[KS] Upcoming webinar (18/03): Prof. Eun-jeung Lee (Freie Universität Berlin): Policy Transfer as Transcoding

Ryan Gustafsson ryan.s.gustafsson at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 21:20:02 EST 2021

Dear all,

You are warmly invited to an upcoming webinar hosted by the Korean Studies
Research Hub
at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne:

*Policy Transfer as Transcoding: The Context of German-Korean Research on
Transformation *

Prof. Eun-jeung Lee (Freie Universität Berlin)

Thursday, 18 March

6-7PM AEDT / 4-5PM KST

Online via Zoom.

Register here

Under what conditions is a successful intercultural policy transfer
possible? Is there a “golden rule” for policy transfer? If yes, what would
this rule be?

Intercultural policy transfers have occurred quite often in human history.
In some cases at least, they have been successful. For a long time, such
processes have been characterized as processes of “learning,”
“implementation,” or “lessons.” In investigating the unification and
transformation of Germany and Eastern Europe, the terms used most often in
Korea have been the ones of “lessons” and “learning.” However, it is said
that since Germany and Europe have different cultures and institutions,
Korea cannot simply adopt German unification policies. Such skepticism is
warranted when framing the debate in terms of “transfers,” “lessons” and

In contrast, the concept of “transcoding,” which consists in an active
process of interpreting and transforming other cultures within their
specific historical contexts, is less subject to such criticism. It is
useful not only in the context of German-Korean unification knowledge
transfer, but also to explain all kinds of intercultural transfer
processes. "Transcoding" is not an established term within the humanities
and social sciences. But we prefer the concept of "transcoding" over the
more common term "translation," as it expresses more clearly the
methodological issues involved.


Prof. Eun-Jeung Lee is the Director of Institute of Korean Studies, and
Director of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at the Freie
Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on the intercultural history of
political ideas and political culture. She is a Member of Academy of Art
and Science Berlin-Brandenburg (former Royal Prussian Academy) as well as
Academia Europea. Lee is a Member of German-Korean Advisory Council for
Unification. She has served also as a Member of German-Korean Advisory
Council for Foreign and Unification Policy (2014-2017). She was a Fellow of
the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Institute for Political
Science, University Halle (1994-1995); Fellow of State Sachsen-Anhalt
Germany (1997-1999); and Fellow of Japan Foundation at the Aoyama Gakuin
University Tokyo (2001-2002). In 2019, the South Korean Government bestowed
Prof. Lee with the Order of Civil Merit (Moran Medal) for her Work in the
Field of Peace and Unification.

*Bookings are required for this webinar. Please register here
You will receive a Zoom link following registration.

*Upcoming KSRH
Korean Studies events:*

   - 15/04: Prof. Vladimir Tikhonov (Oslo University): 'Korea in the World:
   International Solidarity and Korean Modernity.'
   - 12/05: Prof. Sung Kyung Kim (Kyungnam University): 'North Korean Women
   and their Meaning of Family in the Sino-North Korea Borderland.'
   - 03/06: Korean Studies Graduate Workshop: *Routes, Roots, Place:
   Approaches to the Study of Korean Diasporas* [still taking applications!]


Dr. Ryan Gustafsson

gus at unimelb.edu.au
Dr. Ryan S. Gustafsson
Asia Institute
University of Melbourne
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