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Conference: The Korean Independence Movement and the United Kingdom

This year, as well as being the 140th anniversary of the establishment of UK-Korea diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversay of the Korean War armistice, also marks a lesser-known milestone: the 80th anniversary of the Cairo Declaration in which President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek proclaimed that their respective countries, “mindful of the enslavement of the people of Korea, are determined that in due course Korea shall become free and independent.”

Conference: The Korean Independence Movement and the United Kingdom

Date: Wednesday 20 September 2023, 10am - 5pm
Venue:
SOAS | 10 Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London WC1H 0XG | | [Map]

Tickets: Free | Registration required
Conference will be held in the Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), College Buildings
Korean military liaison team

To commemorate the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and the United Kingdom and the 80th anniversary of the Cairo Declaration, SOAS University of London and the National Memorial of the Korean Provisional Government are jointly holding this international academic conference.

Scholars from Korea and the UK will gather to engage in lively discussions on the “Korean Independence Movement and the UK,” so we ask for your attendance.

In particular, an exhibition is being held beside the event venue with the theme of “Fighting with the Allied Forces for Independence,” so we hope you will take an interest in this, too.

  • Language: Korean-English interpretation provided
Time Content
Opening Ceremony
10:00am-10:30am Opening Remarks – Anders Karlsson (Director, SOAS Centre of Korean Studies)

Congratulatory Speech – Kim Hee Gon (Director, National Memorial of the Korean Provisional Government)

Commemorative Photoshoot

International Academic Forum
10:30am-11:00am Korean Nationalists and the Special Operations Executive – Richard Duckett (Head of Politics, Leighton Park School)
11:00am-11:30am Finding the Significant Points of the Cairo Declaration of 1943 and the Responses of the Korean Independence Activists – Jong Mun Yoon (Research Fellow, The Academy of Korean Studies)
11:30am-1:10pm Break Time
1:10pm-1:40pm Guided Tour of the Exhibition – Seon Ah Kim (Curator, National Memorial of the Korean Provisional Government)
1:40pm-2:10pm The British Perspective on the Cairo Declaration and the Post-war Order – Byung Joon Jung, (Professor, Ewha Womans University)
2:10pm-2:40pm Researching the Korean Independence Movement at The National Archives, UK – William Butler (Head of Modern Collection, The National Archives)
2:40pm-2:50pm Coffee Break
2:50pm-3:20pm A.D.C Peterson and The Korean National Army Liaison Unit – Paul Wadey, (Public Relations, Korean Cultural Centre UK)
3:20pm-3:30pm Coffee Break
Concluding Panel Session
3:30pm-5:00pm Discussion

  • Anders Karlsson (Director, SOAS Centre of Korean Studies)
  • Holly Stephens (Lecturer, Edinburgh University)
  • Sangpil Jin (Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen)
  • Owen Miller (Professor, SOAS Centre of Korean Studies)
5:00pm Closing

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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