Spring 2018 season of lectures at SOAS

by Events Editor on 12 January, 2018

in Event Notices, Talks and seminars

Here are the seminars announced for the Autumn 2017 season at SOAS.

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19/01/18 Korean Wave Reception and Participatory Fan Culture in Latin America:
Prof. Wonjung Min
02/02/18 Korean Cinema Echoes: TBA
03/02/18 Colonialism and its Reverberations: ‘Comfort Women’ and Historical Revisionism in Korea and Japan
Professor Yonson Ahn (University of Frankfurt), Professor Chong Yeonghwan (Meiji Gakuin University), Professor Vladimir Tikhonov (University of Oslo)
09/02/18 Toward a Network Model of Korea’s Yangban Aristocracy: Vacancy Chains and Core/Periphery Structures
Dr. Javier Cha
23/02/18 TBA
Prof. Alexander Vovin
02/03/18 Korean Cinema Echoes: TBA
09/03/18 Peculiarities of Urbanization in Juche Country
Dr. Pavel Em

More details below:

Korean Wave Reception and Participatory Fan Culture in Latin America:

Prof. Wonjung Min
19 January 2018, 5:15 – 7:00 PM
Brunei Gallery Room: B111


Although discussing the Korean Wave (or Hallyu in Korean) in Latin America poses special challenges, the sheer scope of the topic makes it especially alluring. The key question is whether the popularity of Korean popular culture in Latin America represents a substantial transnational cross-cultural reception of Korean culture, or merely an ephemeral fan culture. We must consider the socioeconomic gap as well as the generational gap in order to understand the Korean Wave, and the reception of the Korean Wave, especially K-pop and participatory fan culture in Latin America continues to be somewhat sporadic, unstable, and entirely based on cultural interpretations by each individual fan. The focus of this talk is to provide some insight into the lack of equivalence in order to facilitate deeper intercultural understanding. This analysis will use the Korean and Latin American media reports on the concerts of K-pop idol groups from 2012 through 2014.

Speaker Biography

Min Wonjung is a professor in the Department of History and Executive Committee Member of the Asian Studies Center of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She holds a doctorate in Latin American literature and her research areas include intercultural communication between Korea and America, cultural hybridization in identity formation of Korea and Chile and popular culture. Among her numerous articles and books, the followings are notable: “Implicit Notions of Korean Identity: The Absence of Explicit Communication in Korean Hybrid Greetings” (Universum: Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales Vol. 31, N°2, 2016), “Post-unification Inter-Korean Intercultural Communication: Examining the Impact of History Education on New Identity Formation” (S/N Korean Humanities Volume 2 Issue 1, March 2016), “A Short History of the Ups and Downs of Korean Studies in Latin America: Newcomers Meeting the Challenges” (Journal of Contemporary Korean Studies Vol. 2 No. 1, 2015), “Cultural Expectations behind Korean and Chilean Social Greetings and Proxemics” (Language Facts and Perspectives No. 32) and “Korean Wave” (Estudios coreanos para hispanohablantes: un acercamiento crítico, comparativo e interdisciplinario(Wonjung Min, Ed.), pp. 63-79. Ediciones UC, 2015).

Peculiarities of Urbanization in Juche Country

Dr. Pavel Em
9 March 2018, 5:15 – 7:00 PM
Brunei Gallery Room B111


More than 60 years have passed since the conclusion of the Korean War, during which the ethnically homogenous nation as a whole was forcibly divided into two. Today, the Republic of Korea, located on the southern part of the peninsula, is a highly developed country with a market economy. whereas the northern part, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is one of the poorest countries in the world. At the same time according to the statistics, the urban population in the DPRK in 2008 had reached 60.9% of the total. After traveling through the cities and towns of the country in May 2016, the Presenter examined Urbanization in Juche Country and conducted an analysis of its peculiarities. The results of this research are going to be presented during the Seminar.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Pavel Em is a Research Fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (École des hautes études en sciences sociales), in Paris. He holds a DSc in Social and Economic Geography from Lomonsov Moscow State University and has published and presented extensively in both English and Russian on urbanisation on the Korean Peninsula.


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