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April 23, 2014
"Madness is Civilization: The Suicidal Person in Colonial Korea"


April 24, 2014

"Koreans of the Former Soviet Union"


April 25, 2014

"Culture and Everyday Life in North Korea"


April 29, 2014
Understanding How North Koreans Think: The "War to Liberate the Fatherland"









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Upcoming Events and Announcements

Spring 2014

Colloquium Series on Korean Cultural Studies
"Madness is Civilization: The Suicidal Person in Colonial Korea"

Jun Yoo, Associate Professor of Modern Korean History, East Asia, Colonialism, Cultural & Gender Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

918 International Affairs Building

No registration required.


"Koreans of the Former Soviet Union"
Valeriy S. Khan

Fulbright Research Scholar, Center of Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
University of Kansas
Thursday, April 24, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
918 International Affairs Building

No Registration required.
Co-sponsored by Weatherhead East Asian Institute and APEC Study Center


"Culture and Everyday Life in North Korea"
Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History, Columbia University; Ruth Barraclough, Senior Lecturer, School of Culture, History & Language, Australian National University and Visiting Scholar, Columbia University; Cheehyung Harrison Kim, ACLS Faculty Fellow in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University (will be joining University of Missouri's history department in the fall as Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of History); Suzy Kim, Assistant Professor of Korean History, Rutgers University; Andre Schmid, Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto; Dafna Zur, Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
Friday, April 25, 2013
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

403 Kent Hall
No registration required.
Co-sponsored by Weatherhead East Asian Institute


Understanding How North Koreans Think: The "War to Liberate the Fatherland"
Part of the Raising the Bar, 50 Talks in One Night

Thedore Hughes, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities

and Director of The Center for Korean Research

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Flute Gramercy, 40 East 20th Street

Co-sponsored by Columbia University, Timeout New York, and New York University


External Event


“Media in Contemporary Korea”


Dal Yong Jin, Associate Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University
"The Rise of the New Korean Wave: Cultural Politics of Transnational Popular Culture"

Jiyeon Kang, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Korean Studies at the

University of Iowa
"New Democratic Sensibilities of Post-Authoritarian Youth: The 2008 “Mad Cow”

Candlelight Festivals in South Korea"

Olga Fedorenko, Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow, NYU East Asian Studies Department
"In Pursuit of Kind Advertising: Aspirations and Compromises of South Korean Advertising Practitioners"

JungBong Choi, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts
David J. Kim, Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU East Asian Studies Department
Sponsored by:
East Asian Studies Department
AAS Northeast Asia Council
Department of Media, Culture, and Communication


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

New York University
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor

This interdisciplinary workshop will provide a common intellectual forum for students and scholars of media in contemporary South Korea. 
It will be organized around the following questions: How have media institutions been implicated in political, social and cultural processes in contemporary South Korea? How do mass media influence democratic politics in contemporary South Korea? As new media emerge, what kind of opportunities do they open up and close off?


Call for Papers on "Korean Culture, New Media, Digital Humanities"

Thematic issue of The Journal of Korean Studies, Volume 20 No. 2 (Fall  2015)

The Journal of Korean Studies special issue 2015

Due July 31, 2014


What are the relations between print-based Korean cultural production  and new media? How did old media that were once considered new--radio,  film, and television, for example--interact with each other and with  older print-based forms in colonial and/or postcolonial Korea? In what  ways do contemporary new media shape current forms of experimental  and/or popular literary, filmic, and artistic practices in an  increasingly globalized context? How will research methodologies  associated with the digital humanities change the way we approach  scholarly work on Korea?

The 2015 thematic issue of The Journal of Korean Studies invites  papers that take an interdisciplinary approach in exploring the  significance of new media and digital humanities to studies of Korean literature, film, visual culture, and history. We welcome papers that  focus on the use of new media and technologies (for example, digital  reading, computer-generated imagery, installation or performance art that negotiates real and virtual worlds), as well as papers dealing  with any period (premodern/modern) that both comment upon use of  digital humanities-related research methods and employ them in the paper itself. We encourage manuscripts on Korean cultural production  that take into consideration in some way one or more of the following: the history of media in Korea; the relations among different media in  the twentieth century; interactions between  changing technologies and  questionings of the "human"; the digital turn that informs the  contemporary scene.

Those whose papers are selected for the special issue will be invited to present their work-in-progress for discussion at a workshop to be held at Columbia University in Fall 2014. The workshop will be co-sponsored by the Center for Korean Research, Columbia University; the Department of East Asian Studies, Smith College; and the Journal of Korean Studies. This special issue of The Journal of Korean Studies will be guest edited by Theodore Hughes and Jina Kim.

Articles appearing in the JKS are abstracted and indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Sociological Abstracts, Social Services Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, PAIS International, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, Bibliography of Asian Studies, Historical Abstracts, and America: History and Life.

JKS is a peer-reviewed journal and all papers will be vetted by two outside readers.

Please submit your manuscript by July 31, 2014 to Tracy Stober, JKS Managing Editor, at, Theodore Hughes at, and Jina Kim at

For detailed information on the submission process please visit The Journal of Korean Studies website: