Forthcoming Events

2017 Events

Korean Film Showing

Short introductory talk “Train to Busan and the Korean War” by Andrew Jackson (Monash University)

Followed by a screening of Train To Busan

 Date: 4th September 2017
Time: 18:00pm- 20:30pm
LOCATION: Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium (Building 54, next to bus loop)
Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria 3168.


“Hardworking Women: Embodying the Nation in a Jeju Dive Fishery”

Josephine Wright
(Independent Scholar)

Josephine Wright undertook twelve months’ ethnographic Fieldwork with Jeju people in South Korea in 2000 and 2001. She acknowledges the generosity and support of the Department of Anthropology in the College of Asia and the Pacific (then RSPAS) at the  ANU, Australian Postgraduate Award, Korea Foundation, NIIED, and Pusan, Cheju and Monash Universities. 

A talk with maps and images. This informal talk shows how gender roles have changed with the introduction of mass media, with this exposure to national representations of gender intensifying a local self-consciousness that Jeju men and women played different roles to mainland people. While young Jeju people in the year 2000 identified with mainland South Korean gendered identities, they also proudly reproduced Jeju nationalist narratives about the singularity of Jeju women’s physical and emotional strength, their loud voices, diving and farming skills and muscular builds, and the kindness and gentle faces of their scholarly, sedentary Jeju men. These nostalgic representations of a differently gendered Jeju past were both intensely felt by locals and reproduced for tourism and South Korean television shows like “Our Hometown”, important media for a nationalism wherein Jeju people continue to occupy a place as an Other within- both included in and excluded from the national imaginary. 

Date: Friday 15th september 2017
Time: 16:00-17:30pm

Location: E561 (fifth floor, East Wing, room 561), Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria 3800 (close to bus loop).


 “20 Year’s Evolution of North Korean Migration”

Dr Jiyoung (Jay) Song
(Asia Institute, University of Melbourne)

Date: Thursday 5th October 2017
Time: 18:00-19:30pm
Location: E561 (fifth floor, East Wing, room 561), Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria  3800 (close to bus loop).

Dr Jiyoung (Jay) Song is a Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne. She is also a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. Prior to the current positions, Jay was a Director of Migration at the Sydney-based Lowy Institute and Assistant Professor in Political Science at the Singapore Management University.

Over the past two decades, there have been notable changes in North Korean migration: from forced migration to trafficking in women, from heroic underground railways to people smuggling by Christian missionaries. The migration has taken mixed forms of asylum seeking, human trafficking, undocumented labour migration and people smuggling. The author follows the footsteps of North Korean migrants from China through Southeast Asia to South Korea, and from there to the United Kingdom, to see the dynamic correlation between human (in)security and irregular migration. She analyses how individual migrant’s agency interacts with other key actors in the migration system and eventually brings about emerging patterns of four distinc- tive forms of irregular migration in a macro level. It uses human security as its conceptual framework that is a people-centred, rather than state- or national security-centric approach to irregular migration. 

Monash University Korean Studies

Free events. All welcome! No registration necessary.

Organized by Monash University Korean Studies.

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