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SOAS conference: The Real North Korea: in its Multiplicity of Origins, Dynamics, and Futures

Date: Saturday 11 February 2023, 9am - 5pm
SOAS | 10 Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London WC1H 0XG | | [Map]

Tickets: Free | Online option also available |
Event will be held in Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT) in Russell Square College Buildings and online via Zoom
Pyongyang accordion workshop

Speakers: Andrei Lankov, Park Hyung-jung, Tatiana Gabroussenko, Balazs Szalontai, Kevin Gray, Charlotte Webb, Camilo Aguirre, Peter Ward

This special one-day symposium on North Korea’s history, society and economy will be co-hosted by the SOAS Centre of Korean Studies and the AKS Korean Studies Laboratory: ‘The Real North Korea’. It will be an opportunity to hear and discuss cutting edge research in a number of areas, including media and labour history, North Korea’s international relations with the global south, and recent economic changes within the DPRK. The event is open to all, but registration is required.


Time Description
9:00am-9:30am Arrival, registration, tea and coffee
9:30am-9:40am Welcoming remarks
9:40am-12:40am First panel session
Tatiana Gabroussenko (Korea University) – North Korean culture of the 1980s: the delayed ‘thaw’Andrei Lankov / Peter Ward (Kookmin University) – The Political (dis-)Embeddedness and Autonomy of North Korean Markets and Firms

Charlotte Webb (SOAS) – Protecting the health of production: healthcare and the stratification of the North Korean industrial working class

12:40pm-1:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm-3:30pm Second panel session
Camilo Aguirre Torrini (University of Sussex) – “People’s Diplomacy”: Chile- (North)Korea Friendship Association and the Building of Bilateral Relations, 1958-1973Park Hyeong-jung (Korea Institute for National Unification) – The Political Economy of the “Military First Politics” under Kim Jong-il’s Reign, 1995-2011
3:30pm-3:50pm Tea and coffee
3:50pm-4:50pm Second panel session continued
Balazs Szalontai (Korea University) – North Korea Discovers the Maghreb: Propaganda Narratives in the Formative Phase of Pyongyang’s Northwest African Diplomacy
4:50pm-5:00pm Closing remarks and wrap up

(automatically generated) You can find a video of this event on the SOAS website, here.

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