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Dr. Sung-Jun Son appointed as an associated professor at Korea Maritime & Ocean University

Son Sung-Jun, Ph.D. in the Academy of East Asian Studies

Dr. Sung-Jun Son of the Academy of East Asian Studies will be appointed in March 2022 as an associate professor of the Major of East Asian Studies at the Department of Global Maritime Humanities at Korea Maritime & Ocean University.

Dr. Son majored in English Language and Literature and Chinese Language and Literature at Sungkyunkwan University, and achieved his doctoral degree in the Academy of East Asian Studies with his dissertation titled, “The Acceptance of hero-narrative in East Asia and originality of double-translation: focused on Korean recontextualization of Western texts” (Advisor: Prof. Ki-Hyung Han) in August 2012. After that, he served as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Korean Studies at the Ocean University of China, HK research Professor at the Institute of JEOMPIL-JAE of Pusan National University and at the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyunkwan University, and has been in charge of lectures at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul National University, and Korea University. He also serves as an academic member of the Korean Comparative Literature Association, and as an editorial member of the Learn Society of Sanghur’s Literature, the Society of Korean Literary Studies, the International Association of Language and Literature, and the International Association of Korean literary and cultural studies.

Dr. Son mainly studied the comparative literature and translation literature targeting modern East Asia, and in particular, have steadily explored the crossing and variation of modern texts translated from Western Language to Japanese to Chinese then to Korean. A book about the connection between translation, creation, and censorship of modern Korean literature, “The Dynamics of Modern Literature Translation – Subject, East Asia, and Colonial System,” was selected as an Outstanding Academic Book by the National Academy of Sciences in 2020 and as Ministry of Education’s 50 Outstanding Academic Support Project. Recently, he has been intensively carrying out the modern language translation and research of the magazines from the Korean Empire period and is preparing to publish his next book.

Dr. Son said, “I couldn’t be who I am today without what I have seen and learned from the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyunkwan University. I deeply thank Professor Ki-Hyung Han and other professors at the Academy of East Asian Studies for being true teachers.”