SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

Dr Anders Karlsson

MA PhD (Stockholm)
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise
  • Publications



Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Chanhee Lee, Chosŏn Korean’s perspectives and emotions toward the West, 1876-1902
  • Shan Siping, Environment, Commerce and Imperial Politics in South-Eastern Mongolia (1644–1912)
  • Wonmook Kang, The Qing Perspective of ‘Europeans’, 1644-1858


Social and Institutional History of 19th Century Korea; non-hang'gul Korean script systems


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Available for
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • Korea South
  • Korean
  • Swedish


Authored Books

Karlsson, Anders (2000) The Hong Kyongnae Rebellion 1811-1812: Conflict between Central Power and Local Society in 19th-Century Korea. Stockholm: Stockholm University.

Karlsson, Anders (2000) The Hong Kong Kyôngnae rebellion 1811-1812: Conflict Between Central Power and Local Society in 19th-Century Korea. Stockholm: Stockholm University.


Karlsson, Anders (2022) 'Law and Statecraft in Chosŏn Korea = 조선의 법과 경세술'. Minjok Munhwa Yŏn'gu = 민족문화연구, (94), pp 88-115.

Karlsson, Anders (2019) 'Sven Hedin's visit to Korea in 1908: Knowledge, Power and Propaganda'. Orientaliska Studier, (159), pp 86-105.

Karlsson, Anders (2014) '"Must we really cut people's toes off to uphold the law?" Confucian Statecraft, Punishment and the Body in Choson Korea'. Tasanhak, (24), pp 107-147.

Karlsson, Anders (2013) 'Recent Western-European Historical Studies on ‘Pre-Modern’ Korea and the Issue of ‘Modernity’ Revisited'. International Journal of Korean History, (18) 1, pp 185-202.

Karlsson, Anders (2013) 'Beyond the Great Tradition: Recent European Scholarship on the History of Chosŏn Korea'. Yoksa wa hyonsil = 역사비평사, (90), pp 383-410.

Karlsson, Anders (2013) 'Law and the Body in Joseon Korea: Statecraft and the Negotiation of Ideology'. The Review of Korean Studies, (16) 1, pp 7-45.

Karlsson, Anders (2009) 'Konfuciansk statsmannakonst, folkets välfärd, och omhändertagandet av föräldralösa barn i traditionella Korea [Confucian statecraft, the wellbeing of the people, and the care of orhpaned children in traditional Korea]'. Orientaliska Studier, (123).

Karlsson, Anders (2007) 'Famine Relief, Social Order, and State Performance in Late Choson Korea'. The Journal of Korean Studies, (12) 1, pp 113-41.

Karlsson, Anders (2007) 'Royal Compassion and Disaster Relief in Chosôn Korea'. Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, (20) 1, pp 71-98.

Karlsson, Anders (2006) 'Central Power, Local Society, and Rural Unrest in Nineteenth-Century Korea: An Attempt at Comparative Local History'. Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, (6) 2, pp 207-38.

Karlsson, Anders (2005) 'Famine, Finance and Political Power: Crop Failure and Land-Tax Exemptions in Late Eighteenth-Century Choson Korea'. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, (48) 4, pp 552-592.

Karlsson, Anders (2004) 'fSûweden t’amhômga sûwen hedin ûi han’guk hwangje alhyôn kwa t’onggambu sônjôn saôp [Swedish Explorer Sven Hedin's Audience with the Emperor of Korea and Residency-General Propaganda]'. Journal of Korean Culture, (vol. 5), pp 5.

Karlsson, Anders (2004) 'Kukchôk ômnûn munhak, kukkyông ômnûn toksô: Han’guk munhak haeoe sogae e taehan myôt kaji saenggak [Literature without nationality, reading without borders: Some thoughts on introducing Korean literature abroad]'. Taesan Munhwa, (vol. 1), pp 105-107.

Karlsson, Anders (2000) 'The Nobel Peace Prize: Nationalism and Big Business'. Harvard Asia Quarterly, (IV, No).

Karlsson, Anders (1997) 'Därmed råder ingen tvekan om att dödsorsaken var sjukdom'' - Rättsmedicin och likbesiktning i 1800-talets Korea'' (''There is thus no doubt that the cause of death was disease'' - Forensic Medicine and Autopsy in 19th Century Korea'. Orientaliska Studier, (92), pp 3-11.

Karlsson, Anders (1996) 'Theory and Practice: Discrepancies in Supply and Demand in Korean Language Education in Sweden'. Korean Language Education, (7), pp 269-274.

Karlsson, Anders (1996) 'Minjung: Folket, historieforskning och frågan om Koreas modernisering (Minjung: The People, Historical Research and the Question of the Modernization of Korea)'. Orientaliska Studier, (88), pp 48-57.

Book Chapters

Karlsson, Anders (2015) 'Confucian Ideology and Legal Developments in Chosŏn Korea: A Methodological Essay'. In: Kim, Marie, (ed.), The Spirit of Korean Law. Leiden: Brill, pp 83-103.

Karlsson, Anders (2014) 'Northern Territories and the Historical Understanding of Territory in Late Choson'. In: Jackson, Andrew David, (ed.), Key Papers on Korea: Essays Celebrating 25 Years of the Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS, University of London. Leiden: Brill, pp 61-77.

Karlsson, Anders (2014) 'Ch’ǒn’gǔm ǔi cha nǔn chǒja esǒ ch’ǒhyǒng toeji annǔnda: 17, 18 segi Chosǒn ǔi sahyǒng kwa hyosu ("Scions of Wealthy Families do not Die in the Marketplace": Death Penalty and Hyosu Punishment in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Chosǒn Korea)'. In: Tomiya, Itaru, (ed.), Tongasia ǔi sahyǒng. Kyǒngsan: Yǒngnam taehakkyo ch'ulp'anbu, pp 152-193.

Karlsson, Anders (2001) 'Chônggamnok and the ideology of the Hong Kyôngnae rebellion'. In: Pak, Youngsook and Yeon, J., (eds.), History, Language and Culture in Korea: Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE). London: Saffron Books (Eastern Art Publishing UK).

Conference Items

Karlsson, Anders (2020) 'Death as a Socio-Political Event: An Alternative to some European Views on the Success of Dealing with Covid-19 in East Asia' In: 17th Distinguished Overseas Scholar Invited Lecture, 24 November 2020, Japan Research Centre, Dankook University, South Korea. [Unpublished]

Karlsson, Anders (2004) 'Annual AAS Conference - 'Destitution, Famine and Class in Late Chosôn Korea''.

Karlsson, Anders (2002) 'Embracing the other: The interaction of Korean and foreign cultures - A Hermit Nation not for Everyone: First-Hand Contacts with Qing and Their Consequences in Late Choson P'yongan Province'.


Karlsson, Anders (2002) 'Yangban'.

Karlsson, Anders (2002) 'Ch'oe Nam-son'.

Karlsson, Anders (2002) 'Nobi'.


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