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A Hub of Korean Studies in Europe

Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) & Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB)

Under the auspices of the AKS-FUB/RUB OLUKS Project "The Circulation of Knowledge and the Dynamics of Transformation" (2009-2014) a unique hub of Korean Studies has been created in the heart of Europe. Building on the extensive outcomes of this initial project both institutes succesfully applied for a second project titled "Transcoding as Cultural and Social Practice" within the AKS sponsored CUPKS.

Both involved institutions at FUB and RUB work hand in hand through scholarly interaction, through the organization of international conferences within the scope of the project theme, and through raising the status of Korean Studies within humanities at and beyond the respective universities by integrating the theme and underlying approach of our project into larger collaborative research agendas.

By means of this jointly conducted research-project, cooperation between the Korean Studies Institutes has been greatly strengthened. Joint courses for students of both RUB and FUB have been and are currently offered. The respective curricula have been diversified and accredited, project-related classes have been and will be offered to M.A.-students of both FUB and RUB. A cooperation in teaching between the participating institutes on the graduate level has thus been strengthened.

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Postdoc Fellowship 2017
The Department of Korean Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum is accepting applicants for one postdoctoral fellowship in the field of Korean Studies for six months during the summer term 2017 (starting date: April 2017), with the possibility of extension for additional six months. This scholarship is funded through the Academy of Korean Studies for the research project “Transcoding as Cultural and Social Practice” jointly conducted by the Korean Studies Institute, Ruhr-University Bochum and the Institute for Korean Studies, Freie University Berlin.
Please find all necessary information for your application in the linked pdf-document.

Joint Colloquium conducted by the Korean Studies Institutes of Berlin, Bochum, Paris and Prague
Under the auspices of the AKS Core University Program Project Transcoding as Cultural and Social Practice, a joint colloquium by students and members of the Korean Studies institutes of Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (Inalco, Paris), and Charles University Prague (CUP) was held at Ruhr-University Bochum on October 21st and 22nd. The colloquium, directed by Prof. Marion Eggert (RUB), Prof. Eun-Jeung Lee (FUB), Prof. Daeyeol Kim (Inalco) and Prof. Vladimir Glomb (CUP), thus brought together M.A.-students and PhD-candidates from different countries and universities and offered them the valuable opportunity to present their latest research, discuss their current or upcoming projects and theses, and enter into academic exchange with other graduate students from Korean Studies institutes involved in the research consortium. Topics presented during the two-day colloquium were related to modern fields of research such as the study of copyright-laws in North Korea, Western narratives in 21st century Korean fiction, or the concept of “home” (hyangt’o) in South Korean movies from the 1960s and 1970s, but they also circled around premodern areas of study such as the transformation of Confucian Academies (sowŏn) during the early Chosŏn dynasty, biographies of rebels in the History of the Koryŏ dynasty (Koryŏ sa), or the influence of Middle Korean on the dialect/language of Cheju Island. Joint colloquia will be held regularly over the course of the research-project.

For more information on the project please visit AKS-Projekt (FU Berlin & RUB)