With project funds of one million euros, the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) is supporting a research project at Freie Universität Berlin dealing with the global history of East Asia and Korea. In the international research project “Korea and East Asia in Global History, 1840–2000” the Friedrich Meinecke Institute (FMI) of Freie Universität Berlin will be cooperating with several German, American, and Korean universities. The project is headed by the historian Professor Sebastian Conrad from FMI.
Initially planned as a five-year project, the modern history of East Asia, with special emphasis on Korea, will be examined in the framework of a history of global integration. The research project will focus on the topics of imperialism and colonialism, cultural circulation and translation, and the history of capitalism and working from a regional and global historical perspective. Furthermore, regionalism in East Asia will be explored as part of addressing the challenges of globalization.