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Founded in the year 2016, the GW Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) is a university wide Institute housed in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. The establishment of the GWIKS in 2016 was made possible by a generous grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS). The mission of GWIKS is to consolidate, strengthen, and grow the existing Korean studies program at GW, and more generally in the greater D.C. area and beyond. The Institute enables and enhances productive research and education relationships within GW, and among the many experts throughout the region and the world.

Fall 2018 Announcements & News

November 2018

To celebrate the 100th birthday of Hahn Moo-Sook (1918-1993), one of Korea’s most honored writers, we are holding a special Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium this year, where we plan to reflect on her works. The colloquium will further discuss “Emotion, Culture, and Subjectivity in Korea” with renowned scholars in the field of Korean studies. Please join us for the celebration!

Celeste Arrington published a journal article on Pacific Affairs “The Mutual Constitution of the Abductions and North Korean Human Rights Issues in Japan and Internationally,” (Pacific Affairs, vol. 91, no. 3 (September 2018): 471-497)

GWIKS, in partnership with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, has been awarded both a National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Title VI award for East Asian Studies by the U.S. Department of Education! Click here for more information regarding the award.

Our Deputy Director, Gregg Brazinsky, has been promoted to Professor from Fall 2018. Congratulations on your promotion!

We welcome two new core faculty members of GWIKS as the George Washington University hired two new Korean studies faculty members: Dr. Immanuel Kim, Korea Foundation and Kim-Renaud Associate Professor of Korean Literature and Culture Studies, and Dr. Insung Ko, Teaching Assistant Professor in the Korean Language. Welcome!

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