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About Humanities Korea (HK) Project

The HK project is a state-funded research project in the fields of humanities and social sciences, supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea. The project focuses on the studies of various regions in the world, pursuing comprehensive research methodologies and database-building by collecting information from target regions.

PERIOD: November 01, 2009 — August 31, 2019

Research Agenda and Subjects

The research agenda provides a general outline of the project that aims at reconstructing the dimensions of Russian humanities from a Korean perspective. This objective is pursued through a thorough exploration into the political, economic, and socio-cultural situations of each of the 83 Russian federal subjects. In pursuing the objective, we synthesize individual factors of human life in Russia as a whole and analyze them from a specifically Korean perspective. In doing so, we intend to present a direction for a multi-layered, synthetic, and multi-dimensional understanding of the entire territory of Russia.

Research Objectives and Scope

Research Objectives

The objective of the present project is to widen the perspective of regional studies, by defining a region as a spatial entity which integrates political, economic, social, and cultural values, concretized in knowledge, arts, ethics, and institutions, which are produced in Russian life, and by analyzing and reorganizing various internal subjects’ behaviors, the correlations among them, and their multi-dimensional relationships with external parties, from an independent Korean perspective. The research project consists of investigations of the diverse and multi-layered characteristics of each federal subject and synchronic/diachronic analyses of the factors that construct the Russian Federation as a unified whole. The research process includes the followings: First, historical legacies, i.e., ‘memory and fate,’ of the dimensions of humanities in Russia are investigated. Second, the current features of the Russian space of humanities, ‘growth and protest,’ are examined. Third, the prospects for future changes and developments in the dimensions of Russian humanities, namely, ‘opportunities and challenges,’ are explored.

Research Scope and Goals

First, unlike existing studies that have considered the Russian Federation as a single monolithic research subject from a macroscopic and center-oriented perspective, we analyze the individual 83 federal subjects (21 republics, 46 provinces, 9 territories, 1 autonomous province, 4 autonomous districts, 2 federal cities), consisting of the Russian Federation, as separate entities in a microscopic manner. Also, we look into the correlations between center and periphery and re-interpret the identity of the Russian Federation as a spatial entirety of the humanities.

Second, we examine the characteristics of the dimensions of Russian humanities, adopting diverse approaches employed in cultural history, semiotics, and psychoanalysis, and at the same time reinforce the theoretic framework so that we eventually establish specifically Korean methodologies for regional studies.

Third, we carry out 5 strategic projects (e.g., raising the level of research in terms of both quantity and quality, strengthening research competence of researchers, and training Russian regional specialists) so that the IRS can be recognized as a world-class institute.


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