SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES

[overlays src=”img src=”http://news.research.uci.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/HUMANITIES-uci-launches-center-for-critical-korean-studies.jpg” in=”fadeIn” out=”fadeOut” width=”100″ height=”100″ color=”#969696″ opacity=”0.36″ text_position=”overlay_bottom_left” animation_speed=”9″ ]Kyung Hyun Kim, UCI professor of East Asian languages & literatures, and Eleana Kim, associate professor of anthropology, are among the Center for Critical Korean Studies’ affiliated faculty.[/overlays]

Building a Korean critical studies center

Building upon its strengths and reputation in critical theory and Korean studies, UCI launched a Center for Critical Korean Studies, which is funded by a 1 billion-won grant (about $850,000) from the Academy of Korean Studies. Led by Kyung Hyun Kim, UCI professor of East Asian languages & literatures, the center draws upon UCI’s strength and institutional history in critical theory, an integrative field that examines the political, cultural, economic and social aspects of a society. Its emphasis is on Korea-specific critical theory related to race, borders, ecology and current pop culture. It will promote reading and writing in Korean; analyses of Korea’s relationship to the Pacific Rim region and, consequently, to the world; and a deeper historical understanding of the country. Nine UCI faculty from three schools will participate, including Eleana Kim, associate professor of anthropology, who worked closely with Kyung Kim in developing the center.

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