CONF, Korean Studies conference at Seoul National University, Sept 22-23

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Dear Members,

I would like to announce the details about the conference we are hosting at the Anthropology Department of Seoul National University in a week. Please come if you are in Seoul or nearby!

Olga Fedorenko

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Seoul National University


Global Korean Studies and Writing Korean Culture

September 22-23, 2017


Seoul National University, Asia Center (Bldg 101), Rm 210

서울대학교 아시아연구소 영원홀 (110동 210)

Friday, September 22, 2017

9:00 AM Registration

9:30 AM Welcome Remarks

Olga Fedorenko (Seoul National University)

Kweon Sug-in (Seoul National University)


9:45 AM Keynote: Changing Faces of Korean Cultures

Yi Jeong Duk (Chonbuk National University)

10:45 AM Break


11:00 AM Panel 1: Ethnographic Selves and Dilemmas of Nativeness

Non-Natives Not the Same: New Discoveries in Old “Korean Culture” Debates

Alex Jong-Seok Lee (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Everywhere and Nowhere: Bi-musicality and the Ephemerality of the Self

Hilary Vanessa Finchum-Sung (Seoul National University)


Three Fields (Hyeon-Jang) and the Production of Anthropology Knowledge: Lessons from Sewol Ferry Disaster in South Korean-language

Lee Hyeon Jung (Seoul National University)

Discussant: Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History and Columbia University)

Moderator: Kang Yoonhee (Seoul National University)

12:40 PM Lunch


2:00 PM Panel 2: National and Transnational Representations

Korean Studies as National and Global

Jonathan Glade (Michigan State University)


No Frame to Fit it All: Teaching Korean Studies, on and off the Peninsula

CedarBough T. Saeji (University of British Columbia)


"Korean" Landscapes and the Tourist Imaginary: The Visual Geneology of Must-See Destinations and Self-Orientalism

Hyung Il Pai (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Discussant: Ross King (University of British Columbia)

Moderator: Kweon Sug-in (Seoul National University)

3:40 PM Break


3:50 PM Panel 3: Methodological Reflections

Historical Anthropology of South Korean Rural Society in Japan

Honda Hiroshi (Tokyo University)


Making Difference Productive Participant Observations in Performances of Pansori

Jan Creutzenberg (Freie Universität Berlin, Sungshin University)


Old Fieldnotes, Blogposts, and Native Ethnographers: Anthropological Collaborations Across Time and Space

Clark W. Sorensen (University of Washington)

Discussant: Hwang Ikjoo (Seoul National University)

Moderator: Kim Jaesok (Seoul National University)


5:30 PM Graduate Poster Session

6:30 PM Dinner


Saturday, September 23, 2017

9:15 AM Coffee

9:45 AM Keynote: Retrospective in Korean Studies, or What I Got Wrong in My First Book

Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History and Columbia University)

10:45 AM Break


11:00 AM Panel 4: Engaging Local Issues

Choosing Chinese: Creating Global Korean Spaces at a Chinese-Immersion Elementary School in South Korea

Bonnie Tilland (Yonsei University Wonju)


A Korean Traditional Pop's Club as a Musical Trap

Hong, Sung-Hoon (Seoul National University)


Class, Politics, and Representativeness: The Self-Employed in Scholarship on Korea

Antti Leppänen (University of Turku)

Discussant: Jung Heon-mok (Academy of Korean Studies)

Moderator: Chae Suhong (Seoul National University)


12:30 PM Closing Discussion

1:00 PM Lunch for participants with graduate students

2:30 PM Closed workshop for graduate students

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