Second Biennial Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Meeting

Friday, 17th of July, 2020, saw the second Biennial Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies meeting. As a result of the continuing situation concerning Covid-19, this year’s meeting was held online via Zoom. Over 30 spectators from around the world registered for the event which featured presentations from Korea experts hailing from Monash, Deakin, The University of Melbourne, the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, and the University of Sydney.

The biennial meeting, which was first held in 2018 at Caulfield and created with funding from the University Academy of Korean Studies University Core grant secured by Monash Korean Studies, is a means of fostering research collaboration and academic discussion in the Melbourne metropolitan region.

This year, there was a strong emphasis on ‘staying connected’ in what are trying times. Presentations included a showcase of ATS3321 Korean Research Project, the Monash University Korean Studies library collection, Korean Studies internship opportunities, human rights issues in North Korea, research about Korean adoptees, linguistics, history, and film. Presenters included Dr. Adam Antoni Zulawnik (Monash University), Dr. Danielle Chubb and Dr. Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings (Deakin University and Centre for Humanitarian Leadership), Dr. Ryan Gustafsson (University of Melbourne), Ms. Jung-Sim Kim and Dr. Anita Dewi (Monash University), Assoc. Prof. Andrew David Jackson (Monash University), Dr. Lucien Brown (Monash University), Mr. Christian Caiconte (University of Sydney), and Dr. Niall McMahon (Monash University).

Monash Korean Studies would like to thank all of the participants and many spectators for their time and effort, as well as the Academy of Korean Studies for their continued support. We look forward to seeing everyone again in two years’ time.