The Institute of Russian Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies was established as the Institute of the Soviet Union and East European Issues on January 13, 1972 in Seoul. In those days, the international community was dominated by cold war ideology, which made any communication or exchange between the Republic of Korea and the Communist bloc virtually impossible. The IRS was the first research center that began collecting and examining periodicals from the Soviet Union, North Korea, and other socialist states. Being the only Soviet Union and East European Issues research institute in Korea, the IRS was able to obtain an unrivaled position in this field. In a country where little research was being conducted on socialism, the IRS exerted a strong influence on the direction of these studies, leading the discourse on communism. From the early 1990s the IRS began to narrow its research subjects to Russia and the CIS region. Concentrated studies on the economies, politics, societies and cultures of the CIS region and Russia became the focus of the Institute. In 1993, the Institute officially changed its name to the Institute of Russian Studies, and in July of 1999, due to space constraints, the IRS relocated to Hankuk University’s Global Campus in Yongin.

The IRS regularly invites distinguished scholars from Russia and other parts of the world to give special talks.
Invited speakers come from diverse academic fields, including politics, economics, and literature.


제185차 The narrative of Rusopovia: an epic approach to Russian hate discourse.

On December 6, 2022 (Tue), the HK+ business group of the Russian Institute (Director Pyo Sang-yong, Professor of Norology) held the 185th regular Coloquium in the conference room of the Russian Institute on the 4th floor of the Global Campus International Social Education Institute. The Coloquium was held as part of the Korean Research Foundation's Humanities and Korean Business (HK+) academic activities (Agenda: Re-recognition of Russian Humanities Space: World in Russia, Russia in the World). In the Coloquium presentation, Dr. Jeon Mi-ra, a senior researcher at the Russian Institute, explained the historical origin of the basic narrative discourse through "Rusophobia: An epic approach to Russian hate discourse," and explained the etymology of Russophobia, which symbolizes anti-Russian sentiment in the international community.

In particular, Dr. Jeon Mi-ra compared and explained in detail the differentiated characteristics of Rusopovia in various countries until recently, including the Russia-Ukraine war that broke out in February this year. In response to Dr. Jeon Mi-ra's in-depth and fresh presentation, researchers at the Russian Institute, who attended the Coloquium, also discussed the Korean case and discussed the application of the etymology and terminology of Rusophobia by period. So all the participants agreed to describe Rusofovia as the next planned book of the Russian Institute. For reference, the Russian Research Institute has been conducting the Coloquium since March 2000.


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