Kyujanggak Institute Offers Summer Workshop in Classical Chinese

image: Kyujanggak Institute logoThe Kyu­jang­gak Insti­tute for Kore­an Stud­ies at Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty will con­duct a one-month inten­sive Han­mun (clas­si­cal Chi­nese) work­shop this sum­mer. The work­shop is aimed at grad­u­ate stu­dents and advanced under­grad­u­ate stu­dents who have com­plet­ed at least one year of class­es in clas­si­cal Chi­nese and who are inter­est­ed in improv­ing their com­pre­hen­sion by read­ing orig­i­nal texts.

Vir­tu­al­ly all remain­ing pre­mod­ern Kore­an doc­u­ments are com­posed in clas­si­cal Chi­nese, and seri­ous research on Korea before the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry depends on the cor­rect read­ing of Han­mun texts. This requires a knowl­edge of cer­tain cul­tur­al assump­tions and pat­terns that go beyond sim­ple knowl­edge of char­ac­ters and gram­mar.

Class­es will be con­duct­ed in Kore­an, so stu­dents should also pos­sess at least inter­me­di­ate knowl­edge of Kore­an. How­ev­er, since the main tar­get audi­ence is for­eign stu­dents who plan to have a posi­tion in for­eign coun­tries in the future, the lan­guage of instruc­tion will be adjust­ed and there will be the oppor­tu­ni­ty to obtain feed­back in Eng­lish.

The work­shop will run from July 1 to July 26, 2013 (four weeks). Sem­i­nars will take place Mon­day to Thurs­day and last 2.5 hours each; the sem­i­nars will be con­duct­ed main­ly by dis­cussing stu­dents’ trans­la­tions of assigned texts. There­fore, apart from class time, stu­dents will spend at least 10 hours a week prepar­ing trans­la­tions.

Lunch and hous­ing (shared rooms) will be pro­vid­ed, but trav­el costs and oth­er expens­es are must be borne by the stu­dent. There is no tuition fee, but stu­dents need to pro­vide clear evi­dence of basic Han­mun abil­i­ty, prefer­ably through a ref­er­ence let­ter from their aca­d­e­m­ic advi­sor or Han­mun instruc­tor.

The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is April 15, 2013. Accep­tance notices will be issued April 22, 2013. The final reg­is­tra­tion dead­line for the work­shop is April 30, 2013.

For appli­ca­tion forms and fur­ther details, con­tact Fur­ther infor­ma­tion is also avail­able at