From the Director


Welcome to the Centre for the Study of Korea!


As the central hub for Korean Studies at the University of Toronto, the Centre for the Study of Korea brings together faculty, students, and the broader public to learn about Korea and its connections to the Asia-Pacific region, North America, and the world. We draw upon the research expertise of our faculty affiliates across the humanities and social sciences to foster a vibrant intellectual community of dialogue and collaboration.

We host a public lecture series that attracts internationally known scholars from across North America and East Asia. We organize academic conferences and workshops that promote collaborative research and interdisciplinary exchange. Our public symposia stimulate debate and critical conversations on some of the most pressing issues facing Korea and the world today as reflected in the past symposium themes, such as the legacies of the Cold War, speculative urban development, state violence, and migration and precarious labor. The Centre also invites doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars to our brown bag series to present their work and receive feedback from peers and faculty.

To support teaching excellence and the university’s teaching mission, the Centre for the Study of Korea sponsors numerous student initiatives that enable students to pursue enhanced learning and leadership opportunities. Since 2007 we have held an annual Korean language speech contest that draws contestants from across Canada and North America to compete at all language levels. We support international course modules to Korea and East Asia and undergraduate and graduate student-organized conferences.

Our faculty affiliates teach undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on Korea or Korea-related content across a wide range of disciplines, including Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Ethnomusicology, History, Linguistics, Media Studies, Political Science, and Sociology.

As home to one of the most multicultural cities in the world and the largest concentration of Koreans in Canada, the Centre for the Study of Korea also supports a wide range of community events, including cultural performances, film screenings, and publicly-oriented educational activities. Through our commitment to research excellence, the university’s teaching mission, and community engagement, the Centre for the Study of Korea invites you to join our lively conversations and stimulating events.


Yoonkyung Lee

Director of the Center for the Study of Korea

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