Korean Communication Research and Practice: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Dur­ing past decades, Kore­an com­mu­ni­ca­tion schol­ars have estab­lished a sol­id inter­na­tion­al rep­u­ta­tion in com­mu­ni­ca­tion research. Although a sub­stan­tial body of com­mu­ni­ca­tion research has appeared in Eng­lish, sub­fields of com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies have tend­ed to devel­op inde­pen­dent­ly. A con­fer­ence to be held at Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies July 27–28, 2017, aims to gath­er and assess the accu­mu­lat­ed research in all sub­fields in order to iden­ti­fy crit­i­cal gaps in cur­rent schol­ar­ship and point the way for future research.

Korean Communication Conference

The con­fer­ence, titled “Kore­an Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Research and Prac­tice: Look­ing Back, Look­ing For­ward,” was orga­nized by Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­ber Ji Young Kim of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The stat­ed goals of the con­fer­ence are to crit­i­cal­ly eval­u­ate the exist­ing schol­ar­ship on Kore­an com­mu­ni­ca­tion in key top­ic areas; car­ry on a dia­logue about the gaps in the cur­rent research lit­er­a­ture; and to exchange ideas and per­spec­tives about the future direc­tions of com­mu­ni­ca­tion research about Korea.

Near­ly two dozen com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ists from uni­ver­si­ties in Korea, the Unit­ed States, and Cana­da will present papers in the broad areas of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and soci­ety; pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tion; dig­i­tal media and com­mu­ni­ty; and culture/visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Spe­cif­ic top­ics touch on com­mu­ni­ca­tion law, polit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, jour­nal­ism, health com­mu­ni­ca­tion, pub­lic rela­tions, adver­tis­ing, dig­i­tal games, and cin­e­ma, among oth­ers.

Kwan M. LeeThe con­fer­ence will begin on Thurs­day morn­ing with a keynote speech by Kwan Min Lee, Korea Foun­da­tion Pro­fes­sor of Con­tem­po­rary Kore­an Soci­ety and New Media in the Wee Kim Wee School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Infor­ma­tion at Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni­ver­si­ty in Sin­ga­pore. His speech, “User Expe­ri­ence (UX) Research and Prac­tice in South Korea,” is sched­uled to begin at 9:20 a.m.

On Fri­day after­noon, the con­fer­ence will wrap up with a pan­el dis­cus­sion on the future of Kore­an com­mu­ni­ca­tion fea­tur­ing five of the con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants: Seun­gahn Nah and Kyu Ho Youm of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ore­gon, Hye-Ryeon Lee of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Nojin Kwak of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, and Dal Yong Jin of Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty.

Spon­sors of the con­fer­ence include the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; the Nam Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan with sup­port from the Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies through the Repub­lic of Korea Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and the Kore­an Stud­ies Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies; the Kore­an Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion; the Cen­tre for Pol­i­cy Research on Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy at Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty; and the School of Jour­nal­ism and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ore­gon.

Atten­dance at the con­fer­ence is open to the pub­lic with­out cost. The sched­ule of con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions can be found on line here. Inquiries about the pro­gram should be direct­ed to the con­fer­ence orga­niz­er, Prof. Ji Young Kim, at jkim22@hawaii.edu.

Expired: SPAS Graduate Student Conference: Bridging the Gaps

conference posterThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will host the 28th annu­al School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies grad­u­ate stu­dent con­fer­ence, March 22–24. The theme of the 2017 con­fer­ence is “Bridg­ing the Gaps: Con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing Asia through an Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Lens.”

In pur­suit of the theme, the orga­niz­ers have assem­bled a three-day pro­gram of pan­els and paper pre­sen­ta­tions, per­for­mances, and posters, begin­ning with a keynote speech by Dr. Koichi Iwabuchi of Monash Uni­ver­si­ty. Iwabuchi’s speech, “Trans-Asia as Method,” will be deliv­ered Wednes­day after­noon, the first day of the con­fer­ence.

As usu­al, the con­fer­ence will include a num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions deal­ing with Korea-relat­ed top­ics. In par­tic­u­lar, the Fri­day after­noon ses­sion will include a pan­el titled “Con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing Korea” and anoth­er titled “Exam­in­ing North Korea.”

The first pan­el includes three papers: “Eng­lish Immer­sion and Shift­ing Par­a­digm of South Kore­an Nation­al­ism” by Seung Yang of UH Mānoa; “Han­boks, Vam­pires, and Cross-Dress­ing Women: The Appeal of Kore­an His­tor­i­cal Dra­mas among Amer­i­can View­ers” by Brit­tany Tinali­ga of the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Fran­cis­co; and “Going Back­wards to Move For­wards: Pop­u­lar Mem­o­ry in Post-Author­i­tar­i­an Kore­an War Films” by Kei­ta Moore of UH Mānoa.

The lat­ter pan­el will con­sist of “The Mak­ing of a Mod­ern Monar­chy: The Kim Dynasty” by Autumn Ander­son of the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Fran­cis­co; “Soci­ety of Super­sti­tion?: Mush­room­ing Super­sti­tion in North Korea after Ardu­ous March” by Hyun Jong Noh of Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty; “‘Under Siege from Impe­ri­al­ists’: Rhetoric in North Kore­an State Media, 1998–2003” by Robert York of UH Mānoa; and “Lit­er­ary Auton­o­my in North Korea: Author­i­ty, Agency, and the Art of Con­trol” by Cather­ine Kil­lough of George­town Uni­ver­si­ty.

Anoth­er Korea-relat­ed high­light will be UH Mānoa stu­dent Clara Hur ‘s expli­ca­tion of “Seung Mu,” the monk’s dance, dur­ing a pan­el on Thurs­day after­noon.

The SPAS Grad­u­ate Stu­dent Con­fer­ence is admis­sion-free and open to all. This year’s con­fer­ence was orga­nized by Adam Col­dren and Layne Hig­gin­bothm, grad­u­ate teach­ing assis­tants in the School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies.

The com­plete con­fer­ence pro­gram can be found here.

Call for Proposals: Fourth AAS-in-Asia Conference

AAS-in-Asia 2017 conferenceThe Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies and the Korea Uni­ver­si­ty Research Insti­tute of Kore­an Stud­ies invite sub­mis­sion of pro­pos­als for orga­nized pan­els and round­ta­bles to be pre­sent­ed at the fourth AAS-in-ASIA con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will take place June 24–27, 2017, at Korea Uni­ver­si­ty in Seoul. No indi­vid­ual paper pro­pos­als are being accept­ed.

The con­fer­ence pro­gram com­mit­tee is seek­ing pro­pos­als deal­ing with all regions of Asia on a wide range of sub­jects under the theme “Asia in Motion: Beyond Bor­ders and Bound­aries.” Pro­pos­als on this theme may cov­er diverse top­ics such as polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic changes, lit­er­ary and cul­tur­al expres­sion, envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­i­ty, media and pop cul­tur­al pro­duc­tion, food and ener­gy pol­i­cy, new mod­els for Asian enter­prise and busi­ness, and glob­al­iza­tion and urban growth.

Pro­pos­als are wel­come from Asian stud­ies schol­ars wher­ev­er they may be based. They are espe­cial­ly encour­aged from schol­ars rep­re­sent­ing aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ties that are rel­a­tive­ly under­rep­re­sent­ed in inter­na­tion­al meet­ings. One of the goals of the con­fer­ence is to fos­ter dia­logue and schol­ar­ly com­mu­ni­ca­tion that cross the ordi­nary (often nation-spe­cif­ic) bound­aries of aca­d­e­m­ic net­works.

The pro­gram com­mit­tee will give pref­er­ence to pro­pos­als that include par­tic­i­pants from two or more coun­tries, whether the pan­el focus­es on a sin­gle nation or cul­ture or on some com­par­a­tive dimen­sion. The com­mit­tee dis­cour­ages pan­el pro­pos­als from groups of schol­ars com­ing from the same insti­tu­tion. Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, pan­els with diverse (gen­der, aca­d­e­m­ic rank, nation­al ori­gin, dis­ci­pli­nary approach) par­tic­i­pa­tion will be favored over nar­row­ly con­struct­ed pan­els. Pan­els that address top­ics of broad rel­e­vance are also pre­ferred.

The dead­line for sub­mit­ting pro­pos­als is Octo­ber 31, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

For more infor­ma­tion about the con­fer­ence and for pro­pos­al sub­mis­sion guide­lines and pro­ce­dures, vis­it the Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies Web site.

Conference on North Korean Human Rights and South Korean Aid Programs

North Korean human rights conference imageA one-day con­fer­ence at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies on Thurs­day, April 14, 2016, will delve into North Kore­an human rights issues and some South Kore­an respons­es. The con­fer­ence, titled “North Kore­an Human Rights, South Korea’s Defec­tor Aid Pro­grams, and the Future of the Kore­an Penin­su­la,” will take place in the Center’s audi­to­ri­um from 12:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

As a result of recent secu­ri­ty threats and ten­sions between the two Kore­as, North Korea has drawn inter­na­tion­al atten­tion. As one of the most repres­sive coun­tries in the world, with more than twen­ty thou­sand defec­tors, North Korea’s human rights cri­sis has become a focus of the Unit­ed Nations and many oth­er insti­tu­tions. This con­fer­ence is intend­ed to pro­vide a forum for dis­cus­sion of the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions in North Korea, South Korea’s pro­grams to accom­mo­date defec­tors from the North, and the future of the two Kore­as.

The con­fer­ence was orga­nized by two Cen­ter for Kore­an stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­bers: Prof. Tae­‐Ung Baik of the William S. Richard­son School of Law and Prof. Young­‐a Park of the School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies. Baik and Park will be joined by five oth­er schol­ars and prac­ti­tion­ers: Jae-Hee Cho of the Cen­ter for North Kore­an Migrants and the Daegu Hana Cen­ter; Young-Chul Heo of Empa­thy SEEDS; Joan­na Hosa­ni­ak of the Cit­i­zens’ Alliance for North Kore­an Human Rights; Jane Kim of the Cen­ter for North Kore­an Migrants and the Daegu Hana Cen­ter; and Yeo-sang Yoon of the North Kore­an Human Rights Archives.

The par­tic­i­pants’ pre­sen­ta­tions will cov­er top­ics such as vic­tims’ accounts of North Kore­an human-rights vio­la­tions; women’s rights in North Korea; South Kore­an gov­ern­ment pol­i­cy toward defec­tors from the North; and pro­grams aimed at social inclu­sion of North Kore­an defec­tors.

The com­plete con­fer­ence sched­ule, with a list of the pre­sen­ta­tions and infor­ma­tion about the speak­ers, can be found here.

The con­fer­ence is free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041.

Sup­port for the con­fer­ence is fur­nished by the Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies through the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion of the Repub­lic of Korea and the Kore­an Stud­ies Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies (AKS-2015-OLU-2250005).

SPAS Graduate Student Conference Explores Divergent Conceptions of Asia

Korea-relat­ed stud­ies are well rep­re­sent­ed in the pro­gram of the 2016 Grad­u­ate Stu­dent Con­fer­ence orga­nized by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies. The con­fer­ence will take place Wednes­day, March 16, through Fri­day, March 18, at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. This year’s con­fer­ence is direct­ed by Adam Col­dren and Mark Fer­gu­son, grad­u­ate teach­ing assis­tants in SPAS.

The theme of the 2016 con­fer­ence is “From Unchart­ed Waters to Famil­iar Shores: Nav­i­gat­ing the Myr­i­ad and Diver­gent Con­cep­tions of Asia.”

Graduate Student Conference speaker Theodore BestorHar­vard Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­fes­sor Theodore C. Bestor will open the con­fer­ence Wednes­day after­noon with a keynote speech titled “What in the World is Washoku?” Bestor is direc­tor of the Reis­chauer Insti­tute of Japan­ese Stud­ies at Har­vard, where he is pro­fes­sor of social anthro­pol­o­gy. His cur­rent research focus­es on Japan­ese food cul­ture and the glob­al­iza­tion of Japan­ese cui­sine. The pro­gram begins with open­ing for­mal­i­ties at 4:30 p.m., includ­ing Thai and Kore­an musi­cal per­for­mances, fol­lowed by Bestor’s speech on Japan­ese tra­di­tion­al cui­sine, or washoku. For more on Bestor’s back­ground and career, fol­low this link.

On Thurs­day and Fri­day, par­tic­i­pants from UH Mānoa and eleven oth­er uni­ver­si­ties will deliv­er thir­ty-five pre­sen­ta­tions orga­nized into ten pan­els. Top­ics of the pan­els reveal a great vari­ety of inter­ests, includ­ing migrants, social move­ments, lit­er­a­ture, pub­lic pol­i­cy, eco­nom­ic trends, art and per­for­mance, reli­gion, and region­al­ism (for the com­plete pro­gram, fol­low this link).

One pan­el, Prob­lems on the Penin­su­la: North & South Korea (1.2), will deal entire­ly with Kore­an mat­ters. Sched­uled for 10 a.m. Thurs­day in the Center’s con­fer­ence room, it will fea­ture papers by Robert York of UH Mānoa (“Pub­lic Exe­cu­tions and North Korea’s Right of Death”), Haye­un Jeung of Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty (“Just Put on the Cyber, Not on the Nego­ti­a­tion Table: The North Kore­an Coer­cion via Cyber­at­tack”), and Hyun­joo Yang of Brown Uni­ver­si­ty (“The Effect of War on Local Col­lec­tive Action: Evi­dence from the Kore­an War”).

Oth­er Korea-relat­ed papers, spread among var­i­ous pan­els, include:

  • Seung Yeol Kim, Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty: “Impli­ca­tions of Judi­cial Review on Democ­ra­cy: Through the Scope of Com­par­a­tive Study on South Korea and Japan” (pan­el 3.1, Pub­lic Pol­i­cy & Eco­nom­ic Trends in Asia, Thurs­day, 3 p.m., Cen­ter audi­to­ri­um).
  • Joan­na Kim, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa: “Bat­tling for the Soul of Korea: Mis­sion­ar­ies and Monas­tics, 1876–1905” (pan­el 3.2, Dis­cus­sions of the Soul: Reli­gion & Ide­ol­o­gy, Thurs­day, 3 p.m., Cen­ter con­fer­ence room).
  • Craig Asber­ry III, Uni­ver­si­ty of San Fran­cis­co: “Osmot­ic Exchange and Edu­ca­tion: Globalization’s Effects on South Korea” (pan­el 4.1, Shift­ing Land­scapes: Glob­al­iza­tion & Region­al­ism In Asia, Fri­day, 10 a.m., Cen­ter audi­to­ri­um).
  • Ji Yeon Noh, Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty: “Do the Sys­tems Mat­ter?: Women in the Eco­nom­ic Cri­sis” (pan­el 4.2, Women & Rep­re­sen­ta­tion, Fri­day, 10 a.m., Cen­ter con­fer­ence room).

At the end of the con­fer­ence, prizes will be award­ed for the best papers on Korea, on Japan, and on South­east Asia.

Fund­ing assis­tance for the con­fer­ence was pro­vid­ed by Stu­dent Activ­i­ty and Pro­gram Fee Board, UH Mānoa Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy, Cen­ter for Japan­ese Stud­ies, Cen­ter for Oki­nawan Stud­ies, Cen­ter for Philip­pine Stud­ies, and Cen­ter for South­east Asian Stud­ies. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact gradconf@hawaii.edu.