[KS] Publication Announcement: Korea Journal, vol. 52, no. 1

Korea Journal kj at unesco.or.kr
Tue Apr 3 03:59:45 EDT 2012

Dear list members,
 We are pleased to announce the publication of the Spring 2012 issue of the Korea Journal (vol. 52, no. 1), which covers the special topic of “A Cultural History of Korean Toponyms.” Toponym is a term derived from two Greek words, topos and onmya (the Aeolic and Doric form of onoma)—meaning “place” and “name,” respectively—which is used in the study of place names. This special issue addresses Korean toponyms as both a cultural and a linguistic phenomenon. The first two articles in this issue study Korean toponyms from the perspective of linguistic history, while the third to fifth articles examine them, from geographers' perspectives, as a cultural phenomenon that reflects the settlement history and power relations of the settlers.
The first article by Kim Jeong-tae examines the characteristics of phoneme variation that have resulted in toponymic variation across space and time in Korea. Park Byeong-Cherl’s article traces the linguistic histories of toponymic back morphemes, the generic elements, through the study of toponyms related to gogae (pass). In contrast, Jung Chi-young’s article examines the specific elements of village names, the toponymic front morpheme, in order to explore the environmental perception among the villagers. The fourth article by Kim Sun-Bae examines the making of toponyms under the Confucian ideology in the Joseon dynasty and the subsequent contestation of Confucian toponyms with other types of toponyms. The fifth article by Je-Hun Ryu focuses on the patterns of naming in Bupyeong-gu of Incheon, viewing the toponymic changes as reflecting the long and contentious history of Japanese colonialism, the significance of reinstating Korean toponyms after liberation, and the contemporary politics of culture, identity, and belonging.
In addition, two interesting papers selected from submissions by a thorough peer review process are included in this issue. The paper by Koh Dong-Yeon critically examines the notion of national culture or national aesthetics by looking at the official policy toward manhwa in Korea, which exhibits ambivalence toward the influence of Japanese manga. And the paper by Tae Gyun Park examines the reorientation of South Korean science and technology from a system linked predominantly to Japan during the colonial period to one dominated by U.S. standards and priorities after liberation.
The contents of this issue are as follows:  

Special Topic: A Cultural History of Korean Toponyms

Je-Hun RYU / [On this topic] A Cultural History of Korean Toponyms
KIM Jeong-tae / On Toponymic Variations Engendered by Phonetic Variations
PARK Byeong-Cherl / The Development and Regional Distribution of Korean Toponymic Back Morphemes: With a Focus on Gogae-Related Toponyms
JUNG Chi-young / Korean Perceptions of the Environment as Viewed through Village Names
KIM Sun-Bae / The Confucian Transformation of Toponyms and the Coexistence of Contested Toponyms in Korea
Je-Hun RYU / Postcolonial Urbanization and the Changes of Vernacular Toponyms around Bupyeong-gu, Incheon: A Critical Perspective
KOH Dong-Yeon / (Un)making the “Korean” Astro Boy Atom: National Manhwa, Korean Pop Art, and Cultural Hybridity
Tae Gyun PARK / The Roles of the United States and Japan in the Development of South Korea’s Science and Technology during the Cold War
We would like to take this opportunity to remind list members that we always welcome submissions of articles and book reviews in the field of Korean Studies. For further information on submission guidelines, please refer to the journal's web page: http://www.ekoreajournal.net/submission/index.htm. 

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