Korean Studies Research Network

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Korean Studies Research Network to host lecture on culinary masculinity in South Korea, Nov. 17

Dr. Jooyeon Rhee examines the cultural phenomenon of cooking/eating programs (mŏkppang) to show how they capitalize on the desire of domestic comfort and reinforce existing gender norms and hierarchy.
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Korean Studies Research Network to host 2nd annual conference, Oct. 21-22

This two-day conference will bring together leaders and scholars of Korea-related topics and engage them in an open dialogue about opportunities to facilitate collaborative research among scholars and graduate students in the state of Iowa and throughout the Midwest.
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The Korean Studies Research Network to host talk on webtoons and masculinity, Oct. 6

Dr. Park sheds new light on the rise of affective male audiences in the Korean digital media context and its relationship to changing modes of masculinity.
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Korean Studies to host lecture on Beijing's Koreatown, Sept. 2

The Korean Studies Research Network and International Programs will present a virtual lecture by guest speaker Sharon J. Yoon entitled "The Cost of Belonging: An Ethnography of Solidarity and Mobility in Beijing’s Koreatown" on Friday, September 2, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (CDT), via Zoom. 
students participating in the Tadoku Workshop in April 2022

8 academic centers, programs, and networks contribute to Iowa’s global mission

International Programs supports eight faculty-led academic centers, programs, and networks that exist to create opportunities for faculty to contribute to the global mission of the University of Iowa.
Becoming South Korean Mothers

Korean Studies to host lecture on North Korean defector mothers in South Korea Mar. 11

The Korean Studies Research Network and International Programs will present a virtual lecture by guest speaker Dr. Jeongeun Lee entitled "Becoming South Korean Mothers: North Korean Defector Mothers in South Korea" on Friday, March 11, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., via Zoom. 

University of Iowa to celebrate lunar new year Feb. 3

All across Asia, the arrival of spring is celebrated. For the Chinese, Koreans, and various Southeast Asian communities, it is marked with the beginning of the new year on the lunar calendar.

In the news: Korean studies grows at the University of Iowa with research hub serving the Midwest

When Hyaeweol Choi joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2018, she saw an opportunity to bring together scholars whose disciplines related to Korean studies.

In the news: UI professor creates intellectual hub for Korean studies

Have you watched the Netflix series Squid Game? What about Parasite, the Academy’s Best Picture of 2019? For many Americans, pop culture is their first, and maybe only, exposure to Korean culture.

The Korean Studies Research Network to host Inaugural Conference - Nov. 5-6

In a two-day conference (November 5th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and November 6th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) sponsored by the Korean Foundation and International Programs, the inaugural Korean Studies Research Network (KoRN) Conference aims to bring together scholars and graduate students interested in interdisciplinary research about Korea, serving as a platform to facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research among scholars and graduate students in the Midwest. 
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Steve W Duck

My work is in the study of rhetorical, psychological and communicative processes in personal relationships. After a PhD in Social Psychology, I moved to Communication Studies and finally Rhetoric. After founding the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, I edited it for 15 years and was also President of the International Network on Personal Relationships and cofounder of the Interpersonal Conferences on Personal Relationships, both of them international and interdisciplinary in emphasis.
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Mary L Cohen

My research area is music education and well-being with a focus on music in prisons (from an abolitionist perspective), songwriting, and collaborative communities. I am creating connections among many researchers across the U.S. through the Justice Arts Coalition and recent Arts in Prison conferences and across the globe interested in music education in prisons, currently in Germany, Scotland, England, Brazil, Belgium, Norway, Australia, and hoping to continue to build this network. I am also very interested in peacebuilding and music education, and restorative & transformative justice.