Centre of Korean Studies Events
The events draw a varied audience with an interest in the region.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.
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- Clever Speakers and Flexible Listeners: A Study on Sais-soli in Korean
Dr Hae-Sung Jeon (University of Central Lancashire)
Phonetic variation is natural and important part of language – what do we do with it?
- “From the Writing to Speaking Subject: Korean ‘Comfort Women’ and Girlhood”
Dr Jinhee Choi (King's College London)
How the girls’ sensibilities and tropes of private ‘writing’ in the former is replaced with the urge and ability to speak in public in the latter
- Carlo Rossetti's photographs as social and historical narratives about Korea at the beginning of the 20th century
Assistant Professor Giuseppina De Nicola (Sapienza University of Rome)
Staging Korea in early XX century : Carlo Rossetti’s photographic collection and its historical narrative
- In the Absence (2018)
Gary Byung-Seok Kam (Producer)
The CKS is honoured to host the first screening of this documentary in the UK. The screening (29mins) will be followed by a Q&A with Producer Gary Byung-seok Kam.
- Spectacle or substance? After two summits what has changed in US-DPRK relations?
Dr James Hoare and Dr Geir Helgesen (Research Associates, SOAS Centre of Korean Studies)
Since the first meeting between the North Korean and South Korean leaders and a surprise summit between the US and North Korea in June 2018 in Singapore, the image of North Korea has
- Shamans and Confucian Public Officials: Religion and Social Recognition in Korea
Dr Antonio J. Domenech (Universidad de Málaga)
The influence of social changes in the social recognition of Shamanic practices and practitioners in Korea
- Ominous Clouds over Korea: The Failure of the US-Soviet Joint Commission, 1946—1947
Prof Mark E Caprio (Rikkyo University)
This discussion will consider the failure of the Joint Commission meetings held between the United Stats and the Soviet Union to erase Korean peninsular division, as both a historical and contemporary issue.
- Organised Labour, Dualisation and Labour Market Reform: Korean Trade Union Strategies in Economic and Social Crisis
Dr Soohyun Christine Lee (King's College London)
Dr Soohyun Lee will talk about how and why Korean Trade Unions have addressed growing inequality in the labour market
- Remembering a dissident Confucian Monk: How Kim Sisŭp became Sŏlcham, and Sŏlcham the Boyi of Korea
Dr Dennis Wuerthner (Ruhr-University Bochum)
- Empire by Association: The Re-Organization of the Rural Economy in Modern Korea, 1870-1945
Dr Holly Stephens (University of Edinburgh)
An examination of agriculture and everyday life in the colonial rural economy using previously unexamined farmers’ diaries
- The Video Game Industry in South Korea: Between National Destiny and Counterculture
Dr Chloé Paberz (CKS Visiting Scholar)
This presentation examines the construction of Korean technical modernity, based on the ethnography of one of the many companies committed to the national project of digitalisation.
- North Korea and Socialist Czechoslovakia from the World War II to Sino-Soviet Split
Amb. Jaroslav Olša, jr.
The seminar focuses on the decade of the most intensive cooperation between the unlikely allies - newly Communist Czechoslovakia and recently established DPRK - which were brought together by the Soviets in the 1950s.
- The Korean traditional and contemporary music lecture-concert: in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Korean Music, Seoul National University
The Seoul National University’s Department of Korean Music will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its formation by performing its traditional and contemporary repertories of Korean music, in a lecture-concert will provide the audience with an in-depth sampling of Korean traditional music.
- Waegu (Samurai Pirates) and the change of International Orders in East Asia
Professor Yi Young (Korea National Open University)
- China and the two Koreas: What next?
What is China’s strategy in the Korean Peninsula? How do Seoul and Pyongyang see the role of China? What should we expect of China’s role in helping to bring about peace and development on the Korean Peninsula.
- Returning, After Seventy Years
“Returning, After Seventy Years” is a film documenting the return of Esther Winnington - the widow of Alan - to the site of the Daejeon Massacre nearly seventy years after the original event.
- Shusenjo: Film Screening with a Q&A with the Director Miki Dezaki
Miki Dezaki (Director)
The first screening of Shusenjo (The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue) in London.
- Film Screening: North Korean Ghost Ships
Nicholas Ahlmark (Director)
Documentary filmmaker Nicholas Ahlmark, will visit to show his new documentary 'North Korean Ghost Ships' and give a Q&A.
- Area Studies and the Urgent Need for Global Intercultural Dialogue
Geir Helgesen (SOAS Centre of Korean Studies/Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai), Chunrong Liu (Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai and NIAS, Copenhagen University), Rachel Harrison (SOAS)
In this roundtable discussion we propose that, given the precarious and fragile state of the world, it is essential for Area Studies to play a more important role.
- Socialist competition and class formation in North Korea's post-Korean War recovery, 1953-1956
Dr Owen Miller (SOAS)
How did North Korea manage to recover relatively quickly from the Korean War and how did the country begin to create a new urban and industrial society from the rubble?