Announcing the 2014-15 Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies at the Korea Institute, Harvard, Dr. Seong Uk Kim

The Korea Institute is pleased to announce the Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies for academic year 2014-15: Dr. Seong Uk Kim.

Gallery Talk & Exhibit by Professor David R. McCann

April 7, 2014 - 10:00am - May 5, 2014 - 5:00pm

“What is this?”
An exhibit by David R. McCann, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature

April 7 - May 5, 2014
First Floor Lounge Gallery, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Curated by David R. McCann, Jessica Gaddis, Jina Kim

Korean Literature Symposium: Crossing Borders

May 2, 2014 - 8:15am - 5:30pm

Sponsored by Korea Institute, Harvard University
Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Harvard University Asia Center

8:15 – 8:45  Breakfast & Registration

8:50 – 9:00  Introductory Remarks by Professor Sun Joo Kim

Book Announcement: "Songs of Seoul: An Ethnography of Voice and Voicing in Christian South Korea" by Professor Nicholas Harkness

Songs of Seoul
An Ethnography of Voice and Voicing in Christian South Korea

Nicholas Harkness

"Songs of Seoul is an ethnographic study of voice in South Korea, where the performance of Western opera, art songs, and choral music is an overwhelmingly Evangelical Christian enterprise. Drawing on fieldwork in churches, concert halls, and schools of music, Harkness argues that the European-style classical voice has become a specifically Christian emblem of South Korean prosperity. By cultivating certain qualities of voice and suppressing others, Korean Christians strive to personally embody the social transformations promised by their religion: from superstition to enlightenment; from dictatorship to democracy; from sickness to health; from poverty to wealth; from dirtiness to cleanliness; from sadness to joy; from suffering to grace. Tackling the problematic of voice in anthropology and across a number of disciplines, Songs of Seoul develops an innovative semiotic approach to connecting the materiality of body and sound, the social life of speech and song, and the cultural voicing of perspective and personhood."

Published and distributed by the University of California Press. For more information:

Application Deadlines for Summer Undergraduate Programs in Korea are Coming Up!

**Application Deadlines for Summer Programs in Korea are Coming Up!**

 A friendly reminder that the application deadlines are soon due for:

Announcing New Publication by Professor Sun Joo Kim!

Wrongful Deaths
Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth-Century Korea

Compiled and Translated by Sun Joo Kim and Jungwon Kim

This collection presents and analyzes inquest records that tell the stories of ordinary Korean people under the Choson court (1392-1910). Extending the study of this period, usually limited to elites, into the realm of everyday life, each inquest record includes a detailed postmortem examination and features testimony from everyone directly or indirectly related to the incident. The result is an amazingly vivid, colloquial account of the vibrant, multifaceted societal and legal cultures of early modern Korea.

Published and distributed by the University of Washington Press. For more information:

Announcing Two New Volumes of the Early Korea Project Occasional Series!

New Perspectives on Early Korean Art: From Silla to Koryŏ
Edited by Youn-mi Kim
Volumes in the Early Korea Project Occasional Series focus on central issues related to the study of early Korean history and archaeology. This volume includes discussion of a variety of artworks, ranging from gold adornments found in Silla tombs to Koryŏ Buddhist paintings scattered in modern museum and private collections, that provide insight into the religious practices, aesthetics, cross-cultural exchanges, and everyday life of the people who made, used, appreciated, and circulated them. Based on thorough investigations of these artworks, their social context, and related texts, the five chapters in this book elucidate the cross-cultural interactions between the peoples and regions of Korea, China and South and Southeast Asia during the Silla to Koryŏ periods.

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The Han Commanderies in Early Korean History
Edited by Mark E. Byington
Volumes in the Early Korea Project Occasional Series focus on central issues related to the study of early Korean history and archaeology. The present volume treats that period of the history of the Korean peninsula characterized by the presence of commanderies first established by the Chinese Han empire in 108 B.C. The ten chapters of this volume address such topics as the societies that preceded the commanderies, the history and material culture of the commanderies, particularly of Lelang, the political and cultural influence the commanderies exerted upon surrounding regions, and the structural character of the commanderies in Korean viewed in broad perspective.

Published by the Korea Institute, Harvard University. Distributed by University of Hawai'i Press 
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Meet 2 of the 15 Most Interesting Harvard Seniors 2014 & Learn About Their Connection to Korea!

Please meet Mr. Rainer A. Crosett '14 and Ms. Hania Chima '14 mentioned in the Harvard Crimson article, The 15 Most Interesting Harvard Seniors of 2014.