[KS] CFP: JKS Special Issue "Between the Sacred and the Secular: Christianity as Lived Experience in Modern Korea"

Lawrence Driscoll lawdri at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 17 15:56:48 EST 2018

Dear Doctor Kim,

Please be aware that the title of the JKS special issue is in error. The proper title should be: “....: Protestant Christianity as Lived Experience in Modern Korea”.
To name it otherwise would be to dishonor those Catholic Christian missionary martyrs who gave their lives to plant Christianity in Korea, as far back as the eighteenth century.
That being said it is unfortunate that the earliest Catholic Christian missionaries relinquished their identification as “Christians” when they chose the transliterated  name Chonjugyo
(C. Tianjujiao) to convey their religious identity, within East Asian Cultures...., that is, with the exception of Japan.

Unfortunately the confusion is widespread, as exemplified in the constitution of the People’s Republic of China. Therein we will find that the only religions which are officially recognized by that state are five in number, including, separately, “Christianity “ and “Catholicism”.


Lawrence Driscoll, retired
Seton Hall University
South Orange, New Jersey

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On Jan 16, 2018, at 11:55 AM, Jooyeon Kim <jk2857 at columbia.edu<mailto:jk2857 at columbia.edu>> wrote:



“Between the Sacred and the Secular:
Christianity as Lived Experience in Modern Korea”

For a special issue of the Journal of Korean Studies

A One-day Workshop at Columbia University, November 6, 2018

We invite proposals for a workshop on the theme, “Between the Sacred and the Secular: Christianity as Lived Experience in Modern Korea.”

Modern Korea has been characterized as a "secular" country, but since its introduction to Korea in the late nineteenth century Protestant Christianity (hereafter Christianity) has long been a critical force in shaping virtually every aspect of modern Korean life. Christianity in Korea has been intertwined with shifting political conditions, such as Western imperialism, Japanese colonialism, modern nation-state building, democracy movements and neoliberalism. It has also had a significant impact upon class formation, gender relations and everyday life practices. Furthermore, South Korea has become a prominent player in global Christianity, a leader in sending missionaries overseas. How should we understand the ubiquitous presence of Christianity in “secular” modern Korea? Recent scholarship suggests that the boundary between the sacred/religious and the secular/material has never been clear-cut; rather, it has been and remains fluid and constitutive.
We invite proposals that shed new light on the dynamic, sometimes conflicting and sometimes synergistic relationships that exist between the sacred and the secular in Korea. We are particularly interested in analyses that tease out the subtle but pervasive influence of Christianity within the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and affective domains. Taking Korea as a case study, we aim to offer significant insights into the intersection of the religious with the secular, material and social.
The workshop is being organized by the Center for Korean Research (CKR) of Columbia University with generous support from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2016-OLU-2250006). The cost of accommodation, meals, and transportation will be covered for workshop participants, contingent upon budget availability. Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief biographical sketch that includes a list of representative publications by March 31, 2018 to the workshop organizer, Hyaeweol Choi (hyaeweol.choi at anu.edu.au<mailto:hyaeweol.choi at anu.edu.au>).

Jooyeon Kim
Managing Editor
The Journal of Korean Studies<https://www.facebook.com/thejournalofkoreanstudies/>
Weatherhead East Asian Institute<http://weai.columbia.edu/>
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, Office 907
New York, New York 10027

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