Centre of Korean Studies


Created in 1987 with the support of the Korea Research Foundation and the Korea Foundation, the Centre has been the leading academic centre of its kind in Great Britain since its establishment. 

SOAS has one of the largest concentrations of Korean Studies scholars in Europe and offers a wide range of programmes and courses on Korea. With its active outreach programme and seminar series, our Centre not only coordinates Korea-related activities within the School, but also serves as a national and international forum for interdisciplinary exchange among Koreanists. 

One of our main activities is our ongoing seminar series where guest speakers and scholars from around the world, engaged in diverse fields of work related to Korea, are invited to speak. We also hosts workshops and conferences organised by Korean associations such as the British Association of Korean Studies (BAKS) and the Association of Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE).

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The Centres and Institutes Office oversees the administration of the Centre of Korean Studies. For further information about any event, or to propose a talk, contact the Centres and Institutes Office team.

The Centres and Institutes Office is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00am to 4:30pm

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If you would like to be added to the CKS email distribution list please send an email to centres@soas.ac.uk stating the Centre you wish to join, your email address and your First Name and Surname or sign up to the ebulletin.

Once you have joined the list you will receive emails informing you of seminars and events organised by the Centre, and news from other academic institutions that may be of interest to you.

Centre of Korean Studies
c/o Centres & Institutes Office
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

‘A Game of Chess, Korea’, Elizabeth Keith, Korea, 1936

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