Expired: SPAS Graduate Student Conference: Bridging the Gaps

conference posterThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will host the 28th annu­al School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies grad­u­ate stu­dent con­fer­ence, March 22–24. The theme of the 2017 con­fer­ence is “Bridg­ing the Gaps: Con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing Asia through an Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Lens.”

In pur­suit of the theme, the orga­niz­ers have assem­bled a three-day pro­gram of pan­els and paper pre­sen­ta­tions, per­for­mances, and posters, begin­ning with a keynote speech by Dr. Koichi Iwabuchi of Monash Uni­ver­si­ty. Iwabuchi’s speech, “Trans-Asia as Method,” will be deliv­ered Wednes­day after­noon, the first day of the con­fer­ence.

As usu­al, the con­fer­ence will include a num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions deal­ing with Korea-related top­ics. In par­tic­u­lar, the Fri­day after­noon ses­sion will include a pan­el titled “Con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing Korea” and anoth­er titled “Exam­in­ing North Korea.”

The first pan­el includes three papers: “Eng­lish Immer­sion and Shift­ing Par­a­digm of South Kore­an Nation­al­ism” by Seung Yang of UH Mānoa; “Han­boks, Vam­pires, and Cross-Dressing Women: The Appeal of Kore­an His­tor­i­cal Dra­mas among Amer­i­can View­ers” by Brit­tany Tinali­ga of the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Fran­cis­co; and “Going Back­wards to Move For­wards: Pop­u­lar Mem­o­ry in Post-Authoritarian Kore­an War Films” by Kei­ta Moore of UH Mānoa.

The lat­ter pan­el will con­sist of “The Mak­ing of a Mod­ern Monar­chy: The Kim Dynasty” by Autumn Ander­son of the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Fran­cis­co; “Soci­ety of Super­sti­tion?: Mush­room­ing Super­sti­tion in North Korea after Ardu­ous March” by Hyun Jong Noh of Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty; “‘Under Siege from Impe­ri­al­ists’: Rhetoric in North Kore­an State Media, 1998–2003” by Robert York of UH Mānoa; and “Lit­er­ary Auton­o­my in North Korea: Author­i­ty, Agency, and the Art of Con­trol” by Cather­ine Kil­lough of George­town Uni­ver­si­ty.

Anoth­er Korea-related high­light will be UH Mānoa stu­dent Clara Hur ‘s expli­ca­tion of “Seung Mu,” the monk’s dance, dur­ing a pan­el on Thurs­day after­noon.

The SPAS Grad­u­ate Stu­dent Con­fer­ence is admission-free and open to all. This year’s con­fer­ence was orga­nized by Adam Col­dren and Layne Hig­gin­bothm, grad­u­ate teach­ing assis­tants in the School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies.

The com­plete con­fer­ence pro­gram can be found here.