Diversity, Identity, and Universality in Global Korea

Core University Conference headerThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Core Uni­ver­si­ty Con­fer­ence April 4–6, 2018, will high­light achieve­ments stem­ming from three years’ work sup­port­ed by the Repub­lic of Korea Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies.

In 2015, the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies received Core Uni­ver­si­ty fund­ing from the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies, with a focus on the issues of “Diver­si­ty, Iden­ti­ty, and Uni­ver­sal­i­ty in Glob­al Korea.” With this sup­port, the Center’s Core Uni­ver­si­ty project team, con­sist­ing of thir­teen par­tic­i­pat­ing researchers, has ini­ti­at­ed mul­ti­ple research projects on these three top­ics:

  • Inter­nal trans­for­ma­tion in Korea: Grow­ing inequal­i­ty and lin­guis­tic diver­si­ty;
  • The two Kore­as: Con­fronting diver­si­ties and chal­lenges; and
  • Beyond Korea: Seek­ing Korea’s place in the Asia Pacif­ic and in the world.

Con­clud­ing the first three years of the Core Uni­ver­si­ty project’s research ini­tia­tives, the Cen­ter will hold a con­fer­ence to high­light its accom­plish­ments and to con­firm its con­tin­u­ing growth, through which future gen­er­a­tions of Kore­an stud­ies schol­ars will be pro­duced and nur­tured.

The con­fer­ence will begin with a brief open­ing ses­sion at 4:30 p.m. on Wednes­day, April 4. Two full days of top­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tions and dis­cus­sions will fol­low on Thurs­day and Fri­day. Con­fer­ence ses­sions include:

  1. Con­ver­gence of Kore­as, Part 1. State Cap­i­tal­ism The­o­ry, Pro­duc­tion of Spec­ta­cle, and Fash­ion as a Con­verg­ing Mark­er
  2. Con­ver­gence of Korea, Part 2. Refugee Cit­i­zen­ship, Emp­ty Cap­i­tal, and How to Crit­i­cize the State in North Korea
  3. Human Rights in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic People’s Repub­lic of Korea
  4. Pop­u­la­tions in the Two Kore­as
  5. Lin­guis­tic Diver­si­ty
  6. The Iden­ti­ty of Kore­an Immi­grants
  7. East Asian Com­mu­ni­ty

Speak­ers at the con­fer­ence include both Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i fac­ul­ty mem­bers and schol­ars from the U.S. main­land, Korea, and Europe. Fol­low this link to see the com­plete con­fer­ence pro­gram, includ­ing times, speak­ers, and top­ics.

This con­fer­ence is sup­port­ed 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).

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.