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Research Agenda

Agenda Title Identity and Cultural Coexistence in Eurasia:
Establishment of Eurasian Studies and a Comprehensive Regional
Information System
Period 11.01.2007 ~ 10.31.2017
Sponsor Korea Research Foundation

Research Goal

This research project aims to overcome the limits of existing area studies, which were focused on practical foreign policy, by conducting inter-disciplinary research based on cooperation and exchanges among scholars from various fields such as linguistics, literature, cultural studies, history, folklore, political science, economics, and sociology, and to establish a new methodology for Russian/Eurasian studies combining the humanities and social sciences. Through comprehensive studies on the Russian/Eurasian region, which have not been sufficiently systematic until the present despite its academic significance and potential. This project particularly aims to comprehensively and systematically state the current situation in a region where heterogeneity and common memory coexist and to forecast its future sociocultural, political, and economic landscape.

Spheres of the Project: Initiative Research + Outreach + Training Professionals

First of all, this research unit takes an initiative role in the field of Russian/Eurasian studies by shedding new lights on the multi-layeredness - multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, and multi-cultural characteristics - of the Russia/Eurasia region from an interdisciplinary ground combining humanities and social sciences, and by forecasting the future meanings and aspects of the region through investigations of contemporary Russia and Eurasia in this transitional period as well as historical speculations on Russian/Soviet legacies. As outreach, , the project aims to systemize and provide academic data and resources for researchers studying the region, policy data for the government and business firms, and education materials for those who major in Russian/Eurasian studies. Lastly, the project offers master's and doctoral degree courses as well as non-degree continuing education courses in order to train people to be professionals with language fluency and knowledge of the region.