Institutional Research Projects

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Korean Studies Project

The Academy of Korean Studies has awarded UC Berkeley's Institute of East Asian Studies with a one million dollar grant aimed at strengthening Korean studies on the Berkeley campus. Administered through the Institute of East Asian Studies and the Center for Korean Studies, the purpose of the grant is to increase activities on campus related to Korean studies, including comparative studies that involve the intersection of China and Japan on Korea's role in East Asia during modern times.

To begin work on this initiative, we are seeking graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars and faculty who will construct projects related to one (or more) of three general themes (described below) that will contribute to overall goal of understanding Korea and its role within a comparative East Asian context. Benefits for participation in the project include opportunities to travel to Korea, research support, and active involvement in an informal, intellectual community for discussion and development of Korean Studies on the Berkeley campus.

The three broad research themes that have been identified are:

  • Visual culture in modern East Asia
  • Movement, modernization, and modernity
  • Development strategies, economic institutions, and a planned future

Proposed projects must contain a significant Korean studies element that advances our understanding of Korea. Comparative studies that include China and Japan are acceptable.

A call to graduate students has gone out with a submission deadline of Friday, February 8, 2008. We will accept proposals from postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and faculty on an on-going basis. Please contact the project coordinator: Hilary Finchum-Sung, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2223 Fulton Street, 5th Floor, Berkeley CA 94704.