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.
“Russia in the World: Russophobia and Cold War History” conference
On February 28, 2023 (Tuesday), the Russian Institute (Director: Professor Sang-yong Pyo, Professor of Russian Studies) HK+ Research Project Group held a domestic academic conference as part of the academic activities of the Humanities Korea Project. This academic conference was the first-year academic activity of the second stage of the HK+ research project (Agenda: Recognition of Russian Humanities Space: The World in Russia, Russia in the World), and was held under the theme of “Russia in the World: Russophobia and the History of the Cold War.” .Opening session 1, HK research professor Joon-seok Kim, on the theme of 'Russia and the United States in the 19th century', discussed the perception of each other and the historical events that formed the background of Russia and the United States since they established diplomatic relations in 1807. Evaluated. Subsequently, HK research professor Raseung-do introduced how Russia is portrayed through nine French films produced from the post-Soviet dissolution to the present under the title of 'Shadow of the Cold War: Perceptions of Russia in Contemporary French Films'. , the Russian mafia, and Russian music and ballet were used as the main subjects of the film, but each film was drawn with a different approach.
In Session 2, HK research professor Kim Seon-rae gave a presentation titled 'Sanctions against Russia and Korea's Energy Supply and Demand Strategy', which was initiated by the US and EU after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, and strengthened internationally with the 2022 Russia-Ukraine war. In the meantime, Korea's energy supply and demand strategy in response to energy supply chain disruption was analyzed. HK research professor Kim Hye-jin, with the theme of 'Russian Diaspora and Russophobia', discussed the history of the formation of the Russian diaspora, how historical events and the image of Russia affected the Russian community abroad, and how the local community reacted to them. announced what has changed. Lastly, HK research professor Eo Gun-joo categorizes the status of the Russian language by country, focusing on post-Soviet countries, in a presentation titled “Dissolution of the Soviet Union and Changes in the Status of the Russian Language,” and explained various factors that cause differences in the status.
Now that the Russo-Ukrainian War has already passed a year, this academic conference was able to examine how the perception and image of Russia has changed in the international community, world politics and economy, and the arts.
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