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Event Archive 2006

May 2006


"Imagining Korea, Imagining the World"
May 12-14, Leiden, Netherlands

May 12, Nonnensteeg 1-3, Room 329
Session I: Travels to Foreign Lands

9:15-9:30 am
Welcoming Remarks, Boudewijn Walraven (Leiden University)
Opening Address, JaHyun Kim Haboush (Columbia University)

Panel 1: Travels to the Continent (9:30-10:30 am)
Chair: Boudewijn Walraven (Leiden University)

"Korean Buddhist Journeys to Lands Real and Imagined"
Robert Buswell (UCLA)
Paper Discussant: Ken Robinson (ICU)

"Within or Without? Ambiguities of Borders and Koryŏ Koreans’ Travels during the Liao, Jin, Song and Yuan"
Remco Breuker (Leiden University)
Paper Discussant: Edward Shultz (University of Hawai’i)

"Korean Envoys’ Travels to China: Changing Perceptions of China from Ming to Qing "
Marion Eggert (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Paper Discussant: Emma Teng (MIT)

Discussion of Panel 1 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm)
Panel discussant: JaHyun Kim Haboush (Columbia University)

Panel 2: Crossing the Sea (2:00-2:30 pm)
Chair: Edward Shultz (University of Hawai’i)

"What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?: Official Travel in Korean-Japanese Relations, 1392-1600"
Kenneth Robinson (ICU)
Paper discussant: Michael Wood (University of Oregon)

"Some Remarks on Japanese-Korean Contacts in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century"
W.J. Boot (Leiden University)

Discussion of Panel 2 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Panel discussant: W.J. Boot (Leiden University)

Panel 3: New Worlds (4:00-4:30 pm)
Chair: Marion Eggert (Leiden University)

"The World in a Book: Yu Kilchun’s Sŏyu Kyŏnmun"
Koen De Ceuster (Leiden University)
Paper discussant: Boudewijn Walraven (Leiden University)

"A Korean Traveler in Socialist Utopia: Paek Nam-un’s Impressions of the Soviet Union"
Charles Armstrong (Columbia University)
Paper discussant: André Schmid (University of Toronto)

Discussion of Panel 3 (4:30-5:30 pm)
Panel discussant: Valérie Gelézeau (Marne-la-Vallée University, France)

May 13, Lipsius Building, Cleveringaplaats 1, Room 148

Session II: Foreigners’ Representations of Korea

Panel 4: Chinese Perceptions of Korea (9:15-9:45 am)
Chair: Robert Buswell
"A Song Chinese excursion into Korea: Xu Xing and the Gaoli tujing"
Edward Shultz (University of Hawai’i)
Paper discussant: Remco Breuker

"Other as Self: The "Civilized Barbarian" in Dong Yue’s Poetic Exposition on Korea"
Emma Teng (MIT)
Paper discussant: Ivo Smits

Discussion of Panel 4 (9:45-10:45 am)
Panel discussant: Marion Eggert (Leiden University)

Panel 5: Japanese and Western Perceptions of Korea (11:15-11:45 am)
Chair: JaHyun Kim Haboush (Columbia University)

"Innocents abroad: Japanese Castaways in Korea"
Stephen Kohl (University of Oregon)
Paper discussant: Ken Robinson

"Two Americans in Seoul: Travelers in an Oriental Colony, 1905-1910"
André Schmid (University of Toronto)
Paper discussant: Charles Armstrong (Columbia University)

Discussion of Panel 5 (11:45 am – 1:00 pm)
Panel discussant: Boudewijn Walraven (Leiden University)

Session III: Boundaries: the Exterior and the Interior

Panel 6 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Chair: Charles Armstrong (Columbia University)
"Inscribing Intermediate Seas: The Rewriting of Japanese Castaway Accounts to Korea in the Late Edo Period"
Michael Wood (University of Oregon)
Paper discussant: Koen De Ceuster (Leiden University)

"Window to Paektu Mountain"
Bo-kyung Yang (Sungshin University)
Paper discussant: Min Jung (Hanyang University)

"Tales of Unsolicited Travel: Narratives of Exile"
Boudewijn Walraven (Leiden University)
Paper discussant: Stephen Kohl (University of Oregon)

Discussion of Panel 6 (3:30-4:45 pm)
Panel discussant: André Schmid (Columbia University)

May 14, Lipsius Building, Cleveringaplaats 1, Room 148
Session IV: Interior Travel

Panel 7 (9:30-10:30 am)
Chair: Koen De Ceuster (Leiden University)
"Constructing Sectarian Pilgrimage Sites in Neo-Confucian Schools"
Min Jung (Hanyang University)
Paper discussant: Robert Buswell (UCLA)

"Navigating the Inner and Outer Landscapes: Nineteenth Century Travelogue by Kǔmwŏn"
Jungwon Kim (Harvard University)
Paper discussant: JaHyun Kim Haboush (Columbia University)

"Ideas about Natural Scenery in the Late Chosŏn Period: Paintings and Writings of Excursions to Beautiful Sites"
Kho Youenhee 
Paper discussant: Marion Eggert (Leiden University) 

Discussion of Panel 7 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm)
Panel discussant: Ivo Smits

Closing Session (3:30-5:00 pm)
Chair: JaHyun Kim Haboush (Columbia University)
Summing up/comprehensive discussion

April 2006


“The Korea-U.S. FTA: Neoliberalism, Culture, and Democracy in South Korea.”
Nae-hui Kang, Professor, Chungang University, Korea [Visiting Professor, Cornell University] 
Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 4:00p - 6:00p
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

This talk will focus on how the recently started attempt to negotiate for a Free Trade Agreement between South Korea and the United States will bear upon the way neoliberalism dominates in South Korea. Neoliberalism has been inflicting Korean society as a dominant strategy of capital accumulation for more than two decades, but the FTA is expected to intensify the country’s neoliberalization even further. Given that the trade agreement will certainly devastate the national economy and public culture, one wonders why the Korean government that claims to be democratic pursues it so stubbornly. Is it because there is a fundamental difference between political and real social democracy? To understand this question, this talk looks into the ways in which relationships among politics, the economy, and culture are reformulated in South Korea today.


"Korean Modernity and Mass Housing Production: Interpreting the Rise of Ap'at'ŭ since the 1950's"
Valerie Gelezeau, Marne-la-Vallée University, France, [Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, 2006] 
Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 4:00p - 6:00p
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

March 2006


A dialogue with the poet Kim Chi-ha
Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 5:30p - 8:30p
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University


Korean Influences in Japanese Culture Lecture Series
"Between Life and Death: Diaspora and Koreans in Japan"
Sonia Ryang, Associate Professor of Anthropology, John Hopkins University
Thursday, March 9, 2006, 6:00p - 7:30p 
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

February 2006


"Colonial Interiors on the Urban Periphery"
Janet Poole, New York University 
Monday, February 27, 6:00p - 7:30p
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University


Friday, February 10 to Saturday, February 11, 2006 
Columbia University in the City of New York

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"Korean Influences in Japanese Culture" Lecture Series

The Dual Career of 'Arirang': The Korean Resistance Anthem That Became a Japanese Pop Hit
Taylor Atkins, Associate Professor of History, Northern Illinois University 
Thursday, February 2, 2006, 6:00p - 7:30p 
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University