About ARI Asiatic Research Institute

Center for Comparative History Studies

Asiatic Research Institute of Korea University
 
Center for Comparative History Studies

The center was founded to advance East Asian regional studies by creating a channel of communication between researchers in fields related to East Asian history, sharing research results of individual scholars, and finding a theoretical basis for East Asian regional studies.

Researchers

 Position Name 
Head/Person in Charge Gyu-jin Song
Full-time researchers Hang-sup Bae, Jeong-hyeon Park, In-yong Kwon, Chan-heung Park, Mi-na Shin, and Jeong-hwan Lee

Activities
Major Research Topics
  •  Sino-Korean Relations in Chinese Official Documents
  •  Northeast Asia from the Perspective of Comparative History
 
Activities and Projects
1. Research
  •  Hosting symposiums

Symposium in Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the Wanpaoshan Incident: The Wanpaoshan Incident and Sino-Korean Relations
- Date and time: Fri., 17th Jun. 2011, 13:30~18:00

  •  Chinese official documents reading seminar

Researchers intensively analyze modern Chinese official documents and organize their contents through continuous reading. In particular, by reading official documents on Sino-Korean relations written at the end of the Qing Dynasty, the center advances research on bilateral relations at the time and enables scholars of the history of Sino-Korean relations to access a wider range of data.

  •  East Asian comparative history seminar

Scholars who study different regions or subjects gather to seek a comparative historical approach. The seminar aims to present a new methodology and agenda in East Asian regional studies through approaches such as "comparison of the history of popular movements in Korea, China, and Japan," "comparison of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese culture," "comparison of Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism in Korea, China, and Japan," and "comparison of the modernization of Europe and that of three Asian nations."

2. Projects

The project titled "Reality of Sino-Korean Relations in Official Documents of Modern China – A Bibliographical Introduction to the Records of the Chinese Legation in Korea at the End of the Qing Dynasty" is in progress. The center wrote a bibliographical introduction over three years—from July 2008 to June 2011—to the Records of the Chinese Legation in Korea at the End of the Qing Dynasty that is in the possession of the Institute of Modern History of the Academia Sinica, with a research grant of 540 million won provided by the National Research Foundation of Korea as part of the basic studies support project. The center's researchers have also been reading historical records on Sino-Korean relations with support provided for small research groups by the National Research Foundation of Korea in 2009 and 2010. In addition, the center is writing—from July 2011 to October 2011—with a research grant of 8 million won provided by the National Institute of Korean History—a bibliographical introduction to the Records of the Chinese Legation in Joseon During Yuan Shikai Period that is in the possession of the Institute of Modern History of the Academia Sinica.