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June 2, 2015

Theodore Hughes

How Korea was Not Divided










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Welcome to the Center for Korean Research

Since its establishment in 1988 within the East Asian Institute (now the Weatherhead East Asian Institute), the Center for Korean Research has played a leading role in the study of Korea within Columbia University, the New York City area, and beyond. At Columbia, the CKR has helped to make Korea an increasingly important focus of attention within East Asian studies programs, as well as within the disciplinary departments and professional schools. By sponsoring public lectures, conferences, workshops, and cultural events such as movies and concerts on Korea-related topics, the CKR works to advance academic knowledge and a greater public awareness of Korea in the New York City area and, more broadly, North America. CKR also serves as a bridge between Korean Studies in North America and the most recent work of the Korean academic world through its sponsorship of visiting scholars and active partnerships with universities and institutions in South Korea. The CKR hosts the annual Columbia University Alumni Association of Korea Colloquium Series on Contemporary Korean Affiars and the Korea Foundation Colloquium Series on Korean Cultural Studies. The CKR also sponsors the annual "Center for Korean Research Manhae Prize for Korean Language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.


Jungwon Kim, Jooyeon Kim, Theodore Hughes, Charles Armstrong

From left to right: Jungwon Kim, Jooyeon Kim, Theodore Hughes, and Charles Armstrong

Have a great summer! from the Center for Korean Research



News and Event Highlights


CKR Newsletter is here! Click here to read.


Journal of Korean Studies

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Korean Research will house the Journal of Korean Studies beginning in Fall 2016.  


Alumni News


CKR is pleased to announce the recent placements of the following alumnae:

Ksenia Chizhova, History and Literature (Assistant Professor, Princeton University)

Se-Mi Oh, History (Assistant Professor, University of Michigan)

Mi-Ryong Shim , Literature (Assistant Professor, Northwestern University)



CKR congratulates alumna Jisoo M. Kim for her book The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Chos┼Ćn Korea, which will be published by University of Washington Press this fall.

Charles Kim


CKR congratulates alumnus Charles Kim for his book For a Bright Tomorrow: Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute), which will soon be under contract at the University of Hawaii Press.


New for Summer 2015!
Columbia Global Seminar in Seoul:

Visual Cultures at Yonsei University

Columbia University has partnered with Yonsei University in South Korea to launch a new, innovative summer program which will provide undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to explore the ways in which visual culture plays a central role in shaping the modern experience in Korea under both Japanese colonial rule and in divided Korea. In this 4-week course taught by Theodore Hughes, Columbia Professor of Korean Studies, students will study alongside Yonsei University students and examine the connections between visual culture and the urban space, with a focus on the modern history of Seoul as site of the local and the global. Students will participate in site visits around Seoul as well as a Korean language and culture workshop.


For more info:

Application deadline for Summer 2015: March 16th

John K. Fairbank Prize

Congratulations to Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, on his receipt of the American Historical Association's John K. Fairbank Prize for 2014 for his book, Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950 - 1992. Established by a gift to the Association from the friends of the prominent historian of China and East Asia at Harvard and President of the Association in 1968, the John K. Fairbank Prize is awarded for the best work on the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Manchuria, Korea, or Japan since the year 1800.


James B. Palais Book Prize

The 2014 James B. Palais Book Prize goes to Professor Theodore Hughes, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities and Director of The Center for Korean Research for Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom's Frontier. Professor Hughes's book, published by Columbia University Press, explores the ways in which Korean writers and filmmakers represented colonialism and modernity during Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945 and, subsequently, the ways in which the colonial experience informed the work of Korean artists in the Cold War period. The James B. Palais Book Prize has been awarded annually since 2010 to acknowledge an outstanding English language book published about Korea.


Association for Asian Studies Vice-President

We are pleased to announce the election of Laurel Kendall, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Columbia and Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History and Center for Korean Research affiliate, as the next Vice-President of the Association for Asian Studies. 


Kim Sejong Professorship

Professor Jungwon Kim has been named King Sejong Assistant Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Korea Foundation Support

The Colloquia on Korean Cultural Studies series is made possiible by the generous funding from the Korea Foundation.


Korea Foundation Postdoc Fellow Dima Mironenko

CKR welcomes Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient Dima Mironenko. Dr. Mironenko will spend the 2014-2015 academic year at Columbia revising his doctoral dissertation "A Jester with Chameleon Faces: Laughter and Comedy in North Korea, 1953-1969." Read his bio here.

Columbia University Alumni Association Endowment Drive

We thank and congratulate the Columbia University Alumni Association of Korea for successfully completing

the CKR endowment drive!