Korea Foundation Visiting Professorship

IIAS and the Faculty of Humanities, vacancy 13-173

Leiden University Institute for Area Studies

Call for Applications

With generous sponsorship from the Korea Foundation, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Leiden University Institute of Area Studies (LIAS) invite applications for a visiting professorship in Korean Studies, with a specialization in the Humanities or Social Science and a focus on modern and contemporary Korea. Appointment will be for a minimum period of six months full-time between 1 September 2013 and 1 July 2014, and entail duties in research and teaching. The call is open to scholars with a PhD at all career stages. Leiden University aims to employ more women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore especially invited to apply.

Since its founding in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognised record of excellence in teaching and research. Leiden University is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Currently, it has about 17,000 students and 4,000 staff. The Faculty of Humanities consists of the Institutes for Area Studies, Creative & Performing Arts, Cultural Disciplines, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. It has about 4,500 students and 900 staff. Staff and students come from all over the world. The Faculty offers some 30 BA programmes and 45 MA programmes. Its Graduate School annually awards about 70 PhD degrees.

IIAS is a global research and exchange platform encouraging the multidisciplinary and comparative study of Asia, and promoting (inter)national co-operation between academic and non-academic partners including cultural, social and policy organisations. IIAS is located at Leiden University. It runs Asian studies’ largest newsletter, hosts the secretariats of the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA), and is a founding member of the European Alliance for Asian Studies (EAAS). IIAS operates a major international postdoctoral fellowship programme, and three thematic clusters with activities in Europe, Asia and beyond: Asian Cities, Asian Heritages, and Global Asia.

LIAS is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, on a solid foundation of excellent language skills. LIAS comprises a School of Asian Studies and a School of Middle Eastern Studies. Current LIAS staff in Asian Studies have expertise in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Visual Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Language Pedagogy, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Material Culture Studies, Media Studies, Performance Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Political Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology. Korean Studies staff have expertise in History, Cultural Studies, and Language Pedagogy. The local research environment includes an excellent library, and is enhanced by the Leiden University Asian Modernities and Traditions key research area (AMT), the Kern Institute, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), the Van Vollenhoven Institute (VVI) and the Museum of Ethnography (MV).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Original research and dissemination of the results through appropriate channels.

  • Teaching and thesis supervision at the BA and MA levels, in Korean Studies, Asian Studies, International Studies, and/or other programmes and courses as required.


  • A PhD in a relevant field.

  • A research agenda and a teaching portfolio that match the position profile.

Terms of Employment

The Korean Foundation Visiting Professorship will be funded directly through the Korea Foundation, commensurate with Korean Foundation salary ranges. The Professor and maximally one dependent will be provided with housing and insurance by IIAS.


Review of applications will commence 17 June and continue until the position is filled or this call is closed. Queries to Remco Breuker (r.e.breuker@hum.leidenuniv.nl) with cc to Willem Vogelsang (w.j.vogelsang@iias.nl). Applications should be in English, and be submitted to the Korea Foundation Visiting Professor Search Committee at vacatureslias@hum.leidenuniv.nl, with the items listed below combined in this order in *one* PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – 13-173’:

• A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught
• A letter of motivation including a personal vision of Korean Studies
• A research agenda (1 page)
• Names, positions and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters).

Laatst Gewijzigd: 03-06-2013