[KS] The next RAS-KB lectures

Brother Anthony ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr
Wed Feb 11 03:10:20 EST 2009


I am sorry to be late, but here are details of the next 3 Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch lectures. The lectures take place in the Residents' Lounge on the 2nd floor of Somerset Palace at 7:30pm on the dates indicated (usually the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month). All are welcome; non RAS-KB members are asked to pay a KWon 5000 contribution toward expenses. We are very much encouraged by the fact that so many people are coming to these lectures at present; over 100 attended the January lecture, a record for recent years, at least!
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Tuesday February 24
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History and Justice - Approaches to the Dokdo Island Issue
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Speaker: Professor Kim Yong-deok, President of the Northeast Asian History Foundation, Seoul, and former professor of Japanese history, Seoul National University.
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The lecture will explain the Korean position in the current dispute, not by making use of Korean sources, or mere rhetoric, but by refering to Japanese and other foreign sources and employing a logic based entirely on historical evidence and the rules of international law. 
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Tuesday March 10
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The Legitimacy of Force: An Chungg?n’s killing of It? Hirobumi
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Speaker: Franklin Rausch, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada/
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The lecture will examine the question of legitimacy surrounding An’s killing of It?, at the time of It?’s death and the present day.  Through such a study we can better understand how force was perceived and legitimized during both the days of high imperialism in the last years of the Chos?n dynasty and today, as well as the conflict and ambiguity that surrounds its exercise.  
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Tuesday March 24
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Sosaewon : a Scholar’s Garden
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Speaker: Werner Sasse, chair professor in Cultural Anthropology in the School of International Culture at Hanyang University
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The lecture will introduce this garden supported by slides. It will also introduce the social background and the frame of mind of the scholars who made it, who were trained to be Confucianists but developed the art of leisurely bohemian life immersed in the arts and literature.
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Details of the upcoming lecture-tours organized by the RAS-Kb are posted on the Society's home page  http://www.raskb.com/ and members receive regular news-letters with full information by email.
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Brother Anthony
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Sogang University, Seoul
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http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/anthony/
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