The University of Hawaiâ€˜i at MÄnoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies and the Northeast Asian History Foundation are sponsoring a two-day conference titled “Personality and Politics in Japanâ€™s Annexation of Korea” April 23â€“24, 2009. The conference takes place in the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium beginning at 9 a.m. each day.
The conference will focus on the first two decades of the twentieth century and brings together scholars from Korea, Japan, and the United States, who will be looking at the issues of this period from the perspective of history, comparative history, and international law. The papers will treat not only the formal rhetoric of annexation but also the process of annexation and Korea’s falling under Japanese influence. The papers being presented are by scholars who have, by and large, accepted the premise that the annexation was illegal.
The conference is free and open to the public. For program details, see http://www.hawaii.edu/korea/pages/announce/events2009/annex.html.