[KS] Online seminar on Han and minjung theology

Nicola Fraschini nicola.fraschini at uwa.edu.au
Tue Oct 6 03:33:01 EDT 2020

Korea Research Centre of WA & Discipline of Asian Studies

Online Seminar Event, October 9

Between theodicy and ressentiment: "Han" in minjung theology

(Dr Sam Han)

You are invited to join online October 9 (Friday) Asian Studies & Korea Research Centre Seminar, at which Dr Sam Han will be presenting his work on Between theodicy and ressentiment: "Han" in minjung theology. Abstract and Zoom link below and attached.

Following calls in recent critical debates in English-language Korean studies to reevaluate the cultural concept of han (often translated as "resentment"), this presentation argues for its reconsideration from the vantage point of minjung theology, a theological perspective that emerged in South Korea in the 1970s, which has been dubbed the Korean-version of "liberation theology." Like its Latin American counterpart, minjung theology understood itself in explicitly political terms, seeking to reinvigorate debates around the question of theodicy-the problem of suffering vis-à-vis the existence of a divine being or order. In connecting the concept of han to theodicy, minjung theology, this presentation argues, offers an opening towards a redirection from han's dominant understanding within academic discourse and public culture as a special and unique racial essence of Korean people. Moreover, by putting minjung theology in conversation with contemporary political theory, in particular the work of Wendy Brown and Lauren Berlant, this presentation hopes to bring minjung theology to the attention of critical theory.

Dr Sam Han is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, UWA.

The seminar will be held on Friday 9 October, 11am-12:00pm (Australian Western Standard Time),
To join click https://uwa.zoom.us/j/85214715324?pwd=TjJ2WnpFbUNyTW5qT3lmMWY3bXpxQT09
Password: 599753

For inquires:

Dr Nicola Fraschini
Korean Studies major coordinator
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