KRC Visiting Scholars

One of the key goals of the Centre is to foster opportunities for early career researchers and other emerging scholars to build their research networks and gain opportunities to collaborate on research publishing projects. See this link for details of our KRC Visiting Scholars under the KRC Emerging Experts Scheme which provides funding for scholars to spend time at the Centre, and to collaborate with other scholars in Korean Studies.

KRC 2022 Visiting Scholar 

Dr Hea-Jin Park

Born in Korea and raised in Paraguay, Dr Hea-Jin Park is a historian whose work focuses on human migration from and to Korea. After completing her medical degree at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, she received her doctoral degree from the Australian National University for her thesis on the history of South Korean agricultural migration to South America and was Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand, 2017-2018). 

Her current research explores the history of the Australian Presbyterian missionaries to Korea and their contributions to Korean society, especially in the fields of medicine and education. Linked to this project, she is the content creator behind @australia_in_korea Instagram account, a page dedicated exclusively to Australian Presbyterian missionaries who served in Korea since 1889. Hea-Jin’s latest project - “The tale of three Australian Granny Samsin (Australia-Korea Foundation, 2019-2020) - can be found here 

Hae-Jin is involved in the KRC's new project on Australia-Korea rural development.

KRC 2023 Visiting Scholar 

Dr Eldin Milak

Dr Eldin Milak is the 2023 Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for research in Australia and New Zealand and a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Media, Creative Arts, and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. He completed his PhD in sociolinguistics at Sungkyunkwan University as a Global Korea Scholar (GKS). At Sungkyunkwan, Eldin also served as lead researcher in the Brain Korea 21+ (BK21) research group.  


His work explores the intersection of language and society in contemporary South Korea, with a particular focus on script and writing practices and policies in the country, as well as other sociolinguistic issues, including naming and addressing, public spaces and landscapes, and pop culture. As a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Eldin is currently reworking his doctoral dissertation into a monograph tentatively titled "Trans-scripting Korea: Script practices and policies in semiotic landscapes". 


Eldin is a Fulbright Alumnus (Montclair State University, NJ), and the 2022 International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) recipient