The Center for International Affairs of the Academy of Korean Studies hosted the <2017 AKS International Conference on Korean Studies> at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam on August 24 and 25.
Having opened its first conference in 1979, the Korean Studies International Academic Conference has covered timely topics related to Korean Studies every year. It discussed Korean studies education and research trends of North America in 2013, East/South Asia and Oceania in 2015, and Mid/East Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia this year.
Around 10 academicians, including Igor Tolstokulakov (Russia Far Eastern National University), M.Ertan Gőkmen (Turkey Ankara University), Csoma Mózes (Hungary ELTE University), and Marek Zemanek (Czech Republic Prague University), convened to discuss current issues regarding each region’s Korean studies education and research as well as share predicaments to seek solutions. They especially discussed and debated passionately on methods to develop Korean studies deeply and in a multi-level manner instead of limiting education and research based on language.
Through this academic conference, an opportunity to understand more precisely the current situation of regional Korean studies was provided; based on the contents discussed here, a substantial contribution was made to clearing the direction and strategy of promotion of Korean studies. The Academy of Korean Studies will strive to make sure that overseas Korean studies develop both quantitatively and qualitatively.