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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Kamila Niekoreaniec

MA (Warsaw University)

Overview

Kamila Niekoraniec
Name:
Kamila Niekoreaniec
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Thesis title:
Traditional Family Ceremonies in the Royal Court of Confucian Joseon Korea
Year of Study:
2nd
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Biography

I graduated from Warsaw University (Korean Studies Section, Korean and Japanese Department, Oriental Institute) and was awarded a Master’s degree with First Class Honours. During my studies I had the opportunity to take part in the 12th Korean Cultural Program for Foreign Students and Scholars in Korean Studies organized by The Academy of Korean Studies. I was appointed by the teaching staff of the Korean Section to be an exchange student at Kyung Hee University. I was also granted a Korean Language Training Fellowship from the Korea Foundation and was given the opportunity to study at Yonsei University. In July 2011 I attended the Classical Korean Studies texts workshop and was also awarded a Research Grant by the Academy of Korean Studies, and in September 2011 I began my research at SOAS.

PhD Research

The topic of my research is “Traditional family ceremonies in the royal court of Confucian Joseon Korea – ritual performance, symbolic system and the role of ritual texts”.

Reformed family rituals (coming-of-age, wedding, funeral and ancestral worship) were first adopted by yangban (scholar-officials), thus when studying and examining the family rites, the focus has been mainly put on the ceremonies performed among this class. I am interested in exploring the significance of the royal family rites, which I have found to be very fascinating and not explored enough by Western scholars.

Although initially I intended to examine all of the four family ceremonies, I have decided to mainly focus on the wedding ceremony and relate it to the coming-of-age ceremony as the rest of the ceremonies would constitute a part of the bigger project in the future.

I want to present what the proper program of these ceremonies in the royal court during the Joseon dynasty was like and how the rituals marked the crucial moments in the royal family’s life. I will then endeavor to explain all of the transitions of which the member of the royal family underwent when performing them. I would particularly like to investigate to what extent the family ceremonies enacted by the royal family differed from those performed by the yangban, to what extent the royal family was allowed to deviate from the ritual norms that the social elite had to adhere to, and to what extent the rules prescribed in the ritual manuals had to be accustomed to the royal family’s status.