Identities and Identifications: Faces of Modern Korean Buddhism (1910-1945)

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August 14, 2015
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian American History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Korean History / Studies
Dear Colleagues,
The Academy of Buddhist Studies at Dongguk University in Seoul and Duke University are jointly hosting a one-day, international conference that seeks to place colonial Korean Buddhism (1910-1945) in a transnational and global context. Eight scholars of Korean Buddhism will present papers on the individuals and organizations who traversed national and cultural boundaries during this period (see below). Professor Richard Jaffe will give the keynote lecture on Japanese corporate pilgrimages to India in the mid-1920s to foreground how the resulting global networks were essential to the formation of modern Japanese Buddhist identity.
Title: Identities and Identifications: Faces of Modern Korean Buddhism (1910-1945)
Location: Duke University, Durham, NC, Flowers 201 on West Campus
Date & Time: Friday, August 14th, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Although it is still summer vacation for many, please know that if you happen to be in the Triangle area you are more than welcome to come and join us. For further information, please contact me at
Program Overview:
8:30-9:00am, Coffee & Greetings
9:00-9:10am, Welcome
9:10am-10:00am, Keynote Speech
Richard Jaffe (Duke University), “Following the Cotton Road: Japanese Corporate Pilgrimage to India, 1926-1927”
10:15-11:45am, Session I
Yongtae Kim (Dongguk University), “The Political Secularization of Modern Korean Buddhism and the Change of the Social Images of Buddhist Clerics”
Mark A. Nathan (University of Buffalo), “Reconfiguring the Boundaries of Modern Korean Buddhism: Paek Yongsŏng (1864-1940) and Complex Adaptive Systems”
Eunsu Cho (Seoul National University), “A Buddhist Nun’s Perspectives on Modern Korean Buddhism Through Her Travelogue to Japan in 1937-1939”
11:45-13:00pm, Lunch & Chat
13:00pm-2:00pm, Session II
      Jongwook Kim (Dongguk University), “Manhae’s (1879-1944) Buddhist Thought and the Sustainable Nationalism”
Gregory Evon (The University of New South Wales), “Propagating Buddhism through Fiction in Colonial Korea”
2:15-3:45pm, Session III
Cheonhak Kim (Dongguk University), “Kim Gu-gyeong’s (1899-?) Liminal Life: Between Nationalism and Scholarship.”
Jin Y. Park (American University), “Kyongho Songu (1846-1912) and Existential Dimensions of Modern Korean Buddhism”
Hwansoo Kim (Duke University), “Politics of Representation: A Third Buddhist Community in Colonial Korea, 1920s-1930s”
4:00-5:00pm, Roundtable Discussion


Hwansoo Ilmee Kim
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies /
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department/Director of the MA Program
Duke University
Fax (919) 660-3530
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Associate Professo Hwansoo Kim

Duke's Department of Religous Studies/

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Department

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