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5/4/2006

World Congress

Filed under: — Owen @ 1:20 pm Print

Antti has already got there first and flagged this up at his site, but for those people not on the Korean Studies list or regular Hunjang visitors, the Academy of Korean Studies have today announced the 3rd World Congress of Korean Studies (that’s the 3rd World Congress, not the Third World Congress). I’ll post the details below.

In the meantime, I hope like Antti, that it’s more successful than the last one which suffered from a bit of a hiccup in the smooth process of North-South reconciliation and cooperation (which was incidentally and ironically the theme of the conference).

This time the theme is ‘Cultural Interaction with Korea – From Silk Road to Korean Wave’ which means, I expect, that many historians like myself will have to find ways of shoe-horning our rather parochial topics into a more cosmopolitan, interactive mold.

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The 3rd World Congress of Korean Studies
Call for Papers
The organizing committee of the 3rd World Congress of Korean Studies announces call for papers to all academics and professionals in Korean Studies.

Cultural Interaction with Korea -From Silk Road to Korean Wave-

A new phenomenon of cultural exchange called the Korean Wave has recently emerged across the world. However, there has been a stream of cultural exchanges with foreign countries throughout Korean history indeed. Academic discussions in the congress are expected to deepen our understanding of the background, stages, patterns, and influence of the cultural interactions, which will ultimately contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding and collaboration in the global community.

Dates : October 27(Fri) ~ 30(Mon), 2006
Venue : Cheju National University, Jejudo, ROK
Language : Korean, English

Co-organized by
The Academy of Korean Studies(AKS), Association for Korean Studies in Europe(AKSE), Central Asian Association for Korean Studies(CAAKS), International Society for Korean Studies(ISKS), Korean Studies Association of Australasia(KSAA), Pacific and Asia Conference on Korean Studies(PACKS)

Sessions:
History — Sociology — Culture — Economics — Folklore — Law — Art — Political Science
– Literature — Education — Philosophy — Religion — Language — Science & Technology — Free topic sessions

Qualifications:
Scholars, professionals, and students holding MA degree or above are encouraged to participate.

Important Dates:
Submission deadline : June 6, 2006
Acceptance notification : June 14, 2006
Final paper due : September 3, 2006

For more details, please visit our website at http://www.aks.ac.kr/eng_home or contact us at lovekorea@aks.ac.kr
International Support Division
The Center for Information on Korean Culture
The Academy of Korean Studies
Tel : +82-31-709-9843 / Fax : +82-31-709-9945

Petition to reinstate expelled Korea University students

Filed under: — noja @ 11:49 am Print

Dear colleagues,

What follows below is a petition for the annulment of the severe punishment meted out by the Korea University (KoryO taehakkyo) authorities to several students, written by Prof. Kang Sudol (Korea University, Economics and Labour Relations).

The students are being accused of forcibly detaining the leading managers of the university (mostly chiefs of various departments in the administration) of a professorial background during a demonstration. As The Korea Herald tells us in a recent article, “Earlier this month, nine professors at Korea University were forced by about 100 students to stay overnight in a school building. The protesters demanded that the students at the college of health, which the university acquired last year, be given voting rights in student council elections.” (http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/html_dir/2006/05/01/200605010005.asp).

Of course, it looks as if the students used extreme and unusual methods to press their demands. But what most mainstream newspapers in Korea conveniently forget to mention is that the students’ demand (voting rights to the college of health co-students) was not that unreasonable as such, while the tough line taken by the managers, who flatly refused even to accept the petition from the demonstrating students (and that led students to pressing their demand further through allegedly blocking exit from the building), appears to be unusually and humiliatingly authoritarian – from the viewpoint of the students, at least.

The punishment meted out to the seven “leading activists” is “permanent expulsion without any right of re-entry” (ch’ulgyo), which means that all their grades and credits earned so far are being cancelled. It has not been used at Korea University since the 1970s, even against the leaders of very violent demonstrations in the 1980s. It feels as if there are grounds to suspect that the “permanent expulsion” of the activists is just a way to supress the student movement on the campus, which hardly suits the ideals of co-determination and democratic participation in the management of the university. You can read a Hangyoreh article on possible motives for the sanctions: (http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/society/society_general/118925.html)

Against this background, I ask if any of our colleagues reading this blog would like to join the petition for the nullification of the punishment. Anybody wishing to join please, make contact with Prof. Kang Sudol (ksd@korea.ac.kr).

Full text of petition (in Korean) below.

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