Conference news: Social and Cultural Change in late pre-modern Korea

British Academy LogoA one-day conference at the British Academy organised in collaboration with the British Association for Korean Studies

Convenors: Professor Peter Kornicki, FBA – Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
Professor James H. Grayson – Professor of Modern Korean Studies, University of Sheffield

Friday 7 December 2007
9.30am – 5.00pm
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

£30 (£15 concessions, postgraduate students may attend free of charge)

Interest in Korea has been growing steadily in the UK over the last twenty years, partly because of the political tensions on the Korean peninsula but also because of the growing awareness that Korea has had a key role to play in East Asia, and as a result the British Association for Korean Studies is now a thriving organization.

Last year Professor Dr Martina Deuchler was elected to a corresponding fellowship in the British Academy, the first Koreanist to be so honoured, and the conference is designed to bring Korean studies within the Academy’s horizons. It will focus on Korea in the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) and the centerpiece will be a lecture by Professor Deuchler herself. Other papers will explore social and economic change in pre-modern Korea, disaster relief, education and print culture.

Detailed programme is below:

9.00 Coffee and registration
9.30 Welcome
9.35 Professor James Grayson, President of British Association for Korean Studies

Session 1
Chair: Professor Peter Kornicki – Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
9.40 Professor Martina Deuchler – Professor of Korean Emerita & Professorial Research Associate, SOAS
The social in society: some reflections on the meaning of descent groups in Korean history [abstract]

10:50 Tea/coffee

Session 2
Chair: Professor James Grayson, President of British Association for Korean Studies
11.15 Dr Anders Karlsson – Lecturer in Korean, SOAS
Royal benevolence and disaster relief in Chosŏn Korea
12.00 Professor Peter Kornicki – Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
Publishing and translation in the Chosŏn period [abstract]

12.45 Buffet Lunch

Session 3
Chair: Ms Grace Koh – Lecturer in Korean Literature, SOAS
1.45 Dr James B. Lewis – University Lecturer in Korean History, Oxford University
Economic changes in the late Choson period
2.30 Professor James Grayson – Professor of Modern Korean Studies and Director of Centre for Korean Studies, Sheffield University
Ch’udo yebae: a Protestant substitute for Confucian ancestral rituals [abstract]
3.15 Dr Owen Miller – Research Fellow, Centre for Korean Studies, SOAS
The crisis of Seoul’s traditional commercial system, 1876-1895 [abstract]

4.00 Tea/Coffee

Session 4
Chair: Dr John Swenson-Wright – Fuji Bank Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies, Cambridge University
4.15 Dr Koen De Ceuster – Docent, Leiden University
The Korean delegation at the 1907 Peace Conference in The Hague
5.00 Close of conference

Links:

My notes from the conference (with the usual caveats)

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