The SOAS-AKS Institution Grant Project
In 2006, the SOAS Centre of Korean Studies was selected as the first European beneficiary of the AKS Korean Studies Institution Grant programme. Administered by the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS), this promotes the development of regional centres of Korean Studies with multi-disciplinary depth and transnational reach.
The AKS Institution Grant has enabled the Centre to significantly expand its manpower and infrastructure, its research programme and its event calendar. In keeping with the objectives of the project, expansion has focussed on three areas:
- Increasing the breadth and depth of disciplinary coverage in the Centre
Three new positions: a Lectureship in Korean Art History and Archaeology, and two Research Fellowships (currently held by researchers in Chosŏn economic history and Korean cognitive linguistics)
- Turning the Centre into a major European forum for research presentation, dialogue and collaboration, with strong connections to Korean institutions
Major activities: the Korean Studies seminar series (weekly, with focus on European scholarship), workshops (some jointly organised with Korean institutions), the SOAS-AKS conferences (as a biennial event), other major conferences (with both European and global reach).
- Development of curriculum materials
Three current projects: the History of the Choson Dynasty textbook project, the Korean Reference Grammar project, the Listening Materials project
Now in its fifth year, the SOAS-AKS Institution Project has already promoted and supported a range of multi-disciplinary and cross-national research output. To date, this includes a range of seminar papers, workshop and conference proceedings, as well as forthcoming book and periodical publications. As the project matures, the project activities, conferences and workshops are expected to yield a range of further publications.
For the interested visitor and with a view to easy access, the Centre aims to document SOAS-AKS Project activities on its website, including reports, abstracts, full papers and links to published output.