The Autumn 2011 issue (vol. 51, no. 3) of the Korea Journal has been published. The papers selected for this issue shed light on the institutions that mediated and promoted dialogue inside and outside universities, and the sphere of Korean studies, and between various subfields of Korean studies.
Jeong Jong Hyun examines articles published in Hakpung (Academic Currents), a comprehensive humanities and social science journal of South Korea, to investigate the restructuring of the intellectual community and academic discourse in the nation-building process of Korea; Jeong’s paper is concerned with the shaping of ideas and circumstances of Korean studies in the changing milieu. Kim Hyun-ju reviews the process by which Korean studies that had been subject to the influences of various viewpoints of regional studies of diverse political and intellectual origins became independent from the influences, by examining the practice of humanities research institutes set up after the Korean War. Lee Hye Ryoung analyzes the status of the quarterly Changjak-gwa bipyeong (Creation and Criticism), which began publication amid changes in intellectual media under the Park Chung-hee regime. Lee explores the relevance of the conceptions of time in two intellectual forms, i.e., historical studies and literary criticism, which merged in the journal. Kim Baek Yung explores a paradigm shift in the study of modern Korean history, focusing on academic interactions between historical studies and the social sciences by analyzing the academic activities and publications of the Korean Social History Association and the Institute for Korean Historical Studies. Finally, Kim Won evaluated the process of change in which academic communities of Korea were involved, seeking academic activities for social change and solidarity with the social movement following the 1987 Democratization Movement, with focus on the relationship between knowledge and power.
In addition to these studies, this issue also includes two papers that were accepted for publication following the journal's peer-review process: Oh Hyang Mi’s paper that examines why and how controversies arose over the legitimacy of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai and HAN Sang-Jin’s paper that explores the significance and consequences of a combination of a cosmopolitan vision with an Asian identity found in the political thoughts of Kim Dae-jung, the late President of the Republic of Korea.
The contents of the issue are as follows:
Special Topic: Korean Studies Viewed through Academic Journals and Organizations
KIM Hyun-ju / [On This Topic] Korean Studies Viewed through Academic Journals and Organizations
JEONG Jong Hyun / Shifts in Korea’s Intellectual Community and Academia in the Early Years of Nation-Building: A Study of Hakpung, an Interdisciplinary Journal by Eulyoo Publishing
KIM Hyun-ju / Transition from Far Eastern/Eastern/East Asian Studies to Korean Studies: Focusing on the Practice of Humanities Institutes in Their Early Period
LEE Hye Ryoung / Time of Capital, Time of a Nation: Changes in Korean Intellectual Media in the 1960s-1970s
KIM Baek Yung / Korean Studies between the Social Sciences and Historical Studies:
Debates over Modern and Contemporary Korean History
KIM Won / Changes in the 1980s Nationalist Minjung Academic Communities and the Alternative Academic Communities
OH Hyang Mi / The Controversy over the Legitimacy of the Korean Provisional Government during the Period of the National Representative Conference in Shanghai
HAN Sang-Jin / From the Asian Value Debate to Cosmopolitanism: An Active Interpretation of the Political Thoughts of Kim Dae-jung