DAEGU, KOREA | June 24-27, 2023

June 24-27 2023

Welcome Message

It is our pleasure to welcome you at the Kyungpook National University Institute of Humanities Studies where the 2023 AAS-in-Asia Conference in Korea will take place. The Institute of Humanities Studies was established in 1973 as a Research Center of Human Sciences. Currently it houses 10 different research centers, including the government sponsored Humanities Korea Plus Project (HK+). The institute conducts research in all humanities fields, such as literature, history, philosophy, and linguistics. In order to establish more cooperation with institutions outside of Korea, the institute began an annual academic conference, building a network of affiliate institutions in various Asian countries such as China, Japan, Vietnam, and India. In its effort to promote Asian studies worldwide, along with the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, the institute is also co-hosting the Worldwide Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology in 2022.

As part of the Institute’s vision to play a significant part in the globalization of Asian humanities and support the humanities in taking a leadership role during the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we are delighted to host the next AAS-in-Asia conference in Daegu.

As one of the three largest Korean cities and with over 54 nearby universities, Daegu is a well-known city of higher education. In addition, with 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the local vicinity, the city is a perfect destination to experience Korea’s 5,000-year-old history and culture. Since traditional and contemporary cultures co-exist, we believe Daegu to be a perfect city to host international conferences.

Along with the city of Daegu, the Korea Tourism Organization, the Daegu Convention Bureau, and other academic institutions in Korea, the KNU Institute of Humanities Studies promises that AAS-in-Asia would receive the highest level of support to carry out the conference in Daegu in 2023. We hope to see you soon at KNU and share your research with us. We also wish to have opportunities to work with you for promoting humanities studies in Asia.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Jaeseug Yun

The President of KNU Institute of Humanities Studies
The chair of the organizing committee in AAS in Asia

The AAS-in-Asia was created to provide an academic platform dedicated to Asian scholars who cannot attend our larger annual events in North America. It was designed to be smaller in size and more geographically and financially accessible to Asianists based in Asia. Throughout the years, this initiative has grown and expanded far beyond our expectations, with host institutions in various locations of Asia such as Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, India, Thailand, and South Korea. With the rotation of the event location every year, this platform has enabled early-career scholars, and especially those from underrepresented regions and countries of Asia, to exchange knowledge, attend skill-building workshops, explore collaboration and publishing opportunities, and develop their professional network.

The 2023 AAS-in-Asia in Daegu is the 8th iteration of the AAS-in-Asia conference, happening after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The last AAS-in-Asia, which was in partnership with a consortium of Japanese institutions, took place entirely virtually in August 2020. Thus, Daegu is the first in-person conference since Thailand in 2019 and we are expecting more than 1,200 people from more than 40 countries with 270 scheduled panels.
The theme of the Daegu conference, “Memory, Preservation and Documentation,” has attracted an unusually high number of excellent quality panel proposals. The program committee received more than 400 applications, the most ever since the AAS-in-Asia initiative was first launched in Singapore in 2014. Our intellectual and cultural exchanges promise to be rich and fulfilling over these 4 days of conference.
I would like to thank Kyungpook National University and the Institute of Humanities Studies, in particular, for graciously hosting us this year.

Generous support that made this event possible came from the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Tang Prize Foundation, the Asian Cultural Center, the Korea Foundation, The Korea Tourism Organization, the National Research Foundation of Korea, and the Ministry of Education. AAS-in-Asia also thanks the city of Daegu for welcoming us.

Jean Oi
William Haas Professor of Chinese Politics
Department of Political Science
Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies
Stanford University
President, Association for Asian Studies