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SOAS workshop: mutual perceptions in travel literature

News of a free study day later in June, a follow-up to SOAS’s conference two years ago.

Modern Encounters and Transitional Images of ‘The Other’

photo12Mutual Perceptions of Chosŏn Korea and the West in Travel Literature (1700~1910)

A One-Day Workshop hosted by The Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS, in collaboration with the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, SOAS

Monday, 15 June 2009
Room B102 (Brunei Gallery Building)
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG


Enquiries and Registration: Rahima Begum ([email protected]) or Grace Koh ([email protected])

Workshop Programme

09.30 REGISTRATION (Tea / Coffee in B111)


Chosŏn Korea in 1700~1910 and Project Overview
Grace Koh (Workshop Organiser)

10.40-11.50 PANEL 1 Perceptions of the West in Chosŏn Travel Accounts: Chosŏn Encounters with the ‘West’ in Beijing

Presentation: Shin, Ik-Cheol (Associate Professor in Korean Literature, Academy of Korean Studies)
Discussants: Peter Kornicki (Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge) and Stefan Sperl (Senior Lecturer in Arabic, SOAS)

11.50-12.00 TEA / COFFEE BREAK

12.00-13.00 PANEL 2 Perceptions of Chosŏn Korea in Western Travel Accounts

Presentation: Jo, Yoong-Hee (Associate Professor in Korean Literature, Academy of Korean Studies)
Discussants: Wen-Chin Ouyang (Reader in Arabic Literature, SOAS) and Stephen Dodd (Senior Lecturer in Japanese Literature, SOAS)

13.00-14.20 LUNCH BREAK

14.20-15.30 PANEL 3: Transitional Images of the West in Chosŏn Literature

Presentation: Lee, Hyung-dae (Associate Professor in Korean Literature, Korea University)
Discussants: Michael Shin (Lecturer in Korean Studies, University of Cambridge) and Kai Easton (Lecturer in African Literature and Diaspora Studies, SOAS)

15.30-16.30 PANEL 4: Transitional Images of Chosŏn Korea: Accounts by Contiguity vs Firsthand Accounts

Presentation: Grace Koh (Lecturer in Korean Literature, SOAS)
Discussants: Angus Lockyer (Lecturer in the History of Japan, SOAS) and Francesca Orsini (Reader in the Literature of North India, SOAS)

16.30-16.45 TEA / COFFEE BREAK

16.45-17.30 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Negotiating Difference and Representing ‘The Other’: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Literary Perspectives

Convenor: Dr Ayman El-Desouky (Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature; Chair, Centre for Cultural, Literary and Post-Colonial Studies, SOAS)


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