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Korean Studies

Research Grants:

Atlas of Korean History (2009-2012)

Principal Investigator: Dr. M. Shin. The aim of this project was to produce an atlas of Korean history specifically designed for use in English-speaking countries.  It was funded by the Academy of Korean Studies under its "Development of Teaching Materials for Global Korean Studies" program.  A collaborative effort by five historians, the atlas is scheduled to be published in spring 2013.

Beyond the Korean War (2011-present)

Principal Investigator: Prof. H. Kwon. This project aims to generate innovative research on the pivotal event of the mid-twentieth century.  It is a ten-year project funded by the Academy of Korean Studies as part of its "Laboratory for the Globalization of Korean Studies" program.  The project brings together social and international historians of the Korean conflict and consists of some of the most prominent scholars and active researchers in these fields.

Research Projects:

(1.)  Korean Cinema

Main researcher: Dr. M. Morris. Since the late 1990s, at a time when the New Korean Cinema was just taking off, his research has focused on Korean cinema.  He has a particular interest in the earlier history of Korean cinema. His research has appeared in several volumes of The Korea Yearbook published by Brill, and in online form on the The Asia-Pacific Journal. He has been involved in a number of film activities bringing Korean film to Cambridge. He is on the advisory board for the London Korean Film Festival and has worked with the Korean Cultural Centre in London to make Cambridge and the Arts Picturehouse part of their annual Korean Film Festival.

Graduate student:  Ms. Ji-yoon An. 'This project proposes research into the theme of the family in Korean cinema, examining not only the ways in which a country with a Confucian origin is dealing with issues arising from the post-modern family, but also the ways in which post-colonialism has (de)(re)formed family values. Under the framework of family law reformations that have been closely intertwined with the country's political and social movements, I will examine the changing representations of family seen in Korean cinema.'

(2.)  North Korea

Main researcher: Dr. J. Swenson-Wright. In addition to his work at Cambridge, he is an Associate Fellow at the Asia Program of Chatham House where since 2002 he has convened a regular discussion group on the politics and international relations of the Korean peninsula. His focus on contemporary issues involves regular contact with the press and he has made presentations to a variety of institutions focusing on contemporary foreign policy, including Chatham House, the International Institute for Strategic studies, the Royal College of Defence Studies, the OECD, the US Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK House of Commons. As part of his policy-related work he is a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, the steering committee of the UK-Korea Forum for the Future, and he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Korea.

(3.)  Modern Korean History

Main researcher: Dr. M. Shin. His research focuses on the intellectual history of the colonial period.  He is particularly interested in using intellectual history to examine the connections between socioeconomic developments and cultural production.  He has recently completed his first book manuscript,The Specter of Yi Gwangsu:  The March First Movement and the Nation in Colonial Korea, which is currently under review. His second research project focuses on Marxism during the colonial period; particularly on Marxist writings on literature and culture.  He is also currently editing a translation of the bookHow Did People Live in the Joseon Period?