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Institute of Wooam

Purpose of Establishment

The Institute of Wooam was established exclusively for the purpose of studies on Wooam Song Si-yeol, who was one of the prominent scholars, thinkers and politicians in late Joseon dynasty. He not only was the central figures of the Gyeonggi-Honam School (Gihosarim) who succeeded the philosophy of Yi I and Kim Jang-saeng but also established his own academic line in the history of Confucianism in Korea. Accordingly, the Institute of Wooam carries out philosophical and systematical studies on his political efforts and the school of Chungbuk and Gyeonggi-Honam regions. These studies namely are going to investigate the philosophical inclination and academic characteristics, and furthermore to promote the research atmosphere to study on the philosophy and ideology of the Gyeonggi-Honam School, the study of which has been not satisfactory in comparison with that of the Yeongnam School.

Major Activities

Basic Direction

  • Research on Wooam and Wooam Studies
  • Research on schools of the Chungbuk Regions
  • Research on traditional culture in the Chungbuk regions
  • Research on the academic line and thought of the Gyeonggi-Honam School
  • Research on the development process of Confucianism in late Joseon dynasty
  • Comprehensive research on Korean studies
  • Dissemination of cultural activities related to school of late Joseon Dynasty

Major Activities

  • Publishing anthology of the entire works of Wooam
  • Building maps of historical sites connecting every traces of Wooam
  • Building a digital library of the Gyeonggi-Honam School
  • Publishing academic journals
  • Holding academic conferences
  • Providing services of academic research
  • Operating Wooam Hakdang School

Future Development Plans

The Institute of Wooam is going to carry out continually such activities as publishing sourcebooks of Wooam, translating and publishing anthology of Wooam, building database of Wooam studies, building a digital library of Wooam studies, schools of the Chungcheong regions and Gyeonggi-Honam School, operating academic society affiliated with the Institute of Wooam, holding regular academic conferences, publishing academic journals, holding international conferences, expositing works of Wooam and the Gyeonggi-Honam School, providing services of diverse academic researches, operating Hakdang school, and etc. Thus, it is unquestionably expected that the Institute of Wooam will be the mecca of the studies of the Gyeonggi-Honam School through these kinds of studies and activities.