Pioneer of Glocalized-Regional Studies
Production and Communication within a New Research Discourse
IGA was founded as a nonprofit research institute in 1992 by former President of Kyung Hee University through the expansion of the Institute for Northeast Asia Studies (INAS) established in 1986. The IGA currently has nine research centers under its wings, and regarding as a one of the leading research institute focusing on Area study in Korea.
It has been years since the Area Study emerged as important research theme in Korea. Yet, it has not been fully developed to provide new paradigms built around Korea which might help researchers study a certain Area based on the standpoint of Korea competing its relevance to study with other international theories.
IGA takes an opportunity to carry out comprehensive, interdisciplinary research which implies a new paradigm combining three different but not isolated research themes: Land-Sea, nature ecology and humanity. The main aim of Institute is rethinking Area in the view of relational approach, understanding an Area as real space that has a unique mechanism consisting of a network process and contextual interaction. Such a new research paradigm can be developed by creatively thinking and casting off from the theoretical limits of the existing dominant theoretical backgrounds such as individualism, mechanism, and reductionism.
IGA synthetically analyze cultural, social, natural, humanity environment spaces which mutualy continuities of the Area, in terms of international understanding and cooperation of the region. IGA will be greatly conducive to forming new discourses and communication between the researchers and also attempting to share its results with the public to present new direction of Area Study.
Kwon, Se Eun