[KS] Korean Studies Colloquium at AKS

Younghee CHOI seolkoo at aks.ac.kr
Wed Oct 30 01:15:07 EST 2002

Korean Studies Colloquium at AKS


The Academy of Korean Studies is pleased to invite you to attend a Korean Studies Colloquium on Thursday, November 7, 2002, at 3:30 p.m. in the conference room of the administration building (2nd floor) at the Academy.


The Colloquium will be a presentation on the “Anthropology of History in Korea and Japan” by Prof. Itoh Abito and followed by comments from discussants.  We welcome all interested scholars, researchers, and graduate students in Korean studies to this presentation given in Korean followed by a reception.


Prof. Itoh Abito is a professor in Cultural Anthropology from Tokyo University, Japan and is currently a visiting scholar at Seoul National University. 


Abstract: History may simply be understood as an attempt to cope with the issues of the day on the basis of shared knowledge of past memory and experience. History, therefore, is constructed on the grounds of cultural consciousness and social context of each society, although, even within one society, this cultural consciousness and social context is not uniform but pluralistic. It can also be said that the emergence of modern nation-states and the world system comprised the background of the formation of history as a science. "Anthropology of history" is an attempt to recognize this plurality of history and its social and cultural background. The idiosyncratic socio-cultural construction of history in Korea has been represented by various historical views such as "submitting to a greater power (sadaesakwan)", nationalistic view (minzoksakwan), dynastic view (wangjosakwan), lineage approach (munbeolsakwan), people's view (minjungsakwan) and so forth.  History is idiosyncratic in Japan as well, but it has not been represented with such clear method.  Therefore, it may be useful to clarify some of the unique features of history in Japan and then compare the results with the Korean case.  Today's talk will examine and compare the ways by which history is constructed in Japan and Korea with the kinship system and the view of ancestry as its social context. 


We hope to utilize this and future lectures to expand scholarly dialogue in Korean Studies and welcome contact from individuals interested in presenting a paper or participating in these colloquia in the future.


Please RSVP for the reception by telephone (031-709-9843) or e-mail (seolkoo at aks.ac.kr). 

Gilsang Lee, Ph.D.

Director, Office of International Cooperation

The Academy of Korean Studies

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