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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 Center for Korean Research sponsors the annual "Center for Korean Research Manhae Prize for Korean Language" in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

 

News and Event Highlights


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.

Visiting Scholar Jiyoung Shin

CKR welcomes Jiyoung Shin who is a researcher in the Department of Comparative Society and Culture at the Institute of Korean Studies (Kookhakwon), Yonsei University. Dr. Shin will spend the 2014-2015 academic year at Columbia focusing on the relationships between colonized intellectuals, especially from Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. She is interested in the colonial encounters and contact between racial, ethnic and social groups from the end of the colonial period to the immediate post-war period.  Read her 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!