[KS] Korean Studies at Goethe University of Frankfurt (Visiting Talk by Prof. Marion Eggert)
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Thu Jun 8 12:11:46 EDT 2017
Dear Korean Studies list members
We have the pleasure of hosting the following visit talk at Goethe University of Frankfurt.
“Moral autonomy and dissent in literati self-narratives”
by Prof. Marion Eggert (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)
July 6 2017, Thursday, 4:15 – 5:45 pm
Juridicum717, Senckenberganlage 31, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Confucian tradition is often described as producing a "collectivist" mentality, as lacking the resources necessary for developing a sense of individual autonomy, and thus as averse to the voicing of dissent in defiance of authority and independent of bonds of loyalty. Based on non-fictional writings by Chosŏn literati of the 17th and 18th century who took part in some philosophical (or otherwise intellectual) controversy, Prof. Eggert will analyze the ways in which the fact of dissent and its social ramifications are verbalized, narrated and evaluated, with an emphasis on statements about the legitimacy of maintaining and defending personal convictions that run counter to group consensus. At the center of the analysis are major participants of two of the most important debates around 1700, the Horak debate and the controversy around Western Learning. Eggert will demonstrate that Chosŏn Neo-Confucian culture was allowed for strong statements of moral and intellectual autonomy in disregard of status, power, and prestige.
Professor Marion Eggert is Head of the Section of Korean Language and Culture at the Department of East Asian Studies of Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. Her research interest includes Korean History of Literature and Ideas and Modern Korean Literature and History. Her recent publications include Religious dynamics in the age of imperialism and colonialism : a sourcebook (2015, with S. Reichmuth and B. Bentlage) and Space and location in the circulation of knowledge (1400-1800): Korea and beyond (2014, with D. Würthner and F. Siegmund).
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