[KS] CFP] Panel for 2018 AAS (Washington DC 22-25 March)

YOUNGHAN CHO yhydocsport at gmail.com
Sun Jul 16 00:06:36 EDT 2017

Dear Korean Studies scholars

Currently, we are seeking one or two presenters for the panel (you can find
the title and abstract below). If you are interested, please send your
proposal to me (choy at hufs.ac.kr) by 25th July.

Proposals should include a title of a paper, abstract of up to 250 words in
length, author’s bio (about 150 words)and personal information that
includes First & Last names, mailing address, email address, affiliation
and rank/academic title.

Thank you for the consideration, and let me know if you have any inquiries.



*Panel Theme: A Sporting Regime in Korea: From (Japanese) Colonization to
(American) Cold Warization*


Younghan Cho is Professor in Korean Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign
Studies, Seoul, Korea.

Seok Lee is Academic Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania.

This panel examines the specific contributions of sports in modern Korea
during its transformation from colonial to the Cold War systems. After
sports were introduced to Korea as modern inventions in its modernizing
processes, they were actively and widely practised not only as a tool of
governing and disciplining people but also as an arena of competition and
resistance. The aim of this panel is to explore both the continuity and
rupture of Korean society from the imperial/colonial to the Cold War
regimes through the lens of sports, which we refer to as a sporting regime
in Korea.

Here, a sporting regime is examined in both dimensions of governmentality
and structures of feeling that the colonial and Cold War systems strived to
build through sports. The ways in which a sporting regime was constructed
could be traced in the examination of sports institutions, organization,
events, key figures and their philosophy, as well as representation,
discourses, and reportages of sports. A sporting regime contributes to
propagating norms such as discipline, perseverance, obedience, and
sacrifice, as well as to providing rationales for unification through
power/violence, priority to national interests, and survival of the fittest
(Social Darwinism).

The consideration of a sporting regime in Korea provides some clues of
unveiling a structural homology of the imperial/colonial and Cold War
regimes not only in Korea but also in its neighbouring societies.
Furthermore, the task of theorizing a sporting regime helps us to highlight
the imperative and necessity of institutionalizing sports as a legitimate
field in Korean and East Asian studies.

Chair: Dr. Michael Robinson (Indiana University at Bloomington)

For the conference information, please refer to:


Professor in Korean Studies(Ph.D in Communication Studies)
Graduate School of International and Area Studies, Hankuk University of
Foreign Studies (Seoul, South Korea)
Homepage: https://hufs.academia.edu/YounghanCho
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