Korean Studies at Monash Re-Launch

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Date(s) - 05/05/2017
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Japanese Studies Centre


To register for this event:  http://events.arts.monash.edu/koreanstudiesrelaunch2017

The Korean Studies program at Monash, established in 1988, is one of the fastest growing language and studies programs in the School.  With the retirement of the foundational lecturers in 2015, the School has made two international appointments to carry the program in new directions. This event marks these appointments with a guest lecture by the esteemed Korean Studies’ scholar and President of the Association of Asian Studies, Professor Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History / Columbia University). 


4:00      Refreshments served on the deck of Japanese Studies Centre
5:10      Opening remarks: Gloria Davies
5:20      Andrew Jackson (Monash University)
‘Invented Traditions in North and South Korea: Internationalization and Contention’
5:40     Josie Sohn (Monash University)
‘Collegiate Cinephilia: Unlikely Film Buffery in Neoliberal South Korea’
6:00      Keynote: Professor Laurel Kendall (AMNH/ Columbia University)
‘Retrospective in Korean Studies, or what I got wrong in my first book’
6:30      David Hundt (Deakin University)
‘How Australians Think About Korean Migrants’
6:50     Closing remarks: Carolyn Stevens

Dr. Kendall is an anthropologist of Korea and the Curator of Asian Ethnology and Division Chair, Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City.  Her major publications include Shamans, Housewives, and other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life (1985); The Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman (1988); Getting Married in Korea (1996); Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class, and Consumption in the Republic of Korea (2002); Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion (2009); Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity: Commodification, Tourism, and Performance (2011); and God Pictures in Korean Contexts: The Ownership and Meaning of Shaman Paintings (2015). In 2010, Korean colleagues awarded Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF the first Yim Suk Jay Prize recognizing a work of anthropology about Korea by a non-Korean. She is the current President of the Association of Asian Studies and the former president of the Society for East Asian Anthropology. At the AMNH, she curated Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit (2003), a unique collaboration with the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology that earned Kendall a Friendship Medal from the Government of Vietnam.
Andrew David Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies at Monash University. Prior to his appointment, he was Associate Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He obtained his PhD in Korean history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2011. Other research interests include: late-Chosŏn rebellion and factionalism, legal responses to rebellion in late-Chosŏn.  As well as pre-modern history, Andrew is interested in modern Korean history and society, South and North Korean film, sound in Korean film, and theories of rebellion and revolution. He is the author of The 1728 Musin Rebellion: Politics and Plotting in Eighteenth-Century Korea (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016) and co-editor (with Colette Balmain) of Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games (Peter Lang, 2016). 
David Hundt is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University. His research interests are the politics, security and political economy of the Asia–Pacific, and he has a particular interest in Korean Studies. His articles have appeared in journals such as the Australian Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Development Studies, Political Science and Contemporary Politics. His first book, Korea’s Developmental Alliance: State, Capital and the Politics of Rapid Development, was published with Routledge in 2009, and his new book, about the social origins of capitalism in Asia, will be published with Palgrave Macmillan in mid-2017. He was an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science from 2010 until 2016, and he will assume the duties of Editor in Chief of Asian Studies Review in 2018.
Josie Sohn lectures in Korean Studies at Monash University. Prior to arriving at Monash, she directed Global Korean Studies at the Catholic University of Korea and was a fellow at the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. Her research focuses on South Korean film culture, youth culture, and transnational reception practices. She holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a minor in Cinema Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.