About the symposium


Korea is a dynamic player in the global economy and a leading democracy in Asia. Yet an unprecedented decline in birthrate combined with rising inequality has ushered in a new wave of identity politics. How does this impact Korea’s society, security, and politics?

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The annual Institute for Korean Studies (IKS) Research Symposium is a capstone event that showcases original research on Korea from the MU community and beyond. IKS is grateful to the Korea Foundation for supporting this event. 

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Where: Reynolds Alumni Center, Univerity Club & Bistro, University of Missouri

What to expect


Guests and speakers will include prominent faculty in the field of Korean studies and accomplished rising stars among pre- and postdoctoral scholars.

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    Register for the full symposium or individual sessions. A schedule and list of speakers are available below. 

    For questions, contact the College of Arts & Science at muASevents@missouri.edu or 573-882-4421.

    Schedule & Sessions

    Wednesday, April 12, 2023

    9-9:30 a.m. — Registration

    9:30-10 a.m. — Keynote

    • Cooper Drury: Dean of the College of Arts & Science
    • Aram Hur: Co-Director of the Institute for Korean Studies

    10 a.m.-noon — Undergraduate fellows panel
    Moderated by Seungkwon You, Co-Director of the Institute for Korean Studies

    • Emily Swain (University of Missouri): “South Korea’s Fashion Impact on Young American Generations and its Consequences.
    • Kora Martin (University of Missouri): “Are Young Koreans More Pro-Japan? A New Identity of Young Koreans and Their Attitude toward Japan.”
    • Raine Baer (University of Missouri): "Where Do We Go From Here? The Origins and Future of the Radical Feminism Movement in South Korea"

    noon-12:45 p.m. — Lunch

    12:45-2:45 p.m. — Rising stars panel
    Moderated by Seungkwon You, Co-Director of the Institute for Korean Studies

    • Darcie Draudt (Princeton University): Immigration Policymaking and National Development in South Korea.”
    • Eun A Jo (Cornell University): Narrative Democratization in South Korea and Taiwan.
    • Gidong Kim (University of Missouri): “Nationalist Legacies of Developmental State and Redistributive Preferences: Mixed-Method Evidence from South Korea.”
    • Yu Bin Kim (University of Missouri): “Public Opinion, Rivalry, and the Democratic Peace: Experimental Evidence from South Korea.”

    3-5 p.m. — Faculty panel
    Moderated by Seungkwon You, Co-Director of the Institute for Korean Studies

    • Paul Chang (Harvard University): “The Historical Foundations of Demographic Transition in South Korea.”
    • Diana Kim (Georgetown University): “The Ones Who Disappeared: War, Empire, and Untouchability in Korea.
    • Sanghoon Kim-Leffingwell (Johns Hopkins University): “Authoritarian Nostalgia, Group Sentiment, and Voter Behavior.
    • Aram Hur (University of Missouri): “Narratives of Inclusion: Evidence from South Korea's Migration Challenge.”

    5-6 p.m. — Reception and closing remarks

    • Seungkwon You: Co-Director of the Institute for Korean Studies