Call for Papers: Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2016

SOAS: site of Joint East Asian Studies ConferenceThe Joint East Asian Studies Conference is a triennial meeting held by the three academic associations representing East Asian Studies in the United Kingdom: The British Association for Chinese Studies, The British Association for Japanese Studies, and The British Association for Korean Studies. The 2016 JEAS Conference will be held September 7-9 at SOAS, University of London. The conference provides a major venue for the dissemination of research on East Asian studies in various disciplines for academics from both the UK and abroad.

Submissions are invited from established academics and doctoral candidates in any field of East Asian studies working within any academic institution internationally. Priority will be given to panel submissions, but individual paper submissions are also welcome and if accepted will be organized into thematic panels. Panel sessions will comprise no more than four presenters in any one panel.

Panel submissions should organize around a key theme or field and should take the form of a panel outline of no more than 200 words, which will be published on the conference Web site and in the conference program. Panel chairs are responsible for collecting paper abstracts from panelists. Paper abstracts should be no more than 350 words each and must include a title, author affiliation, and contact details.

The conference will center on five key themes, and panels on these themes are particularly encouraged: Aging and Demography, Memory & History, Identity, Trans-Cultural Flows, and Geo-Politics. Presenters will be allowed fifteen minutes for presentation and an additional five minutes for questions and answers.

Further details on the conference and the link for submission of abstracts (via easychair) are available at:

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, April 15, 2016.

Discourse on “Global Citizenship” in South Korea

Hans Schattle speaks on global citizenshipThe East-West Center Research Program will present a discussion of the concept of “global citizenship” in the Republic of Korea in its lunchtime brown bag series Thursday, February 11, 2016. The speaker will be Hans Schattle, currently a POSCO visiting fellow at the Center. His talk is titled “From State-driven Competitiveness to Society-driven Character Building: The Progression of ‘Global Citizenship’ Discourse in the Republic of Korea.”

Schattle is a professor of political science and international relations at Yonsei University in Seoul. He is the author of The Practices of Global Citizenship (2008) and Globalization and Citizenship (2012), as well as articles in numerous social science journals. He earned his D.Phil. at Oxford University and worked as a journalist before launching his academic career.

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Call for Papers: Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies

location of Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies; Stockholm photo by Kristofer Samuelsson.The 10th conference of the Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS) will be held at Stockholm University in Sweden August 17-19, 2016. The Association has held conferences and workshops of scholars in the humanities and social sciences since 1988.

Proposals for panels and individual papers are invited from established scholars, Ph.D. and masters students as well as other researchers. It is assumed that panels and individual presentations will be in English.

Prospective participants should submit an abstract (maximum 300 words per individual paper) and a biographical sketch (maximum 100 words) in the form of an e-mail attachment (Word file or PDF) to (if the main focus is on Korean studies) or to (if the main focus is on Japanese studies).

Proposals should indicate a preferred section: (1) Linguistics, Language Teaching and Translation; (2) Arts and Media; (3) Literature (premodern and modern); (4) History; (5) Philosophy, History of Thought, and Religion; (6) Political Science and International Relations; or (7) Sociology and Cultural Anthropology.

The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2016. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of referees. Preference will be given to proposals that interrelate aspects of Japanese and Korean studies. Those selected will be notified by March 31, 2016.

Besides individual paper presentations and panel discussions, the NAJAKS Organizing Committee will select three prominent keynote speakers. The conference will also include a round-table to discuss possibilities for closer collaboration within the NAJAKS. A selection of presented papers and the keynote speeches will be published after the conference.

There will be no conference fee and no subsidy for travel expenses (including accommodations). However, the Organizing Committee has reserved a limited number of hotel rooms and it will gladly introduce reasonable places to stay. Lunch and dinner during the conference will be provided.

For more information, visit the NAJAKS Web site:

The Organizing Committee consists of Sonja Häussler, Gunnar Linder, Gabriel Jonsson, and Jaqueline Berndt (Stockholm University).

Call for Papers: Power and Dissent

Kyujanggak symposiumThe 9th Kyujanggak Symposium for Korean Studies is seeking panel proposals on the theme of “Power and Dissent.” The Symposium will take place August 18-19, 2016, at the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, Seoul National University. Individual papers will also be considered, provided they can be meaningfully grouped in a panel or attached to one of the organized panels. Proposals (containing short abstract of the panel and of the panel’s individual papers, as well as a short curriculum vitae of the organizer) should be sent to by February 25, 2016.

Below is a short description of the conference theme; panels will be chosen on the basis of their intrinsic merit and on their relevance to the conference topic.

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Call for Papers: The Cold War in Korean Cinemas

poster typical of films portraying the cold war in Korean cinemasOrganizers of “The Cold War in Korean Cinemas,” a one-day workshop organized partly under the auspices of the Korean Visual Cultures Center at Yonsei University, invite proposals from colleagues, independent scholars, and advanced graduate students. The workshop, to be held at Princeton University May 7, 2016, is conceived as a venue to bring together a small number of scholars interested in interdisciplinary approaches to Korean cinemas of the Cold War as a period, political formation, and discursive problem.

Papers presented at the conference will be developed and then considered for publication in a special issue of The Journal of Korean Studies, scheduled for print in summer 2017. The guest co-editors will be Steven Chung and Hyun Seon Park, who are also co-organizing the workshop.

From the late 1940s to the present, Korean cinemas on both sides of the divided peninsula have been saturated not only with signs of national division but also with a range of subtler symptoms of ideological conflict. These are most salient in films produced at the height of the Cold War era, but are also traced in recent media productions and the policies that govern them. The ways in which Korean cinema and media cultures embody, push against, overturn and, perhaps most importantly, continue to foreground problems of the Cold War merit focused attention. Suggested topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to, cinema, ideology, and international power relations; global Cold War cinema protocols: anti-communism and modernization; mind, memory, and normalcy; and topology and visuality.

Accommodations, all meals, and, under special circumstances, the cost of transportation will be covered for the workshop participants.

Prospective participants should submit a 300-word abstract and a brief biographical note by February 29, 2016, to workshop organizers Steven Chung ( and Hyun Seon Park (

Contemporary Korean Poetry Symposium

Korean poetry symposium participantsThe Center for Korean Studies and the Department of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa are sponsoring two events highlighting the poetry of contemporary South Korea.

The first event is a colloquium titled “Translating Contemporary Korean Poetry: Problems and Joys” led by Brother Anthony of Taizé with participation by poets Lee Si-Young and Kim Soo-Bok.

Brother Anthony knows his subject well: He has published more than thirty volumes of English translations of Korean literature, mostly poetry, including works by Lee Si-Young, Kim Soo-Bok, Kim Seung-Hee, Ko Un, and Ch’on Sang-Pyong, among others, and fiction by Yi Mun-yol.

The colloquium on translating Korean poetry is part of the Words@Manoa Series of the Department of English Creative Writing Program. It will take place Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Kuykendall Hall Room 410 at 1733 Donagho Road on the Mānoa campus.

Korean Poetry Readings

The following afternoon, February 18, Lee Si-young, Kim Soo-Bok, and a third poet, Kim Seung-Hee, will read from their works in a program in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The readings will be accompanied by commentary by Brother Anthony. All three poets have published extensively, hold academic positions at major universities, and are recipients of multiple major literary awards. All three have also published English editions of some of their books.

This symposium is co-sponsored by The Center for Korean Studies and the Department of English. These events are free and open to the public. Limited paid parking is available in campus parking lots. For more information about parking locations, rules, and rates, consult the Mānoa campus parking office Web page. For further information about the two events, including information regarding access for the handicapped, telephone the Center at (808) 956-7041 or contact Professor Gary Pak at

Historical Memory and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia: A Panel Discussion

historical memory and reconciliation panel discussionFour scholars will probe issues surrounding historical memory and reconciliation in Northeast Asia Friday, February 12, 2016, in a public panel discussion sponsored by the University of Hawai’i Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Korean Studies. The program will take place in the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium from 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.

Memories of war and conquest continue to hamper constructive dialogue and cooperation in regional relations in Northeast Asia. The four scholars on the panel will present their perspectives and engage in discussion with the aim of providing new insights on such questions as where these memories come from, why historical memory conflict seems so intractable, and what can be done to overcome the current “historical memory wars.”

The panel will consist of Bruce Cumings of the University of Chicago History Department; Tessa Morris-Suzuki, professor of Japanese history at the Australian National University; Manfred Henningsen of the UH Mānoa Department of Political Science; and Paula S. Harrell of Georgetown University, a China-Japan historian. The discussion will be moderated by Hagen Koo, professor of sociology at UH Mānoa.

This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Center for Japanese Studies by telephone at (808) 956-2665 or by e-mail at

Cumings Will Explain North Korea at Critical Issues Forum

North Korea scholar Bruce CumingsHistorian Bruce Cumings will unravel some of the mysteries of North Korea’s relations with the world Thursday, February 11, 2016, when the Center for Korean Studies presents its 7th Forum on Critical Issues in Korean Studies.

Cumings, who is Swift Distinguished Professor in the History Department at the University of Chicago, will deliver a talk titled “The North Korea That Can Say No.” In his talk, Cumings says, “I want to explain how North Korea interacts with the world and why its relations with both enemies and allies share a similarity: North Korea won’t do what you want it to do. Its leaders play an apparently short and weak hand very effectively against much more powerful countries, above all, the United States.”

Cumings’s research and teaching focus on modern Korean history, twentieth-century international history, U.S.–East Asian relations, East Asian political economy, and American foreign relations. His first book, The Origins of the Korean War, won the John King Fairbank Book Award of the American Historical Association, and the second volume of this study won the Quincy Wright Book Award of the International Studies Association.

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CKS Scholarships Deadline Imminent

CKS scholarships logoThe deadline for applying for scholarships administered by the Center for Korean Studies for the 2016–2017 academic year is Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The Center administers nine categories of scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students. Descriptions of these awards can be found on the Center’s Web site. Instructions regarding applications can be found at the same location. Note that letters of recommendation are also required. See the instructions for details.

Applications must be submitted through the University of Hawai‘i student scholarships Web site (STAR) at Once logged in on the STAR system, a keyword search on “Korean” will lead to information about CKS scholarships and others related to Korean studies.

Inquiries about CKS scholarships and material related to applications should be directed to Merclyn Labuguen (, CKS Scholarship Coordinator, 1881 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. Telephone (808) 956-7041; fax (808) 956-2213.


Applications for the federally funded Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarships (FLAS) are due a day earlier: February 1. Inquiries about FLAS scholarships for East Asian languages should be directed to Chizuko Allen (, research and fellowships coordinatior for the UH School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Spring Series Focuses on Women in Korean Cinema

Gender issues and feminism in South Korean society today are at the heart of the Center for Korean Studies spring 2016 film series, Divided Images: Women in Korean Movies, which begins February 2. The series consists of five examples of Korean cinema focusing on women and rapid transition in Korean society. The lives of the women portrayed in these films, selected by Jude Y. Yang, Korean studies librarian of UH Hamilton Library, illustrate the sweeping changes that have taken place in Korea in recent decades. The stories convey a sense of how the connections among family, society, and nation have changed, as well as a deeper understanding of Korean art, style, and culture.

Korean cinema: Sunny (2008)The series opens February 2 with the 2008 feature Sunny (님은 먼곳에), directed by Yi Chun-ik and starring the popular actress Soo Ae. The story centers on a young woman named Sun-i, who visits her soldier-husband at his base every month. With no advance notice, Sun-i discovers on one such visit that her husband has shipped out to Vietnam, having volunteered for combat duty. Despite having no idea as to his exact location, she decides to follow him to Vietnam. To do so, she joins a band as a vocalist with the stage name “Sunny” and heads for the war zone.

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