Korean Topics in SPAS Graduate Student Conference

image: conference artKorea-relat­ed top­ics are promi­nent in the sched­ule of the 2014 ver­sion of the School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies Grad­u­ate Stu­dent Con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will take place April 2 through April 4 at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. The theme of this year’s con­fer­ence is “Push­ing Bound­aries, Shift­ing Per­spec­tives: Remap­ping Asia and the Pacif­ic Through a Transna­tion­al Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Lens.”

The con­fer­ence opens Wednes­day, April 2, with a keynote address by Nan­cy Lee Pelu­so, Hen­ry J. Vaux Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of For­est Pol­i­cy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. Her top­ic is “The Plan­ta­tion and The Mine: Polit­i­cal Ecolo­gies of Order and Chaos.” The pro­gram begins at 5:30 p.m.

The fol­low­ing two days will be devot­ed to orga­nized pan­els fea­tur­ing pre­sen­ta­tions by grad­u­ate stu­dents of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Manoa and oth­er insti­tu­tions. On Thurs­day, April 3, Korea-relat­ed papers include:

  • Pan­el 1.1, Cross­ing Bound­aries in Music and Art (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Auditorium)
    • Anjel­i­ca Cor­bett, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Manoa: “Cheong­guk­jang Reg­gae: An Exam­i­na­tion of Kore­an Reg­gae Through the Per­for­mances of I and I Djang­dan and Windy City”
  • Pan­el 1.2, Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions in East Asia (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Con­fer­ence Room)
    • Robert York, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Manoa: “The Lost Oppor­tu­ni­ties of Nord­poli­tik and the New Oppor­tu­ni­ties of Byungjin”
    • Steve Chung, Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney: “North Kore­an Fac­tor in ROK Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tions (2002 – 2012): Forms, Pat­terns and Implications
    • Ju Hee Suk, Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty: “Two Apolo­gies and Back­lash in Asia: From ‘Muraya­ma State­ment (1995)’ to ‘Koizu­mi State­ment (2005)’”
    • Youn­goh Jung, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to: “Con­sci­en­tious Objec­tion and Draft Eva­sion in South Kore­an Society”

Friday’s sched­ule includes:

  • Pan­el 4.1, Explor­ing Dias­poric Iden­ti­ty (9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Auditorium)
    • Zach Adamz, Uni­ver­si­ty of Kansas: “Mis­tak­en Iden­ti­ty: The Ori­gins of Koryo Saram and the Role of South Korea as Homeland”
  • Pan­el 5.2, Reli­gion in Asia and the Pacif­ic (10:45 a.m-12:15 p.m., Con­fer­ence Room)
    • Joan­na Kim, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Manoa: “For the Pro­tec­tion of the State: Bud­dhism & the For­ma­tion of the Koryo Dynasty”

Click here for the com­plete con­fer­ence pro­gram. Ques­tions about the con­fer­ence can be sent to gradconf@hawaii.edu.