The Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University will conduct a one-month intensive Hanmun (classical Chinese) workshop this summer. The workshop is aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of classes in classical Chinese and who are interested in improving their comprehension by reading original texts.
Virtually all remaining premodern Korean documents are composed in classical Chinese, and serious research on Korea before the twentieth century depends on the correct reading of Hanmun texts. This requires a knowledge of certain cultural assumptions and patterns that go beyond simple knowledge of characters and grammar.
Classes will be conducted in Korean, so students should also possess at least intermediate knowledge of Korean. However, since the main target audience is foreign students who plan to have a position in foreign countries in the future, the language of instruction will be adjusted and there will be the opportunity to obtain feedback in English.
The workshop will run from July 1 to July 26, 2013 (four weeks). Seminars will take place Monday to Thursday and last 2.5 hours each; the seminars will be conducted mainly by discussing students’ translations of assigned texts. Therefore, apart from class time, students will spend at least 10 hours a week preparing translations.
Lunch and housing (shared rooms) will be provided, but travel costs and other expenses are must be borne by the student. There is no tuition fee, but students need to provide clear evidence of basic Hanmun ability, preferably through a reference letter from their academic advisor or Hanmun instructor.
The deadline for applications is April 15, 2013. Acceptance notices will be issued April 22, 2013. The final registration deadline for the workshop is April 30, 2013.