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?