North Korea: Sanctions, Inducements, and Transitional Paths


North Korea specialist Marcus Noland

Marcus Noland

North Korea, a poor country run by a belligerent and repressive regime, has confounded many predictions of its collapse. Can that regime, now in the third generation of hereditary leadership, continue to manage the internal and external stresses that it confronts? What can the outside world do to promote a trajectory that addresses the country’s manifest humanitarian needs and encourages less-repressive internal practices and less-fraught external relations?

Those are questions to be addressed by Marcus Noland in the 2015 Seiji Naya Asia-Pacific Lecture October 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Business Administration Building A102. Noland, a well-known authority on Korean affairs, is executive vice-president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. His presentation is titled “North Korea: Sanctions, Inducements, and Transitional Paths.”

Noland, who earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, was previously a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He is currently a senior fellow at the East-West Center. He is the author of Korea after Kim Jong-il (2004), Avoiding the Apocalypse: The Future of the Two Koreas (2000), Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea (2011), and Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform (2007). His latest book, published last year, is Confronting the Curse: The Economics and Geopolitics of Natural Resource Governance.

The Seiji Naya Asia-Pacific Lecture Series was established in honor of Seiji Naya, who is professor emeritus and former chairman of the UH-Mānoa Department of Economics. He served as chief economist of the Asian Development Bank, program director at the East-West Center, and director of the Hawai’i State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. Professor Naya is widely recognized for his contributions to understanding development issues in Southeast Asia.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Economics, the Center for Korean Studies, and the East-West Center. For further information, contact the Department of Economics at (808) 956-8496 or

Graduate Student Conference: Critical Asian Humanities Workshop

Duke University logoDuke University will host a select graduate student conference in conjunction with its second annual Critical Asian Humanities workshop, April 8-9, 2016. Critical Asian Humanities is an interdisciplinary field that emphasizes humanistic inquiry while critically interrogating many of the assumptions on which the humanities have traditionally relied.

The workshop’s keynote speakers will be: David Der-wei Wang of Harvard University (“Worlding Literary China: History, Literature and Chinese Modernity”); John Treat of Yale University (“Arendt in Asia: Judgment and Responsibility in Nanjing and Hiroshima”); and Colleen Lye of the University of California Berkeley (“Asian American Sixties”).

The graduate student conference component of the workshop on April 8 will feature papers by four to six graduate students, to be selected by a panel of Duke faculty and graduate students. Duke will cover the domestic travel and three days of room/board for the graduate students who are invited to speak.

Although the workshop does not have a formal theme, preference will be given to graduate student papers that complement the keynote speakers’ focus on transregionalism and transnationalism. Students working on Asia in any discipline in the humanities or interpretive social sciences are welcome to apply.

Send a 500-word abstract and brief biographical statement to Carlos Rojas ( by December 1, 2015.

Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia

Image: Columbia University logoGraduate students and qualified undergraduates are invited to submit abstracts for the 25th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. This two-day conference at Columbia University in New York, February 26-27, 2016, provides students from institutions around the world with the chance to meet and share research with their peers.

Applications are welcome from students engaged in research on all fields in East Asian studies, including, but not limited to, history, literature, art history, religion, sociology, archaeology, law, environmental studies, media studies, anthropology, political science, and economics. Work that crosses national, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries is especially encouraged.


Participants can take part in the conference as presenters or discussants. Presenters deliver a talk no longer than fifteen minutes that summarizes research in progress. Discussants introduce the panelists, offer feedback, and facilitate the twenty-minute discussion session following the presentations. Please indicate on your application which role(s) you are applying for.

Presentations may take the form of a standard academic research paper, a Powerpoint presentation accompanied by a talk, or a work of documentary filmmaking. A documentary work should be fifteen minutes or less, but an entire panel slot can be devoted to showcasing a longer film.

The planning committee encourages applications from pre-arranged panels of three to four presenters organized around a specific research topic, such as a region, a discipline, or a theme. If you are applying as a pre-formed panel, please include a topic or tentative title for your panel on the application form. Preference will be given to such applications.


Applications are due November 30, 2015. Fill out the application on line at

Presenter applications must include an abstract. Successful applicants will be notified in early January. Final Papers (5-7 pages maximum) are due January 16, 2016. Since presentations will be limited to fifteen minutes, full-length research papers or theses will not be accepted. Presentations in any other format will also be restricted to fifteen minutes (except in the case of a full-length work of documentary film).

For further information

Graduate Student Conference on East Asia
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
407 Kent Hall, Mail Code 3907
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
FAX: 212-678-8629


Chair in Korean Studies at the University of Iowa

University of Iowa logoThe University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and UI International Programs invite applications for the position of C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies, at the senior associate professor or full professor levels.

Applicants must have primary research and teaching expertise in Korean studies and may also have interdisciplinary and supranational research interests. The appointment will be within one of the following units: Department of Anthropology, Department of Political Science, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, or Department of Religious Studies. The successful applicant will also hold a 0% appointment in International Programs and is expected to be an active participant in the activities of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. Review processes, teaching assignments, and primary responsibility for mentorship will reside within the department of appointment.

Applicants must demonstrate a record of excellence in scholarship and teaching commensurate with a position at the senior associate professor or full professor levels and be able to teach courses that meet the needs of the department of appointment and complement existing strengths within the department and college. Applicants must also demonstrate a level of language fluency in both English and Korean appropriate for research and teaching.

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2015.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, representative writing sample, and name and contact information for three references (letters of recommendation will be requested only for short-listed candidates) at

Korean Culture and Religion Position at Columbia University

Image: Columbia University logoThe Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University invites applications for the tenure-track Il Hwan and Soon Ja Cho Professorship in Korean Culture and Religion, to begin July 1, 2016. The appointment is at the rank of assistant professor.

Particular encouragement is extended to applicants who take an interdisciplinary, transnational approach to the study of Korean culture (with possible specialization in disciplines such as art history, anthropology, history, or literature) and religion (with an emphasis on Korean Buddhism).

The appointee will teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and is expected to work with fellow faculty in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Religion Department, and other university institutions in the development of Korean studies research, teaching, and programming at Columbia. Participation in the Columbia College Core Curriculum will be expected. The Ph.D. degree must be completed by July 1, 2016.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, cover letter with a description of teaching and research interests, abstract of dissertation or first book, a brief description of courses the applicant has taught or would be prepared to develop, two sample syllabi, a sample of written work, and three letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

For more information and to apply for the position, use the following URL:

Literature and Cultural Studies Opening at Indiana University

Indiana University logoThe Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor in modern and contemporary Korean literature and cultural studies.

The successful candidate will be able to work across arts and humanities disciplines and have expertise in one or more of the following areas: modern Korean literature, film, popular culture, and media studies. Scholars whose work cuts across genres and media are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will contribute to the graduate and undergraduate programs of the department.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree or clear indication that the degree will be in hand by July 31, 2016. Teaching load is two courses per semester. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. All applications received by December 1 are guaranteed full consideration.

Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and official transcripts of graduate studies at:

Questions regarding the position or application process may be directed to the Modern and Contemporary Korean Literature and Cultural Studies Search Committee, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Global and International Studies Building 2035, 355 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-1105, or via e-mail to