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.