History

The KSAA 대양주한국학회 was established on 15 July 1994 at the Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. The founding President was Dr Kenneth Wells (ANU, Canberra), Vice-Presidents Dr Wol-Young Seo (Swinburn University of Technology, Melbourne) and Dr Hong-Key Yoon (The University of Auckland), Secretary Dr Duk-Soo Park (The University of Sydney), Newsletter Editor Ms Minjung Lah (Griffith University, Brisbane), and Treasurer Mr Ron Munro (ANU, Canberra).

Early in February 1995, the KSAA Constitution was formally adopted with some amendments that were needed for the inclusion of New Zealand memberships, at the conference of Korean Studies held at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

On 9 July 1996, the second election of executive committee members took place at the KSAA business meeting at the ASAA Biennial Conference at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. President elected was Dr Duk-Soo Park (The University of Sydney), Vice-Presidents Dr Kenneth Wells (ANU, Canberra) and Dr Stephen Epstein (Victoria University of Wellington), Secretaries Minjung Lah (Griffith University, Brisbane) and Kyu-Suk Shin (Curtin University of Technology, Perth), and Newsletter Editor Dr Wol-Young Seo (Swinburn University of Technology, Melbourne), and Treasurer Mr Ron Munro (ANU, Canberra).

The 1998 ASAA Conference, held at the University of New South Wales (28 September – 1 October 1998), included four panels in Korean Studies: Religion and Politics in Colonial Korea (Chair, Pankaj Mohan), Religion and Society in Northeast Asia (Chair, Kenneth Wells), Korean Language Education (Chair, Duk-Soo Park), and Korean Linguistics (Chair, Chong-Woon Kim).

On 30 September 1998, there was an election of the KSAA office bearers during the 1998 ASAA annual conference that was held at the University of New South Wales. The following people were elected: Dr Chung-Sok Suh (President, UNSW, Sydney), Dr Ken Wells (Vice President, ANU, Canberra), Dr Stephen Epstein (Vice-President, Victoria University of Wellington), Dr Young-A Cho (Secretary, Monash University, Melbourne), Dr Ki-Sung Kwak (Treasurer, The University of Sydney) and Dr Andrei Lan’kov (Newsletter Editor, ANU, Canberra).

On 5 July 2000, the new office bearers were elected at the general meeting held in Melbourne University: Dr Kenneth Wells (President, ANU, Canberra), Dr Stephen Epstein (Vice President, Victoria University of Wellington), Dr Young-A Cho (Vice President, Monash University, Melbourne), Dr. John Jorgensen (Secretary, Griffith University, Brisbane), Dr Duk-Soo Park (Treasurer, The University of Sydney), Professor John McKay (Executive Member, Monash University, Melbourne) and Dr Andrei Lan’kov (Newsletter Editor, ANU, Canberra).

On 1 July 2003, at the KSAA general meeting held at the Australian National University, the following new office bearers were elected: Dr Kyu-Suk Shin (President, Curtin University of Technology, Perth), Professor Ken Wells (Vice President, ANU), Dr Changzoo Song (Vice President, The University of Auckland), Dr Chung-Sok Suh (Secretary, UNSW, Sydney), Dr Gregory Evon (Treasurer, UNSW, Sydney), Dr Gi-Hyun Shin (Newsletter Editor, ANU).

On 15 July 2005, at the KSAA general meeting held at the Australian National University, the following new executive members were elected: Dr Gi-Hyun Shin (President, UNSW, Sydney), Dr Kyu-Suk Shin (Vice President, Curtin University of Technology, Perth), Dr Changzoo Song (Vice President, The University of Auckland), Dr Chung-Sok Suh (Secretary, UNSW, Sydney), Mr Hyun Chang (Treasurer, Curtin University of Technology, Perth), Mr Chong-Woon Kim (Newsletter Editor/Website Manager, Griffith University, Brisbane).

On 13 July 2007, at the KSAA general meeting held at Curtin University of Technology, the following new executive members were elected: A/Prof. Hong-key Yoon (President, University of Auckland), Dr John Jorgensen (Vice President, Griffith University, Brisbane), Dr Changzoo Song (Vice President, The University of Auckland), Prof. Ken Wells (Newsletter Editor, ANU, Canberra), Dr Duk-Soo Park (Treasurer, University of Sydney) and A/Prof. Chung-Sok Suh (Secretary, UNSW, Sydney)

On 10 July 2009, at the KSAA general meeting held at the University of Sydney, the following new executive members were elected:

  • President: A/Prof. Chung-Sok Suh, UNSW, Sydney
  • Vice President (NZ): A/Prof. Hong-key Yoon, The University of Auckland
  • Vice President (Australia): Dr Young-A Cho, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Secretary: Dr John Jorgensen, Griffith University, Brisbane
  • Treasurer: Dr Ruth Barraclough, ANU, Canberra
  • Newsletter Editor: Dr Stephen Epstein, Victoria University of Wellington

In February 2010, Dr John Jorgensen resigned from the position of Secretary. Dr Greg Evon was invited as the Secretary for the remainder of the term.

On 18 November 2011, at the KSAA general meeting held at the University of New South Wales, the following new executive members were elected:

  • President: A/Prof. You-il Lee, University of South Australia, Australia
  • Vice President (NZ): Dr Inshil Yoon, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Vice President (Australia): Prof. Hyaeweol Choi, ANU, Canberra
  • Secretary: Dr Seong-Chul Shin, UNSW, Sydney
  • Treasurer: Dr Roald Maliangkay, ANU, Canberra
  • Newsletter Editor: Prof. Chung-Sok Suh, UNSW, Sydney

On 19 July 2013, by way of a Skype meeting, the following KSAA members agreed to take up their respective roles as follows:

  • President: A/Prof. You-il Lee, University of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Secretary: Dr Seong-Chul Shin, UNSW, Sydney
  • Treasurer: Dr Jo Elfving-Hwang, UWA, Perth
  • Newsletter editor: Professor Chung-Sok Suh, UNSW, Sydney
  • Website manager: Dr Roald Maliangkay, ANU, Canberra
  • Regular member: Dr Changzhoo Song, University of Auckland
  • Regular member: Dr Young-A Cho, Monash University, Melbourne

In December 2015, the following KSAA members agreed to take up their respective roles as follows:

  • President: Prof. Hyaeweol Choi, ANU, Canberra
  • Secretary: Dr Seong-Chul Shin, UNSW, Sydney
  • Treasurer/Newsletter Editor/Website Manager: Dr Roald Maliangkay, ANU, Canberra
  • Regular member: Dr Changzhoo Song, University of Auckland
  • Regular member: Dr Young-A Cho, Monash University, Melbourne

In December 2017, the following KSAA members agreed to take up their respective roles as follows:

  • President: A/Prof. Jo Elfving-Hwang, UWA, Perth
  • Vice-President: Prof. Bronwen Dalton, UTS, Sydney
  • Regular member: Dr Jane Park, The University of Sydney
  • Secretary: Dr Andrew Jackson, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Treasurer/Website Manager: A/Prof. Roald Maliangkay, ANU, Canberra
  • Newsletter Editor: Dr Sunhee Koo, Auckland University
  • Regular member: Dr Seong-Chul Shin, UNSW, Sydney

In December 2019, the following KSAA members agreed to take up their respective roles as follows:

  • President/Website Manager: A/Prof. Roald Maliangkay, ANU, Canberra
  • Treasurer: A/Prof. Jo Elfving-Hwang, UWA, Perth
  • Secretary: Dr Andrew Jackson, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Newsletter Editor: Dr Sunhee Koo, Auckland University
  • Regular member: Dr Sung-Yong Kim, Macquarie University
  • Regular member: Dr Ellie So, Monash University, Melbourne

Biennial conferences

The 1st KSAA Biennial Conference was held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, on 27-28 September 1999. The conference proceedings were published entitled, Linking Korea and Australasia for the New CenturyFull conference proceedings (PDF) (NB: ± 9 MB file).

The 2nd KSAA Biennial Conference was held at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, on 24-25 September 2001. The conference proceedings were published entitled, Korean Studies at the Dawn of the Millennium. Full conference proceedings (PDF) (NB: ± 5 MB file).

The 3rd KSAA Biennial Conference was held at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, on 30 June-1 July 2003. The conference proceedings were published entitled, Korea: Language, Knowledge and Society.  Full conference proceedings (PDF) (NB: ± 9 MB file).

The 4th KSAA Biennial Conference, titled Intellectual Engagements with Korea: Diversity in Korean Studies in Australasia, was held at the University of Auckland, 14-15 July 2005. Selected papers have been published as conference proceedings. Full conference proceedings (PDF) (NB: ± 13 MB file).

The 5th Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) Biennial Conference was held at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, during 12-13 July 2007. The theme of the conference was “Enlightening Korea: Converging or Diverging”. Full conference proceedings (PDF) (NB: ± 9 MB file).

The 6th KSAA Biennial Conference was held at the University of Sydney, Australia, on 9–10 July 2009. The conference theme was Global Korea: Old and New. Full conference proceedings (NB: ± 54 MB file).

The 7th KSAA Biennial Conference was held on 16-18 November, 2011 at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The theme of the conference was “Korean Studies in the Era of Global Partnership”. KSAA 7th Biennial Conf proceedings (NB: ± 9MB file)

The 8th KSAA Biennial Conference was held on 27-28 June, 2013 at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. The theme of the conference was “Korea and the Southern Hemisphere”. Full conference proceedings (PDF) (NB: ± 3.5 MB file).

The 9th KSAA Biennial Conference was held on 25-27 November, 2015 at the University of South Australia. The theme of the conference was “Korean Studies beyond Australasia”. Full conference program (PDF).

The 10th Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) Biennial Conference was held at UTS, Sydney, Australia, from 15-17 November 2017. The theme of the conference was “Innovation in Korean Studies”. 

The 11th Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) Biennial Conference was held at UWA, Perth, Australia, from 4-6 December 2019. The theme of the conference was “Korea in the Age of Precarity and Global Success”. 

 

 

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