[KS] GWIKS Signature Conference on "The Evolution of Rights in Korea" (April 20-21)

Celeste Arrington cla at gwu.edu
Tue Apr 17 13:38:02 EDT 2018

Dear Koreanists,

We cordially invite you to the GW Institute for Korean Studies Signature
Conference on April 20-21, 2018. The conference is titled "The Evolution of
Rights in Korea." The schedule is included below with an RSVP link for
anyone wishing to join us.


*Celeste Arrington*

Fellow, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University (2017-2018)

Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International
The George Washington University

clarrington at princeton.edu
cla at gwu.edu

clarrington at gmail.com

Author of *Accidental Activists

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GW Institute for Korean Studies 2018 Signature Conference:
The Evolution of Rights in Korea
*Friday, April 20, 2018 *
*8:30 am - 6:00 pm*

* 8:30 am: Breakfast *

*9:30 am: Panel I - Rights in Historical Perspective*

* 11:30 am: Lunch 1:30 pm: Panel II - Institutional Mechanisms for Rights
Claiming 4:00 pm: Panel III - Mobilizing Rights for the Marginalized *

* Saturday, April 21, 2018  8:30 am - 11:00 am 8:30 am: Breakfast 9:30 am:
Panel IV - Shaping Rights for New and Non-Citizens *

Lindner Family Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Room 602
Washington, DC 20052

Rights talk has become ubiquitous in contemporary Korea, and people are
increasingly asserting their rights via the courts and other channels. Yet
our understanding of how claimants define and articulate their rights and
act to remedy their grievances has yet to be comprehensively updated in the
field of Korean studies. The mechanisms and processes of claiming rights
are how rights become legible. Through comparisons across time and issue
area, this conference will examine the institutions and practices that
shape rights in Korea. In particular, the conference papers will trace the
social and political significance of rights in Korea, analyzing how
experiences of Japanese colonial occupation, war and national division,
authoritarian rule, democratization, and transitional justice imbued the
concept of rights with distinctive meanings. They will elucidate and
compare the rights narratives of minority groups, including women, persons
with disabilities, LGBT individuals, laborers, migrants, and North Korean
defectors. The conference aims to advance the study of rights discourses
and rights-claiming in Korea by bringing together scholars from political
science, law, sociology, history, and geography.
Conference Schedule

*Friday, April 20, 2018*

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Introductions

*9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Panel I: Rights in Historical Perspective*

   - *Legal Disputes and the Precursors of Rights (Kwŏlli) in Chosŏn Korea*
   Jisoo Kim, Associate Professor at The George Washington University
   - * Precarious Inheritance: Women and the Rights over Separate Property
   in Colonial Korea*
   Sungyun Lim, Assistant Professor at University of Colorado, Boulder
   - *A Tale of Two Commissions: The Evolution of Rights Claims in the Jeju
   Commission and the TCRK*
   Hun Joon Kim, Associate Professor at Korea University
   - *Discussant*: Li Chen (University of Toronto)

*11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch*

*1:30 PM- 3:30 PM Panel II: Institutional Mechanisms for Rights Claiming*

   - * The State, the Constitutional Court, and I: Fundamental Rights and
   Judicial Review in Korea *
   Hannes B. Mosler, Assistant Professor at Freie Universität Berlin
   - *Evolving Legal Opportunity Structures in South Korea*
   Celeste Arrington, Assistant Professor at The George Washington
   - * The Institutional Development and Sustainability of Public Interest
   Lawyering in Korea *
   Patricia Goedde, Associate Professor at Sungkyunkwan University
   - *Discussants*: Stephan Haggard (UCSD) and Eric Feldman (University of

*4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Panel III: Mobilizing Rights for the Marginalized*

   - * The Disability Rights Movement and Legal Practice in South Korea *
   JaeWon Kim, Professor of Law at Sungkyunkwan University
   - *Now or Later: On Shigisangjo and Premature Politics*
   Ju Hui Judy Han, Assistant Professor at UCLA
   - *The Movement for an Anti-Discrimination Act in Korea*
   Sung Soo Hong, Associate Professor at Sookmyung Women's University and Jihye
   Kim, Associate Professor at Gangneung-Wonju National University
   - * From “Humane Treatment” to “We Want to Work”: The Changing Notion of
   Labor Rights in South Korea *
   Yoonkyung Lee, Associate Professor at University of Toronto
   - *Discussants*: Eric Feldman (University of Pennsylvania) and Sida Liu
   (University of Toronto)

*Saturday, April 21, 2018*

* 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast *
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Panel IV: Shaping Rights for New and Non-Citizens

   - The Rights of Non-Citizenship: Migrant Rights and Hierarchies in South
   Korea Erin Chung, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University
* Human Rights or Citizen Rights? Explaining Global Policies toward North
   Korean Refugee Resettlement Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Assistant Professor
   at the University of Missouri *
   - *How North Koreans Understand the Rights and Responsibilities of
   Democratic Citizenship: Implications for Political Integration*
   Aram Hur, Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University
   - *Discussant*: Hae Yeon Choo (University of Toronto)

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