2010 International Hanmun Summer Workshop

The Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies has announced a three-week inten­sive course in literary/​classical Chi­nese trans­la­tion at its cam­pus July 5 – 23, 2010. The work­shop aims to pro­vide for­eign and Kore­an grad­u­ate stu­dents and junior schol­ars prac­tice trans­lat­ing from lit­er­ary Chi­nese into Eng­lish. The course will run for six hours per day Mon­day to Fri­day for three weeks.

To be eli­gi­ble, appli­cants should have a com­mand of ele­men­tary lit­er­ary Chi­nese gram­mar and knowl­edge of at least 300 to 400 Chi­nese char­ac­ters (han­ja), plus an abil­i­ty to speak, read, and write Eng­lish so that they can under­stand lec­tures and trans­late into Eng­lish. A Kore­an trans­la­tion of the texts stud­ied will be pro­vid­ed for con­sul­ta­tion. This is a non-award course and there will be no exams, only prac­tice. There are places for approx­i­mate­ly ten for­eign stu­dents and five Kore­an students.

The instruc­tor for the course will be Dr. John Jor­gensen, who earned his Ph.D. at the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty with stud­ies on Ch’an and Chi­nese the­o­ries of poet­ry, hav­ing also stud­ied in Japan and South Korea. He has been teach­ing mod­ern Japan­ese his­to­ry, cul­ture, and soci­ety at Grif­fith Uni­ver­si­ty since 1990. His research inter­ests include Chi­nese Bud­dhism, with a spe­cif­ic focus on Ch’an, Kore­an Bud­dhism in gen­er­al and Kore­an new reli­gions, and Bud­dhism and the environment. 

The course will cov­er select­ed mate­r­i­al on Kore­an myth, war and pol­i­tics, and biog­ra­phy, all tak­en from the Samguk sagi (His­tor­i­cal Records of the Three King­doms). This mate­r­i­al has been select­ed because of its rel­a­tive­ly clear prose style, which is suit­able for stu­dents and schol­ars with a basic lev­el of Lit­er­ary Chi­nese. Pro­nun­ci­a­tion of the Chi­nese char­ac­ters may be in Kore­an, Chi­nese, or Japan­ese, but stu­dents will have to be able to con­sult char­ac­ter dic­tio­nar­ies that give a Kore­an pro­nun­ci­a­tion so that prop­er names may be cor­rect­ly identified.

The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is March 5, 2010. Required doc­u­ments include an appli­ca­tion form, cur­ricu­lum vitae, and one-page state­ment of pur­pose. Send inquiries about the doc­u­ments and appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures to hanmun@aks.ac.kr. More infor­ma­tion about the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies and its facil­i­ties can be found at www.aks.ac.kr.

Appli­ca­tions will be reviewed by March 12, 2010, and those select­ed to par­tic­i­pate will receive indi­vid­ual notices soon thereafter.