Institute for East Asian History
The institute conducts series of intensive researches on Korean history from ancient to modern period, while also responding to the current demands and issues related to the field. The studies on ancient history includes the ancient history of Korea and her relations with other Northeast Asian neighbors which not only aims to meet the scholarly expectations of the field and intellectual demands of the public, but also to make active responses to the recent attempts made by neighboring countries to alter historical facts on Korea for their own benefit. With a need to lay the foundations for the unification of the Korean peninsula, the institute strengthened its focus on North Korea-related issues. Studies on the Korean Diaspora are also being conducted in connection with the establishment of their national identity.
Institute for Culture and Religion
The Institute for Culture and Religion covers a sweeping range of fields, from anthropology to folklore and religious studies. The purpose of research is to develop a comprehensive cultural understanding of Korea and other neighboring East Asian countries. The Institute also actively hosts seminars and academic conferences on related subjects and publishes its research results for their broad dissemination (ex. Complete Religious Studies Papers Series
). An important role of the Institute for Culture and Religion is developing a variety of academic agendas to offer directions for other related research institutions, as a hub institution. Also an active promoter of exchange activities with Japanese, Chinese and other East Asian research organizations in related fields, the Research Institute for Culture and Religion is rapidly growing into an epicenter for cultural and religious studies in the region. Through its expanding role on the international academic scene, the Institute hopes to effectively contribute to the advancement of the Korean Studies field. ☞ Website of the Institute for Culture and Religion (http://cr.aks.ac.kr)
King Sejong Institute of Leadership
The purpose of the King Sejong Institute of Leadership is to conduct research into the statecraft and leadership of King Sejong, the Joseon ruler to whom we owe the invention of Hangeul, as well as the political philosophies of other rulers, officials of state and ruling elite members from traditional periods. Some of the important areas of our activities are researching Korean-style leadership in political, diplomatic, military, cultural and economic fields to build a stock of related knowledge, assisting public institutions and private firms with policy-making, and developing related educational programs. At the King Sejong Institute of Leadership, we carry out various projects researching statecraft and political philosophies from historical times and countries around the world, including case studies and biographical research on the lives of notable historical leaders, and host academic conferences on the leadership of prominent rulers and officials of state from the past, of the likes of Sejong, Jeongjo and Seo Hui, and major cultural heritage locales such as Namhansanseong Fortress. The King Sejong Institute of Leadership also has an active involvement in community and youth education. We offer seminars targeting the general public on the lives of leaders mentioned in Joseon wangjo sillok
(Annals of the Joseon Dynasty) at Sillok Academy, and run a youth camp program (Sejong Leadership Academy) for nurturing leadership in the next generation.
☞ Website of King Sejong Institute of Leadership (http://sejong.aks.ac.kr)
Institute for Language, Literature and Oral Tradition
The institute takes upon itself such matters as defining the theoretical essence and historic attributes of Korean language and literature, primarily by setting mid- and long-term objectives such as (1) processing and distributing the Korean literature materials, as well as classifying and distributing those materials for experts, (2) publishing the introductory academic books for lay readers and running societies and lecture sessions for communication, (3) and translating Korean literature materials for distribution abroad. On the basis of such activities, the institute aims to recreate materials related to Korean language and literature as cultural resources in the knowledge/information-based era.
☞ Website of the Institute for Language, Literature & Oral Tradition (http://lllife.aks.ac.kr)
Institute for for International Korean StudiesAs the world expanding its intellectual field in Korean Studies, it is no longer exclusively by, for and of Korean scholars. In fact, there is an existing enormous gap between Korean scholars and international scholars in Korean Studies. Realizing such scholarly chasm, the Academy of Korean Studies Institute for International Korean Studies has set up a project to analyze and canvass the contours of international Korean studies.
As such, the institute aims to establish a close scholarly efforts between Korea and abroad and seek out positive theoretical, methodological as well as interpretive contributions from international Korean Studies scholars.
☞ Website of the Institute for for International Korean Studies (http://iiks.aks.ac.kr/)