Democracy and Social Movements
Institute (DaSMI) was established in 2003 at Sungkonghoe University. DaSMI has conducted
research on various issues of democracy and social movements in order to
elaborate alternative theories and to practically contribute to democratization
and social movements in Asia as well. To overcome some actual limits and
incompleteness of Asian democracies, DaSMI has been developing a radical
The Institute runs three archives.
1) The NGO Resource Center (http://www.demos.or.kr) is a web-based archiveproviding resources on democracy, social movements, NGOs, etc.
2) The DemocracyResource Center (http://www.demos-archives.or.kr) collects, compiles, andinvestigates a vast amount of archival resources of social and democratization
movements of South Korea. And
3) The Inter-Asia Civil Society archive (http://www.asiaarchives.org)services diverse kinds of papers and documents on democracy, social movements
and NGOs in Korea. 1) and 2) run in Korean, while 3) runs in English. The
Institute also works as a part of the teaching and managing faculty for the
Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies program, the first MA degree course
for Asian social movement and grassroots activists.