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Spring 2015


Panel Discussion

"Beyond Death: The Politics of Suicide and Martyrdom in Korean History"

Presenters | Hwasook Nam, University of Washington; Serk-Bae Suh, University of California, Irvine; Charles Kim, University of Wisconsin

Moderator | Jungwon Kim, Columbia University

Friday, April 3, 2015

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

918 International Affairs Building

No registration required.

Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures


This roundtable workshop, "Beyond Death: The Politics of Suicide and Martyrdom in Korea," seeks to understand how Korean perceptions of the actions and discourse on suicide and martyrdom have evolved in the past. As part of a multi-disciplinary monograph project, three editors of the proposed volume will discuss the narrative of martyrdom in Korean history and literature that has established itself as a key element sustaining the legitimacy and culture of solidarity of South Korean social movements.


Weatherhead East Asian Institute Brown Bag Lecture

"In the Shadow of Working Men: Gendered Labor and Migrant Rights in South Korea"
Hae Yeon Choo, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Moderated by Kristy Kelly, Associate Research Scholar, Columbia University

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 918 
No registration required.


Book Manuscript Workshop

"A Jester with Chameleon Faces: Laughter and Comedy in North Korea, 1953-1969"

Presenter | Dima Mironenko, Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

Discussants | Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History, Columbia University; John Duncan, Professor of Pre-Modern Korean History and Director of the Center for Korean Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Todd Henry, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of California, San Diego

Moderator | Theodore Hughes, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities and Director of The Center for Korean Research, Columbia University

Friday, May 1, 2015

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

300 Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway

By RSVP only – open only to graduate students and faculty for observation.  Must RSVP at  to attend as an observer.  

Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures