North Korea Viewed as “The World’s Most Enterprising Country”

photo: Justin HastingsThe East-West Center Research Program will present a lunch-time talk by POSCO visiting fellow Justin Hastings on Wednesday, December 3, 2004. Hastings’s topic will be “The World’s Most Enterprising Country: North Korea’s State Trading Networks in the Global Economy.” The program will be held in Burns Hall 3012 beginning at 12 noon.

According to Hastings, North Korea presents a paradox in that it is seemingly one of the most isolated, paranoid, and tightly controlled countries and yet survives in large part due its ability to engage in foreign trade. He characterizes North Korea’s trade networks as flexible, entrepreneurial, and surprisingly creative and opportunistic. In part these networks, which have both state and private actors, have arisen as North Korea’s economy has changed over the past twenty years, being no longer particularly centrally planned nor even well controlled. The struggle for survival has led to new ways of doing business.

In this seminar, Hastings will focus specifically on the business conducted by state trading companies, both to import needed goods (sanctioned or not) into North Korea and to export (usually sanctioned) goods from North Korea to the rest of the world. As they have come under pressure from sanctions and more generally international stigma, state trading networks have shown flexibility in the goods they buy and sell, the way they structure their networks to take advantage of brokers and differing financial arrangements, and their use of both North Korean state assets and international commercial networks.

Justin Hastings is a senior lecturer in international relations and comparative politics at the University of Sydney in Australia, where he teaches courses on terrorism, transnational organized crime, Northeast Asian and Southeast Asian politics, and globalization and security issues. Previously he taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology and did stints at the Department of Defense, the Institute for Defense Analyses, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

For further information, contact Cynthia Wasa Nakachi (NakachiC@eastwestcenter.org) in the East-West Center Program Office, telephone (808) 944-7439.

Korean Dance Performance

photo: Kim Myo-seonThe Mu Ryang Sa temple and the Halla Huhm Foundation will present a Korean dance performance featuring visiting guest artist Kim Myo-Seon Friday, November 21, 2014. The performance will be held at the Mu Ryang Sa temple in Palolo Valley beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free (donations for the future Palolo Korean Care Home welcome).

Korean classical dance workshops on seungmu are scheduled for the following weekend: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday, November 23.

For further information, telephone (808) 949-2888 or (808) 369-4928.

Soon Young Kim Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies

image: Korea Institute logoThe Korea Institute at Harvard University is accepting applications for the Soon Young Kim post-doctoral fellowship in Korean studies for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellow is expected to participate actively in related activities of Harvard and the Korean studies community and to teach one or two undergraduate courses in the appropriate academic department.

The fellowship will cover up to a twelve-month period between August 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016, and will carry a stipend of $40,000. The recipient will have the option to purchase health insurance from Harvard’s affiliate insurance program. The postdoctoral fellow will be provided an office and access to libraries and resources of Harvard University and will be invited to participate in the academic life of the Korea Institute and appropriate academic departments.

The fellow will be expected to reside in the Cambridge/Boston area during the appointment and to work on revising his or her dissertation for publication. The fellow will also be expected to teach or collaborate on one or two one-semester classes for undergraduates and give a public presentation at the Korea Colloquium or Kim Koo Forum seminar series.

To be eligible, applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree within five years of the postdoctoral appointment year (i.e., in 2010 or later). All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed by July 1, 2015.

Applications must be received by the Korea Institute by January 5, 2015, at 5 p.m. EST. Detailed instructions regarding applications can be found at http://korea.fas.harvard.edu/opportunities/soon-young-kim-post-doctoral-fellowship-korean-studies-graduate.

Inquiries may be directed to Catherine Glover (cglover@fas.harvard.edu), telephone (617) 496-4812.

3rd International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars

image: Nam Center logoThe 3rd International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (NEKST) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, invites proposals for participation in the conference, which will be held May 8-9, 2015. This conference is held yearly to give graduate students in all academic fields an opportunity to present their research on Korea, share academic interests, and build a community of future Korean studies scholars. All methodologies and disciplinary traditions are welcome for submission, as long as the proposed paper topic is specific to Korea.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words may be submitted to NEKSTconference@umich.edu by January 13, 2015. Include “NEKST Conference Abstract” in the subject of the e-mail. Indicate your full name, institution, academic discipline, contact information (e-mail and telephone), and paper title in your email or abstract. Applicants will be notified of decisions in early February. If accepted, completed papers will be due by April 16. Lodging and on-site meals will be provided during the conference. Additionally, accepted speakers may apply for limited travel grants.

The 3rd NEKST Conference is sponsored by the Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with the support of the Korea Foundation. The conference organizing committee is formed from students in the Korean Studies Graduate Working Group at the University of Michigan, the Woosong Korean Studies Graduate Fellows at Seoul National University, and the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California.

For further information, contact NEKSTconference@umich.edu.

Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies

image: Kim Program logoThe James Joo-Jin Kim Program at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies for the 2015–2016 academic year. The postdoctoral program is open to scholars from all fields whose research relates to Korea. The fellow will be expected to participate in Kim Program events and related activities at Penn and in the Korean studies community.

The fellowship will cover up to a twelve-month period between August 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016, and will carry a stipend of $50,000. Health insurance (including medical, dental, vision, and life; more information can be found here: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/deans-office/postdocs/postdocstaff.htm) will be paid for by the Kim Program. The postdoctoral fellow will be provided an office and access to libraries and resources at Penn.

The fellow will also be expected to give a public presentation for the Korean Studies Colloquium and teach one or two one-semester courses for undergraduates, depending on teaching interests and demand.

Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree within five years of the postdoctoral appointment year (in 2010 or later). The applicant who is offered a fellowship must have fully completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2015.

Applications must include a letter of application; curriculum vitae; application form; statement of research interests and experience in a separate document; two letters of recommendations mailed or e-mailed directly from referees to Melissa DiFrancesco at kim-pks@sas.upenn.edu or to the address below.

Applications must be received by Friday, January 9, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Applications (except for letters of recommendation) should be submitted in one, complete PDF file via e-mail to kim-pks@sas.upenn.edu or via mail to the address below.

James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies
Williams Hall, Suite 642
255 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Further inquiries should be directed to Melissa DiFrancesco, assistant director, at kim-pks@sas.upenn.edu or telephone (215) 573-4203.