This keynote address is part of a joint Korean Studies Conference hosted by the Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) and the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) on 5 and 6 December 2023, on ANU campus in Canberra, Australia. 

The conference will be preceded by a one-day KSAA postgraduate workshop on 4 December. While the workshop will be an entirely in-person event, the conference does include a few hybrid panels. 

The theme of the conference is “Breakthroughs in Korean Studies after the Pandemic.” Under this theme, we expect to gather various experiences and opinions on how the pandemic has changed the research landscape of Korean studies, what new phenomena have emerged, and how to lead Korean studies in the future through recent years of experience. Since the essence of this theme is thus “change”, some papers will deviate from the main theme and discuss important changes in other realms of activity that are relevant to Korean Studies, now or in the past.   

To access the full conference program, click here. If you are interested in attending all or part of the conference, you can find all relevant information here


About the Keynote Speaker

Professor Kyung Moon Hwang is a Korea Foundation Professor with the School of Culture, History, & Language at the Australian National University (ANU) and Director of the ANU Korea Institute. He is the author of Fate and Freedom in Korean Historical Films (2023), A History of Korea (Third Edition, 2021), Past Forward: Essays in Korean History (2019), Rationalizing Korea: The Rise of the Modern State (2015), and Beyond Birth: Social Status in the Emergence of Modern Korea (2004). At ANU he teaches courses on Korean history, society, culture, and language. 

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Event Speakers

Professor Kyung Moon Hwang

Professor Kyung Moon Hwang

Professor Kyung Moon Hwang is a historian of Korea, with research interests in early 20th century politics and society, material history of the modern era, and historical memory and representation.







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Event speakers

Professor Kyung Moon Hwang