SOAS has released details of their Q1 Friday evening seminars. Click on the lecture titles below to be taken to the detailed information on the SOAS website, where you will also find registration links for the talks, which will be held via Zoom.
SOAS CKS Seminar Programme
January – March 2021
- 29 January 2021, 5pm – 7pm
Propaganda and the Protectorate: Swedish Explorer Sven Hedin’s Visit to Korea in 1908
Dr Anders Karlsson (SOAS University of London)
This talk describes the visit Swedish explorer Sven Hedin (1865-1952) made to Korea in December 1908, and his audience with Emperor Sunjong of Korea, invited by Japan to improve the impression in the West of Japan and its activities in the region.
- 5 February 2021, 5pm – 7pm
Surviving Imperial Intrigues: Korea’s Struggle for Neutrality amid Empires, 1882-1907
Dr Sangpil Jin (University of Edinburgh)
What does the failed Korean neutralisation tell us about the history of international relations of East Asia?
- 12 February 2021, 5pm – 7pm
Where there is hair, there will be lice: Managing the Descendants of Ming Migrants in Late Chosŏn Korea
Dr Adam Bohnet (King’s University College at Western University Canada)
Dr Adam Bohnet will discuss the bureaucratic complications involved in trying to shape the descendants of Ming migrant to conform to the idealized Ming Loyalist type.
- 19 March 2021, 5pm – 7pm
Rescuing Art History from the Nation: Late Chosŏn Korea between Europe and Edo Japan
Prof J.P. Park (University of Oxford)
By introducing evidence that testifies to the late Chosŏn public’s active interest in Japanese art, this paper will point to the neglected exchange of art and ideas between early modern Korea and Japan, and expose how age-old academic conventions and nationalisms remain firmly fixed in the study of East Asian art history. J.P. Park is author of A New Middle Kingdom: Painting and Cultural Politics in Late Chosŏn Korea (1700–1850)
- 26 March 2021, 5pm – 7pm
Epistolary Revolution in Chosŏn Korea
Asst Prof Hwisang Cho (Emory University)
While discussing his book The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea (Washington 2020), Hwisang Cho will give a survey of the “epistolary revolution” that shaped Korean society from the sixteenth century to the present.