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The Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar Series

organized by Monash University Korean Studies


Date Seminar
21 April, 5 pm (online via KANOPY)
Q&A from 7 pm
(film screening) ‘Shusenjo: The Main Battlefield of the Comfort Women Problem’ followed by Q&A with director Miki Dezaki

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The “comfort women” issue is perhaps Japan’s most contentious present-day diplomatic quandary. Inside Japan, the issue is dividing the country across clear ideological lines. Supporters and detractors of “comfort women” are caught in a relentless battle over empirical evidence, the validity of oral testimony, the number of victims, the meaning of sexual slavery, and the definition of coercive recruitment. Credibility, legitimacy and influence serve as the rallying cry for all those involved in the battle. In addition, this largely domestic battleground has been shifted to the international arena, commanding the participation of various state and non-state actors and institutions from all over the world. This film delves deep into the most contentious debates and uncovers the hidden intentions of the supporters and detractors of comfort women. Most importantly it finds answers to some of the biggest questions for Japanese and Koreans: Were comfort women prostitutes or sex slaves? Were they coercively recruited? And, does Japan have a legal responsibility to apologize to the former comfort women?

Miki Dezaki is a graduate of the Graduate Program in Global Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. He worked for the Japan Exchange Teaching Program for five years in Yamanashi and Okinawa before becoming a Buddhist monk in Thailand for one year. He is also known as "Medamasensei" on Youtube, where he has made comedy videos and videos on social issues in Japan. His most notable video is “Racism in Japan,” which led to numerous online attacks by Japanese neo-nationalists who attempted to deny the existence of racism and discrimination against Zainichi Koreans (Koreans with permanent residency in Japan) and Burakumin (historical outcasts still discriminated today). "Shusenjo" is his directorial debut.

30 April at 9AM AEST
Glossolalia (Speaking in Tongues) in South Korea / Prof. Nicholas Harkness (Harvard University)

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Speaking in tongues, also known as glossolalia, has long been a subject of curiosity as well as vigorous theological debate. A worldwide phenomenon that spans multiple Christian traditions, glossolalia is both celebrated as a supernatural gift and condemned as semiotic alchemy. In South Korea, glossolalia is practiced widely across Protestant denominations and congregations. This lecture addresses the popularity of glossolalia in South Korea, situating the practice at the intersection of numerous, often competing social forces, interwoven religious legacies, and spiritual desires that have been amplified by Christianity’s massive institutionalization.

Nicholas Harkness is the Modern Korean Economy and Society Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. He specializes in linguistic and semiotic approaches to sociocultural analysis. His research in South Korea has resulted in publications on various topics, including voice, language, music, religion, ritual, kinship, liquor, and the city of Seoul. His first book, Songs of Seoul: An Ethnography of Voice and Voicing in Christian South Korea (University of California Press, 2014), was awarded the Edward Sapir Book Prize by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (Co-Winner, 2014, American Anthropological Association). Harkness's second book is titled Glossolalia and the Problem of Language (University of Chicago Press, 2021).

19 May, 4-5 PM AEST Reflections on 20 years of Fieldwork, Writing, and Publishing on North Korea / Assoc. Prof. Sandra Fahy (Sophia University)

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This presentation shares my experience of working on the topic of North Korea from the earliest stages of my career to the present. It gives a "behind the scenes" view of the experience - the things we usually don't write or talk about - of being a non-Korean, white, woman scholar of Korea approaching the fraught topic of human rights north of the 38th parallel. It is, therefore, an ethnography of my experience. I have often felt that I should write "the book beneath the book" - by this I mean the story of what lead to my interest in Korea, what it was like to study Korean language in South Korea when my interests were in the North, and it was like to conduct the research with North Korean defectors in South Korea and Japan – survivors of the 1990s famine – for my PhD, which resulted in my book on 1990s famine Marching through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea and to a lesser extent my second book. The talk elaborates on the phenomena of working with human subjects on sensitive, traumatic topics – the impact of this on the researcher, and the informant. This talk is designed to offer students and the audience of researchers working in similar topics. My aim, in presenting my experiences of typically overlooked or under discussed aspects of the work is to normalize and represent the human in the researcher and in the research.

Sandra Fahy is a former visiting fellow with the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. She is associate professor of anthropology at Sophia University in Tokyo. She holds a PhD from SOAS University of London. She grew up in Canada, but has lived in South Korea and Japan for 12 years. She is the author of Marching through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea (New York: Columbia University Press 2015) and Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Rights Abuses on the Record (New York: Columbia University Press 2019). She is currently working on a book titled States, Lies and Video: a century of states using video to deny allegations of rights abuses.

26 August, 5-6 PM AEST Translating Korea and Korean Literature / Brother Anthony (Sogang University)
6 September, 5-6 PM (AEST)

When Artists Become the Product Placed: K-pop in Korean Commercials / Assoc. Prof. Roald Maliangkay (ANU)

Until they began to be packaged for replay in the 1990s, music videos were created to sell a song and artist. The images were hard to forget and became the immediate connotation of the songs, often eclipsing their lyrics’ original intent. Because audiences learn how to interpret musical clues, however, it does not matter whether the original intent of a particular piece of music bears any relation to the medium or narrative in which it is newly embedded. But when it is used in a movie viewed by people other than the intended audience, music can disrupt. Where its purpose is to promote, as in commercials, music must therefore align well with its target audience. Claudia Bullerjahn (2006) identifies three key features of the use of music in television commercials that all rely on this alignment: motivation, opportunity, and ability. While the first and second features relate to the use of music to respectively attract and convey information, the third captures the use of music to help the target audience digest the message. But how do these features play out in TV commercials in South Korea, where celebrities, including K-pop idols, dominate the advertising world? Might a celebrity not distract the target audience from processing the commercial message embedded? Do the images of celebrities correspond with the commercials’ target audience? Focusing on the commercials and K-pop idols voted respectively most memorable and liked in nationwide surveys, in this talk I explore the combined use of music and K-pop idols in South Korean commercials since 2009 and examine how they have ensured the success of marketing campaigns.

Roald Maliangkay is Associate Professor of Korean Studies at the Australian National University. Fascinated by the factors driving fandom, the mechanics of cultural policy, and the convergence of major cultural phenomena, he analyses the history of Korean entertainment..

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For any questions regarding this event, please contact:
Ms Soyeon Kim:

15 September, 12-1 PM AEST

The Virtual Feast: Mukbang, Con-Man Comedy, and Blackness in Parasite (2019)


This talk will focus on Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho, Kisaengch’ung) and probe the reasons why it had become one of the most successful films ever made outside Hollywood. This crime thriller successfully switches out predictable melodramatic codes usually reserved for blockbuster films for comedic conventions of wordplay, con-artist schemes, and food drama. Kim will argue that these themes not only problematize the division between real and fake and serve as a larger subject of the tension between haves and have-nots but also allow us to look at how food has lost its social or even cultural significance and has instead assumed a perverse, negative, and almost undesirable association with gluttony and psychological depression in the era of mukbang (eatcast). How the cynicism raised in the film compares against some of the code-switching themes in Hollywood comedies featuring African American stars will be probed.  The talk will also explore the career of writer/director Bong Joon-ho and contextualize Parasite within the Korean Cinema of the new millennium. 


Prof. Kyung Hyun Kim is a creative writer, a scholar, and a film producer, who is currently a professor in the Department of East Asian Studies, UC Irvine. He has worked with internationally renowned directors such as Hong Sang-soo, Lee Chang-dong and Marty Scorsese, and also with American film producers Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. Prof. Kim is author of Virtual Hallyu: Korean Cinema of the Global Era, The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema, Hegemonic Mimicry: Korean Popular Culture of 21st Century, all of them published by Duke University Press, and a Korean-language novel entitled In Search of Lost G (Ireo beorin G-reul chajaso, 2014) about a Korean mother combing through the US in search of her missing son during his junior year in a Massachusetts prep school.  He has coproduced and co-scripted two award-winning feature films Never Forever (2007, Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Main Competition) and The Housemaid (2010, Cannes Film Festival Main Competition), and his co-scripted film screenplay, The Origins of a Detective (Hyeongsa eui kiwon), won the cash prize (US$ 30,000) by being selected for the 2019 Best Film Development Project by the Korean Film Commission. He has also written The Mask Debate, his first theatre screenplay, which premiered in February 2021 through UCI’s Illuminations: Chancellor’s Initiative in Arts and Drama YouTube channel.

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For any questions regarding this event, please contact: Ms Soyeon Kim ( 

LLCL Seminar Series on Korea

Shared lunchtime 12:30-1 pm
Followed by the seminar presentations 1-2 pm

Date Seminar
17 March
via Zoom
Fostering Undergraduate Research: ATS3321 Korean Research Project and Interviews with North Korean Defectors / Adam Zulawnik (LLCL) & Taehee (Ben) Kim (LLCL) & Sneha Karri (USydney)

"> Abstract:
With the growing popularity in Korean translation and recent expansion of Translation Studies units to include Korean streams at both undergraduate and graduate levels at Monash University, I designed a new undergraduate student research-focused unit titled Korean Research Project (ATS3321). The unit, which commenced in Semester 2 2020, is an elite third-year unit which allows for Korean Studies researchers at Monash to engage with advanced Korean Studies students in a research project focusing on various subfields in Korean Studies. The inaugural run, which I coordinated, focused on the critically annotated translation of Talbuk Yeongung samsibsamin teukbyeol inteobyu (Interviews with North Korean Defectors). The book will be published with Routledge this coming June and is a fine example of the potential for undergraduate research output. This presentation is a summary of the unit as well as an introduction to the final product (Interviews with North Korean Defectors), followed by a presentation about learning experiences from Sneha and Ben, two students who completed the unit in 2020.

Adam is an Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash. Adam's research interests include translation theory, Korean/Japanese Studies, East Asia relations, history, politics, and language. His doctorate (2018) focused on the theoretical and functional issues behind the translation of controversial documents juxtaposed against Korea-Japan relations. Adam is part of the Monash University Korean Studies team working to expand a Korean Studies nexus in Australia through funding from the AKS and has taught introductory and proficient levels of Korean as well as Korean translation. His most recent publication is “Death to the translator!” – a case study on risk in translation (AALITRA Review, 2020).

Sneha Karri and Taehee (Ben) Kim are Korean Studies students who completed ATS3321 Korean Research project in 2020 with High Distinction. They are interested in Translation of Korean into English (and vice versa) and hope to continue their academic journeys in Korean and Translation Studies.
21 April via Zoom Korean history and cinema: Contrasting approaches / ">Andy Jackson & Niall McMohan (both LLCL)

In this talk Dr Jackson and Dr McMahon present two contrasting approaches to the exploration of Korean history via cinema.


Cinephilia, Art Film and Art Houses in Post-dictatorship South Korea (Andrew David Jackson)
In this talk, Dr Jackson looks at cinema exhibition as social history. Between the late 1980s and late 1990s, young South Koreans embarked upon a period of frenetic consumption of foreign art film. This brief period of cinephilia boom resulted in the publication of influential film magazines KINO and Cine2, the establishment of notable international film festivals, the opening of South Korea's first art houses, and inspired a generation of Korean filmgoers to consume film in innovative ways. Using historical approaches to cinema exhibition by Robert C. Allen, Annette Kuhn, and Barbara Wilinsky, this study explores the significance of early South Korean art film exhibition and consumption for our understanding of a generation of young South Koreans liberated from three decades of military dictatorship.

The Golden Age and the depiction of history in South Korean cinema post-Korean War (Niall McMahon)
In this talk, Dr McMahon examines the history of South Korean cinema post-Korean War. After the end of the war, South Korean cinema entered what is known as its “Golden Age” (1950s-1960s). These formative decades were heavily impacted by multiple factors such as the first removal and then reintroduction of film taxation, intrusive film laws such as the Screen Quota System as well as socio-political factors such as the National Security Law and the country’s intense anti-communist stance in all avenues of their culture. Using the 1961 Korean War film Five Marines as a key example, this study will examine how the developments and ideological precepts of the Golden Age directly affected film production and how the depiction of South Korean history was altered as a result.

Dr Andrew David Jackson is currently Associate Professor of Korean Studies at Monash University. He obtained his PhD in Korean history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2011. As well as pre-modern history, Andrew is interested in modern Korean history and society, South and North Korean film, and theories of rebellion and revolution. Dr Niall McMahon is a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working in Perth, Western Australia. His main research interests are South Korean cinema, the historical film genre and the war film genre, with a specific focus on films that depict the Japanese colonial period and the Korean War.


Academy of Korean Studies Seminar @ Monash University



Local agency and national responses to globalisation: the South Korean case in comparative, transnational and diasporic perspective


Past years seminars



Monash Events on Korea

Upcoming events


4th Annual Korean Speech Contest (possibly on 9 October, Hangul Day)

Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) 2021 Conference, Monash University
2-4 December 2021

Call For Papers
The Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) invites abstracts and panel proposals for the 12th Biennial KSAA Conference, to be held on 2-4 December at Monash University, Melbourne. The main conference will be preceded by a whole-day 6th KSAA Postgraduate Workshop. At this stage, we are planning for an on-site face-to-face conference. However, contingency measures are in place for alternative forms of participation, as needed.
Full details can be found in the attached file. KSAA-2021-Call For Paper-extended .(.pdf 263 KB)

Inquiries should be sent to the main conference email account:


Past events

Monash University Korea Week 2021, 19-23 April

Monday 19 April 2021

- Opening speech (pre-recorded) from Consul-General

- Korea Social Games
with Adam, E561 (Level 5 Menzies Building). 4:00 PM

Enjoy the Korean art of socializing!
Register here:
Monash Korea Week 2021 Korean Social Games - Google Forms

Tuesday 20 April 2021

- Korean Traditional box making (한지 공예) with Bae Wonae. E561 (Level 5 Menzies Building).. 4-7 PM (4:30 start)
Learn how to make beautifully crafted Korean boxes! Registration essential!
Register here:
Hanji Box Making Korea Week 2021 - Google Forms

- Learn Hangeul in an hour with Lucien. Via Zoom, 4:00-5 PM
Learn the Korean script in 60 minutes!
Register here:
Hangul in an Hour (Monash University Korea Week 2021) - Google Forms.

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Korean history and Cinema: Contrasting approaches
Talk : Assoc. Prof. Andrew David Jackson and Dr. Niall McMahon
Wednesday 21 April, 1:00~2:00 pm via Zoom


- Korean food- making with Bae Wonae Korean traditional dumplings (만두). JSC (Japanese Studies Centre) Main auditorium. 3-5pm (315pm start)
Learn the secrets to one of Korea’s most delicious foods! Registration essential!
Monash University Korea Week 2021 Mandu Making - Google Forms

- Meet and greet for all Monash Korean Studies students. JSC and main vestibule. 5:00pm
Come and meet your classmates and your teachers from Korean Studies!
No need to register, just show up.

Thursday 22 April 2021

- K-Beauty workshop with Jenny from 2:00 pm AEST (via Zoom)
Find out about all about beauty – the Korean way!
Register here:
K-Beauty Seminar Monash Korea Week 2021 - Google Forms

- Film Screening and discussion Shusenjo: Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue followed by Q&A with Miki Dezaki. 5-7:30 PM. VIA ZOOM.
Award winning film on a controversial topic. Meet the director! Registration essential!
Register here:
Monash University Korea Week 2021 Event 7 Movie Screening and Q&A with director - Google Forms

Friday 23 April 2021

- Korea Quiz with Adam 2:00 PM
Win prizes for your knowledge about Korea!
Sign up link:
Contact Adam Zulawnik for further details

Monsh University Korea Week 2021 Posters

For the latest updates about 2021 Korea Week check:

10-14 May 2021 Internships Week

We are pleased to invite you to our innaugral Korean Studies Internships Week talks. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about Korean Studies internship opportunities!
Please register your interest HERE

Wednesday 12 May, 10-11 AM
Korean Studies and WIL - Talk with WIL, KSV, and interns (Anna and Yasmin)

In this session via ZOOM, the Korean Society of Victoria will talk about their experiences with two Monash Korean Studies interns they took on in 2020 via Monash WIL. The presentation will be followed by a talk from the two students (Anna and Yasmin), outlining how they found out about the opportunities, why they signed up, and their experience during the lockdowns of 2020. Finally, the session will be concluded with a talk by Rebecca Summers, Monash WIL, outlining the function of student internships opportunities at Monash, followed by a Q&A.

Karen Kim (Korean Society of Victoria)
Yasmin Gurleyen (intern at Korean Society of Victoria 2020)
Anna Giang (intern at Korean Society of Victoria 2020)
Rebecca Summers (Monash University WIL)

Thursday 13 May, 5:30-6:30 PM
Living in Korea/ Working in a Korean Environment Talk with Niha, Eva, Shona, and Jeongin

In this session via ZOOM, four current and ex Monash University Korean Studies students will talk about their experience working in Korean language environments and also about living in Korea. This is a great opportunity for Korean Studies and arts students to find out more about life and work in Korea.

Niha Sathasivam (Ex-Monash Korean Studies student, Trade Consultant KOTRA)
-Will talk about his experience working at KOTRA (Korean Trade Commission) Sydney
Shona Smith (Master of Translation and Interpretation - Korean to English)
Will be talking about her experience living and working as a translator in Korea and working for '피스브릿지 Peace bridge' NGO (
Eva Richards (Korean Studies Major)
-Will be talking about her life living, working and studying in South Chungcheong Province and in Seoul.
Jeongin Hur (Korean Studies/Masters in International Sustainable Tourism Management)
-will be talking about her experience working as a Korean Studies library intern
(Monash University Matheson Library Korean Studies Intern 2019)

Open to all Monash University students

Monash University Korean Studies
Research Session for Teaching and Technology 2021

Monash University Korean Studies invites educators for an afternoon of ZOOM presentations and discussion about online teaching and learning within Korean Studies. The event is open to all Korean language teachers or anyone with an interest in online pedagogy. The aim is to introduce new ideas and methods into our teaching of the Korean language and improve the online learning experience of students. This year’s presenters are Dr Nicola Fraschini (University of Western Australia), Dr Eun Seon Kim (Australia National University), and Dr Isaac Lee and Mr Ki Young Choi (University of Queensland). This event is made possible thanks to the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2017-OLU-2250002).

Please register HERE

Time: Wednesday May 26, 2021: 2:00-4:20 PM AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

2:00 - 2:20 Dr Nicola Fraschini (University of Western Australia)
‘How to use online blogs to teach the Korean heritage and non-heritage learner mixed class’
2:20 - 2:40 Questions and discussion
2:40 - 3:00 Dr Eun Seon Kim (Korea Institute, Australian National University, Convenor Korean Language)
‘Staying Home but Learn Together: Speaking Activities and Assessment Tasks for Remote Lower-Level Language Teaching’

3:00-3:20 Questions and discussion
3:20-4:00 Dr. Isaac Lee and Mr Ki Young Choi (School of Languages and Literatures, The University of Queensland)
‘How to teach Korean with digital learning tools and Preparing Teaching Materials for Korean Learners’
4:00 - 4:20 Questions and discussion

For any enquiries about the event, please contact Dr Adam Zulawnik:

Korean Studies HDR Group Events

Upcoming events

Date Events
1 September 2021

11am (AEST)
1pm (NZST)

Publish or Perish? Simple Survival Guidelines to Authoring and Reviewing Academic Articles / by Dr. Lonnie Edge (Managing Editor, North Korean Review)

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Dr Lonnie Edge, Assistant Professor at HUFS and Managing Editor of the North Korean Review and the Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies, will deliver a webinar entitled 'Publish or Perish? Simple Survival Guidelines to Authoring and Reviewing Academic Articles'.
**Click here to check what time the seminar is being held in your time zone.

Alexander M. Hynd
PhD Candidate, International Relations
School of Social Sciences
Morven Brown Building
University of New South Wales
P: +61 (0)4 9291 3901
T: @AlexanderMHynd

6 October 2021
, 11am-12:15pm (AEST)

‘Working with your research supervisor: A supervisor and former student's perspective’ with Senior Lecturer Sung-young Kim (Macquarie Uni)

Please feel free to circulate this announcement with your HDR students or among your other academic groups. Recent graduates and postdoctoral fellows are also welcome to join us! 

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3 November 2021
, 11am-12:30pm (AEST)


Past events

Date Events
4 August 2021

8am (CET)
4pm (AEST)
6pm (NZST)

LET'S GO BACK TO WHY TO GET HOW by Dr Joohyun Justine Park (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main)

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Dr Joohyun Justine Park is a post-doctoral research fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt and is a member of the joint research project (‘Qualification’ in the migration process of skilled workers in Asia) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany for four years.
Justine was awarded her PhD in Education at the University of Auckland. Her current research interests are 1) Asian skilled migrants’ agency and integration in Korea, 2) Korean migrants’ identity, success, and well-being, 3) non-Koreans’ motivation and expectation in learning Korean language/culture, and 4) Asians’ discrimination experience and well-being since the outbreak of COVID-19. Methodologically, her research interests also lie in the areas of cross-cultural research and mixed-method research.
In this session, Justine will share the lessons she has learned during her PhD. From her academic and personal experiences, she will talk about the importance of asking ‘why’ in order to find directions for ‘how’. She welcomes every students in Korean Studies who would like to be motivated and get an inspiration about their research project..

7 July 2021

11am (AEST)
1pm (NZST)

Developing an Effective Online Engagement Portfolio as an Academic: Some Brief Reflections by Dr Thomas Baudinette (Macquarie University)

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Thomas Baudinette is Lecturer in International Studies in the Department of Media, Communication, Creative Arts, Language and Literature, Macquarie University, Australia. A cultural anthropologist, his research focusses on Japanese queer media and its impacts on understandings of gender across East and Southeast Asia. His first book is Regimes of Desire: Young Gay Men, Media, and Masculinity in Tokyo (2021, University of Michigan Press). His current research investigates the transnational spread of “Boys Love” media fandom and celebrity, focussing on South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines.

2 June 2021

11am (AEST)
9am (AWST)

Building research collaborations in competitive academia by Associate Professor Jo Elfving-Hwang (The University of Western Australia)

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Jo Elfving-Hwang (PhD, SFHEA) is an Associate Professor and Director of the Korea Research Centre at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on sociology of the body in South Korea, and specifically how different demographics engage with beauty/body work in Korea. Her recent publications include ‘Man Made Beautiful: The Social Role of Grooming and Body Work in Performing Middle-aged Corporate Masculinity in South Korea’ published in Men and Masculinities (2021) and ‘The Body, Cosmetic Surgery and the Discourse of Westernization of Korean Bodies’ in The Routledge Companion to Politics of Beauty (2021). Previous to her current appointment, Jo has worked at Sheffield University, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds University in the UK, and also served as the Director of the Korean Studies program at Frankfurt University in Germany. Jo is also enthusiastic about making meaningful links between academia and the business community, and serves on the Board of the Australia-Korea Business Council of WA, and is the current Vice President of the Korean Studies Association of Australasia. In 2019 she was awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in recognition for her achievements as an educator. With a new ATAR option in Korea in the horizon for 2023, in her free time she is involved in supporting the development of Korean secondary language education in Western Australia.

5 May 2021

11am (AEST)
1pm (NZST)

Starting a Postdoc in a Pandemic by Dr Niall McMahon (Monash University)

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Dr. Niall McMahon is a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow operating outside of Monash University, Victoria. Niall is a dedicated scholar of South Korean cinema, with a specific focus on the historical film and war film genres. His PhD thesis, which he completed at Curtin University, Western Australia, entitled 'Cinematic han and the Historical Film: South Korean Cinema and the Representation of Korea's Geopolitical Conflict in the Twentieth Century' passed examination without requiring amendments and was also awarded a Letter of Commendation from Curtin University's Chancellor for an outstanding thesis. He has worked as a sessional academic at Curtin University for 4 years, teaching students film theory, such as film genres, history and style. Niall has also been the guest at numerous conferences, symposiums and film screenings in Perth, Sydney, Kobe and Tokyo to share his research and passion for South Korean cinema and the country's contentious history, both on screen and off. His favourite South Korean film is the 2002 crime/action comedy Public Enemy directed by Kang Woo-suk.

7 April 2021
, 11am-12:30pm (AEST)

Korean Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship 'How To' Session by Dr Adam Zulawnik (Monash) and Dr Stella Jang (Sydney)

Adam and Stella will join us to tell us about their post-PhD journeys. Please feel free to circulate this announcement with your HDR students or among your other academic groups.
Please register your attendance at:


3 March 2021
, 11am-12:15pm (AEDT)

‘Ask a Journal Editor’ with Dr Lucien Brown (Monash University)

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Korean Studies HDR students group aims to bring together Honours students, postgraduate students and PhD candidates for a monthly get-together for people who are working on research relating to Korea, regardless of disciplines or university affiliation.

This get-together is held on the first Wednesday of each month at 11 am (Melbourne/Sydney time). All HDR students and recent graduates from Australasia are welcome to join us on Zoom. We hope to see you there!

Korean Studies video ad series

Dr Adam Zulawnik has organised an innovative new series of video ads for Monash Korean Studies content units ATS2160, ATS3156, ATS3321, and ATS3805. Check them out now along with links to the relevant handbook entries!

Also open to cross-institutional students (fees apply)!

New Book

New forthcoming translated book 'Interviews with North Korean Defectors - from Kim Shin-jo to Thae Yong-ho' (Lim & Zulawnik)
The book was a translation project conducted as part of ATS3321 Korean Research Project. The students are acknowledged as translators within the book.


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 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)