The history of the Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Association of Korea began on April 27, 1991, when a small group of professors from a number of Korean universities with a shared interest in medieval literature met and agreed on the need to establish a forum devoted to medieval English studies. When the association was formally launched on June 13 as the Medieval English Studies Association of Korea, Professor Kim Jin-man of Korea University was elected to be the first president, and the first Committee was formed.
From its inception, the association has held regular conferences, at which members have read papers on topics related to medieval and early modern English literature. Since 1993 these and other papers have been published in the association’s official journal Medieval English Studies.
In 2002 the association was renamed as the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Association of Korea in view of the need to widen its membership and area of interest, and the journal accordingly retitled as Medieval and Early Modern English Studies.
The association now holds conferences and publishes the journal twice a year in spring and fall. Since 1999, it has been sending representatives to the annual International Medieval Congress held in Kalamazoo, Michigan; it also organizes sessions in the Winter Conference of the English Language and Literature Association of Korea.