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Yun Posun Memorial Symposium 2022

Date: Wednesday 26 October 2022, 11am - 1pm
Venue: Online | Tickets: Free |

Yun Posun symposium 2022

The Yun Posun Memorial Symposium was established in March 2013 to foster new partnerships between the UK and Korea, promoting longer-term understanding and the growth of contemporary Korean studies and culture in Scotland.

The symposium is named after Yun Posun, who graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1930 and ultimately became the father of the modern democratic movement in Korea.

It is jointly organised by the Yun Posun Institute for Democracy and the University of Edinburgh.

This year, we’re delighted to announce that Dr Haekyung Um (University of Liverpool) and Professor Doobo Shim (Sungshin University) will deliver the keynote speeches on the topic Cultural impact and Hallyu (K-Culture).


Introductory remarks

  • Professor James Smith, Vice-Principal, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Yong-ho Kim, Director of YPS Democracy Foundation

Congratulatory remarks

  • His Excellency Mr Colin Crooks, the Ambassador of the UK to Korea
  • His Excellency Mr Yeocheol Yoon, the Ambassador of Korea to the UK

Keynote speeches

Moderated by Dr Holly Stephens (University of Edinburgh)

  • 1st session: Globalizing South Korean Creativity through the Korean Wave, Hallyu
    Dr Haekyung Um, University of Liverpool
  • 2nd session: The Rise of the Hallyu in the World
    Professor Doobo Shim, Sungshin University

YPS Young Scholar Award

  • Awardee: Sarah Hutton for her dissertation on ‘BTS and Orientalism’

Closing remarks

  • Dr Youngmi Kim, University of Edinburgh

Dr Haekyung Um is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music and the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool. Trained in Korean musicology and ethnomusicology and anthropology, she has undertaken research in South Korea, China, Russia, Central Asia, and the UK.

Prof Doobo Shim is a Professor of Media and Communication at Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. He does research on the media and communication from critical, cultural, and historical perspectives while his recent research has focused on the rise of Korean popular culture in Asia.

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