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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.