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NEKST 2015 Program

Third International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (NEKST)

May 8-9, 2015  |  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room  |  530 South State Street
Friday, May 8

09:00 – 09:10 Opening Remarks

09:10 – 11:00 Panel 1: Politics and Ideology in a Divided Korea

Young Oh Jung (History, University of Toronto)The Normalization of Universal Male Conscription in South Korean Society and the State Regulation of Draft Evasion and Conscientious Objection: 1950-1993

Ki-Hyon Ryu (History, Seoul National University)The Organization and Activities of the Korea-Soviet Cultural: 1945~1950

Dong-Hyon Woo (History, Seoul National University)The Soviet Korean in the Early History of North Korea, 1945-1948: Historiography and Sources

Discussant:  Michael Robinson (Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University)

11:15 – 13:00 Panel 2:  The Mundane and the Spectacular: Visual and Literary Representations

Jaeeun Park (Sociology, Université Lyon 2)Sociological Portraits of the Middle Classes of Seoul in Wan-suh Park’s Novels

Sophie Bowman (Korean Literature, Ewha Womans University)Castle or Chicken Coup? Apartments as Experienced by Housewives in Korean Fiction

Saena Ryu Dozier (Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota), Spectacle as a Poetic Cinematic Language in Blockbuster Sagŭk

Boyoung Chang (Art History, Rutgers University)Constructing a new national identity: Contemporary Korean photography since the late 1980s

Discussant:  Youngju Ryu (Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan)

14:30 – 16:15 Panel 3:  Gender and Class in War-time Korea

Yuri Doolan (History, Northwestern University)Before Yoon Geum Yi: A History of Camptown Women’s Social Movements, 1945-1992

Sunho Ko (East Asian Studies, University of Toronto)Will to Relief: Slash-and-burn Farmers and Colonial Elites in Wartime Colonial Korea, 1937-1945

Yunji Park (East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California),Avant-garde Après Girl and the Aspiration for a New World in 1950s South Korea

Kyong-Hui Han (Korean Literature, Seoul National University)A Study on the Representations of War in O Chǒng-hŭi’s Novels

Discussant:  Christopher Hill (Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan)

16:30 – 18:30 Keynote Address

Michael Robinson, Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Korean Studies, Area Studies, and the New Academy

Saturday, May 9

08:50 – 10:50 Panel 4:  Border-crossings and the Korean Diaspora

Stephen Cho Suh (Sociology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities), Nostalgic for the Unfamiliar: Korean Americans in South Korea

Miya Qiong Xie (Comparative Literature, Harvard University)Translation in Transculturation: Translations of Kim Tong-in's "The Red Mountain" and the Position of Korean People in Manchukuo

Naeyun Lee (Sociology, University of Chicago)From Mono to Dual Nationality: Reshaping the Legal Boundaries of Citizenship in Korea and Japan

Zhang Muyun (History, Tsinghua University)1945-1949: the Living Status of Korean Diaspora in Northeast China

Discussants:  Jaeeun Kim (Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Michigan); andYoung Chae Seo (Professor, College of Humanities, Seoul National University)

11:00 – 12:30 Roundtable:  Studying “Chosǒn” as “NextGen” Humanities Scholars: The Terms of Inquiries 

Participants: Hae-Im Lee; Kyong-Hwa Lee; Song-hwa Chae; Eun-ji Lee

Chair: Ki-in Chong