[KS] e-journal Korean Histories

Walraven, B.C.A. B.C.A.Walraven at hum.leidenuniv.nl
Tue Mar 10 17:19:03 EDT 2009



Thanks to a generous grant from the Academy of Korean Studies to Leiden
University, the new on-line peer-reviewed journal Korean Histories will
be launched on October 1, 2009. Korean Histories focuses on
historiography as a social process in Korea and is devoted to research
that heavily relies on other sources than the conventional written
historical sources and highlights the role these unconventional sources
play in the formation of the views of history of groups, communities and
both non-professional and professional historians. 


History is alive on the Korean peninsula. Contentious historical issues
mobilize crowds, infuse political debates and rally netizens in fierce
internet discussions. In popular media representations of history are a
recurrent feature. In a society with a tradition of tracing legitimacy
in historical precedent, social players always have felt a need to
engage history for the sake of their cause. From professional historians
to journalists, from novelists to activists, from politicians to
religious leaders, from students to artists, all are (re-)producers of
historiographies of Korea. 

Methodologically sound and empirically solid histories produced by
professional historians based on "authoritative" sources coexist in such
a landscape with more informal, intuitive, often fluid and highly
contextual understandings of history, creating alternative Korean


Korean Histories will publish articles that engage these fields of
historiographical production, where different players interact and
influence each other, creating a web of variations and diversions from
"standard/authoritative" national history. 


The editors of Korean Histories invite submissions based on original
research responding to the theme of historiography as social practice in
Korea in the broadest sense possible, regardless of period, subject or
angle. We welcome interdisciplinary or comparative submissions, and
particularly submissions that rely on unconventional sources (such as
music, art, religious concepts, movies, the internet, blogs,
advertisements or literary texts), which -copyright laws permitting- may
be published alongside the article in digital format. 



Boudewijn Walraven, editor in chief

Kwon Hee-Young, editor in chief


Koen De Ceuster, managing editor

Remco Breuker, managing editor


Please send your inquiries on how to contribute to
k.de.ceuster at hum.leidenuniv.nl or r.e.breuker at hum.leidenuniv.nl 

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