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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

Indonesian dispay (2 Septermber- )

Recent Korea-related display

Korean language and linguistics (1 July 2019-1 September 2019 )

Korean identity in the "Asian Collections" display cabinet (1 July 2018-15 October 2018)

KOSAMO 코사모 - Korean Students Association of Monash University

Korean Students Association of Monash University 

Korean Appreciation Student Association (KASA)

Korean Appreciation Student Association (KASA)

Join the Hallyu Wave and come celebrate all things Kpop (music, dance, dramas, food and more!). You don't have to be Korean, speak Korean or know anything Korean to join! We accept Kpop fans new and old that have an interest in Korean culture!

Got questions? Email us at

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".


The Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar Series

organized by Monash University Korean Studies


Date & Venue
The Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar

Fri 7 August 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
online via Zoom

The Body, Cosmetic Surgery and the Discourse of ‘Westernisation of Korean Bodies’ / Assoc. Prof. Jo Elfving-Hwang (University of Western Australia)

In this presentation I will discuss some key meanings attached to aesthetic surgical practice and other biomedical technologies of the body that influence attitudes and uptake of cosmetic surgery practices in South Korea. However, rather than presenting an exhaustive set of motivations that might explain why individuals feel compelled to surgically alter their bodies, I take the body as a lens through which to illustrate some wider social and biomedical discourses that construct socio-somatic subjectivities (that is, how individuals relate to and experience their subjectivities through the body) in contemporary South Korea. In doing so, I seek to question the notion that the high uptake of cosmetic surgery can be explained in reference to nebulous concepts such as collectivism, or indeed desires for Westernising the body, as key motivations in decision-making. In particular, and drawing on Nikolas Rose’s work on biomedicine, power and subjectivity, I will show how individuals in Korea are positioned within broader discourses of modernity in ways that may prompt them to engage with aesthetic beauty and surgical procedures more readily than individuals in other socio-cultural contexts (such as Australia or the UK), where neoliberal discourses of investing in self may be less centred on the somatic aspects of individual subjectivity. Aside from the broad discourses of the body and society, I draw on Erving Goffman’s work on the presentation of self to illustrate how beauty interconnects with social status and everyday social etiquette in ways that draw on pre-industrial notions of interpersonal encounters and proper decorum (1959). I therefore locate the high uptake of cosmetic procedures in the intersection of individual desire, culturally contingent social etiquette and the growth of the aesthetic plastic surgery industries to illustrate some of the key discourses that inform individuals’ decisions about the way in which bodies are performed, managed and experienced.


Fri 21 August 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
online via Zoom

Idol shipping culture: Exploring queer sexuality among fans of K-pop / Dr. Thomas Baudinette (Macquarie University)

The practice of imagining idols within romantic and sexual relationships known as “shipping” is central to the global fandom of K-pop, allowing fans to develop affective relationships with their favorite celebrities through creative practices such as the writing of fan fiction. In particular, shipping practices that reimagine the members of popular boy groups such as EXO and BTS within homoerotic relationships are especially common among both heterosexual female fans and fans who express queer sexualities as a method of both affectively articulating their fandom as well as exploring their broader sexual desires via K-pop consumption. This chapter explores the homoerotic practice of shipping idols as a lens into the broader study of gender and sexuality in relation to K-pop idols, demonstrating the importance of fans’ sexual desires and attraction to K-pop fandom culture. The chapter begins by charting the emergence of shipping practices within Korean fandom, exploring how K-pop production companies strategically drew upon Japanese yaoi culture to encourage young women to consume K-pop, thus producing spaces within Korea’s patriarchal society where women’s sexual desires can be safely explored. The chapter then turns to an analysis of international shipping practices, presenting a comparative case study of BTS shipping within Japanese and Anglophone fandom spaces. This comparative analysis reveals that while BTS shipping in Japan tends to draw upon rigid logics derived from yaoi culture that conceptualize homoerotic relationships between men via sexual practices and behaviors divorced from identity, Anglophone shipping tends to instead overtly deploy North American LGBT identity politics. Nevertheless, the chapter argues that both practices possess queer potentials that allow fans to affectively explore their sexuality, affirming their sexual desires for K-pop idols. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the role of shipping in affirming the presence of queer fans within global K-pop culture.

Thomas Baudinette is Lecturer in International Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. To date, his research has drawn upon the ethnographic tradition to investigate Japanese queer popular culture, including its spread throughout East and Southeast Asia. His first book, Regimes of Desire: Young Gay Men and Masculinity in Japan, is forthcoming with University of Michigan Press. He is currently conducting research on K-pop consumption amongst queer communities in Australia, Japan and the Philippines and writing a second book entitled Boys Love Media in Thailand: Celebrity, Fandom and Queer Popular Culture. He was awarded the 2016 Ian Nish Prize by the British Association of Japanese Studies. More information about Thomas’s research can be found at

Wed 9 September 2020
3:30pm - 5:00pm
online via Zoom

Applying Systemic Functionalist Linguistics (SFL)-based Theme Analysis to Translations between English and Korean / Assoc. Prof. Mira Kim (University of New South Wales)

Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) has been used as a theoretical framework in Translation Studies (TS) since its early stages of development (e.g. Catford (1965); House (1977/1997)). However, as Munday (2012: 137) explains, its influence started to become conspicuous from the 1990s when discourse analysis came to prominence in TS (e.g. Hatim and Mason (1990, 1997), Baker (1992/2011), Bell (1991), Steiner (2002, 2004), just to name a few). In spite of the growth in its applications in TS, there is a gap between SFL and TS when it comes to the application of Theme analysis, as pointed out in Munday (2000). A primary reason can be found in the fact that the way Theme is realized differs from language to language and yet descriptions on Theme and its realization in languages other than English are scarce. Korean is one of the languages that have never been seriously studied from a SFL perspective until before Kim (2007b). Against this backdrop, this paper will discuss how SFL-based Theme analysis has been applied in translation between English and Korean with a particular focus on major difficulties in the application and ways in which they have been addressed (Kim 2007a, 2011a, 2011b). It concludes some suggestions for collaboration between SFL and TS scholars.


Thu 22 October 2020
5:00pm - Melbourne time
online via Zoom

Space, ideology, and cartographies of language: Paths of Korean transnationalism in Singapore / Associate Professor Joseph Park ((National University of Singapore)

Dr. Joseph Park from National University of Singapore will be visiting us next Thursday (via Zoom!) for a Korean Studies talk held in conjunction with the linguistics program.

*You will receive a Zoom link upon registration

Speaker Bio:
Joseph Sung-Yul Park is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. His research explores the subjective and ideological dimensions of language in the political economy, with a focus on English in South Korea as a language that mediates Koreans’ experiences of neoliberalism and transnationalism. He is the author of The Local Construction of a Global Language: Ideologies of English in South Korea (Mouton, 2009), Markets of English (with Lionel Wee, Routledge, 2012), and English, Neoliberalism, and Subjectivity (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
Transnational migration linking South Korea to Singapore is a useful site for considering how language serves as a powerful resource for shaping transmigrants’ imagination of space. During the past decade, Singapore has been a destination for flexible transmigration for Koreans, with diversifying modes of migration converging in the city-state as transnational mobility plays an increasingly important role in neoliberal Korea. Through a discussion of how the strategic importance of Singapore as a node for Korean transnationalism is mediated by language ideologies, I suggest that transmigrants’ cartographies of language (Park 2014) reveal important entanglements of space, language, and identity, allowing us to critically assess the agency with which Korean transmigrants make sense of their sojourn in Singapore and beyond.


Free events. All welcome! .


Date & Venue
Monash University Korean Studies Seminar

Fri 14 August 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
online via Zoom

‘Working for Korean Companies, Working with Korea: Tips for Students’ / Liz Griffin ( The Executive Director of the AKBC (Australia Korea Business Council))

Open to all Monash University students

Contact: Adam Zulawnik (




Past years seminars

Seminars on Korea @ Monash University





Thur 2 July 2020
online via Zoom

TOPIC: Cultural Politics in The Korean Creative Industries: Neoliberalism Vs. State Development
SPEAKER: Dal Yong JIN, Distinguished SFU Professor

REGISTRATION: Please register using this link: Upon registration, you will receive Zoom details for the event.

Fri 11 September 2020
online via Zoom

TOPIC: South Korea's Webtooniverse and the digital comic revolution with Professor Brian Yecies
SPEAKER: Professor Brian Yecies, University of Wollongong, Australia

REGISTRATION: Please register using this link: Upon registration, you will receive Zoom details for the event.

Upcoming events

The 3rd Annual Korean Speech Contest
한국어 말하기 대회

Monash University Korean Studies presents

The Third Annual Korean Speech Contest 2020

(한국어 말하기 대회)

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ALL ENTRIES: 6 September 2020, 11:55pm Australian Eastern Time Zone (Melbourne)

FOR ENTRY FORM AND RULES AND REGULATIONS PLEASE SEE ATTACHED FILE  Monash University Korean speech contest call 2020 Aug 2 2020  (.docx 365kb)


1st prize: AUD$1500.00
3 x Runners up prizes of AUD$250.00 each

Entry Process:

Entries for the 2020 Korean Studies Speech Contest are NOW open. Please follow this link for the entry form:
This year the contest is a VIDEO RECORDING! No need to be shy, and with such great prizes on the line (and time at home!) there is no reason not to apply!
You should send in a video of yourself giving a 3 minute talk in Korean on:

‘Korea and me during the COVID-19 pandemic’

‘How I get through times of trouble’

Event: The 3rd Annual Korean Speech Contest
The winners of the competition will be announced on Friday 9th of October, 2020
For any further questions, please contact Andy Jackson

Past events

Monash University Korean Studies
Korea Week 2020

Korea Week 2020


Official Opening Address from the Consul-General of ROK


Monday 31 August 2020

Event 1: Learn Hangul in an hour, 3-4pm: Please sign-up to join.

Tusday 1 September 2020

Event 2: Hanji Box Making, 5-6pm: Please sign-up to join.
Event 3: Classic Korean Movie, 6:30-8:30pm: Please sign-up to join.

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Event 4: Secret K-Food Cookalong, 5-6pm Please sign-up to join.
Event 5: KASA E-Games Night

Thursday 3 September 2020

Event 6: K-Beauty & K-Slang Seminar Please sign-up to join.
Event 7: KASA Noraebang Night

Friday 4 September 2020

Event 8: KASA K-Drama Netflix Party
Time: Friday 8:00pm, 4th of September
Location: We will be using an extension called Netflix Party which is a free extension that you can add to your computer so that people can watch Netflix shows and movies together. Instructions to install are listed on the website. Link to the website:
How students can participate: Firstly download the Netflix Party extension which takes less than a minute and when we get close to 8pm have a look out for the invitation link on the event pages!

Saturday 5 September 2020

Event 9: Korea Mega Kahoot! Quiz, 3-4pm Register here:

All questions will be in English. MOST importantly, there will be questions from other Monash Korea Week events (but NOT the Hangeul workshop, as this is only for absolute beginners), so the more you participate in Korea Week 2020, the better chance you have of winning!!!
The prizes are:
1st Place: $100 AUD
2nd Place: $50 AUD
3rd-4th Place: $20 AUD each
Please note that this event is ONLY OPEN TO CURRENT MONASH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS (all faculties), so please use your Monash email address when registering!ONLY OPEN TO CURRENT MONASH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS (all faculties)



Contact: Adam Zulawnik



Monash University Korean Studies
Research Session for Teaching & Technology 2020


Wednesday September 16
1:00pm - 3:30pm AEST via Zoom

With talks from:

  • Dr. Mi Yung Park (University of Auckland)
  • Dr. Nicola Fraschini (UWA)
  • Hyun Mi Kim (UWA)

Contact: Dr. Adam Antoni Zulawnik



2020 Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Biennial Meeting

We have made the decision, at least provisionally, to go ahead with this event in online format. All presentations and discussion will take place via Zoom. As before, presentations will be made exclusively by Melbourne-based scholars, but we are considering opening audience participation to other Korean Studies programs in Australasia.

Event: 2020 Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Biennial Meeting
Date: Friday 17th of July, 2020
Time: 10am-5:30pm

The Biennial Meeting is a gathering for all academics (staff and postgraduate students) in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area who teach and research in areas related to Korean Studies. This will be the second Biennial Meeting following the earlier successful event staged at Caulfield in October 2018. The goal of the meeting is to get to know each other's work better, form possible links for future collaboration and, ultimately, to form a scholarly community in Melbourne dedicated to the study of Korea.
The format of the meeting will be research presentations (20 minutes plus Q&A). You may choose to give a presentation, or otherwise just participate as an attendee.

10:30-12:00: Opening and research presentations 1
Opening remarks: Dr. Adam Antoni Zulawnik (Monash University)
    1. Dr. Adam Antoni Zulawnik (Monash University) New Publication Focused Student Research Unit at Monash University
    2. Dr. Danielle Chubb and Dr. Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings (Deakin University) Human rights and humanitarianism in North Korea: disability rights and the quest for common ground
    3. Dr. Ryan Gustafsson (University of Melbourne) Adopted Koreans Living in Korea Project: Notes and Preliminary Findings
12:00-12:30: Break
12:30-1:30: Monash University Library Update
   ● Ms. Jung-Sim Kim (Monash University) Korean Databases at the Monash University Library
   ● Ms. Anita Dewi (Monash University) Developing Monash University Korean Studies students’ employability skills through a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) internship program in the library
1:30-3:00: Research presentations 2
   4. Assoc. Prof. Andrew David Jackson (Monash University) The 1990s Art-house Film Boom and the Dongsung Cinematheque
    5. Dr. Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings (Centre for Humanitarian Leadership) North Korea’s Approach to International Assistance in Words and Practice
   6. Dr. Lucien Brown (Monash University) & Dr. Soung-U Kim (SOAS, University of London) A Qualitative Study of Korean Politeness Metaconcepts
3:00-3:30: Break
3:30-5:00: Research presentations 3 and Conclusion
   7. Mr. Christian Caiconte (University of Sydney) The Enjoyment of Being a Leader: Fantasy and Misrecognition in Korea’s Saemaul (New Village) Movement
   8. Dr. Niall McMahon (Monash University) Invisible targets: Kang Je-kyu’s My Way (2011) and the representation of World War II in the South Korean historical film

Please contact Lucien Brown ( or Adam Zulawnik ( with any questions. 

New Unit for Semester 2, 2020

ATS3321 - Korean Research Project

In this unit, students work individually or collaboratively on a research project tailored to their disciplinary and research interests. The research projects are relevant to broad themes in Korean studies, examined through the specific lens of cinema studies, translation studies, linguistics, literature, historical studies, or studies in gender and society. Each year, one broad research area will be chosen by a member of Korean Studies teaching staff. In 2020, the project will comprise of a single, major literary translation from Korean into English with opportunity for publication following the completion of the project. Participants who successfully complete the project will be credited as translators in the final published work. Texts may include previously unpublished short novels, popular media, and contemporary poetry.
This unit builds on the critical and analytical skills and core competences acquired through the Korean Studies core major, and forms a strong basis for further studies at Honours level. Weekly focused seminars will provide input to essential critical concepts and methodologies that students will use in their particular project. In 2020, participants will work in small groups on a chapter (or chapters) of a single, pre-assigned literary work, with opportunity for peer-review and group presentations during the semester..

For further information, contact: Dr. Adam Zulawnik