Call For Applications: Up to three 3-year doctoral stipends to study Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia

The Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr, supported by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR), invites application for up to three 3-year doctoral stipends to study transnational institution building and transnational identities in East Asia.

The structured three-year doctoral program on Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia aims to advance knowledge on East Asian regional institution building, identity formation, and the interaction between both processes throughout history and today. By applying transnational and comparative approaches to the study of East Asia, the program looks beyond national borders and seeks to unleash the potential of combining humanities and social sciences and to base research projects on interdisciplinary perspectives.

Deadline for applications is June 25th, 2017.

AREA Ruhr is a joint research alliance of the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) and the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB).

For details, please see

Please direct any inquiries to the persons/addresses named on the linked homepages.

Call For Applications: Tenured Position in Korean Studies at the University of Duisburg- Essen, Germany

The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg- Essen, Germany, invite applications for a full-time, tenured position at the rank of professor (salary group W 2), in East Asian Social Sciences – Korean Studies.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Institute of East Asian Studies seek candidates with a strong foundation in social sciences (political science, international relations, sociology or another discipline closely related to the social sciences) with demonstrated language and regional competence in Korean Studies, a highly productive and international research career, documented by peer-reviewed publications, integration in the relevant academic peer-groups as well as experience with third-party funded projects. Candidates who can contribute to the institutional theory inspired research programs of the IN-EAST and the Faculty of Social Sciences will be favored.

The Professorship contributes teaching to the degree programs at the levels of BA, MA and doctoral studies of the Institute of East Asian Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences in English and German. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr, a cooperation of the Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, and the IN-EAST. Candidates are expected to develop a working knowledge of the German language within two years following the initial appointment.

The concept of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen grounds regional studies research and teaching in the theories and methods of the social and economic sciences. The appointment is to the Faculty of Social Sciences with membership in the Institute of East Asian Studies. The Institute of East Asian Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences offer an attractive and international research and teaching environment with a large network of cooperation partners in East Asia and Europe. More information about the Professorship can be found online:

Successful candidates will have a strong publication record in peer reviewed journals, experience in acquiring competitive research grants and in carrying out independent research projects. The University of Duisburg-Essen emphasizes excellence in teaching. Pedagogical approaches to teaching, especially in relation to the university educational profile, should be documented in the application materials.

Candidates must demonstrate fulfilment of the following requirements according to § 36 of the Law on Universities in North Rhine-Westphalia (HG): A first university degree, a doctorate and additional academic achievements beyond the doctorate which can be demonstrated in one of the following ways: on the basis of a junior professorship, a venia, a second book, or an academic post at an institute of higher education, at a non-university research institution, in business, in administration or in another professional area either in Germany or abroad.

The University of Duisburg-Essen aims to increase the diversity of its members and considers their competencies in relation to, e.g., their age or origin ( The University of Duisburg-Essen has been awarded the “Total E-Quality” certificate for its efforts in improving equal opportunities. The university aims to increase the share of women in scientific positions and strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Persons with disabilities are given preference in cases where all qualifications are equal.

Applications, together with supporting documents (curriculum vitae, list of academic publications, evidence of your academic and professional background, certified copies of your academic degrees, details of your previous teaching activities and of your participation in academic administration and third-party funded projects) are to be submitted no later than six weeks after publication of this advertisement either by postal service to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Univ.-Prof. Dr. K.-R. Korte, 47048 Duisburg, Germany, or by email to

Call For Applications: Post-doctoral Instructors in Korean Studies at Portland State University

Portland State University invites applications for a post-doctoral Instructorship in Korean Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year, with a potential to renew for up to three years. Ph.D. is required. Applications are encouraged from specialists in any humanities, including cultural studies, arts, or social science discipline whose research relates to Korea. The appointment will be to an appropriate disciplinary department, but with the expectation that the successful candidate will contribute to the broader intellectual life of Korean Studies on campus.

The fellow will be expected to participate in Korea-related events at PSU, as well as teach a 1-1-2 course load (.54 FTE). (PSU is on the quarter system; a typical Instructor load is 3-3-3). The fellow will also conduct scholarly research in the field of Korean Studies (.46 FTE). PSU encourages candidates who would be interested in teaching one course online.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Teach 16 credits (4 courses) of undergraduate Korean Studies courses.
• Conduct scholarly research in the field of Korean Studies.
• Give one public lecture during the academic year.
• Maintain regular office hours.
• Participate in Korea-related events at PSU.
• Regularly attend faculty meetings.

PSU will begin reviewing applications on May 15, 2017, and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

This is the link to the job posting that candidates can use to apply for the position:

Call For Applications: Non-tenure Track Teaching Position in Korean Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea

The Department of Korean Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Yongin-si, South Korea) invites applications for a full-time, one-year, non-tenure track teaching position (with possible multiple renewals) to begin in September 2017. The University hires only non-Korean citizens for the position.



Applicants must have a PhD in Korean studies, particularly social sciences, cultural studies, and media studies at the time of appointment (ABD applicants are guaranteed full consideration) and native or near native fluency in English and Korean. Applicants with strong research profile will be preferred.



The appointee will teach average three undergraduate courses per semester (minimum eight hours per week) in the Department (the language of instruction is English).


Salary and Benefits

The rank and salary commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experiences will be decided at the time of appointment according to the University’s employment code. As of 2017, the annual salary is approximately $36,250~54,250. The University will provide competitive funding for research project and on-campus housing.


Application Procedure

Interested candidates should submit letter of application, CV (including information regarding nationality or visa status), teaching statement, one writing sample, and one recommendation letter directly to the Department chair, Dr. Hyonhui Choe (


The required documents except recommendation letter must be in one PDF file and named in following manner: Lastname_hufs_apply.pdf. One recommendation letter can be sent to Dr. Choe directly from the referee or via a dossier service.


All applications received by May 1, 2017 are guaranteed full consideration. Successful candidates may be asked to be interviewed via Skype or in person in early May.



Search committee chair: Dr. Hyonhui Choe (, tel: +82-31-330-4671)

Department office: 81 Oedae-ro, Mohyeon-myeon, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do17035, South Korea (tel: +82-31-330-4217).

Call For Applications: Temporary Lecturer in East Asian History at UC San Diego

UCSD is seeking applicants for temporary lecturer position(s) in East Asian History.  Korea and Modern China are of particular interest, but all times and places of specialization welcome: China, Japan, Korea – modern and pre-modern. Areas of specialization definitely needed are a Winter-quarter lower-division survey of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean history from the Mongol conquests to the mid-19th century, and a Spring-quarter survey that takes the story up to today. For both surveys, syllabuses can be provided for the successful candidate to adapt, and UCSD will consult on assignment structure. Other courses will be upper-division undergraduate lectures in modern and/or premodern Chinese, Japanese and/or Korean history, depending on applicants’ specialties and proposals; and perhaps an undergraduate colloquium.

Appointment(s) may be part-time, full-time, quarterly or annual, for the academic year 2017-18.

Candidates should normally possess a Ph.D., but ABDs are considered. Qualified candidates will demonstrate excellence in scholarship. Some teaching experience required.

Preferred requirements also include strong demonstrated accomplishments or potential in areas contributing to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and a desire to play a role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

Proof of authorization to work in the U.S. will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986).

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on published UC pay scales.

Applications will be accepted electronically at

Submit a cover letter summarizing teaching experience and potential course offerings, C.V., teaching evaluations within a three year span and a short separate statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions. (For further information about contributions to diversity statements, see Additional optional documents may include sample syllabi.

AA-EOE: The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Call For Applications: University of California, Irvine Center for Critical Korean Studies Post-Doctoral Opportunity

The Center for Critical Korean Studies (CCKS) at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a full-time, non-tenured, academic term appointment for Post-doctoral scholar position from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. While in residence at the Center, the postdoc will:

  • Work on an individual research project leading to publication as defined in the cover letter.
  • Give one public lecture or works-in-progress talk on campus during appointment period.
  • Attend and co-organize CCKS-sponsored events, such as lectures, film screenings and symposia.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a humanities or social science and on a Korea-related research topic (graduated within the past seven years)

This position is full-time and includes benefits. Starting annual salary is $48,216. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Process:

  • Application must be submitted by April 30, 2017 at (position number)
  • Interested candidates should submit the required application materials listed below at:
  • Candidate must have the proof of degree completion before the appointment begins on September 1, 2017.

Applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter explaining research project, teaching experience and what you plan to accomplish while in residence at CCKS
  • Writing sample (max. 30 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity


Erica Yun, CCKS Program Coordinator, at

Call For Applications: University of Iowa C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and UI International Programs invite applications for the position of C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies, at the full professor or senior associate professor levels, to commence in the Fall of 2018.

Applicants must be specialists in a humanities or social science discipline, must have primary research and teaching expertise in Korean Studies, and may also have interdisciplinary and/or supranational research interests.

Appointment will be to an appropriate disciplinary department. The successful applicant will also hold a 0% appointment in International Programs, and is expected to be an active participant in the activities of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. Review processes, teaching assignments, and primary responsibility for mentorship will reside within the department of appointment. This is an endowed position with a reduced teaching load and annual research funds.

Applicants must demonstrate a record of excellence in scholarship and teaching commensurate with a position at the senior associate professor or full professor levels, and be able to teach courses that meet the needs of the department of appointment as well as complement existing strengths within the department and college. Applicants must also demonstrate a level of language fluency in both English and Korean appropriate for research and teaching.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017.
To apply, please visit and reference Requisition #70718 .

Application materials should include:

Letter of Interest
Curriculum Vitae
A Representative Writing Sample
Name and Contact Information of Three References
(Letters of recommendation will be requested only for short-listed candidates).

For more information contact:

Alaina R. Hanson
Morten Schlütter

Job Opening: Academic Program Specialist

The Nam Center is looking for experienced administrative staff member to join our team, and manage our Big Ten Academic Alliance e-School project. Candidates who would like to work with faculty and staff from all over the consortium to implement an innovative distance learning program are encouraged to apply.

Further information can be found at this link.

Nam Center Spotlight: I Jonathan Kief

In this edition of the Nam Center Spotlight series we spoke with I Jonathan Kief, a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, about his work studying Korean literature and “humanism.”


Nam Center: Where are you from?

J: I’m from New York and stayed there for college. After college I traveled to a few places, including Korea, and then ended up back in New York for graduate school.

Nam Center: How did you start studying Korea?

J: It was actually coincidental. I needed a summer job, and I thought that since I was starting at Columbia, a good way to get to know the university would be to work for one of the departments. I called every department asking if they needed someone to work there over the summer. Every single department said no except for East Asian Languages and Cultures where I proofread the course descriptions and got to know the courses really well. The next year, there happened to be a new professor who taught Korean literature, and when I saw the course description I thought, “I know nothing about that.” I went for the first day to see if I liked it, and I did, and it ended up being my favorite class.

Nam Center: That’s interesting. What was the focus of that first course?

J:  It was an introductory course on 20th century Korean literature. What initially interested me was the extremely engaged relationship between literature and politics that I encountered in the course readings. That was something that caught my eye and seemed to distinguish Korean literature from other literary traditions that I had studied in other classes. My interests have expanded from there, but that was one of the first things to really grab me.

Nam Center: What about your work do you find important?

J: Part of what I’m looking at is how the North Korean cultural and intellectual sphere and the South Korean cultural and intellectual sphere, while having their separate identities and separate shapes, were produced out of a common history and in indirect or direct dialogue with each other. At the same time, I try to show how these dialogues occurred within a transnational context. I think that’s something that is easy to leave out. Often, when we study foreign literature, we study it in a national context. There’s a good reason for this; with “Korean literature,” for example, it’s written in Korean and published in Korea and there’s a certain national tradition that it emerges out of and operates within. But one of the things that I try to bring out in my research is how Korean writers were working in a literary world that was not simply national but also international. The writers I study were reading texts from a variety of languages and engaging in dialogue with colleagues from a variety of places. These exchanges played a central role in shaping modern Korean literature – and they also played a central role in shaping the relationship between writers in North and South Korea.

Nam Center: Do you want to speak a little about the book you’re working on?

J: It’s based upon my dissertation but adds a variety of new material. One of its main goals is to do what I just described – show how North and South Korean writers interacted with each other within a transnational context – through the lens of a series of discussions about “humanism.” This is a discussion that began in the colonial 1930s in dialogue with similar ones in Japan, the Soviet Union, France, and beyond, and it is a dialogue that continued in both postcolonial North and South Korea throughout the 1950s and 1960s. So by tracing this series of discussions, the book attempts to rethink the relationship between colonial and postcolonial Korea, the relationship between postcolonial North and South Korea, and the relationship between Korean literature and “world literature.” It also pays particular attention to the ways in which exchanges across the East Sea with Japan continued to play an important role in Korean cultural and intellectual production even after the end of colonial rule in 1945. This was the case in both Koreas, and the book highlights these exchanges in order to explore the regional – rather than simply national – contours of the Cold War in East Asia.