International Association for Contemporary Korea Studies

With the generous funding from the Academy of Korean Studies for the Core University Program for Korean Studies, the Department of Chinese and Korean Studies of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (AOI) at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen invites applications for the following position:

Postdoctoral Fellow in Tübingen Global Korea Project

(Salary according to German TV-L 13, 100%)

The contract period for this position is due to commence on January 1, 2017, and ends on December 31, 2019 (3 years).

Requirements for appointment are a Ph.D.-degree in Korean Studies or a related discipline, as well as proficiency in spoken and written Korean and in German or English. The Ph.D. must be completed by the time of appointment.

The fellow is expected to participate and contribute to research projects and programs in the Tübingen Global Korea Project, especially in the fields of Global Cold War of Korea, Korea’s Colonialism in the Global Perspective, and/or Korea’s Global Migrations. The Korean Studies Program is especially interested in candidates whose research can complement and strengthen the existing approach of situating the study of Korean history, society, and culture into transnational and global contexts. The fellow is expected to teach two courses per semester (4 hours per week) and to contribute to administrative work, including assistance in the administration of the Tübingen Global Korea Project.

Applications should be composed in English and addressed to the Director of Korean Studies, Prof. You Jae Lee. Applications will be accepted only in electronic form (PDF) and should be sent to Prof. You Jae Lee (Email:lee@aoi.uni-tuebingen.de) and cc’ed to Dr. Taejin Hwang (Email: taejin.hwang@uni-tuebingen.de). Applications should consist of the following documents: 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) overview of research foci, 4) dissertation abstract and introduction or a sample chapter, 5) copies of B.A./M.A/Ph.D. certificates, and 6) transcripts.

The closing date for applications is October 1, 2016. Those short-listed will be contacted in October for an interview.

The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from disabled candidates will be given preference if the qualifications of these candidates are identical to those of a non-disabled candidate.

For further questions about this position, please contact Prof. You Jae Lee, Director of the Tübingen Global Korea Project and the Head of the Korean Studies Program at the University of Tübingen.

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Department of Chinese and Korean studies
Wilhelmstraße 133

72074 Tübingen, Germany

www.korea.uni-tuebingen.de

With the generous funding from the Academy of Korean Studies for the Core University Program for Korean Studies, the Department of Chinese and Korean Studies of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (AOI) at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen invites applications for the following position:

Ph.D. Candidate or Doktorand in Korean Studies

(Salary according to German TV-L 13, 50%)

The appointment will start on January 1, 2017, and will initially be for two years. After a successful evaluation, the position can be extended for one more year.

Requirements are a M.A. in Korean Studies or in a related discipline with a focus on Korea, and fluency in English, Korean, and German is desired. The candidate must have a M.A. by the time of appointment.

The successful candidate is expected to participate and contribute to research projects and programs in the Tübingen Global Korea Project, especially in the fields of Global Cold War of Korea, Korea’s Colonialism in the Global Perspective, and/or Korea’s Global Migrations. The Korean Studies Program is especially interested in candidates whose research can complement and strengthen the existing approach of situating the study of Korean history, society, and culture into transnational and global contexts. The fellow is expected to teach one course per semester (2 hours per week) and to contribute to administrative work, including assistance in the administration of the Tübingen Global Korea Project.

Applications should be composed in English or German and addressed to the Director of Korean Studies, Prof. You Jae Lee. Applications will be accepted only in electronic form (PDF) and should be sent to Prof. You Jae Lee (Email:lee@aoi.uni-tuebingen.de) and cc’ed to Dr. Taejin Hwang (Email: taejin.hwang@uni-tuebingen.de). Applications should consist of the following documents: 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) copy of M.A. thesis, and 4) transcripts.

The application deadline is October 1, 2016. Finalists may be interviewed in October.

The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from disabled candidates will be given preference if the qualifications of these candidates are identical to those of a non-disabled candidate.

For further questions about this position, please contact Prof. You Jae Lee, Director of the Tübingen Global Korea Project and the Head of the Korean Studies Program at the University of Tübingen.

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Department of Chinese and Korean studies
Wilhelmstraße 133

72074 Tübingen, Germany

www.korea.uni-tuebingen.de

The Research Institute of Korean Studies at Korea University is operating a program for graduate students in both Korea and abroad, under the auspices of the Pony Chung Foundation, as shown below.

RIKS Academy

① Goals : Further developing young scholars’ expertise in Korean studies and creating a network of young researchers.

② Eligibility :

– Korean and foreign-national graduate students who are in M.A. or PhD programs in field of Korean Studies

– Applicants must be able take courses, give presentations, and participate in discussions conducted in Korean

③ Number of Participants :

20 total (10 Korean graduate students, 10 foreign-national graduate students)

④ Dates : Mon. Aug. 1 – Wed. Aug. 10, 2016 [10 days]

⑤ Place : Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University

⑥ Main Programs : Intensive courses, Research Symposium

⑦ Funding Information :

-Scholarship awarded to participants: KRW 1 million (for room and board assistance)

-Travel Grants are available for participants from abroad (KRW 1 million/≒USD 870 for participants from the Americas and Europe; KRW 500,000/≒USD 435 for those coming from Asia)

Application Deadline : May 30, 2016

⑨ Complete online application form : http://durl.me/boi62k

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

– CV

– Research Statement

– One (1) letter of recommendation

: Letter of recommendation should be emailed directly by the referee at:

 riks_edu@korea.ac.kr

 

DUTIES OF BENEFICIARIES

– Present a lecture related to research

– Participation in academic events, seminars, and research, etc. at RIKS

– Submission of research results report

(within 3 months after end of Fellowship, March – May 2018)

 

OTHER INFORMATION

Those who have received disciplinary actions related to research funding from the Korean government or domestic support organizations are not eligible to apply

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

Documents received after the deadline will not be considered

Decision Notification: August 2016

(A decision notice will be sent to the applicant)

Application: Email application only (riks_edu@korea.ac.kr)

Contact Information: Research Planning Department,

Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University

Telephone: +82-2-3290-2494 / Email: riks_edu@korea.ac.kr

We hope many graduate students will participate in the programs.

The Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) has announced its 2016 international program (MA, PhD degree & Fellowship).

For more detailed info, please use the links below:
Degree program at http://intl.aks.ac.kr/english/viewtopic.php?t=488
Fellowship program at http://intl.aks.ac.kr/english/viewtopic.php?t=489

Brief overview:

For the international students (degree program),

• Tuition fees are fully waived for international students.

• The Government Grant of KRW750,000 per month is provided to all of the Korean Culture and Society major and the Korean Classics and Global Communication major students as well as comparably competent students of other majors.

• Free Korean language courses are provided to assist international students with academic writing, presentations and discussions as well as communication skills.

• On-campus dormitory accommodations are available at the rate of KRW477,400 per semester, double occupancy.

• A 4:1 student-faculty ratio enables close one-to-one guidance of students by professors.

• Various kinds of courses are available including major-specific courses, interdisciplinary courses, independent study with student’s own topic and research plans, and fieldwork. Students can also earn credits by publishing articles in accredited academic journals.

For the AKS Graduate Fellows:

• Monthly allowance of KRW900,000 is provided.

• An economy-class round trip airfare at actual expense is provided within the limit prescribed
by the GSKS Travel Expenses Policy (Please see the Attachment 2 “Maximum Round-trip
Airfares Per Regions”).

• Fellowship Period: 6 months
1) 2016 Fall Semester (1st period): From 1 September 2016 to 28 February 2017
2) 2017 Spring Semester (2nd period): From 1 March 2017 to 31 August 2017
※ Applicants should select one of the fellowship periods.

• Access to the AKS facilities including the library and Jangseogak Archives is given.

• On-campus dormitory is available at the rate of KRW716,100 for 6 months, double occupancy.

• Korean language courses are offered free of charge.

• A Certificate of Completion can be issued for those who successfully completed the program.

If you have any queries, please contact Ms Mi-Ryoung SONG via email: mirang@aks.ac.kr

DPRK Tour Itinerary 13th – 18th August 2016 (5 nights in DPRK)

825 euros per person all-inclusive from Beijing*

PY Study Tour

2007 NK Study Tour group together with Ms. Ri Young-hui, Head of the Academic Exchange Office of Kim Il-sung University.

Day 1

Today we will fly from Beijing to Pyongyang by Air Koryo flight JS152, so we will gather at Beijing airport Terminal 2 for our flight at 1pm. We will then fly to Pyongyang, the showcase capital of the DPRK with a population of about 3 million. Upon arrival in Pyongyang (about 4pm), we will proceed through immigration and customs to meet our Korean guides who will accompany us during our stay. On our way to the hotel we will visit the Arch of Triumph. This is a very important place in Korean history, as it is the site where President Kim Il Sung made his historic speech to the Korean people after liberation from the Japanese in 1945.

Dinner, overnight in Changwangsan Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 2: Pyongyang – Kaesong – Pyongyang

After an early breakfast we take a 2 and a half hour drive south to Kaesong, an historical city near the DMZ and the border with South Korea which avoided being destroyed during the Korean War as it was chosen as the location for armistice talks. There is a service station halfway where we will stop for a rest. After arriving in Kaesong we will take a drive to the DMZ and Panmunjom,where North and South Korea continue their decades-long face-off. It is possible to go into one of the huts which straddle the demarcation line, and actually cross over into South Korea! Next, we head back to Kaesong and visit the Kaesong Koryo Museum,which is a beautiful old Confucian university, to learn about the history of the region. There is also a collection of pavilions from around the area. We will also visit the Stamp Shop here, which has an excellent array of souvenirs. Lunch is a traditional pansanggi meal, which is something like Korean tapas.

After that we drive back to Pyongyang, stopping on the way the Tomb of Wang Gwon. Next is the Pyongyang Schoolchildren’s Palace, a centre of extra-curricular activities for gifted children. We will take a tour of the classrooms, with children demonstrating their talents in fields such as music, art, taekwondo and speech-making. We will also get to see an impressive music and dance show by the students in the Palace’s theatre. After this we will have dinner, and then retire to our hotel for the night.

Overnight in Changwangsan Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 3: LIBERATION DAY

Pyongyang

Pyongyang: Today is Liberation Day, one of the great holidays of the year in the DPRK, and the capital will be in festive mood. After an early breakfast we will go to the Grand Monument on Mansu Hill, where the huge statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are flanked by powerful sculptures telling the story of the anti-Japanese struggle, the rebuilding of the country, and finally the Korean War. This area will be full of crowds of local people dressed in their Sunday best to pay their respects to the monument. Next we go to the Chollima Statue, which is the symbol of the Korean people’s revolutionary spirit and post-war reconstruction. After that we will visit Mangyongdae Native House, another site of pilgrimage for local people on this great holiday, and the native birthplace of President Kim Il Sung. Next is the Juche Tower, the highest stone monument in the world, topped by a flickering revolutionary torch. There we will be given an explanation of the DPRK’s guiding philosophy of Juche, which is often translated as ‘self-reliance’. You can take the lift to the top of the tower for a stunning view of Pyongyang city.

Following this we will attend the great festivities held to mark Liberation Day around the city, including spectacular Mass Dances and street musical performances. Afterwards we head to the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest underground system in the world, with stations adorned with stunning socialist realist mosaics and artwork. Next we’ll visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the US Spy Ship Pueblo, captured by the DPRK in 1968. After this we’ll head to the Taekwondo Holy Hall to visit the relics of the founder of Korean taekwondo, General Choi. We will also enjoy a wonderful Taekwondo demonstration given by the DPRK National Taekwondo Team specially performed for the Liberation Day holiday. Following this, we will go to a local restaurant for dinner, and then attend a special evening musical show at one of Pyongyang’s huge theatres in the evening to end today’s spectacular festivities. We will then retire to our Pyongyang Hotel for the night.

Overnight: Changwangsan Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 4: Pyongyang – Mt. Myohyang – Pyongyang

Today we will drive to Mt. Myohyang, the mountain of mysterious fragrance, two hours north of Pyongyang. It is said that the air here is so fresh that regardless of how much alcohol you drink while staying here, provided you sleep with your window open you won’t have a hangover the next day!

Our first visit of the day is to the highlight of the area, the International Friendship Exhibition. Built in 1978, these two huge subterranean halls are filled with gifts to the leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il presented to them by people from all over the world, from heads of state to ordinary citizens. The gifts are divided into region and it is estimated that if you spent one minute in front of each gift it would take over a year to see the whole exhibition. This year, they have opened a new hall showcasing gifts given to leader Kim Jong Un. Halfway through the visit, we will take a short tea break on the balcony, which offers beautiful views of the stunning mountains around the halls. Before lunch we will take a look at the nearby thousand year old Pohyon Buddhist Temple.

After lunch we will drive back to Pyongyang. Upon arrival in the capital we will visit Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang’s largest square located in the centre of the city. Staying in the heart of the city, we next visit the huge Grand People’s Study House. This is an enormous library and place of study, and has a great view of Kim Il Sung Square from its rooftop balcony. We will tour the lecture halls here and hopefully get to see a few classes taking place. We will then have dinner in a local restaurant and return to our hotel for the night.

Overnight: Changwangsan Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 5: Pyongyang – Nampo – Pyongyang

After breakfast we will drive about 45 minutes to the Nampo West Sea Barrage, an 8km long dam separating separating the Taedong River form the West Sea of Korea, and a truly great piece of socialist brutalist design. It stops Pyongyang being flooded by preventing huge tidal surges as well as providing more agricultural land. Regarded as a great feat of engineering, the project was personally overseen by leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. We then head back to Pyongyang, stopping at the Mansudae Art Studio, the greatest centre of Korean art in the DPRK, where we will view exhibitions of beautiful Korean art and handicrafts and see some of the DPRK’s finest artists at work. Following this we will visit a souvenir shop in the centre of Pyongyang, where we can buy some traditional Korean souvenirs as gifts or momentoes of our tour. We will then have our farewell dinner in Pyongyang’s famous Duck BBQ restaurant, before returning to the hotel.

Overnight: Changwangsan Hotel, Pyongyang

Day 6: Departure

Today is departure day, so after an early breakfast we will leave for the train station for our journey to Beijing. The train departs at 10:40am from Pyongyang, and arrives in Beijing at 08:30 the following morning.

*This price is for a group of 16 people or more. The price will be 850 EUROS per person for a group of between 10 and 15 people.

TRAVEL TO NORTH KOREA (DPRK), THE LAST ‘CLOSED’ COUNTRY ON EARTH, THIS AUGUST 2016, AND EXPERIENCE THE COLD WAR IN ACTION, SOVIET-STYLE COMMUNIST LIFE, AND ONE OF ASIA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL, UNSPOILT, TRADITIONAL COUNTRIES FOR YOURSELF

SEE THE GARGANTUAN, MONUMENTAL COMMUNIST MONUMENTS AND SWEEPING REVOLUTIONARY AVENUES OF NORTH KOREA’S CAPITAL, PYONGYANG, BUILT AS A MODEL SOCIALIST CITY IN THE 1960s AND 1970s FROM THE RUBBLE OF THE KOREAN WAR

VISIT THE BORDER BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA, THE WORLD’S LAST COLD WAR FRONTIER, AND SEE THE NORTH AND SOUTH KOREAN SOLDIERS FACING EACH OTHER OFF IN A SCENE REMINISCENT OF 1980s BERLIN

SEE LARGER-THAN-LIFE HALLS MADE OF MARBLE, BUILT TO HOUSE GIFTS GIVEN TO THE NORTH KOREAN LEADERS, AND SET IN BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN SCENERY

EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR SCENERY IN ALL OF ASIA, UNTOUCHED MOUNTAIN RANGES, BEAUTIFUL RIVERS, TRADITIONAL, TIMELESS KOREAN VILLAGES, AND STUNNING BEACHES AND COVES ALMOST NEVER SEEN BY FOREIGN EYES BEFORE

MEET SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST FRIENDLY, WARM, SINCERE, PROUD PEOPLE, LIVING A WAY OF LIFE COMBINING POST-WAR SOCIALISM WITH TRADITIONAL ASIAN LIVING WHICH HAS ALL-BUT DISAPPEARED IN THE REST OF ASIA

ENJOY BARBEQUES ON THE BEACHES OF NORTH KOREA WITH NORTH KOREANS, LOCALLY-BREWED DRINKS IN THE BARS OF THE CAPITAL, AS WELL AS FAIRGROUND RIDES AND SWIMMING CONTESTS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE

LEARN THE TRADITIONAL KOREAN ART OF TAEKWONDO FROM NORTH KOREAN MASTERS, WATCH SOME OF ASIA’S FINEST TAEKWONDO MASTERS IN ACTION IN SOME OF ASIA’S LARGEST TAEKWONDO TOURNAMENTS IN NORTH KOREA’S CAPITAL, AND PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING SESSIONS WITH NORTH KOREA’S GREATEST TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONS

TAKE PART IN THE HUGE LIBERATION DAY CELEBRATIONS IN PYONGYANG, WITH MASS DANCES, SPECIAL MUSICAL SHOWS, UNIQUE EXHIBITIONS, AND A CELEBRATORY ATMOSPHERE THROUGHOUT THE CITY, WHICH WILL BE BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED FOR THE OCCASION

TOURS START AND FINISH IN BEIJING, CHINA, AND COST 825 EUROS PER PERSON ALL-INCLUSIVE FROM BEIJING, CHINA*

*THIS PRICE IS FOR A GROUP OF 16 PERSONS OR MORE

For more information, please contact Daniel Levitsky <dlevits@hotmail.com>

Auditorium in the Science Building.

Auditorium in the Science Building.

A unique chance to study Korean in the DPRK (North Korea) at Kim Il Sung University or another of the DPRK’s top universities.

Course dates: 16th July – 16th August 2016

Cost of course: 2850 euros all-inclusive from Beijing, China, including flight Beijing-Pyongyang, and international train Pyongyang-Beijing.

Be among the very few foreign students to study at the top universities of the DPRK, and be in Pyongyang for the grand celebrations for Victory Day on July 27th and Liberation Day on August 15th

 3-week study programmes are also available for a lower price.

 Further information on the course, as received direct from the DPRK:

 The program for “Learning Korean in 1 month in DPRK”:  

         1.         The purpose of the course “Learning Korean in 1 month”  

The course “Learning Korean in 1 month” has for its purpose to give an intensive course in Korean basics, everyday dialogue and grammar to foreign students  who are interested in Korean culture and language and willing to study Korean in Korea (DPRK), the birthplace of Korean culture and language, from famous Korean university instructors  and apply their knowledge to practice with local students and residents locally and also to enjoy the sightseeing the grand monumental edifices, world-famous mountains and scenic spots in Korea  

2.         Why choose this course?  

-Participants can not only study Korean, but also enjoy some sightseeing for a very economical price.  

-Participants would be awarded the certificate of level completion that guarantees to offer examination for entering a Korean university in the future and you can expect some privileges when you have examination.  

-Participants could study Korean and communicate with local people in DPRK based on what they’ve learned.  

3.         The framework and content of the program  

The program consists of 3 levels: 1st level (elementary), 2nd level (intermediate), 3rd level (advanced) and participants would choose the level they want and the completion period for each level needs 1 month.  

(Except these 3 levels, there are 2 more levels consisted of intensive reading, speaking, listening courses and when you complete these 5 levels then you can have qualification to have exam for entering    Kim Il Sung University or Kim Hyong Jik University of Education for study in Korea. The courses for these 2 levels can be haven only when you complete the former 3 levels.)  

-1st Level (Elementary)  

This level is for the beginners who don’t even know Korean alphabets and want to study from beginning.  

This level consists of 2 chapters: one for “Korean alphabets and its phoneme” and one consisted of 10 lessons.  

The participants will deal with vowels, consonants, shapes of Korean alphabets, its sounds and grammatical particles and structures through exercises and acquire 250 vocabularies in the chapter “Korean alphabets and its phoneme”.  

And the participants will study and acquire 10 basic sentence patterns, 500 vocabularies and 25 particles in the chapter consisted of 10 lessons.  

-2nd Level (Intermediate)   

This level deals with more sophisticated sentence patterns and grammar based on the basic knowledge acquired in 1st level.  

The participants will deal with another 10 sentence patterns, 700 vocabularies and 55 particles based on the 10 basic sentence patterns mentioned in 1st level.  

-3rd Level (Advanced)  

This level is for the participants who desire to have the daily conversation-oriented courses.  

The participants will deal with the simple conversations being used in daily life based on the basic knowledge acquired in 1st and 2nd level.  

To be more specific, the participants will deal with the 18 dialogues composed of conversation frequented in daily life and 40 colloquial sentence patterns.  

4.         Period, time, place for the program  

Period: The course makes its principle to be done for 1 month.  

Study period: July 16th ~August 16th 2016  

Time: Mon~Sat(The participants would not have lectures on the Korean national holidays, like July 27th:the  V-Day in the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War, and August 15th, the Korean Liberation Day)  

   3 Lectures/1D, 60min/1lecture  

Place: Kim Il Sung University or another Pyongyang university recommended by the Korean Ministry of Education  

 5.         Formation of the group for the program and its fee  

The group of students should be formed of above 10 people.  

The program fee is package price added with daily living costs fee and tuition fee and this price is only available with the group formed with 10 people.  

If the participants ask for the weekend trip far from the educational courses, they have to pay 20Euros per person per day as the additional fee beyond the package price.  

6.         The services included in the tour fee  

Accommodation in hotel for double bed, provide 3 meals a day, Korean lectures in university and arranging transportation on standard itinerary, reception and seeing off at the airport and border station (Pyongyang Railway Station, Pyongyang Airport), guide of procedure in entry and exit, guide-interpreters’ service, booking and arranging international transportation means  

7.         The services not included in the tour fee  

Visa, international transportation tickets, common tour fee additionally requested during the program, medical treatment and other self-expense items  

 8.         Where are you going to stay?  

Sosan Hotel (1st class hotel)  

For more information, please contact Daniel Levitsky <dlevits@hotmail.com>

Please be advised of a call for papers for the 2016 Situations International Conference: “War, Violence, and Memory: Remembrance, Representation, and Commemoration of Crimes against Humanity in Asia”.

 Conference Dates: 21-22 October, 2016

Conference Venue: Jeju Island, South Korea

 Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 May, 2016

Full Paper Submission: 30 September, 2016 

 Each presenter will offer a 20-minute talk presenting a significant piece of unpublished work (or work-in-progress) and will also be invited to participate in the ensuing discussions. Travel expenses subsidy may be available for those whose papers are accepted.

 Also check out the journal website: http://situations.kr

In Asian history, war has been responsible for countless deaths and multiple forms of traumatic violence. During the Second World War, for example, millions of lives were lost; and people from many different Asian countries, including China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan, were subject to imprisonment, forced labor, torture, bodily experimentation, and sexual slavery. Similar atrocities occurred during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Although from one perspective, they might seem part of a now receding history, the reminders of these traumatic events regularly resurface across the spectrum of public discourses, particularly in the fields of politics and culture. Over the past decades, Japan has issued several statements of apology to certain Asian countries, including both China and Korea, for its past war crimes. However, these apologies have been criticized by many victims and commentators as somewhat perfunctory and insincere. In 2005, anti-Japanese demonstrations erupted across most of East Asia, ignited in part by the perceived “distortions of history” contained in a Japanese history textbook. In 2012, there were also anti-Japanese protests in China, touched off by an escalation of tensions surrounding the disputed Diaoyu Islands. And only last year, in the wake of Japan’s landmark agreement with South Korea to settle the abiding issue of “comfort women”, further diplomatic tensions arose concerning the removal of the “comfort girl” statue—installed by a civic group in front of the Japanese Embassy, Seoul, in 2011—and the release of Sprits’ Homecoming (2016)—a controversial crowd-funded film based on the testimonies of Korean comfort women.

In the light of these ongoing debates, this conference aims to examine the relationship between war, politics, and culture in the Asian context. Some of the questions that the conference might seek to address include: How do we represent the complex issues of violence, suffering and warfare in the Asian region? How should we commemorate the victims of occupation and war? What is the role of culture and politics in shaping collective memory? What part can the engaged intellectual play in bridging the sometimes large divide between the contending parties? What is the role of partisanship and advocacy in public displays and memorials? What is the role of the engaged intellectual in the writing of history, politics and culture?

We invite proposals for 20-minute spoken presentations to our annual Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context Conference, which will be held this year on Jeju Island from 21-22 October 2016. Full-length versions of these presented papers will subsequently be considered for inclusion in the spring 2017 issue of our journal Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context.

While the conference will be most immediately relevant to scholars working in the fields of literature and cultural studies, we also seek submissions that explore the issue from other perspectives, including politics, history, and communication studies. Sessions that span interdisciplinary boundaries and demarcated theoretical perspectives are also welcome.

Subjects addressed may include, but are not limited to:

– The history of war and physical/mental violence

– Literary or cultural representations of war victims or of the perpetrators of violence

– The aftermath and impacts of wartime violence

– Post-war diplomatic issues concerning international reconciliation and compensation

– War and violence in popular culture and entertainment (films, video games etc.)

– Modern cyber warfare and threats of violence

– Terrorism and violence 

Contact: Situations Conference Organizing Team

Email: bk21eng-intl@yonsei.ac.kr

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    Job No. 545093 Faculty / Portfolio: Faculty of Arts  School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Location:  Clayton campus  Employment Type:  Full-time  Duration:  Continuing appointment Remuneration: $104,083 – $123,601 pa Level B  (includes 17% employer superannuation)   Where international collaboration … Continue reading →
  • Call for Papers: 4th KSAA post-graduate workshop 2016
    June 30-July 1, 2016 University of Auckland in New Zealand The Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) invites proposals for the Fourth Biennial Postgraduate Workshop on Korean Studies, to be held on June 30 and July 1, 2016 at the … Continue reading →
  • Call for Papers — The Review of Korean Studies
    The Review of Korean Studies (http://www.aks.ac.kr/lab/contentsInfo.do?menu_no=296) is a peer-reviewed, academic journal published in English by The Academy of Korean Studies (http://www.aks.ac.kr/home/index.do). Its goal is to stimulate dialogue and exchange ideas, theories, and perspectives among Koreanists in both Asia and the … Continue reading →

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