnational businesses, governments, and nonprofits, our students and faculty need to understand the languages, literatures, and ways of life of various parts of the world, in addition to critical issues, such as global governance, security, trade and development, human rights, migration, health, and climate change, that transcend any one nation or region.

In 2016, we were selected by the Academy of Korean Studies to be a recipient of a Core University Program grant totaling $1 million over a five-year period. As part of this program, our institute works 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.

Our mission

We carry out our mission by:

  • organizing colloquia, seminars, and lectures.
  • hosting international academic conferences and meetings in partnership with other institutions.
  • sponsoring research projects.
  • providing a forum in which to discuss policies related to the Koreas.
  • hosting an Undergraduate Research Day.
  • sponsoring Korean film week and planning showings of Korean films at the IU Cinema.
  • organizing cultural events for the campus community and the public.
  • creating study materials and textbooks on Korean studies.
  • contributing to the expansion of the university's Korea-related library collections.
  • promoting all aspects of Korean studies.
Institute for Korean Studies group

About our director

Seung-kyung Kim is the inaugural director of the Institute for Korean Studies, as well as the founding Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies. She also serves as a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

The Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies has been made possible through the generosity of the Korea Foundation, the key institution for Korea's public diplomacy, launched in 1991 to broaden understanding of Korea in the global community; as well as donations from alumni Young-Jin Kim and William (Won Suk) Joo, and a third, anonymous Korean donor.

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