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The Center of Korean Studies: "Experience, Memory, and Co-existence"

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On December 1st, 2016, the "Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Language and Society Center for Korean Studies" was launched as a center for graduate studies. It was established as the foundational organization for the promotion of "Korean Studies in Search of Possibilities for Historical Reconciliation: The Glocal Spectra of Experience, Memories, and Co-existence" (Research Director Yŏn-suk Yi), which is also the title of the research commissioned by the Academy of Korean Studies and accepted by the Graduate School.

The research theme, "Korean Studies in Search of Possibilities for Historical Reconciliation: The Glocal Spectra of Experience, Memories, and Co-existence," is based on new research in Korean Studies that goes beyond interdisciplinary, deterritorialization, and comparative methods; additionally, it aims to make intellectual contributions to the formation of the Asian community through wider research on regions in East Asia, with a focus on the Korean Peninsula.

"Experience, Memory, and Co-existence" are the keywords promoted by the center. The Center of Korean Studies hopes to shed light from a variety of angles on the past and present of the East Asian region, which includes both Japan and South Korea, focusing on historic "experiences," the "memory" of political science, and the possibility of multilingual multicultural "co-existence"; it aims to position Korean Studies as a major framework for understanding East Asian Studies, to widely make its importance understood, and to contribute to the further enhancement and enrichment of East Asian Studies. Therefore, the center will strive to realize its goals, while publishing academic research results of high academic merit unconstrained by any one particular style and developing an array of activities.

The supervisor of the center is Professor Yŏn-suk Yi, who in collaboration with the full-time chief coordinator Mr. Gyu Soo Yi, is in charge of the center's work. The formation of active, close-knit networks and a variety of activities carried out through some light footwork are expected. The center's offices and Reference Room are located on the 2nd floor of the Faculty Building 3 in the East Campus (rooms 209 and 210).