Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA 02138
Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
Monica Kim Assistant Professor of History, New York University
Monica Kim is Assistant Professor in U.S. and the World History in the Department of History at New York University. Her book, The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History (Princeton University Press, 2019), is a trans-Pacific history of decolonization told through the experiences of two generations of people creating and navigating military interrogation rooms of the Korean War. She has published work in journals such as Critical Asian Studiesand positions: asia critiqueconcerning U.S. empire, war-making, and decolonization. She is also a member of the Editorial Collective for Radical History Review. Her research and writing have been supported by fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, the Wolf Humanities Center at University of Pennsylvania, and the Korea Foundation.
Chaired by Nicholas Harkness, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
Abstract Through the interrogation rooms of the Korean War, this talk demonstrates how the individual human subject became both the terrain and the jus ad bellum for this critical U.S. war of ‘intervention’ in postcolonial Korea. In 1952, with the US introduction of voluntary POW repatriation proposal at Panmunjom, the interrogation room and the POW became a flashpoint for an international controversy ultimately about postcolonial sovereignty and political recognition.
The ambitions of empire, revolution and non-alignment converged upon this intimate encounter of military warfare: the interrogator and the interrogated prisoner of war. Which state could supposedly reinvent the most intimate power relation between the colonizer and the colonized, to transform the relationship between the state and subject into one of liberation, democracy or freedom? Tracing two generations of people across the Pacific as they navigated multiple kinds of interrogation from the 1940s and 1950s, this talk lay outs a landscape of interrogation – a dense network of violence, bureaucracy, and migration – that breaks apart the usual temporal bounds of the Korean War as a discrete event.
The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Kim Koo Foundation.
Special Panel Discussion; jointly sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs at the Korea Institute, the Program on U.S. Japan Relations, and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University Carter Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, Harvard University Gi-Wook Shin, William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea, Stanford University
Gi-Wook Shin is the William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea in sociology and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He established Stanford’s Korea Program in 2001, and has been directing the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford since 2005. His research concentrates on social movements, nationalism, development, and international relations, with focus on Korea and broader Asia. Shin is the author/editor of over twenty books and numerous articles, including Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War, One Alliance, Two Lenses: U.S.-Korea Relations in a New Era, Cross Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia, and Ethnic Nationalism in Korea. Shin’s current research initiatives include GlobalTalent Flows and Rise of Populism and Nationalism. Before coming to Stanford, Shin taught at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds BA from Yonsei University in Korea and MA and PhD from the University of Washington.
Moderated by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics; Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Abstract The rise of populist nationalism is a global trend in the 21st century, from the United States and European countries to South American and Asian states. Japan and South Korea, where nationalism is deeply ingrained within and throughout the society, have become more vulnerable to the ferocious spread of populism, which could harm their democratic institutions and strain foreign relations. In his talk, Professor Gi-Wook Shin will explain the historical context and political nature of the widespread populist nationalism in South Korea and how it has strained its relations with Japan and could potentially put its young democracy at jeopardy. He will also explore how to cultivate rational liberalism in the face of rising nationalism, populism, and extremism, so as to promote reconciliatory relations between Japan and South Korea. Two historian-panelists, Carter Eckert and Andrew Gordon, will then engage in a critical conversation with the speaker to further discuss the perils of populist nationalism.
Room S354, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA 02138
Historian's Seminar Series; Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and co-sponsored by the Korea Institute
Sergey Glebov, Associate Professor of History, Smith College and Amherst College
Sergey Glebov is a historian of imperial Russia and Soviet Union. His first research project focused on the history of the Eurasianist movement, a Russian emigre ideological group which reimagined the imperial space in the wake of the revolution of 1917 as a geographic, historical, ethnographic, and linguistic unity....
Harvard Worldwide Week event co-sponsored by Harvard University Asia Center, Center for African Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard China Fund, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Office of FAS International Affairs, Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, Office of International Education, Program on US-Japan Relations, and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
From studying Hong Kong to walking Cape Town, come learn how international experiences shape the lives of Harvard undergraduates. Nine students take center stage in the Tsai Auditorium stage to share their inspirational stories about global engagement, intellectual exploration and personal discovery made possible through experiences abroad. The event will include an international food buffet and the opportunity for students to learn more about crafting their own international experiences while at Harvard.
Common Room (1st floor), 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard-Yenching Institute Lunch Talk Series; co-sponsored by the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Korea Institute
Su Yun Kim, Assistant Professor, Korean Studies Program, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, the University of Hong Kong; HYI Visiting Scholar, 2019-20
Su Yun Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Korean Studies Program at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Hong Kong, specializing in modern Korean literature and culture. She received a Ph.D. in Literature from the University...
Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA 02138
Wagner Special Lecture
Marion Eggert, Professor, The Korean Studies Department at Bochum University, Germany
Dr. Marion Eggert has studied Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies and Cultural Anthropology at the universities of Heidelberg and Munich, Nanjing University, and Sungkyunkwan University. She received her doctorate in Sinology in 1992, spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Korea Institute (1994-5) and finished her "Habilitation“ in 1998. In 1996, she received the Max Weber Award from the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities for her dissertation. Since 1999 she is professor of Korean Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. In 2019, she was elected into the Academia Europeae. She has published on Chinese and Korean thought and literature of late imperial and modern times, her topics including poetry and poetics, dream culture, travelogues, and historiography. Among her main interests are the production and circulation of knowledge, and formations of subjectivity in pre-modern Korea.
She served as dean of the faculty for East Asian Studies at Ruhr University Bochum 2002-2004, as deputy director of the Research Department CERES (Center for Religious Studies) at RUB from 2010 to 2013, and as president of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe since April 2019.
Chaired by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University|
Abstract Confucian tradition is often described as producing a “collectivist” mentality, as lacking the resources necessary for developing a sense of individual autonomy, and thus as averse to the voicing of dissent in defiance of political authority and independent of bonds of personal loyalty. Given that Chosŏn Korea defined itself as Confucian state, literati culture of that period should be expected to disdain expressions of dissent. The well-known history of intense intellectual debates among Chosŏn literati runs counter to this expectation. Two arguments can serve to resolve this seeming contradiction: either that these disputes should be seen as pure power struggle; or that they revolved around orthodoxy and thus in fact attest to the Confucian abhorrence of dissenting opinions. While acknowledging the explanatory power of both arguments, this paper sets out to test a third option: that the above-mentioned assumptions about Confucian attitudes towards dissent are incomplete. Based on non-fictional texts most of which were part of a philosophical (or otherwise intellectual) controversy, I will provide a sample of the ways in which Chosŏn literati talked about dissent, dispute and discord. Attention is directed not to the points of contention themselves, but rather to the ways in which the fact of dissent is verbalized, narrated and evaluated, with an emphasis on statements about the legitimacy of maintaining and defending personal convictions that run counter to group consensus. It will be demonstrated that Chosŏn literati culture allowed for strong statements of moral and intellectual autonomy in disregard of status, power, and prestige.
Supported by the Edward Willett Wagner Memorial Fund at the Korea Institute, Harvard University
Harvard Worldwide Week event co-sponsored by Harvard University Asia Center, Center for African Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard China Fund, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Office of FAS International Affairs, Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, Office of...Read more about Destination: World Powered by PechaKucha
Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street
Weatherhead Center Program on U.S-Japan Relations Presentation, co-sponsored by the Harvard Korea Institute's SBS Foundation Research Fund
Narushige Michishita, Vice President; Director of Security and International Studies Program; Director of Strategic Studies Program; Director of Maritime Safety and Security Policy Program; Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
Moderated by Susan Pharr, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government...