Conference Takes New Look at Evolution of Koryŏ Society

Art: Mongol invasionThe often-over­looked Kore­an king­dom of Koryŏ (918‑1392) gets a fresh look this week in a con­fer­ence titled Koryŏ: The Dynam­ics of Inner and Out­er, being held at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Feb­ru­ary 14–16.

The con­fer­ence brings togeth­er more than twen­ty lead­ing schol­ars of Korea to exam­ine recent research that has expand­ed knowl­edge of Koryŏ and revealed many of the com­plex­i­ties of its soci­ety. In par­tic­u­lar, the con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants will be focus­ing on Koryŏ’s inter­ac­tions with the world beyond its own bor­ders in an attempt to assess how the king­dom evolved into a dynam­ic, inte­gra­tive soci­ety.

The con­fer­ence is spon­sored by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies, the North­east Asia His­to­ry Foun­da­tion, the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies, and the North­east Asia Coun­cil of the Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies.

For a com­plete sched­ule of the three days of con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tions and a list of par­tic­i­pants, see The con­fer­ence will take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um and is open to atten­dance by all who are inter­est­ed.