Language & Learning

The British Korean Society is hosting a talk by our ambassadors to the two Koreas in collaboration with SOAS: An update on the UK-Korea relationship H.E Mr Charles Hay MVO (British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea) HE Mr Alastair Morgan (British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) 11 May 2017, 6:45 – […]

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Update: upcoming Frontline Club discussion no longer about PGH’s impeachment

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2017
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Update: this event has now been changed to be a documentary screening and discussion about the South Korean TV show Now on my way to meet you. The below text is retained for archival purposes but is no longer relevant. Asia in Realignment: The Impeachment of Park Geun-hye Frontline Club | 13 Norfolk Place | […]

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Conference news: Presence Through Sound — Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2017
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Coming up at SOAS immediately after Easter, a two-day conference that includes a concert at Club Inégales, one of our favourite venues. Presence Through Sound: Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia 18 April 2017, 9:30am – 6pm, Room 116, SOAS College Buildings 18 April 2017, 7pm – 10pm, Club Inégales, 180 North […]

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Event news: Poetry reading by Don Mee Choi

by Philip Gowman 21 March 2017
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After this evening’s poetry reading in the Coronet Theatre’s wonderful Print Room in Notting Hill Gate, Don Mee Choi will be giving another reading at SOAS, tomorrow evening. She promises she will be wearing a special costume for the occasion, at which she will be reading from her 2016 work, Hardly War. Poetry reading by […]

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Event news: Support for North Korean Exiles – a talk in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2017
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EAHRNK will be hosting an event in New Malden on April 5th in conjunction with TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees). Come along to find out how you can get involved in North Korean human rights: Empowerment and Integration: Support for North Korean Exiles Wed 5 April 2017 | 19:00 – 21:00 New Malden Methodist Church […]

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Event news: Escapee Kim Young-il talks at King’s London

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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News of an upcoming talk by North Korean escapee Kim Young-il: My Escape from North Korea Hosted by King’s College Londond Amnesty International Society 24 March at 18:00–20:00 K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand campus, King’s College London Register via Eventbrite KCL Amnesty International will be hosting a panel discussion with Young-II Kim, a North Korean […]

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Conference news: North Korea – Beyond the Headlines, at LSE, 18 March

by Philip Gowman 2 March 2017
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Following the interesting conference in February focusing on the Republic of Korea, now comes a day concentrating on the North. The organisers have lined up a diverse range of speakers, and it should be a good day. North Korea: Beyond the Headlines Sat 18 March 2017, 9:00am – 6:00pm London School of Economics and Political […]

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Korean language classes in Raynes Park

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2017
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If you were unsuccessful in your application for the language classes at the KCC this year, don’t despair: there’s a similar set of classes down in Raynes Park, organised by another branch of the Korean embassy, the Korean Education Centre. More details here: lkl.ink/2kCa5CV Apply by 3 February for this term’s classes.

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Event news: LSE SU Korea Future Forum

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2017
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How refreshing to have a whole day conference on Korea without a mention of hallyu or the DPRK in the detailed programme (though security on the peninsula has a dedicated panel session in the afternoon). Buy tickets for the LSE Student Union’s Korea Future Forum via Eventbrite (top price £40 plus booking fee) LSE SU […]

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Scholarships for Undergraduates and Post-graduates Studying Korea

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2017
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An announcement on behalf of the British Korean Society, the British Korean Veterans Association and the British Association for Korean Studies: Scholarships for Undergraduates and Post-graduates Studying Korea The British Association for Korean Studies administers two sets of bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The deadline for both schemes this year is 3 April 2017. […]

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SOAS Seminars, Spring 2017

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2017
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A preliminary listing of seminars at SOAS this term. As more are announced this post will be updated. An up-to-date list can always be found on the SOAS Centre of Korean Studies web page. 19/1/17 Media and Creative Industries in Korea, UK and France: Transnational Approaches. 27/1/17 The First Hot War of the Cold War […]

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Event news: Practical Engagement with DPR Korea

by Philip Gowman 14 December 2016
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News of a one-day conference in Cambridge early in the New Year: Practical Engagement with DPR Korea: Progress and Prospects Pyongyang University of Science and Technology UK Scholarship Programme You are invited to a Symposium to be held at Cripps Court | Magdalene College | 1-3 Chesterton Road | Cambridge CB4 3AD Saturday 7th January […]

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Event news: an introduction to the UK Exceptional Talent visa

by Philip Gowman 26 November 2016
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The KCC is hosting a talk aimed at a Korean-speaking audience on the UK’s Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa on 29 November. Full details on the KCC website.

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Korean Horror Movies: A Different Perspective — at New Malden Library

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2016
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LKL friend and sometime contributor Colette Balmain will be presenting on the subject of K-horror next week. Ties in nicely with the female directors strand in the London Korean Film Festival. Korean Horror Movies: A Different Perspective New Malden Library, Kingston Road, New Malden, KT3 3LY 10th November 2016, 19:00 – 20:00 Free (Book in […]

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Seminar news: Ambassador Ra Jong-Yil on Jang Songtaek

by Philip Gowman 26 October 2016
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The London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science announces a keynote Guest Lecture. This is in addition to the Contemporary Korea Speaker Series that has already been announced. No registration is required. Son in Law of a Political Theocracy: The Rise and Fall of Jang Seongtaek Amb. Ra Jong-Yil Former Republic of Korea Ambassador to UK […]

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Event news: November talks hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea

by Philip Gowman 26 October 2016
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Please find below details of three APPG North Korea events for November. Unless otherwise stated, events are free, open to members of the public and are accessed via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance to the Houses of Parliament. North Korea’s Hidden Revolution November 2nd at 17:00 in Committee Room 20, the Houses of Parliament Jieun […]

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Event news: King’s College London Contemporary Korea Speaker Series

by Philip Gowman 10 October 2016
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The London Asia Pacific Centre will be hosting the Contemporary Korea Speaker Series in October-November 2016. Thanks to funding provided by The Academy of Korean Studies, the series will bring to London four top Korean professors to discuss contemporary Korean economics, politics and society. The talks are as follows: 13 October 2016 – Prof Kim […]

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