Dear friends and supporters of the Korea Research Centre,
As a very special year of celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Australia-ROK Diplomatic Relations draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the successes of the Korea Research Centre team over the past year.
Bringing Korea-Australia relations to a clearer focus gave us many wonderful opportunities to collaborate with new and existing partners throughout the year. President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Australia earlier this month and the signing of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership highlighted the importance of Korea to Australia relations, and the growing interest in and appeal of Korean popular culture also meant that our staff had a busy year of media and invited speaker engagements.
Collaborative research is what we do well, and since the launch of the Centre our team of KRC researchers have published more than 30 research outputs, including the launching of the new Korea Research Centre Paper Series in December 2021. Events-wise, our year began by organising the first KRC Research Collaboratory, which brought together scholars from around the world working on the cultural and social significance of nominalising and understanding Korean emotions. In fields such as history, as well as sociology and anthropology, scholars are now increasingly interested in explored the significance of emotional behaviours in shaping and motivating human action in the past and present. In Korea too, concepts such as han, jeong and heung are frequently used concepts, but less theorised as such, and this Collaboratory provided a timely forum to explore these ideas.
In February we also hosted a KRC Postgraduate Workshop, which was run fully online due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The workshop sought to provide highly targeted support for postgraduates whose work focuses on Korea. Each student was paired with an expert in their field and provided with detailed feedback, and we had participants to join us from Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Spain, Germany and the UK.