[KS] October Events at UC Berkeley Center for Korean Studies

Center for Korean Studies cks at berkeley.edu
Mon Oct 1 15:50:30 EDT 2012

The Center for Korean Studies

University of California, Berkeley


Cordially invites you to the following colloquia and Exhibit



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Fresh Insights into the Ancient Korean Past

Panel Discussion: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 5 | 4 p.m. |  <http://berkeleycityclubhotel.com/> Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue


Location: , Berkeley, CA 

Speakers: Mark Byington, Harvard University; Jonathan Best, Wesleyan University; Martin Bale, Harvard University; Jack Davey, UCLA

Moderator: Junko Habu, UC Berkeley


Through the artistry and material culture of early craftspeople in what is now Korea, archaeologists are gaining insights into the development of the region into a socio-politically complex society. New and ever more significant discoveries are rewriting history, and changing scholars’ understanding of relations within and across the civilizations of Northeast Asia.

This lecture is part of an Academy of Korea sponsored series "Continental Korea," placing Korea in historical East Asian context.

Martin T. Bale:
" Daggers, Greenstone, and Burnished Vessels: Political Economy in Mumun Period Korea "

An examination of material cultural elements of political economy can enable us to understand changes in the transformation of political and ritual landscapes in the southern Korean Peninsula and northern Kyushu in the transition from transegalitarian to incipiently socio-politically complex societies. The production and distribution of polished groundstone daggers and other prestige artefacts occurred as part of a nascent political economy in the Korean Mumun Period, c. 1500-300 BC, and in the Early Yayoi of Kyushu, c. 800/700-300 BC. I use several interconnected theoretical models to explore the interplay of exchange, culture change, and the materialisation of ideology in the construction of the meaning of groundstone daggers. The objects were a key part of mortuary culture for a millennium, and I argue that their meaning changed diachronically according to changes in local and regional social scales. In particular, competing elite actors altered their meaning in the name of the accumulation of social capital and used the production and distribution of the artefacts to build political power by attracting and maintaining supporters between 850 and 550 BC. 

Jack Davey:
“Mortuary Ritual and Political Identity in Iron Age Korea”

Was the Korean Iron Age, defined here as lasting roughly 600 years (300 BC to 300 AD), just a precursor to the Three Kingdoms Period? Dramatic social change—characterized by increased but inconsistent contact with China, the coalescing of villages and towns into regional centers, and the extension of elite authority through control of emerging iron and ceramic production systems—indicates tthat Iron Age polities should be seen as more than simple developmental or incipient versions of the Three Kingdoms states (Koguryo, Paekche, Silla, and a number of smaller iron producing centers collectively referred to as Kaya). Archaeologically, this change is reflected most clearly in the mortuary record of the southern portion of the peninsula. Beginning in the first century BC, early wood-coffin pit graves are gradually replaced by large cemeteries of densely clustered wood-chambered tombs containing an abundance of iron and ceramic objects. These grow in scale until by the fourth century massive elite tombs dominate hillsides while sprawling necropolises that contained hundreds of lavishly equipped and more modest graves become the central features of emerging urban centers.

This talk introduces this somewhat neglected period of Korean prehistory through examination of two recently excavated cemeteries in the region and then assesses current theories of social and political organization through a close analysis of Chinese and Chinese imitation bronze mirrors interred as grave goods. While these objects have been extensively documented and analyzed as to their provenance and decoration, here attention is paid more to the positioning and ritual significance of mirrors in Korean tombs. The diversity of ways mirrors are placed in graves indicates the variable strategies local elites used to establish and maintain power in a period of social upheaval.

Jonathan Best:
“Golden Finds from the Mirŭk-sa’s Reliquary Chamber and Their Revisionist Implications for Paekche History”

The Mirŭk-sa, the “Temple of Maitreya,” was a magnificent Buddhist monastic center of unique and complex design that was constructed at the command of King Mu (r. 600–641) of Paekche in the second quarter of the seventh century, a time of incessant warfare on the Korean peninsula. The continuing archaeological investigation of the temple’s site that was initiated in 1980 has yielded literally volumes of fresh data about the history of this major early Korean Buddhist site. Visually the most spectacular and arguably historically the most significant of the discoveries made at the site was the recent unearthing of the undisturbed reliquary chamber in the base of the temple’s western pagoda. This presentation will focus on the significance of the chamber’s golden contents in terms not only of art history, but also for the new light that they shed on Buddhism’s political role in Paekche and on the traditional account of the Mirŭk-sa’s founding preserved in the thirteenth-century Samguk yusa.

Mark Byington:
“The Lelang Census of 45 BC and Historical Geography in Northern Korea”

Research on the history of the Korean peninsula prior to the fourth century has long been hindered by uncertainty as to the geographical locations of the principal towns, tribal centers, and geographical features that are named in historical texts. An example of this concerns the Han Chinese commandery of Lelang, which existed in the northern part of the Korean peninsula from 108 BC until the fourth century. While there has been some debate regarding the locations and extents of the commandery and its districts, the lack of hard data has allowed for little more than speculation in such debates. More recently, however, archaeological advances have begun to produce evidence for Han and indigenous occupations for the centuries associated with the commandery, and one discovery in particular—wooden tablets containing a census for Lelang dating to 45 BC—permits scholars to move ahead more confidently in the use of historical geography as a means to draw the historical map for the period of peninsular history, and leads to the solution of some long-standing problems in the history of this time and place.


Event Contact:  <mailto:ieas at berkeley.edu> ieas at berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809




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Kizil to Koguryo: the Multi-cultural World of Han Architecture

Lecture: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 9 | 4 p.m. |  <http://www.berkeley.edu/map/3dmap/3dmap.shtml?athletic> Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor)


Speaker: Nancy S. Steinhardt, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

Moderator: Pat Berger, History of Art, UC Berkeley

Sponsors:  <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/> Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS),  <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/> Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Koguryŏ is a North Asian empire that at its zenith in the 5th and 6th centuries spanned North Korea and parts of South Korea and Liaoning and Jilin provinces. The Kizil and Kumtura caves in the Kuche region lie in north central Xinjiang. The empire and the site flourished alongside the powerful Northern Wei dynasty (386-534) and more than a dozen Chinese and non-Chinese dynasties, kingdoms, and states in the fifth and sixth centuries. This lecture begins with an examination of Koguryŏ tombs, mountain-castles, and monasteries. It continues to demonstrate that the while the Koguryŏ tomb is in many ways indistinguishable from those of Northern Wei and the Chinese Southern Dynasties, and its mountain-castles are uniquely Koguryŏ structures, Koguryŏ monasteries are unique on the Korean peninsula and by comparison to China’s earliest monasteries, but find compatibility in Japan’s earliest Buddhist monasteries. Last, the lecture turns to the use of the octagon in Koguryŏ ground plans and ceiling construction. The purpose of eight-sided building plans in East Asia is explored. The ceilings, shared in Kizil and Koguryŏ tombs, will be shown to have sources in Han rock-carved architecture, and to be related to Dome of Heaven-type ceilings across the Asian continent.

Introduced by Pat Berger, History of Art, UC Berkeley

This lecture is part of an Academy of Korea sponsored series "Continental Korea," placing Korea in historical East Asian context.


Event Contact:  <mailto:ieas at berkeley.edu> ieas at berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809




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U.S.-Korea Relations in the "Pacific Century"

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 12 | 4 p.m. |  <http://www.berkeley.edu/map/3dmap/3dmap.shtml?alumniHouse> Alumni House


Speaker: Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, Senior Associate, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

Sponsor:  <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/> Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


President Obama has declared U.S.-South Korean relations "stronger than ever," and opinion polls in both countries show broad public agreement that this is the case. This presentation will suggest factors that explain this much strengthened relationship, and discuss challenges both countries face in the region and beyond. 

As a Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea in the 1970s, a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul in the 1980s, and returning as U.S. Ambassador to Korea, Foreign Service officer Kathleen Stephens saw firsthand South Korea's extraordinary economic development, its tumultuous but successful democratization, and its rise to a position of substantial regional and global influence. Ambassador Stephens will describe South Korea's journey, and reflect on U.S.-Korean relations over the years. She will also discuss U.S. policy toward North Korea.


Event Contact:  <mailto:cks at berkeley.edu> cks at berkeley.edu, 510-642-5674

Document (PDF):  <http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/pdf.html?docURL=%2Fusers%2Fevents%2Fapache2%2Fhttp-events%2Fhtdocs%2Fdocuments%2Fuser_uploads%2FStephens_Bio_Apr_2012.pdf> Stephens Bio





A Contested Borderland: Korean Migrants, Confused Identities, and Passports in the Russian Far East, 1880-1910

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies | October 19 | 4 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor)


Speaker: Alyssa Park, University of Iowa

Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies (CKS)





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Korea in the Cross-Fire: The War Photographs of John Rich

Exhibit - Photography: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | September 19, 2012 – February 4, 2013 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor)


Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


The year 2013 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the armistice that ended what we now commonly call “the Korean War.” Seen as the first open conflict of the cold war, the Korean conflict pitted north against south as defined by the 38th parallel. Only a few short years after the end of world war, the Korean “proxy war” began. NATO forces, overwhelmingly American, engaged initially Korean, and ultimately Chinese, armies, in a conflict that raged northward and southward with a destructive power that ravaged the countryside and left enormous numbers of dead, destitute, and homeless. 


Yet the Korean War is often referred to in the US as a “forgotten war,” despite widespread coverage by the popular press. One of the photo-journalists documenting the war for American readership was John Rich, a veteran correspondent who had covered the Pacific War and Japanese occupation. Following the war in his images, through to the final days of armistice and withdrawal, Rich witnessed and captured with his lens both key moments of action by the highest officials and the daily life of the cities and countryside. Rich turned the unblinking eye of his camera on a people caught in the cross-fire of civil war.


This display comprises not the images he took for popular consumption but his personal photographs, revealing his vision of the conflict and destruction around him. The opening of this exhibit will be marked by a panel on the legacy of a divided Korea today, and will close in 2013 with a program exploring the regional and international origins of the Korean War.


Wednesday, September 19, 2:00 pm

IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton Street, Sixth Floor, Berkeley

Panel: "Scarred Heritage: Achieving Peace and Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula"


Thursday, January 31, 2013, 2:00 pm

IEAS Conference Room, 2223 Fulton Street, Sixth Floor, Berkeley

Panel: "The Origins of the Korean War in International Context"


IEAS and CKS gratefully acknowledge Seoul Selection <http://www.seoulselection.com/main.html>  for providing the pictures in this exhibit


Event Contact: ieas at berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809


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