Korean Histories is a new on-line peer-reviewed journal that focuses on historiography as a social process in Korea. It is devoted to research that heavily relies on other sources than the conventional written historical sources and highlights the role these unconventional sources play in the formation of historical visions of groups, communities and both non-professional and professional historians. Social representations of Korean histories reveal much about the contents, dynamics and functions of historical narratives in society, in particular when unconventional, easily accessible and non-hegemonic sources such as music, art, religious concepts, the internet, blogs, advertisements or literary texts are used. Korean Histories intends to be a platform for articles that engage these issues and use these and other sources across a range of subjects and time periods. In the realization of its aim to present and to enhance the understanding of both widely accepted and alternative perspectives on Korean history, Korean Histories covers a wide range of topics, approaches and periods, unified by the use of unconventional and informal sources and a continuously present awareness of the social functions of historiography.
Korean Histories is a part of the Centre for Korean Studies at Leiden University's -year research project Social Practice: Unconventional Historiographies of Korea (link naar: http://www.news.leiden.edu/prestigious-international-subsidy-for-korean-language-and-culture.jsp). This project is sponsored by a generous grant from the Academy of Korean Studies in South Korea.
Korean Histories is jointly edited. The editors-in-chief are based at Leiden University and at the Academy of Korean Studies. The managing editors are based at Leiden University. The editors (both the board and the supervisory committee) work at universities and research institutions throughout the world, including Europe, Asia and North America.
Korean Histories allows original research and bookreviews to be published both in English and in Korean in its aim to facillitate dialogues between scholars of Korean history in Korea and outside Korea.