The Korean Geographical Society
The Korean Geographical Society has an over 70-year history. It was founded on September 11th, 1945 with its first president being Kim Do-Tae. Because it was founded before the Korean Government was established in 1948, the Society has one of the oldest histories in Korea. In these times of speed and lightness, cultivating and developing such invaluable intellectual assets are vital missions of modern geographers. Furthermore, the personal affairs of each member must not prevent the longstanding historical assets of the Society from being passed down to future generations. We are in a desperate time when we should keep in mind the old saying, "Think no evil at any time of the day.
As most people are aware, today is called the era of consilience (like integration) and convergence. In fact, no other fields of study consider consilience and convergence as their essence as much as geography does. In spite of limited human resources and poor environments, members of the Geographical Society have studied and taught hard. As a result, they have achieved great specialty in the production and education of geographical knowledge, and various professional societies have participated in related activities. Now, accomplishing integration, consilience and convergence of such professional knowledge is a way to meet the mission of the times and to lead the essence of geography to the next level.
Along with the advancement of an information knowledge society, the geographical knowledge ecosystem has also been rapidly changing. Not only is there a lot of demand on geographical knowledge in many different ways, but the main agents of supply and transmission are also changing in a revolutionary way. Like other fields of study, national research institutes, private research institutes and companies, non-governmental organizations and individuals in particular have become important main agents in geography. Within universities and among professors, in fact, they have been elevated beyond knowledge production and supply system. We think the Korean Geographical Society has a responsibility to more actively accept such a change in the knowledge ecosystem.
The Korean Geographical Society will faithfully play a central role in geographical study. We will find our own responsibilities and do our best to develop a higher-level geography and to contribute to society. I would like to ask you to show substantial interest, encouragement and guidance.