Korean Studies is on the upswing in the College thanks to the addition of a second full-time position in the area — sociologist Sun-Chul Kim, assistant professor of modern Korean society and culture in Emory’s Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures — and funding from the Korea Foundation. An independent organization affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the foundation strives to promote better understanding of Korea in a global context through scholarship and teaching, as well as academic and cultural exchanges.
Through a special grant, the foundation has partnered with Emory to financially “seed” a tenure-stream position on modern Korea, while Emory faculty conducted a search for the position, made the selection, and articulated course content.
Other developments at Emory this academic year include:
- The Halle Institute for Global Learning is finalizing plans to host “Korea 2020: Technology, Commerce and Policy,” an interdisciplinary conference to broaden and deepen engagement with Korea among students, faculty and the community this spring.
- The launch of a teaching-assistant fellowship between Emory and Yonsei University, a private, Christian research university in Seoul, South Korea. This fall, Kyeongwon Yoon arrives at Emory as the first TA from Yonsei. The project was funded by a grant from the American Association of Teachers of Korean in partnership with the Korea Foundation.
- Ongoing support for study abroad at Yonsei University, Seoul.
- Plans to develop a degree minor in Korean Studies; a proposal will be submitted this year to the curriculum committee.
- Faculty partnerships with other units at Emory to support new Korean Studies initiatives, including talks with Candler School of Theology as it explores a project at Methodist Theological University in Seoul.
- Ongoing support from The Halle Institute for faculty study trips to Korea.