Andersson North Korea Talk Now On Line

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Michelle Mope Andersson, who recently served as a wellness and stress counselor for the United Nations Development Program in P’yŏngyang talked about her experiences in North Korea during a colloquium at the Center for Korean Studies December 4, 2014. Mrs. Andersson worked for the UN while her husband was serving as Sweden’s ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. An audio recording of her talk, titled “An Existential Look Inside North Korea,” is now available on line as a podcast. To listen to the presentation, visit the Center for Korean Studies podcast page.

Berkeley Korean Studies Center Recruiting Program Director

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The Center for Korean Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has an opening for a program director, a nonacademic position. The program director, in consultation with the Center chair, associated faculty, and the staff of the Institute for East Asian Studies, helps keep all aspects of the Center running smoothly. Among other activities, the Center offers colloquia, talks, and conferences; occasional performances; supports Berkeley scholarship on Korean topics; hosts visiting scholars; and administers grants. The program director should have strong Korean and English language skills and both be well-organized and and have good interpersonal skills.

The full job announcement and application procedures are available at

Review of applications will begin in early January. Inquiries about the Center and its activities, can be directed to Laura C. Nelson (

Senior Lectureship in East Asian Studies at Sheffield

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The School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield seeks applicants with a proven publication record and teaching ability for a position as senior lecturer in East Asian Studies. Applications are invited from scholars who can teach and conduct research in one or more East Asian languages in addition to English and in any discipline within the broadly defined fields of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean studies. Applicants with a cross-country/region-wide interest and in the disciplines of culture and media are particularly welcome.

The successful candidate will have an established international reputation in the broadly defined field of East Asian studies, an outstanding publication record, and a Ph.D. in a relevant subject (or an equivalent qualification/experience). The ability to provide research leadership, attract external funding and research students to the School, and act as a mentor to newly appointed colleagues in any area of the School is essential. The senior lectureship post is the equivalent to an associate professorship at an American university.

For for the full position description and further information, see the University of Sheffield Web site at The closing date for applications is January 23, 2015.

International Conference: Our Ocean Planet

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The Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law and Justice, William S. Richardson School of Law, East-West Center, and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology will present an international conference titled “Our Ocean Planet: Governance for a Better Future” at the East-West Center December 15, 2014.

The program will include panels on Maritime Claims in Asia and the Polar Regions; Protecting the Ocean and its Resources; and Marine Scientific Research and Emerging Ocean Issues. In honor of Professor Van Dyke’s strong interest in human rights, there will also be a special panel on Recent Developments in Human Rights in Asia.

The Conference will be held in Burns Hall Rooms 3121/3125 at the East-West Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsors of the conference are the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology, the Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law and Justice, the William S. Richardson School of Law, the East-West Center, the University of Hawai‘i Center for Korean Studies, and the University of Hawai‘i School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

For more information, contact

2015 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

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The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies welcomes proposals for papers, performances, and panels for its 26th annual graduate student conference. The conference will be held at the Center for Korean Studies on the Mānoa campus March 18-20, 2015. The conference theme is “Against the Current: Transforming Perspectives in Asia.”

The keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Rhacel Parrenas, professor of sociology and gender studies and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. She is known for her work on women’s labor and migration in economic globalization. Her latest book is Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo (Stanford, 2011).

Conference organizers invite papers, performances, and panel proposals that continue, change, or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the study of the Asia-Pacific region. Those with a background in the arts are especially encouraged to submit performance or paper proposals. Especially desired are papers that:

  • Involve original research in all areas of Asia and Asian studies
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary methods and frameworks
  • Engage comparative studies or transnationalism
  • Explore new and emerging trends in Asian Studies
  • Present Asian performance practices

Applications to participate in the conference program should be submitted on line by January 10, 2015. The application form may be found here.

All accepted papers/panels will have discussants. Presenters should be prepared to submit their papers by February 16, 2015.

In addition to awards for distinguished papers, limited partial travel grants to the conference site may be available.

For more information, visit the conference Web site at

Questions may be directed to the conference planning committee at

Colloquium: A Look Inside North Korea

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Michelle Mope Andersson will present a talk titled “An Existential Look Inside North Korea” in the Center for Korean Studies fall 2014 colloquium series on Thursday, December 4.

Andersson served recently as a wellness and stress counselor for the United Nations Development Program in P’yŏngyang while her husband served as Sweden’s ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. She provided individual counseling for critical incident stress cases among UN Staff, their dependents, and members of the diplomatic community. She also advised and assisted the UN physician in stress-management programs and advised the district office on stress-mitigating strategies, decisions, and activities.

Andersson is a graduate of Mills College (government and economics); holds master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University (government–public policy) and Loyola University Chicago/Fordham University (pastoral care and counseling); and has studied theology and art history at Harvard University and music at the Music Academy of Estonia.

The colloquium will take place in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Center for Korean Studies is located at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. Center events are free and open to all. For further information, including information on access for the handicapped, telephone (808) 956-7041. Presentation of this colloquium is supported by the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Fund.