Korean Studies Pedagogy Workshop for Junior Faculty at the University of Michigan

Nam Center logoThe University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies is offering an opportunity for junior faculty to participate in a pedagogy workshop as part of its effort to develop a network of faculty in Korean studies. The workshop will held May 13, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, concurrently with the 2017 International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (NEKST), May 12-13, 2017.

The workshop is open to junior tenure-track faculty from all fields in the social sciences and humanities. All participants are expected to attend NEKST and serve as a discussant for one of the NEKST paper sessions.

Participants in the workshop, which will be facilitated by a team of senior faculty, will receive constructive feedback on their Korean studies courses and curricular structure. Senior mentors will share their classroom experiences, practices and tips for effective teaching, and pedagogical resources.

Faculty mentors for the workshop are Kyeong-Hee Choi, associate professor in modern Korean literature at the University of Chicago, and Charles Kim, Korea Foundation associate professor of Korean studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Junior tenure-track faculty whose teaching responsibilities include a Korean studies course are encouraged to apply. Up to five applicants will be selected to participate. Special consideration will be given to recent hires and applicants from institutions in the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Round-trip economy fare to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and local expenses (ground transportation, lodging, and meals) will be provided for each participant.

To apply, send a curriculum vitae, statement of interest (no longer than 500 words), and sample course syllabus by e-mail to ncks.applications@umich.edu. Use the subject line: [LAST NAME_First Name] Korean Studies Pedagogy Workshop. The deadline is April 14, 2017.

This workshop is supported by the Academy of Korean Studies. For more information about the Nam Center for Korean Studies, see www.ii.umich.edu/ncks.

Confucian Traditions and Western-Style Learning in Early Modern Korean Education

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of History will present a lecture titled “Strange Bedfellows? Confucian Traditions, Western-Style Learning, and the Evolution of Early Modern Korean Education, 1895‒1910” by Professor Leighanne Yuh of Korea University on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. The talk will take place in the History Department Seminar Room, Sakamaki Hall A201, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

A comparison of textbooks from 1895 and 1906 shows a shift from a state-centered narrative and a focus on the recruitment of “men of talent” to a focus on patriotism and civil duty for the preservation of national independence. Existing scholarship, Yuh says, has interpreted the textbooks and corresponding education programs only in ways that promote nationalist agendas adhering to a linear model of progress and following a trajectory beginning with the Confucian tradition and arriving at Western enlightenment values.

Yuh’s study shows that the Confucian framework still operated as a bulwark and discursive system to help state officials and intellectuals absorb “Western” ideas, but also reveals how these patterns of integration played out in the realm of education.

The categorizations of “Confucianism” and “Western learning” fit neatly into the slogan “Eastern Ways, Western Machines,” which was popular at the time in Korea, China, and Japan. Yuh’s investigation problematizes the stark division between Western and Confucian systems and explores the amalgamation of different influences.

Yuh concludes that from a broadly defined Confucian framework there emerged a particular form of civil morality that allowed intellectuals and government bureaucrats to discuss nationalism, citizenship, the public sphere, and other issues thought to be germane to a modern nation-state. Through the transformation of educational institutions, the discourses themselves evolved from those exclusively devoted to the production of competent bureaucrats to those that spoke to the broader public and engaged with this new civil morality.

Leighanne Yuh is an assistant professor in the Department of Korean History at Korea University and associate editor of The International Journal of Korean History, published by the Center for Korean Studies at Korea University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of California Los Angeles in 2008 after completing her dissertation titled, “Education and the Struggle for Power in Korea, 1876‒1910.” Yuh earned her B.A. in Japanese history and economics from Wellesley College and an M.A. in Korean History from Columbia University.

A reception for students and faculty will follow the talk. For more information, contact the Department of History at (808) 956-8486.

Korean examiners needed for the International Baccalaureate

image: IB logoThe International Baccalaureate, a non-profit educational foundation, is currently seeking experienced individuals to take on the roles of examiner responsible for its Korean A: language and literature course.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers programs for a worldwide community of schools and is represented in more than 120 countries and in more than 2,000 schools. It provides an international pre-university curriculum and an international university entry qualification, which gives access to higher education on a worldwide basis.

The IB diploma program requires students to study a language A course as one of six subjects that constitute the diploma. The IB’s Language A: language and literature courses are for students aged 16-18 who have experience using the language of the course in an academic context. The courses are based on the study of both language and literature, with a focus on how the study of texts produced in a language is central to understanding the world in which we live. The texts studied in this course are diverse and the literature elements include works studied in translation.

The duties of examiner responsible include the setting and marking of examinations and may involve occasional (paid) travel to the IB assessment centre in Cardiff, UK. This position is part-time, involves no relocation, and is usually undertaken in addition to existing work commitments.

Suitable candidates will be native or fluent speakers of Korean, qualified to at least degree level, and will have teaching experience. Examining experience is desirable but not essential.

To apply for the position or to obtain further information, contact the Examiner Training and Recruitment Department by e-mail (examrecruit@ibo.org).

To learn more about the International Baccalaureate, visit http://www.ibo.org.

Host Families Needed for High-School Exchange Students

image: exchange studentsThe Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is searching for host families for high-school aged students coming to the United States for the 2013-2014 school year and arriving in September. Families of all descriptions–kids, no kids, empty-nesters, single parents, same-sex couples, and so forth–can be acceptable hosts. The students come with appropriate visas and medical insurance and pay for all of their own personal expenses. Host families are expected just to provide a bed and an extra plate at the table! The group for whom host families are currently being sought include four from South Korea as well as others from China, Germany, Spain, and Norway.

More information about the program can be found at http://www.ciee.org/highschool. If you are interested in serving as a host family, contact Peggy Christian at pchristian@ciee.org or telephone (619) 445-4126.

CIEE, founded in 1947 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to quality exchange and global learning opportunities. The CIEE USA High School Program is designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor students on J-1 visas to attend high school in the United States. For more information about the organization and its programs, see http://www.ciee.org/.

Korea among Topics of 2013 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

image: Grad Student ConferenceTwo panels of interest to Korea specialists are on the schedule of the 2013 SPAS Graduate Student Conference. The conference, being held at Center for Korean Studies April 3-April 5, is titled “Continuity, Change, & Contestation: Multidisciplinary and Transnational Perspectives on the Asia-Pacific.”

A panel on Thursday, April 4, titled “Beyond the Headlines: North Korea through Alternate Perspectives,” will feature three presentations:

  • ”Global Perceptions of North Korea through English Rhetoric” by Edward Lee, UH Manoa
  • ”Understanding North Korea: Korean Nationalism and the Cult of Kim II Sung” by Edward Cuevas, UH Manoa
  • ”Future Direction of Education for North Korean Refugee Youth: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Alternative Schools” by Emily Kessel, UH Manoa.

The panel will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Korean Studies conference room and will be moderated by Prof. Young-a Park of the Asian Studies Program.

On Friday, April 5, a panel titled “Development and Class in East Asia: Comparative, Literary, and Ethnographic” will include two Korea-related presentations:

  • “Comparison of Rural Development: Saemaul Undong and Chollima Undong; the Case Study” by Andrew Bukuku Dyson, Academy of Korean Studies
  • ”The Uneasy Presence of the Korean Middle Class in Literature” by Kyungsook Kim, UH Manoa.

The panel is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Center’s conference room and will also be moderated by Prof. Young-A Park.

The complete schedule of the Graduate Student Conference can be found on line at: http://bit.ly/12i7gai.