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2022 IKSU Annual International Conference

Register for UCLan’s early January conference by the end of this year.

Korean Politics and International Relations at Crossroads: Past, Present and the Future

Friday 7 January -Saturday 8 January 2022
University of Central Lancashire | Flyde Road | Preston PR1 2HE || Online via Teams
Register via EventBrite by 31 December
This conference is open to all.
Online link and on campus venue information will be sent on 5 January 2022 to the registered emails.

UCLan Preston Canvas

Join us on the 7th and 8th January for the 2022 IKSU Annual International Conference: ‘Korean Politics and International Relations at Crossroads: Past, Present and the Future’ at the University of Central Lancashire, UK

Day 1 will include 3 in-person sessions taking place between 9:30am – 12:00pm and 1:30pm – 5:00pm. Please register for a day 1 ticket to receive Meeting locations.

Due to location Limits, there are only 150 seats available for Day 1 attendees.

Day 2 will include 2 online only sessions taking place between 9:30am – 12:00pm. Please register for day 2 ticket to receive the Online Meeting Link.

Day 2 will take place on Microsoft Teams. As such, there is a limit of 150 viewers.

Day 1: 7th January 2022

9:30 – 10:00 Opening Session

  • Welcoming Remarks | Sojin Lim, Co-Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU)
  • Keynote Speech | Colin Crooks, outgoing UK Ambassador to North Korea, and Ambassador-designate to South Korea

10:10 – 12:00 Session 1: International Relations around Korea Peninsula

Chair: Brendan Howe (Ewha Womans University, South Korea)

  • The Limits of Institutionalism: Why the Korea-China-Japan Trilateral Summits Have Not Succeeded | Ed Griffith (University of Central Lancashire / UK)
  • National Identity and Its Impact on ROK-Japan Relations: The Role of the “Comfort Women” Issue | Sofia Ribeiro-Lemos (University of Minho, Portugal) & Rita Durao (NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • The Contribution of South Korea’s HADR to Middle Power Hierarchy Construction in the Asia-Pacific | Alexander Hynd (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Discussant: David Hundt (Deakin University, Australia)
Discussion with Q&A

13:30 – 15:00 Session 2: Democratisation of South Korea

Chair: Niki Alsford (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

  • Out of Proportion? The Election System and Representative Democracy in South Korea | Hannes Mosler (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • What Is the Meaning of South Korea’s Democratisation Experiences to Other Asian Countries? | Kyounghee Cho (Pusan National University, South Korea)

Discussant: Jamie Doucette (University of Manchester, UK)
Discussion with Q&A

15:10 – 17:00 Session 3: Exploring Diplomacy

Chair: Ed Griffith (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

  • What Role to Play? Assessing the ROK’s Future Nuclear Diplomacy | Virginie Grzelczyk (Aston University, UK)
  • Reframing the Role of Corporations in South Korea’s Foreign Relations: A Public Diplomacy Perspectives | Francesca Frassineti (Italian Institute for International Political Studies, Italy) & Yunhee Kim (Sookmyung Institute of Global Governance, South Korea)
  • China’s ‘Non-Policy’ towards South Korea in the Late Mao Era (1961-1976) | Yin Peng (University of Central Lancashire, UK)

Discussant: Colin Alexander (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
Discussion with Q&A

Day 2: 8 January 2022 – Online Attendance only

9:30 – 11:20 Session 4: Inter-Korea Affairs

Chair: Virginie Grzelczyk (Aston University, UK)

  • The Dog that Doesn’t Bark: Domestic Social Norms and Public Debate on Nuclear Weapons in South Korea | In Young Min (Heidelberg University, Germany)
  • Diplomatic Competition Between North and South Korea in the Southern Cone (1950 – 1975) | Camilo Aguirre (University of Sussex, UK)
  • Why Presenting a Foe as a Friend Can Make Sense: Explaining the Shifts in North Korea’s Construction of a South Korean Threat in State Media in the 21 Century | Benedikt Staar (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

Discussant: Sarah Son (University of Sheffield, UK)
Discussion with Q&A

11:30 – 11:50 Session 5: Towards Publication (Closed Session)

Discussion session for edited volume

11:50 – 12:00 Closing Session

Closing Remarks | Niki Alsford, Head of the Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP)

Enquiries: [email protected]


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