The 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.