Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

2019 Social Sciences Korean Studies European Network (SoKEN) Workshop

Korea at the Crossroads: Economic Development, Political Dynamics, and Social Changes in the Contemporary Korean Peninsula

1-2 November 20019 at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

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UK Secondary Education and Korea, A Roundtable Discussion

Date: 16th October 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Where: ABTVI, Adelphi Building (ground FL),
University of Central Lancashire, Preston


  • Mr Aaron Wilkes - Author at Oxford University Press, History Teacher, St. James Academy
  • Dr Ed Griffith - Principal Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies, University of Central Lancashire
  • Dr Michael Maddison - Independent Educational Consultant, Director of the Maddison Education Consultancy,   Associate Vice President of the Historical Association, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and formerly Ofsted’s National Lead for history
  • Dr Niki Alsford - Reader in Asia Pacific Studies, Director of International Institute of Korean Studies, University of Central Lancashire
  • Dr Owen Miller - Lecturer in Korean Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • Mr Richard McFahn - ITE History Lead Tutor, University of Sussex
  • Students in Korean Studies

Any further questions regarding this event, please email

Dr Sojin Lim: slim4@uclan.ac.uk

View Roundtable Poster

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2019 Lancashire Korea Festival

A daylong Celebration hosted by IKSU of both traditional and modern aspects of Korean Culture. With a host of events and performances on throughout the day including:

  • Traditional Korean costume Fashion Show
  • K-Pop Performance run by the Korean Society
  • Traditional Korean Music Concert
  • Korean Handicraft Workshops

Tickets can be bought in advance through Eventbrite or bought at the entrance of 53 Degrees on the day in cash. Free Parking is available around UCLan on weekends via the Victoria Car Park.

For more information, see our Facebook page.

The Lancashire Korea Festival is hosted by the International Institute of Korean Studies and Supported by the Korean Cultural Centre UK.

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Korea Corner Launch Event

Korea Corner, a cultural space about both South and North Korea, will be launched on 8 April 2019 (Mon) at the University of Central Lancashire (Main Library, 2nd floor).

Korea Corner is funded by Korea Foundation in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the UK.

For more information, please visit our ‘Korea Corner’ webpage

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The 8th Annual Korean Screen Cultures Conference (KSCC 2019)

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, UK, is delighted to host the 8th Korean Screen Cultures Conference supported by the Korea Foundation. This builds on the success of previous conferences SOAS, the University of London (2012 & 2013), Sheffield Hallam University (2014), the University of Copenhagen (2015), King’s College (2016), Universität Hamburg (2017), and most recently, the University of Helsinki (2018). The conference aims to critically engage with some of the most important issues that have affected contemporary Korean screen culture.

Dates: Thursday 6th June to Friday 7th June 2019
Key details: Accommodation (Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th June), lunch and refreshments are provided for selected presenters.  Limited transport expenses for postgrad researchers.

Further information and full CFP: Please see the conference webpage.

The KSCC 2019 is supported by the Korea Foundation


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The Korean Drama and Korean Television Symposium

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, UK, is excited to invite submissions for the K-Drama and Korean TV Symposium, which is devoted to scholarship on South Korean TV dramas and other TV formats. The symposium aims to critically engage with some of the most important issues related to the production, forms, themes, and global circulation and reception of contemporary Korean television shows, including TV-dramas, reality TV, variety shows, chat shows and comedy, etc. Presenters will be invited to submit chapters to an edited collection that we aim to publish by the end of 2020.

Dates: Wednesday 5th June 2019 9:30 am to 6 pm. (check-in and drama-screening Tuesday 4th June from 5 pm).
Key details: Accommodation (Tuesday 4th June), lunch and refreshments are provided for selected presenters.  Limited transport expenses for postgrad researchers.

Further information and full CFP: Please see the symposium webpage

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2018 IKSU Lancashire Korea Festival

The IKSU Lancashire Korea Festival is back, running from the 5th November to the 6th November. The Festival is made up of 5 events; the study abroad fair from 10:00am-12pm in AB226, “Life in North Korea” a talk from a Korean defector from 2pm-3pm in ME220, “When Middlesbrough Fell in Love with North Korea” from 3pm-4pm in ME220, talk from Ambassador to the UK from 1pm-2pm in HALT, and a Korean Food Experience making Kimbap from 2:30pm – 6:30pm in AB226

More details.

Each event will be open to both UCLan Students and Public. The Korean Food experience need to be booked in advance with Dr. Sojin Lim (Slim4@uclan.ac.uk) by the 15th October as only 15 places are available per session.

Session times:

  • Session 1: 2:30-3:20
  • Session 2: 3:30-4:20
  • Session 3: 4:30-5:20
  • Session 4: 5:30-6:20

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“The Beauty of Indigenous Power” – Taiwan Poster Exhibition

Coming to UCLan for a second time, an exhibition of the Indigenous Poster Design Competition held by the Shung Ye Museum and the Taiwan Poster Design Association has moved towards its 7th Competition. Showing the award winning pieces out of the original 1,500 student entries from 51 different schools around Taiwan. The Exhibition will be running from the 29th October to the 2nd November, from 9am till 5pm.

Fu-Ning Hsu, winner of the Competition’s Gold Award, will be giving a talk on Monday 29that 4:00pm-7:00pm about her work and the role it has in bringing continuous efforts towards understanding of local cultural diversities and Taiwanese Indigenous Culture.

Group tours can booked in advance with our lead curator by emailing rfitzpatrick2@uclan.ac.uk

More details.

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International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies

The ‘International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies’ will be held at the UCLan during 25 – 26 June 2018. Prominent academics across the world are coming to the workshop to discuss current state of research for global Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies. There will be a roundtable discussion on the similarities of the two fields and how each can learn from the other, by following the main presentations.

In this workshop, both the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies (NorITS) and the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) will be launched as well.

For more details, please make an inquiry to Dr Sojin Lim, Deputy Director of the IKSU (SLim4@uclan.ac.uk).

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Linking the Academic Research into Policy and Practice: North Korea and Beyond

The first roundtable series of the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) will be held at the UCLan on 2 July 2018. In its first session, participants will talk about the roles of stakeholders in North Korea development, while they will discuss the future directions of Korea Peninsula and beyond in its second session. In session 3, all of the participants will discuss how academic research can have impact in policy and practice.

Participants will be: Mike Cowin (Research Analyst for Korea at UK FCO); John Nilsson-Wright (Senior Research Fellow of Asia Pacific Programme at Chatham House); Robert Kelly (Professor at Pusan National University); Virginie Grzelczyk (Senior Lecturer at Aston University); Ed Griffith (Senior Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire); Benedict Rogers (East Asia Team Leader at Christian Solidarity Worldwide); Sebastien Berger (Chief of Seoul Bureau at AFP); Niki Alsford (Director of International Institute of Korean Studies at University of Central Lancashire); and Sojin Lim (Chair of NEPCAP).

If you want to attend the roundtable, please contact Dr Sojin Lim, Chair of the NEPCAP (SLim4@uclan.ac.uk)