SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

CKS Seminar Programme

The Centre of Korean Studies seminar series regularly presents current research on Korea, with a focus on European scholarship. Since the academic year 2005/06, the Centre has been able to hold these seminars on a weekly basis due to support from the ELP programme (as major contributor in 2005/06), and the SOAS-AKS Institution Project (as major contributor from 2006/07 onwards).

The seminars are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Registration is essential to guarantee a place.

Please note that we do not distribute seminar notes.

For further information contact the Centres and Institutes Office

Previous Events in this series

Making “Aristocracy” of Koryŏ Dynasty (918-1392) in Korean Historiography

Hyosub Kim (Sungkyunkwan University)

Since the early twentieth century there has been an ongoing discussion regarding the ruling class in Koryŏ dynasty (918-1392). This debate is very much related to the arguments about the development of Korean history. In this talk, Hyosub Kim will discuss how the debate defining Koryŏ’s ruling class as the aristocracy has developed since the 1960s.

10 June 2022, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Samaritans from the Far East: Korean nurses in Germany

Prof Yonson Ahn (Goethe University of Frankfurt)

This talk examines the role of emotions involved in nursing care delivery by the (former) Korean migrant nurses in Germany. 

28 May 2021, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Epistolary Revolution in Chosŏn Korea

Asst Prof Hwisang Cho (Emory University)

While discussing his book The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea (Washington 2020), Hwisang Cho will give a survey of the “epistolary revolution” that shaped Korean society from the sixteenth century to the present.

26 March 2021, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Rescuing Art History from the Nation: Late Chosŏn Korea between Europe and Edo Japan

Prof J.P. Park (University of Oxford)

By introducing evidence that testifies to the late Chosŏn public’s active interest in Japanese art, this paper will point to the neglected exchange of art and ideas between early modern Korea and Japan, and expose how age-old academic conventions and nationalisms remain firmly fixed in the study of East Asian art history.

19 March 2021, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Small China concept in the “T’aengniji” by Yi Chung-hwan (1690-1756?)

Dr Nataliya Chesnokova (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

This seminar will explore the interpretation of the “T’aengniji” in different historical periods and the political influence on the contents of it.

31 January 2020, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Geospatial Mapping in North Korean Human Rights Monitoring

Dr Sarah Son (Sheffield University)

This talk discusses the potential of geospatial information systems (GIS) to support human rights research on North Korea.

17 January 2020, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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.

22 November 2019, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

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

28 February 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Is digital feminism as public feminism in South Korea?

Dr JongMi Kim (Coventry University)

The analysis focuses on how new forms of media enabled young generation of girls and women to form new feminism (or antifeminism): popular discussions about gender, gazing culture, playing culture and consumer body culture.

30 November 2018, Brunei Gallery, B211, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Kingdom of Pines: State Forestry and the Making of Korea, 1392-1910

John Lee (Manchester)

An exploration of the longest state forestry system in world history, that of Korea’s Chosŏn dynasty, and its fundamental role in the making of state, society, and ecology on the Korean peninsula.

23 November 2018, Brunei Gallery, B211, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Translating Korean Poetry

Brother Anthony of Taizé (Emeritus Professor, Sogang University & Chair Professor, Dankook University)
15 March 2018, Basement Event Space, Korean Cultural Centre UK, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Situation on the Korean Peninsula and Challenges for ROK Diplomacy

HE Mr Hwang Joonkook (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea)

In his lecture, Ambassador Hwang will focus on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula including analysis of North Korea’s WMD capabilities and human rights abuses carried out by the regime.

10 February 2017, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM


Professor Henry Em (Yonsei University)

This seminar has been cancelled.

20 January 2017, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

73 Years On - 'Comfort Women' Shown on Film

Moderator: Chanel Kong (LA Asia Film Festival Programmer). Panelists: Jung-lae Cho (Director, Spirits’ Homecoming), Sook Son (Actress, Spirits Homecoming), Hana Kang (Actress, Spirits Homecoming), Dr Hyunseon Lee (SOAS)
28 October 2016, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sounding Korea

Professor Keith Howard (SOAS, University of London)
27 November 2015, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Security Challenges in Northeast Asia

Ambassador Sungnam Lim

With an introduction by Professor Paul Webley, Director of SOAS, University of London

31 October 2014, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Assorted Chatter about Mr.Y's Literature

Byoung Yoong KANG (Writer & Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and African Studies, University of Ljubljana)
3 October 2014, Brunei Gallery, B102, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Iryǒn as a historian

Miriam Löwensteinová Miriam Löwensteinová (Associate Professor, Charles University Prague, Institute of EA Studies, Czech Republic)

This event has been cancelled. 

14 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G50, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

The Korean War in Colour

Stewart Binns (Documentary Filmmaker)
10 May 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Seminar: Filming North Korea

Nick Bonner (Filmmaker and founder of Koryo Tours)
16 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM