Graduate Student Workshop at the University of Hawaii

graduate student workshopThe 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 Program

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).

To Apply

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 ( 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, tele­phone (808) 956‑7353.