Korean Studies: *Events*

A comprehensive guide for users of all aspects of Korean studies.


The Asian Collections are located at the Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton, within the Special collections area of Level 1.

Current display

Korean items in the "Asian Collections" display (22 May 2017- )


The Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar Series

organized by Monash University Korean Studies


Date & Venue
The Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar

Wed 14 March 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Matheson Library T1 & T2
Monash University
Clayton campus

Collecting power or compromise: K-pop fandom objectivised by Dr Roald Maliangkay (ANU).

Popular culture is commonly associated with national rather than individual soft power. And yet, the consumption patterns of individuals equally serve to attract the other. People are keenly aware of the socio-political significance of their consumption ...

Thu 22 March
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Room E561, Building 20
Monash University
Clayton campus

"Sanctions and Staying Power: North Korea in 2018", by Dr. Andray Abrahamian Pacific Forum CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies).

North Korea under Kim Jong Un is different to North Korea under Kim Jong Il. It is more marketized than every before, with less government ambivalence about entrepreneurship and commerce than in the past. It also appears to have taken denuclearization off the negotiating table and has pushed forward with its weapons programmes at an unprecedented rate. Because of this, ...

Fri 23rd March
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Deakin University, Burwood and Geelong

"Myanmar and North Korea: Divergent Paths" by Dr. Andray Abrahamian Pacific Forum CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies).

The stories of North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) are two of Asia’s most difficult. For decades they were infamous as the region’s most militarized and repressed, self-isolated and under sanctions by the international community while, from Singapore to Japan, the rest of Asia saw historic wealth creation and growing middle class security. Andray Abrahamian, author of the recent book North Korea and Myanmar: ...

Wed 9 May
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Deakin University, Burwood Corporate Centre

"Creating an Anti-Communist Motion Picture Producers’ Network in Korea: The Asia Foundation and the Korean Motion Picture Cultural Association (KMPCA) ", by Sangjoon Lee (Nanyang Technological University).

Under the leadership of its first president Robert Blum (1953-1962), The Asia Foundation, a private non-profit organization which was established in 1951, was actively involved in the motion picture industries in Asia since its first feature film project The People Win Through, based on a play written by a Burmese Prime Minister U Nu, came out in 1953. Roughly from 1953 to 1959, to win the battle for hearts and minds in Asia, ...

Thu 10 May
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Matheson Library T4
Monash University
Clayton campus

"The South Korean Film Industry", by Sangjoon Lee (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore).

South Korean cinema has been one of the most striking case studies of non-western cinema success stories in the age of the neo-liberal world order where Hollywood dominates the world’s mind, heart, and soul. Under the tsunami of America-led Hollywoodization of the world’s media marketplace, South Korean cinema has successfully defended and keeps maintaining its industry remarkably healthy. ...


The Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar Series Biannual Meeting
Monash University Korean Studies, Melbourne, Australia
Date: Friday 12 October 2018 9am – 5pm (AEDT)
Location: S building S901/ S902 Caulfield Campus, Melbourne.
Details: TBA

For further information about Monash University events:  andy.jackson@monash.edu, for events about  Deakin University events please contact david.hundt@deakin.edu.au

Date & Venue
Korean Studies Seminar

Wed 28th March
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Japanese Studies Center Auditorium
Monash University
Clayton campus

"Is the DPRK really a ‘Train Wreck in Slow Motion’? The Prospects for a People’s Power Rebellion in North Korea" by Dr Andy Jackson (Monash University Korean Studies).

Predictions of the collapse of North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) have arisen repeatedly in the last thirty years. One scenario put forward by both researchers and journalists has been a People’s Power (or popular) rebellion. ...

Free events. All welcome! No registration necessary.

Upcoming events

2018 Quiz on Korea in Australia
KBS 2018 퀴즈 온 코리아 호주 예선

You may be eligible for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Korea and take part in a special television segment with Korea’s national public broadcaster, KBS!
The Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea together with the Department of Korean Studies at Monash University are hosting a special event on Thursday 19 April 2018 at Monash University Caulfield Campus.
The national winner from each country will be invited to Korea to participate in the final round of the international competition.

1. Event information

  • Date/time : Thursday 19 April 2018 at 5:30 for a 6pm start
  • Location : Room 116, Building H, Monash University Caulfield Campus (900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East VIC 3145)

2. Eligibility

  • Students with a background in Korean language and Korean Studies are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Students of the Korean language and Korean Studies Programme at Monash University or other tertiary-level institutions are invited to apply. The successful applicants will win a chance to appear on the KBS show 2018년 외국인 위한 퀴즈 온 코리아.
  • Individuals must be available to visit Korea for 6 days during the final round which will take place between mid-August and early September, 2018.
  • 18 years of age and over (Non-Monash students are welcome to participate)

3. Selection Process
1 person from Australia will be selected to attend the final which will take place in Korea (A total of 22 individuals from 22 countries)
4. Prize

1st Place An all-expense paid trip to Korea to participate in the final round
2nd Place A $300 Coles Myer gift card
3rd Place A $100 Coles Myer gift card

* Prizes can change without notice
5. Timeline

28 February 2018 Call for applications starts
18 March 2018 Call for applications closes
4 April 2018 Participants to receive study guide and further event information
19 April 2018 Melbourne preliminary round
September> Final round will be broadcast by KBS and KBS World

6. Study Materials
Registered participants will receive reference/study guide in early April.
7. Host
This event is co-hosted by Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea and Monash University Korean studies
8. Enquires
For general, eligibility and media enquiries, please contact the Quiz on Korea organising team at events@mofa.go.kr


Call For Papers - International Conference: “Korean Wave” Still Matters?  Present and Future Directions

Venue: Monash University Caulfield Campus, Australia
Date: 7-8 June 2018

Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster (ACMSRC) and Korean Studies Program of Monash University are pleased to welcome submissions of paper abstracts for the conference, “Korean Wave” Still Matters? Present and Future Directions”, which will be held on 7 & 8 June 2018.
Please submit your proposed title, abstract (200 words max), and brief bio-data (50 words max) to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu by 10 December 2017. Please clearly put “Korean Wave” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by mid December. Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs, but we will try to cover postgraduate students’ accommodation, if partially. There will be no registration fee for the conference.
Any enquiries should be directed to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Call For Papers - 'Reimagining Korean Identity through Wars, Money, Ideas and Exchanges: 70 years' Identity Transformation'

Venue: Monash University Clayton campus, Australia
Date: 17-18 August 2018

Monash University Korean Studies Research Hub, Deakin University, Melbourne University are pleased to host ‘Reimagining Korean Identity through Wars, Money, Ideas and Exchanges:70 years’ Identity Transformation,’ a conference supported by the AKS Core University Program for Korean Studies.

August 15 2018 will mark the seventieth anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Korea; the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea soon followed. To mark the occasion, this conference aims to critically engage with some of the most important issues that have affected contemporary Korea over the past seven decades. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of North and South Korean history, society and culture, especially those that deal with the following question:

Who are Koreans today? Who have they become over 70 years through war, development, division, cultural exchange, travel and globalisation?

The conference is organized by a committee comprised of Dr Andrew David Jackson (Monash University), Associate Professor David Hundt (Deakin University) and Dr Jay Song (Melbourne University).

Accommodation will be provided to successful applicants travelling from outside the Melbourne area. There is a limited amount of funding available to cover travel expenses for selected presenters whose papers have been accepted. Priority will be given to junior scholars.

In your proposal, please indicate a) whether you intend to apply for travel/accommodation support; and b) whether you would like your paper to be considered for publication as part of a special issue of an academic journal.

New Deadline for proposals: 25 March 2018

Applicants will be notified of the result by 7 April.

Proposal format:
In your proposals - both for individual papers and panel proposals - please include your name, institutional affiliation, paper title, an abstract of 300 words, and a 50-100 word biography of the author.

Please send the abstract as an email attachment to Andy Jackson at:: andy.jackson@monash.edu
The email subject should be the same as the file name which should be: family name first name RKI. (jacksonandyRKI)
All applicants will receive an email confirmation for receipt of their abstract within 5 working days. If you do not receive confirmation, please email. For all other enquiries, contact Andy Jackson at the above email.

Korean Studies Speech contest
Date: 20 September 2018, 5-9pm
Location: Location: H1.16 Caulfield
Details: TBA

Past events

Possible and Desirable? What can the German experience of reunification tell us about Korea?

Venue: Lecture Theatre H2.38 Caulfield Campus
Date: Monday 18 September 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Panel discussion co-hosted by the MEEUC and the Monash Centre for Undergraduate Research Initiative and Excellence recorded for broadcast on ABC RN's Big Ideas program.

Panel Discussion Presenters:
Dr Danielle Chubb, Senior Lecturer (International Relations) School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University
Dr Michális S Michael, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Dialogue, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University
Dr Andrew Jackson, Senior Lecturer and Convener of the Korean Studies program, Monash University
Dr Volker Prott, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne

New Unit for Semester 1 2018

ATS3156 - Popular culture in North and South Korea, Hallyu and East Asian cultural flows

The unit critically examines the recent popularity of Korean popular culture in East Asia and beyond. The focus is on South Korean pop music, gaming culture and TV dramas. However, we will also be considering North and South Korean graphic novels and cinema. The course also situates the recent Hallyu (Korean Wave) phenomenon within the history of cultural flows in East Asia and we examine the processes that have contributed to the increased consumption of Korean cultural product inside and outside the Korean peninsula. One primary focus will be on the analysis of critical approaches to the understanding of North Korean state media and South Korean commercial cultural output. In particular, we analyse how state-centered promotion policies are tied up with notions of cultural nationalism. The aim is to move beyond fandom and to encourage students to situate the production of popular culture within the domestic and regional political, economic, commercial and industrial contexts and to critically analyse popular culture using a variety of methodological approaches. Each week students will be introduced to different methodological frameworks they can utilize to unpack popular culture. In their readings, they will also be exposed to a variety of approaches to the analysis of popular culture case studies.

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KOSAMO 코사모 - Korean Students Association of Monash University

Korean Students Association of Monash University


Korean Appreciation Student Association (KASA)

Korean Appreciation Student Association (KASA)

안녕! We are KASA,

We are a close knitted club founded in Clayton campus, Monash University with membership for all. We have members from all across Victoria!

We will introduce many different aspects of Korean popular culture to the general student body through discussions, events, and programs.

Our variety spectrum ranges from "Gangnam Style" to kimchi - covering all aspects of traditional and popular Korean culture.

You do not need to be studying Korean or be of Korean ethnicity to join! We are accepting of all members and are eager to provide you with a safe, friendly environment to engage with and learn more about Korean culture.

Got questions? Email us at korean@monashclubs.org


On Korea

The My Korea: Australian Stories project, to hear from Australians who have developed intercultural and language competencies that support them to work in and with Korea.
This project was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. [cited from the Asia Education Foundation website]

Have a look at Monash University Korean langauge graduate Scott Walker's video clip "Korea, meet our national champion".