[KS] Fulbright Forum - February 29th
executive.assistant at fulbright.or.kr
Mon Feb 4 21:05:44 EST 2008
7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 29, 2008
R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, February 27th
The Korean-American Educational Commission invites you to join us at the
next Fulbright Forum for a talk and Q&A session on "Dealing with
Treason: Retribution against Collaborators in Korea from a Comparative
Perspective, 1945-1951" with researcher Konrad M. Lawson.
The Fulbright Forum serves as a periodic gathering for Fulbright
grantees past and present and anyone who wants to attend. This month's
Forum will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 29th in the 6^th
floor conference room at the Fulbright Building in Mapo-gu, Seoul, with
a snack reception to follow in the 3^rd floor administrative offices.
Please reply to executive.assistant at fulbright.or.kr
<mailto:executive.assistant at fulbright.or.kr> by Wednesday, February 27th
in order to confirm your attendance, and feel free to share this
invitation with others. For a map and directions, see the KAEC website
at www.fulbright.or.kr <http://www.fulbright.or.kr/>.
In the aftermath of World War II, nations recently occupied by the Axis
powers all faced the challenges of postwar economic reconstruction and,
in many cases, the coming of new political orders. The widespread
popular demands for the punishment of traitors, those collaborators who
had worked with Japanese and German occupiers, were met by the early
postwar regimes with differing degrees of enthusiasm. This was no less
true in the rapidly decolonizing territories of Asia. The process of
dealing with treason was a form of political retribution that was
carried out in many different ways, including national level trials,
dismissals, blacklisting, suspension of civil rights, village tribunals,
individual acts of violence, and outbursts of mass slaughter.
Retribution against accused traitors was, from the beginning, a deeply
political affair, with the questions of who to punish and how to punish
often leading to awkward and divisive debates with high stakes for early
postwar leaders around the world. After giving an overview of how the
issue of collaboration with Japan during the colonial period was handled
in early post-World War II northern and southern Korea, this talk will
focus on putting political retribution into a comparative perspective by
comparing this process and the passionate debates about traitors in
Korea with those found in other postwar and postcolonial histories.
Konrad M. Lawson is a PhD Candidate in the History Department of Harvard
University. He is currently a Fulbright Junior Researcher conducting
research for his dissertation, "Treason and the Reconstruction of Nation
in East Asia, 1937-1951" which focuses on political retribution against
accused collaborators in China and Korea.
Konrad Mitchell Lawson
kmlawson at fas.harvard.edu <mailto:kmlawson at fas.harvard.edu>
Korean-American Educational Commission
168-15 Yomni-dong Mapo-gu
Republic of Korea
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