Lecture: Postwar Korean Photography

Photo of Joan Kee, who will lecture on Korean photograpyArt his­to­ri­an Joan Kee of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan will present a lec­ture on devel­op­ments in Kore­an pho­tog­ra­phy in the post­war era at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Mon­day, Novem­ber 6, 2017. The UH Manoa Depart­ment of Art and Art His­to­ry is co-spon­sor of the lec­ture. It will begin at 3:00 p.m.

The prac­tice of pho­tog­ra­phy in post­war Korea was shaped around the twin­ning of eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment with state-pro­mot­ed “tra­di­tion,” through images pro­duced through pho­to­jour­nal­ism as well as for those tapped for inclu­sion in the annu­al gov­ern­ment art salon, the Kukjŏn. This lec­ture will dis­cuss a crit­i­cal mass of pho­tog­ra­phers who came of pro­fes­sion­al age in the 1960s and sought to open a dif­fer­ent kind of space, one requir­ing a deep­er and more sin­gu­lar invest­ment from audi­ences than mere acknowl­edg­ment or even sym­pa­thy.

Con­cen­trat­ing on the pho­tographs of Jun Min-cho, Yook Myung-shim, and Joo Myung-duk, Kee will con­sid­er the pur­suit of vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty as an alter­na­tive means of devel­op­ment beyond that endorsed by polit­i­cal and cul­tur­al elites look­ing to human­ize the state’s relent­less push for mate­r­i­al progress.

photo by Yook Myung-shim as an example of postwar Korean photography

Yook Myung-shim. Seoul, Korea. 1969.

Joan Kee is an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor in the his­to­ry of art at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan. She spe­cial­izes in art and law with a spe­cial research focus on mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary East and South­east Asian art, par­tic­u­lar­ly that of Korea. Kee is author of Con­tem­po­rary Kore­an Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method (2013); curat­ed the exhi­bi­tion From All Sides: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method (2014); and serves as a con­tribut­ing edi­tor to Art­fo­rum.

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies events are free and open to all. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.

Korean War MIA Recovery Operations in North Korea

John Byrd working on Korean War MIA recovery operations

John Byrd on the ground in North Korea

Efforts to recov­er lost U.S. mil­i­tary per­son­nel from the Kore­an War are a lit­tle-known aspect of rela­tions between the Unit­ed States and North Korea. Begin­ning in the late 1990s and con­tin­u­ing into the mid-2000s, the U.S. Depart­ment of Defense’s Defense POW/MIA Account­ing Agency (DPAA) con­duct­ed a series of foren­sic archae­o­log­i­cal exca­va­tions with­in the bor­ders of North Korea as part of Kore­an War MIA recov­ery efforts.

Dr. John Byrd, cur­rent lab­o­ra­to­ry direc­tor at the DPAA, one of those direct­ly involved in sev­er­al of these exca­va­tions, will dis­cuss these oper­a­tions in a col­lo­qui­um titled “An Amer­i­can Foren­sic Anthro­pol­o­gist in North Korea: A Per­son­al Expe­ri­ence” at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Novem­ber 1, 2017, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Byrd will describe the his­to­ry of how these projects in North Korea began gen­er­al­ly and par­tic­u­lar­ly the recov­ery mis­sions he con­duct­ed in North Korea between 2000 and 2005, includ­ing work­ing con­di­tions, meth­ods, and out­comes of these field and lab­o­ra­to­ry projects.

John Byrd joined the Defense POW/MIA Account­ing Agency’s Lab­o­ra­to­ry in 1998 and became the lab­o­ra­to­ry direc­tor in 2009. He has con­duct­ed recov­ery oper­a­tions, field inves­ti­ga­tions, and lab­o­ra­to­ry test­ing on cas­es from World War II, the Kore­an War, and the Viet­nam War. He cur­rent­ly serves on the Edi­to­r­i­al Board of the Jour­nal of Foren­sic Sci­ences and the Foren­sic Advi­so­ry Board of the Inter­na­tion­al Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross. His lab­o­ra­to­ry expe­ri­ence includes analy­sis of his­toric and pre­his­toric arti­facts as well as human and ani­mal skele­tal remains recov­ered from archae­o­log­i­cal sites and foren­sic con­texts. He has pub­lished exten­sive­ly across these var­i­ous fields. Byrd earned his Ph.D. at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee, Knoxville, in 1994 and is a diplo­mate of the Amer­i­can Board of Foren­sic Anthro­pol­o­gy.

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies events are free and open to all. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action Insti­tu­tion.

Biography Brown Bag: The Secret Operations of the Yodogō Exiles

Destiny coverUniver­si­ty of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa soci­ol­o­gy pro­fes­sor Patri­cia G. Stein­hoff will dis­cuss the new­ly trans­lat­ed book Des­tiny: The Secret Oper­a­tions of the Yodogō Exiles in a brown-bag lunch-time ses­sion on Thurs­day, Octo­ber 19, 2017.

The pro­gram, spon­sored by the Cen­ter for Bio­graph­i­cal Research, will take place in Kuyk­endall 409A from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.

In 1970, nine mem­bers of a Japan­ese New Left group called the Red Army Fac­tion hijacked a domes­tic air­lin­er to North Korea intend­ing to acquire the mil­i­tary train­ing to bring about a rev­o­lu­tion in Japan. The North Kore­an gov­ern­ment accept­ed the hijackers—who became known in the media as the Yodogō group—and two years lat­er they announced their con­ver­sion to the North Kore­an juche polit­i­cal ide­ol­o­gy.

Des­tiny: The Secret Oper­a­tions of the Yodogō Exiles by Kōji Takaza­wa tells the sto­ry of how Takaza­wa exposed the Yodogō group’s involve­ment in the kid­nap­ping and lur­ing of sev­er­al young Japan­ese to North Korea, as well as the truth behind their Japan­ese wives’ pres­ence in the coun­try. Takazawa’s research was val­i­dat­ed in 2002, when the North Kore­an gov­ern­ment pub­licly acknowl­edged it had kid­napped thir­teen Japan­ese cit­i­zens dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s, includ­ing three peo­ple whom Takaza­wa had con­nect­ed to the Yodogō hijack­ers.

In this talk, Stein­hoff will trace the sto­ry of the Yodogō exiles in North Korea, Takazawa’s involve­ment in their sto­ry and his work of inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism, and how Stein­hoff came to edit the Eng­lish trans­la­tion of his book.

For more infor­ma­tion, tele­phone (808) 956‑3774, send e-mail to biograph@hawaii.edu, or vis­it http://www.facebook.com/CBRHawaii.

New Position in Korean Literature at George Washington University

George Washington University logoThe Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures at The George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty invites appli­ca­tions for an open-rank, tenure-track or tenured fac­ul­ty posi­tion in Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture. The new position–The Korea Foun­da­tion and Kim-Renaud Pro­fes­sor of Lit­er­a­ture and Cul­ture Studies–is antic­i­pat­ed to start as ear­ly as fall 2018.

Min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the posi­tion include a Ph.D. in Kore­an lit­er­a­ture or a close­ly relat­ed field; native or near-native flu­en­cy in Kore­an and Eng­lish; evi­dence of excel­lence in teach­ing Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture at the col­lege lev­el, as demon­strat­ed by eval­u­a­tions; and active research expe­ri­ence in the field of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture, as indi­cat­ed by schol­ar­ly pub­li­ca­tions. ABD appli­cants will be con­sid­ered but must com­plete all require­ments for the Ph.D. by date of appoint­ment. Aca­d­e­m­ic rank and salary will be com­men­su­rate with qual­i­fi­ca­tions and expe­ri­ence.

For the com­plete job descrip­tion and and instruc­tions regard­ing the appli­ca­tion process, see https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/47122.

Review of appli­ca­tions will begin on Decem­ber 18, 2017, and will con­tin­ue until the posi­tion is filled.

For infor­ma­tion about the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures, see https://eall.columbian.gwu.edu/.

Vanderbilt Seeks Assistant Professor in Korean Studies

Vanderbilt University logoThe Asian Stud­ies Pro­gram at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty, with the sup­port of The Korea Foun­da­tion, is accept­ing appli­ca­tions for a tenure-track posi­tion as assis­tant pro­fes­sor in Kore­an stud­ies. The field of spe­cial­iza­tion is open to any dis­ci­pline with­in the arts, human­i­ties, and social sci­ences. Can­di­dates who inte­grate their research and teach­ing of Kore­an stud­ies with mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary and inter­re­gion­al exper­tise are pre­ferred. The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will pos­sess a clear research tra­jec­to­ry and will have com­plet­ed the Ph.D. by August 16, 2018. Pro­fi­cien­cy in both Eng­lish and Kore­an is required for teach­ing and research in the pro­gram.

Can­di­dates should sub­mit a let­ter of appli­ca­tion, cur­ricu­lum vitae, research state­ment, evi­dence of teach­ing effec­tive­ness, a research sam­ple, and three let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion through Inter­fo­lio: http://apply.interfolio.com/43493. Review of appli­ca­tions will begin on Novem­ber 15, 2017, and will con­tin­ue until the posi­tion is filled.