The Center for Korean Studies will bring together a group of established scholars and advanced graduate students in a mini-conference/graduate student workshop to conduct a multidisciplinary examination of the origins of Korean identity. The conference/workshop, titled “Who are ‘Koreans’: Korean Identity Viewed through Different Lenses,” will take place at the Center in Honolulu December 12–14, 2018.
Korea, as we know it today, is quite distinct from neighboring China and Japan. But can it be determined, when viewed through different lenses, when “Korea” as we have come to know it began to take form? In all likelihood, different fields will provide different perspectives on questions of origins. The primary question here will be: when specialists from different disciplines come together to discuss this topic, can a consensus be drawn? If so, what might it be? If no clear consensus can be drawn, then why not? In particular, by examining Korean identity from behavioral and biological perspectives do researchers from different disciplines view Korean identity differently? If so, why?
The first day of this program will include public lectures by five scholars from different disciplines (anatomy, archaeology, genetics, linguistics, and sociology). On the second and third days, these scholars will lead a closed-door workshop organized for graduate students. The event is specifically designed to give the participating students opportunities to interact with these scholars and with other graduate students and particularly to understand how other disciplines may define Korean identity. The hope is that involvement in this conference will help the participants with their own research projects as they evolve.
The public lecture component of the event will be open to one and all. The invited speakers are Choongwon Jeong (Max Planck Jena, genetics), Jaeeun Kim (University of Michigan, sociology), Jangsuk Kim (Seoul National University, archaeology), U-Young Lee (Catholic University, anatomy), and John Whitman (Cornell University, linguistics).
Those interested in participating in the closed graduate-student-workshop component of the event should contact the organizer, Prof. Christopher J. Bae of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Department of Anthropology, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Send a current curriculum vitae and a one- or two-page, single-spaced statement about the applicant’s research project and how participating in this workshop could help with that research.
In addition, each applicant’s advisor must send Prof. Bae directly a recommendation letter that verifies that the applicant is a graduate student in good standing and that participating in such a workshop could help the student develop his or her research project(s) now and in the future.
The deadline for submission of both application materials and letters of recommendation is September 1, 2018. For those chosen to participate, funds will be be available to cover travel expenses (that is, roundtrip economy-class airfare and room and board during the conference).
Direct all questions to Prof. Christopher J. Bae at email@example.com, telephone (808) 956‑7353.