[KS] Korean Studies in Copenhagen

Andy Jackson gp200 at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 11 14:13:27 EDT 2014

Dear all, 

two Korean Studies seminars coming up in Copenhagen. All welcome. 

Best, Andrew David Jackson 

University of Copenhagen
Korean Studies Unit

Hallyu: 'K-Pop
and the foundations of Korean Wave'
Professor Keith Howard, SOAS University of London 
Abstract:The beginnings of Korean Wave are typically
linked to the arrival of the term, 'hallyu', and Korean cultural exports to
China and Taiwan. Although this relates to the Asian financial crisis of the
late 1990s, the ability of Korea's cultural producers to take advantage of the
opportunities that suddenly appeared was facilitated because of changes in
domestic consumption and production in the early 1990s. These had made Korea's
recorded music industry the second largest in Asia. Today, the Korean music
industry has shifted from a fan-oriented service business to business
servicing, and to a model in which music is made freely available to consumers
– as 'Gangnam Style' demonstrated. My presentation will look back to K-pop in
the early 1990s, and chart through two decades to Psy's 'Gangnam Style'.
Biography: Keith
Howard is Professor of Music at SOAS, University of London. Currently
researching Korean dance and North Korean music, he has written or edited 17
books, including Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage (2012), Singing
the Kyrgyz Manas (with Saparbek Kasmambetov, 2011), Korean Kayagum Sanjo (with Chaesuk Lee and Nicholas Casswell; 2008), Zimbabwean Mbira Music
on an International Stage (with Chartwell Dutiro; 2007), Creating Korean
Music (2006), Preserving Korean Music (2006), and Korean Pop
Music (2006). He founded and managed the SOASIS CD/DVD label and OpenAir
Radio, and is editorial chair of the SOAS Musicology Series (Ashgate). 
Dato:  Fredag d. 14.
marts 2014 (uge 11)
Tid: kl.  17.00-19.00
Københavns Universitet, Karen Blixens vej 4, 
Lokale: bygn24.4.01 (60 pladser)
Trade, Sex, and Diplomacy: boundaries and images of
Japan in Chosŏn Korea and boundaries and images of Korea in Tokugawa Japan 
Dr James B. Lewis, Oriental
Institute, Oxford University
Abstract: The purpose of the lecture is to raise questions about four boundaries
created before the nineteenth century but which still animate Korean-Japanese
relations today. The first boundary was created by war. The lecture opens with
a broad survey of Korean-Japanese relations from the time of the Waegu/Wakō
pirates through the Imjin Waeran or Bunroku-Keichō no eki of the 1590s. The
Imjin Waeran broke down Korean internal social hierarchies, confirmed a
civilised-vs-barbarian view of the world, and established a Korean mentality
that held clear images of we-Koreans and they-Japanese. Did it leave some kind
of proto-nationalism? The second boundary was created by sex. The lecture looks
at sexual incidents connected with the Waegwan (Japan House) in Pusan to
consider sexual and security boundaries between Koreans and Japanese and what
sorts of images that created. Were the strict punishments meted out to Korean
women indicative of concerns that went beyond state security and viewed
Japanese as morally dangerous? The third boundary was created from autarkic
self-images. Trade issues introduce economic boundaries: did the trade with
Japan threaten treasured notions of Korean economic autarky? The fourth
boundary came from culture. The Korean Communication Embassy to Japan is discussed
to consider cultural boundaries: did the Korean disdain for the Japanese as
uncultured and the Japanese disdain for the Koreans as cultured but effete have
repercussions in later periods?
Biography: James Lewis has studied in the United States, Korea, and Japan and
is currently the University Lecturer in Korean History, Oriental Studies,
University of Oxford. He specialises in Korean-Japanese relations and the
economic history of Chosŏn Korea. He is a member of the Council of the
Association for Korean Studies in Europe and is the President of the British
Association for Korean Studies.
Dato:  Fredag d. 21.
marts 2014 (uge 11)
Tid: kl.  17.00-19.00
Københavns Universitet, Karen Blixens vej 4, 
Lokale: bygn24.4.01 (60 pladser)
entry, all welcome. 
any questions contact Andrew Jackson: krm769 at hum.ku.dk
Organized by the Korean
Studies unit, Institut for Tværkulturelle og Regionale Studier,
Københavns Universitet, Karen Blixens vej 4, bygn. 10, Lokale 10-1-45
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