38 North article: The Future of North Korean Studies


Prof. Rüdiger Frank and Dr. Steven Denney have collaborated on an article for the news outlet "38 North" in which they discuss the future of North Korean Studies as a field of research.

The article summarizes the key insights derived from a workshop that took place in June 2022 and had the participation of a total of 15 scholars from Europe, Asia and the United States. Over the course of two days, these four propositions were thoroughly considered:

  • Defining the field: Is North Korean Studies a discipline?
  • Output and audience: What do we produce and for whom?
  • Data, sources and methods: What is our data, where does it come from and how do we use it?
  • How do we institutionalize the study of North Korea?

You can read the full article in the following link. To address the opportunities and challenges identified in this workshop, Prof. Rüdiger Frank and Dr. Steven Denney founded the European Centre for North Korean Studies (ECNK). If you are interested in knowing more about their community-building efforts and consider whether the ECNK is a fit for you, you can visit their website.