大東文化硏究院은 성균관대학교의 유구한 역사와 전통적인 배경에 근거하여 1958년 1월 17일, 儒學思想을 중심으로
한국 및 동양문화를 연구하여 민족문화를 천명하고 국제적 문화교류와 상호간의 이해 증진을 도모하기 위해 창설되었습니다.
설립 이후, 이러한 목적을 달성하기 위하여 연구, 출판, 그리고 국제적 학술교류사업을 꾸준히 확대하고 그 성과를 축적해왔습니다.
대동문화연구원은 반세기 가까운 연구기반에 기초하여, 21세기의 새로운 이념과 목적을 위해 동아시아학술원으로 발전 개편되었습니다.
동아시아학술원은 2000년 3월 1일 기존의 대동문화연구원과 신설의 유교문화연구소, 동아시아지역연구소를 연구기관으로 하고
동아시아대학원과 존경각 자료정보실을 설치함으로써 연구와 교육을 결합하는 새로운 학술기관으로 개원하였습니다.
이에 따라 동아시아학술원의 중심적 연구기관이 된 대동문화연구원은 설립 당시의 목적에 연구와 교육의 유기적 기능을 강화하고,
학제간 연구와 국제화를 더욱 활성하여 한국 및 동아시아 인문학의 새로운 시대적 발전을 추구하고 있습니다.
Daedong Institute for Korean Studies was launched on January 17 in 1958. The institute was established for the promotion of the research of Korean and Eastern cultures as well as Confucian philosophy, and the promotion of exchanges with academic circles in other countries.
In order to accomplish its goals, the institute has actively worked for researches, publications and exchanges with international academic fields and has made its own accomplishments. Some of the outcomes were the academic journal “Research of East Asian Culture” (35th issue so far), 42 academic seminars for Oriental studies, five international academic seminars for Oriental studies (in every five years) and 15 lectures, so far of foreign scholars. The institute’s long-term research project has produced four volumes of “The Collections of Korean Thoughts,”“The 19th Century Korean Society,”and two volumes of “The Indexes of Korean Anthology.” The institute also supported the scholars of both Sungkyunkwan University and other colleges (18 volumes of “The Collection of East Asian Culture Research”). Since 1988, the institute has published 145 volumes of the Collection of Korean Classics Studies which compiled old Korean scholars’commentaries or related materials in Confucian classics or the Four Books and Five Classics in order to provide basic materials for the study of Korean thoughts. Such a grand project is remembered as one of the great accomplishments of the institute.
In the area of publications, the institute has cultivated historical materials, including Confucian classics, Ko Chil’s individual collection of works and literary works of other scholars and published the works in 70 books including photographic edition, while translating other books into the Korean language.
As its accomplishments were highly evaluated by the Ministry of Education and the Korea Research Foundation, the institute has been selected as a college-affiliated research center which has been under special support since 1997. (1997~2000: “Historical progress of Confucian culture and Korean society” as a main theme/ 2000 ~ 2006: “Search for the ways of Korean society’s transformation and the viewpoint from East Asia”). The above projects manifested that the accomplishments of the institute is acknowledged by the government body and has laid a cornerstone in promoting the institute to the level of a professional agency in the fields of Korean studies and Oriental studies.
Boosted by an academic background of almost half a century, the institute has been reborn as a major center of Academy of East Asian Studies (AEAS). The reorganization of the institute is aimed to cope with the needs of the academic field which seeks for an effective methodology to study East Asian studies from the viewpoint of East Asia. The Institute of Eastern Studies has now been able to fulfill its original mission, to strengthen the function of research and education, to activate the globalization of the educational system and, finally, to pursue the new development of human sciences of Korea and East Asia.