Events

    2019 Dec 06

    Modern and Contemporary Korean Art: Continuity and Transformation

    9:00am to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Porte Seminar Room (S250), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA 02138

    2019 Harvard University Korean Art History Workshop

    Schedule TBA

    Organized by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University, and Sunglim Kim, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages Program, Dartmouth College

    The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Edward Willett Wagner Memorial Fund.

    2019 Nov 07

    The U.S. and Korea: An Unfinished Story

    4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
    15th Tsai Lecture; Sponsored by the Tsai Lecture Fund at the Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored by the Kim Koo Forum on US-Korea Relations at the Korea Institute, Harvard University

    The Honorable Kathleen Stephens, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2008-2011); President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America

    Chaired by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University

    Moderated by James Robson,... Read more about The U.S. and Korea: An Unfinished Story
    2019 Nov 06

    Korea Institute Undergraduate Summer Programs in Korea Information Session

    4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, Room S250, 1730 Cambridge St.

    Korea Institute Undergraduate Summer Programs in Korea Infomation Session for Harvard undergraduate students

    Come learn about the various Korea Institute undergraduate opportunities in Korea for summer 2020. Hear also from some returnee students!

    Summer Internships
    Harvard Summer School in Seoul Program

    Summer Research Travel Grants
    Summer Language Study Grants [Ewha Womans University-EISC Tuition Waivers]
    Korea Institute Undergraduate Scholarship to attend SNU International Summer Program [SNU-ISP Tuition Waiver...

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    2019 Oct 31

    The Korean War through the Prism of the Interrogation Room

    4:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA 02138

    Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
    10.31 KKF Poster

    Monica Kim
    Assistant Professor of History, New York University

    Chaired by Nicholas Harkness, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

    The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Kim Koo Foundation.

    2019 Oct 30

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

    3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Common Room (1st floor), 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Harvard-Yenching Library Book Talk; co-sponsored by the Korea Institute
    HYL Book Talk
    Nicholas Harkness
    Professor of Anthropology,Harvard University

    Afternoon Tea with the Author: Harvard-Yenching Library Book Talk is a series of events in which Harvard faculty...

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    2019 Oct 29

    The Perils of Populist Nationalism: Japan and Korea in a New Era

    4:15pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Special Panel Discussion; jointly sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the Kim Koo Forum at the Korea Institute, the Program on U.S. Japan Relations, and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
    10.29 KKF

    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 Global Talent 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.

    2019 Oct 17

    The Circulation of Japanese Texts in Colonial Korea and Their Impact on Vernacular Publishing

    4:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA 02138

    Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs; co-sponsored by The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
    10.17 KKF Poster

    Michael Kim
    Professor of Korean History, Yonsei University

    Professor Kim received an A.B. in History with honors and...

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    2019 Oct 16

    “Fire and Fury” to Love Letters - What's Next with Trump-Kim Diplomacy?

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall, Room 308, 1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
    East Asian Legal Studies Lunchtime Talk Series; co-sponsored by the Korea Institute
    10.16 John Park

    John Park, Director, Korea Project and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    Dr. John Park is... Read more about “Fire and Fury” to Love Letters - What's Next with Trump-Kim Diplomacy?
    2019 Oct 15

    Exceptional Subjects: Koreans in the Russian Far East and the Origins of Soviet Ethnic Cleansing

    4:30pm to 5:45pm

    Location: 

    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....

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    2019 Oct 10

    Destination: World Powered by PechaKucha

    4:15pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    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
    International Fair & Destination World Event

    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.

    2019 Oct 10

    Transwar Continuities of Colonial Intimacy: Korean-Japanese Relationships in Korean Cinema in the 1960s

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    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...

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    2019 Oct 03

    Transcending the Frontier: Aesthetic Encounters Between North and South Korea in the Twilight of the Cold War

    4:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA 02138

    Korea Colloquium
    10.3 KC Poster

    Douglas Gabriel
    Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea Institute, Harvard University

    Douglas Gabriel is the 2019–20 Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow at the Korea Institute, Harvard University. He received his...

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    2019 Sep 26

    Late Chosŏn Literati Voices on Dissent and Individual Autonomy

    4:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA 02138

    Wagner Special Lecture
    9.26 Wagner Special Lecture Poster
    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

    2019 Sep 25

    “What if North Korea Attacked? Japanese, South Korean, and U.S. Public Opinion on the Nuclear Umbrella"

    10:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School Littauer Center, L-324 Fainsod Room, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Project on Managing the Atom Seminar Series; co-sponsored by the Korea Institute
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    Stephen Herzog, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program, Harvard Kennedy School

    Stephen Herzog is a Ph.D. candidate in...

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    2019 Sep 24

    Destination: World Powered by PechaKucha

    4:15pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
    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
    2019 Sep 24

    Japan and the Future of the Korean Peninsula

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    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...

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