[KS] Workshop - Scientizing Korea: (Post)colonialism, Modernity, and the Cultures of "Enlightenment"

S. Kim shkim67 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 14:34:24 EDT 2009

For those who might be interested. If you require more information, please 
contact the USC Korean Studies Institute at ksi at usc.edu. 


Scientizing Korea: (Post)colonialism, Modernity and the Cultures of 'Enlightenment'

April 17, 2008 (9:30am-5:30pm)
SOS 250 (Social Science Building, 3520 Trousdale Pkwy)
University of Southern California

Scientizing Korea aims to explore the place of science and technology in the formation of (post)colonial modernity in Korea. In fin de siècle and early 20th century Korea, a series of scientific and technological innovations arrived as the “shock of the modern” in people’s everyday lives -- innovations often involving novel biomedical knowledge, pharmaceutical products, hygienic practices, and transportation and communication systems. Despite the crucial impact that these developments had on the shaping of modernity, the political, social, and cultural dimensions of these new advancements remain in most part unexplored and await critical scholarly assessments. Scientizing Korea serves as an opportunity to bring together scholars who have recently begun to investigate these understudied areas of research in modern Korea. The symposium in particular takes into consideration questions of colonial power and the contestations among scientifically-minded colonial officials, nationalists, social reformers, scholars, and collaborators in their definitions of the modern, as well as in their quest for “enlightenment.” The symposium further seeks to bring into light the affective grid, as well as disciplinary bodily regimen, of emergent scientific, medical, and technological systems in late Chosŏn and colonial Korea. In other words, Scientizing Korea does not simply explore the affinity between science and modernity at the institutional and policy levels. It seeks also to excavate an array of psychic (dis)orientations, disciplinary contours, and spatial rearrangements in everyday life that were tightly knitted with the shock of the modern. How this shock of the modern and the logic of enlightenment at the turn of the century and in the period of Japanese colonial rule unfolded and became redefined in postwar, post-colonial Korea is also an important issue with which the symposium will be engaged.


9:45AM                Introduction 
                           by Kyung Moon Hwang, Department of History, University of Southern California 

10:00-12:00PM     Panel I: Scientizing Modernity: Hygiene and Surveillance 

"Same Bed, Different Dreams: Engagements with ‘Hygienic Modernity’ in Colonial Korea”
                           Todd Henry, Department of History, Colorado State University

"Sanitizing Korea: The Anti-Cholera Activities of the Sanitary Police in Early Colonial Korea"
                           Yunjae Pak, Department of Medical History, Yonsei University, Korea 

Discussant: Kyung Moon Hwang, University of Southern California  
1:15-3:15PM        Panel II: Scientizing “Koreanness”: Knowledge, Space, and Temporality   

"Defining Locality in Transition: The Idea of "Koreanness" under the Spread of Scientific Universalism"
                          Soyoung Suh, Department of East Asian Languages & History of Science, Harvard University 

"'Embodying' Koreans: Genealogy of Futei Senjin in the Japanese Empire, 1910s-1920s"
                          Jinhee Lee, Department of History, Eastern Illinois University

Discussant: Jennifer Jung-Kim, University of California, Los Angeles

3:30-5:30PM        Panel III: Scientizing the Body: Gender and Disease 

"Care of Maternal Health and 'Women's Disease' in Colonial Korea” 
                          Sonja Kim, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley

"Corporeal Colonialism: Gynecology, Early Marriage, and Racial Disease in Colonial Korea, 1926-1932”
                          Jin-kyung Park, Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California

Discussant: Charlotte Furth, Department of History, University of Southern California
Contact information: 
Telephone   : 213-740-0005
Email          : ksi at usc.edu  
Website      : http://college.usc.edu/ksi/  

Sponsored by the USC Korean Studies Institute


Sang-Hyun Kim
Research Fellow, Program on Science, Technology & Society
Kennedy School of Government, Littauer 351 (Mail Box 17)
Harvard University 
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
E-mail: sang-hyun_kim at ksg.harvard.edu 

           shkim67 at gmail.com 
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