History of the Korean Sociological Association
The national academic association for sociologists and other social science researchers in South Korea is called the Korean Sociological Association. In 1956, 14 sociologists from Seoul National University suggested founding the organization. Korean Society of Sociology/한국사회학회 became the name of the organization during the society’s inaugural general meeting, organized at Seoul National University. In 1966, the council agreed to alter the organization’s name from Korean to English as Korean Sociological Association.
The mission of the Korean Sociological Association
The KSA’s mission is to promote sociological research and other promotional activities in conformance with the organization’s laws and approved statutory provisions to aid Korea’s social, economic, political, and cultural development.
Activities of KSA
KSA organizes annual symposia, workshops, nationwide conventions, and seminars regularly. KSA is actively engaging public and private institutions that work towards advancing Korean society.
Membership of KSA
KSA organizes annual symposia, workshops, biennial national conferences, and seminars. With more than 900 members, KSA is one of the largest academic organizations in Korea. The three main membership types open to people and organizations that want to join KSA are student membership, collective membership, and ordinary membership.
At Seoul National University, the first research presentation took place in the seventh lecture hall in 1957.
International collaborations of KSA
At the sixth World Sociological Congress, held in Evian, France, in 1966, KSA joined the International Sociological Association.
In 1967, the Korean Agricultural Economics Association, the American Association for Agricultural Development, and the Asia Foundation worked to provide a special lecture on social research methodologies at Seoul National University. At this gathering, there were several social scientists and sociologists from Korea.
Publications of Korean Sociological Association
Korean Journal of Sociology
Korean Journal of Sociology is the official national-level journal of KSA that regularly publishes sociological articles and research findings. As a “core” publication, the publication is categorized and classified by CSA Illumina’s Sociological Abstracts. Both English and Korean versions of the journal are published regularly.
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