Call for Papers: Global Korean Studies and Writing Korean Culture

The Anthro­pol­o­gy Depart­ment at Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty invites pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tions at the “Glob­al Kore­an Stud­ies and Writ­ing Kore­an Cul­ture” con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will be held Sep­tem­ber 22 – 23, 2017, and will be con­duct­ed in Eng­lish and Korean.

This con­fer­ence aims to crit­i­cal­ly engage the notion of Kore­an cul­ture and to reflect on what has been at stake in pro­duc­ing knowl­edge about it, from with­in Korea and from out­side, for Kore­ans and for non-Kore­ans. Where does “Kore­an cul­ture” begin and end, who is includ­ed and exclud­ed, and who gets to decide? 

Pro­pos­als are sought for con­cep­tu­al, ana­lyt­i­cal, method­olog­i­cal, and ethno­graph­ic papers that inquire into the pol­i­tics of writ­ing (about) Kore­an cul­ture today, from dif­fer­ent locales inside and out­side South Korea. What have been the the­o­ret­i­cal and method­olog­i­cal chal­lenges par­tic­u­lar to local or inter­na­tion­al schol­ars research­ing Kore­an cul­ture? How have schol­ars account­ed for — or failed to account for — their dif­fer­ent rela­tions to Korea? How have Kore­anists respond­ed to pres­sures from nation­al and com­mer­cial inter­ests that fund research on Korea? How do we ori­ent schol­ar­ship on Kore­an cul­ture away from West­ern con­cerns and toward local issues with­out sub­or­di­nat­ing schol­ar­ship to nation­al­ist agen­das or sac­ri­fic­ing the intel­lec­tu­al rel­e­vance for the larg­er aca­d­e­m­ic community? 

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Korean Culture Day 2017

Korean Culture Day promoThe stu­dents of the UH Manoa Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter will stage their annu­al Kore­an Cul­ture Day pro­gram at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 10, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free pro­gram – open to all – offers oppor­tu­ni­ties to play tra­di­tion­al Kore­an games such as chegich’agi, a foot-shut­tle­cock game, and kong­gi, Kore­an jacks; try on tra­di­tion­al cos­tume, or han­bok; and try a turn at brush cal­lig­ra­phy in Kore­an. Sam­ples of Kore­an food will also be available.

The Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter, part of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Cul­tures, is a con­cen­trat­ed pro­gram to pro­duce grad­u­ates with advanced lan­guage skills. Oth­er spon­sors of Kore­an Cul­ture Day include the Han­woori Club, the Fran­cis A. and Bet­ty Ann Keala Fund in Arts and Sci­ences, Pala­ma Super­mar­ket, Fab­ric Mart, Alo­ha Dryclean­ers, Ohana Pacif­ic Bank, Kukui Food Inc., Tony Moly, and the Hawaii Chris­t­ian Church.

For more infor­ma­tion about Kore­an Cul­ture Day 2017, con­tact Pro­fes­sor Mary S. Kim (maryskim@hawaii.edu) of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages. For pho­tos of last year’s Cul­ture Day fes­tiv­i­ties, fol­low this link.

Korean Culture Day 2015

Korean Culture Day artThe stu­dents and fac­ul­ty of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures and the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter will present their annu­al Kore­an Cul­ture Day pro­gram on Fri­day, March 13, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Studies. 

Kore­an Cul­ture Day activ­i­ties typ­i­cal­ly include tra­di­tion­al brush cal­lig­ra­phy; tak­ing pic­tures wear­ing tra­di­tion­al Kore­an cloth­ing (han­bok 한복); play­ing tra­di­tion­al games such as chegich’agi (제기차기), a foot-shut­tle­cock game; ttakchich’igi (딱지치기), a fold­ed-paper flip­ping match; and kong­gi (공기), Kore­an jacks; and taek­won­do demon­stra­tions. There are always Kore­an food items to sam­ple too.

The Kore­an Cul­ture Day pro­gram is free and open to all.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Prof. Mary S. Kim (maryskim@hawaii.edu) or the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter (flagship@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑8469.

Korean Culture Day 2014

culture day imageThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies hosts Kore­an Cul­ture Day on Fri­day, April 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is spon­sored by the Cen­ter along with the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter; the UH Col­lege of Lan­guages, Lin­guis­tics, and Lit­er­a­ture; the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures; and Pala­ma Supermarket.

The mul­ti­event pro­gram will take over the Center’s lob­by, con­fer­ence room, and class­room. Sched­uled activ­i­ties include brush cal­lig­ra­phy (붓글씨쓰기) and wear­ing han­bok (한복). You can try your hand at play­ing chegich’agi (제기차기), ttackchich’igi (딱지치기), kong­gi (공기), and t’uho (투호). There will also be demon­stra­tions of t’aekwŏndo (태권도) and a stu­dent tal­ent show (장기자랑). Maybe best of all, you can sam­ple some ttŏkpok­ki (떡볶이) lunch box­es (도시락).

For more infor­ma­tion about the event, con­tact the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter at flagship@hawaii.edu.

Korean Culture Day 2013

image: calligraphyThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will host Kore­an Cul­ture Day activ­i­ties staged by stu­dents and fac­ul­ty of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures and the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter on Fri­day, March 15, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Drop in and enjoy a host of activ­i­ties, includ­ing tra­di­tion­al per­cus­sion music called samul nori (사물놀이); tra­di­tion­al brush cal­lig­ra­phy; tak­ing pic­tures wear­ing tra­di­tion­al Kore­an cloth­ing (han­bok 한복); games such as chegich’agi (제기차기), a foot-shut­tle­cock game, ttakchich’igi (딱지치기), a Kore­an fold­ed-paper flip­ping match, and kong­gi (공기), Kore­an jacks; and mak­ing ttŏkpok­ki (떡볶이), spicy rice cakes.

Kore­an Cul­ture Day is spon­sored and sup­port­ed by the Col­lege of Lan­guages, Lin­guis­tics and Lit­er­a­ture, the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures, the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter, the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, and Pala­ma Supermarket.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Prof. Mary S. Kim (maryskim@hawaii.edu) or Prof. Dong-Kwan Kong (dongkwan@hawaii.edu).