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.

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

Jisoo M. Kim is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. She is Founding Director of the GW Institute for Korean Studies (2017-Present) and Founding Co-Director of the East Asia National Resource Center (2018-Present).

She also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Korean Studies. She specializes in gender, sexuality, law, emotions, and affect in Korean history. She is the author of The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Chosŏn Korea (University of Washington Press, 2016), which was awarded the 2017 James Palais Prize of the Association for Asian Studies.

She is also the co-editor of The Great East Asian War and the Birth of the Korean Nation by JaHyun Kim Haboush (Columbia University Press, 2016). She is currently working on a book project tentatively entitled Criminalizing Intimacy: Marriage, Concubinage, and Adultery Law in Korea, 1469-2015.

She received her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.

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Event Speakers

Associate Professor Jisoo M. Kim

Associate Professor Jisoo M. Kim

Jisoo M. Kim is a specialist in gender and legal history of early modern Korea, and her research interests span across a versatile range of subjects, including languages, literature, medicine, forensic medicine, crime and justice, to name a few.







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Event speakers

Associate Professor Jisoo M. Kim