[KS] Alexandre Guillemoz
B.C.A.Walraven at hum.leidenuniv.nl
Mon Jul 26 09:41:14 EDT 2021
Anyone with an interest in the study of Korean shamanism and all his friends and acquaintances will be saddened by the news that on the 21st of July, at the age of 80, Alexandre Guillemoz has passed away. Alex started to study Korean shamanism at a time when the subject was not exactly popular and Korean researchers who did do some research on it were devoting their attention more to the songs the shamans sang than to the rituals. His research was characterised by intensive fieldwork and painstaking attention to the details of ethnography. Eventually, he became a professor at the prestigious Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Director of the French Korean Studies Centre, contributing much to the development of the field of Korean Studies in general. He also served in an exemplary way as President of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) of which he was an active member throughout his career. But he wil also be remembered for his exceptional personal qualities, his kindness, generosity, and enthusiasm.
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