Conference: Personality and Politics in Japan’s Annexation of Korea

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies and the North­east Asian His­to­ry Foun­da­tion are spon­sor­ing a two-day con­fer­ence titled “Per­son­al­i­ty and Pol­i­tics in Japan’s Annex­a­tion of Korea” April 23–24, 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.