[KS] Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch October program

Brother Anthony ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr
Mon Oct 5 03:01:54 EDT 2009

The October program of the Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch is as follows. All are welcome to attend the lectures, a 5000 Won donation is requested from non-members. 

Brother Anthony
Sogang University, Seoul

Lectures are held in the Residents’ Lounge of Somerset Palace, near Anguk Rotary
For fuller information, please refer to http://www.raskb.com/


Tuesday, October 13, 7:30pm. Dr.Andrei Lankov: "North Korean Futures: how North Korea will look by 2025?"
The future is unpredictable. Nonetheless, this does not stop people from making more or less educated guesses about the shape of the future.  This time, Dr. Andrei Lankov will share with RAS members his ideas about the likely scenarios of North Korean development in the next 10-20 years.  While necessarily speculative, these scenarios are based on the experience of the post-socialist transition in other countries as well as current trends within North Korean society. Dr.Lankov will talk about (im)probability of the Chinese-style reforms, likelihood of the dreaded ‘unification by absorption’, position of the great powers and other related things. 

Tuesday, October 27, 7:30pm. Prof. David A. Mason: “The Sacred Sites of Korea: Criteria, Listings and Tourism”
Korea has hundreds of historic sacred sites worth visiting and investigating, but only a few of them are well known to the international community.  The landscape here features holy mountains, Buddhist temples, Confucian and Shamanic shrines, Christian martyrdom sites and more.  So far there has been very little systematic consideration of them, a lack of establishing criteria for designating sites of various scales as sacred as well as regimens for categorizing them in ways that will be useful for governmental and private offices engaged in tourism development and promotion. The speaker will discuss criteria for determining which of Korea's sites are most sacred and useful categories to think about them within.


Saturday - Sunday, October 10-11, 2009: Chungmu (Tongyong), Hallyo Sudo (Waterway) and Gojedo Tour: A Journey into Korea's Scenic South
Saturday-Sunday, October 17-18, 2009 : Yeosu & Suncheon Bay Tour 
Sunday, October 18, 2009 : Walking Lecture Tour Of Chosun Dynasty Seoul led by Peter Bartholomew
Saturday, October 24, 2009 : GanghwaDo Tour
Sunday, October 25, 2009 : Hansol Paper Museum & Geumsan-Sa Tour
Saturday-Sunday, October 31-November 1, 2009 : Jiri-San And Namwon Tour: A Journey into Korea's Scenic South Chollado 

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