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Crime and Punishment in Chosŏn Korea

Three years ago SOAS held a conference entitled Historians, clerks and accountants: Methodological issues in the use of sources on Chosŏn History. One of the more interesting elements of that day was a consideration of court records of criminal trials and a discussion of Joseon dynasty autopsy techniques. The speaker, Kim Ho, returns this Friday in a study day which looks at Joseon dynasty criminality in greater detail.

Crime and Punishment in Chosŏn Korea

27 September 2013, 10:00 AM – : 5:30 PM
Venue: Russell Square, College Buildings Room 116

Time/Date Description
10.00-10.15 Coffee and Gathering
10.15 Welcome Remarks
10.30-12.00 Session 1

  • Anders Karlsson, Introduction: Studying the Legal History of Chosŏn Korea
  • Kim Ho, The Justice of Punishment: Tasan Chŏng Yagyong’s Criticism of Ming and Qing Period Judicial Precedents
  • Han Sanggwon, The Character and Operation of ‘Public Crime’ (kongjoe公罪) in the Chosŏn Period (In Korean, an English-language abstract will be provided)
12.00-13.30 Lunch Break
13.30-15.00 Session 2

  • Sim Jaewoo, Neung’ji Cheo’cham (凌遲處斬): The Most Extreme Death Penalty in Chosŏn Korea
  • Kim Jisoo, A Double-Edged Sword: Judicial Torture as a Tool of Both Punishment and Oppression in Late Chosŏn Korea
  • Pierre-Emmanuel Roux, Beyond Hagiography: The Punishment of Catholics in Nineteenth Century Chosŏn Korea
15.00-15.30 Coffee
15.30-16.30 Session 3

  • Anders Karlsson, Virtuous or Vile? Ideology and Gender in Chosŏn-Period Punishment
  • Andrew Jackson, ‘The Barbarians are Close!’ The 1728 Musin Rebellion and the Post-Rebellion Legal Morass
16.30-17.30 Concluding Discussions


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