What Did the Ancestors Do? A Short Review of 'Under the Ancestors’ Eyes


Thursday, September 21, 2017, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


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

Korea Colloquium
9/21 KC poster
Martina Deuchler
Professor Emeritus, SOAS University of London

Born in 1935, Martina Deuchler received a B.A. in Chinese and Japanese from Leiden University and a Ph.D. in History and Far Eastern Languages from Harvard University in 1967. She taught Korean history and language at the University of Zurich and was professor of Korean Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) until her retirement in 2001. She is the author of Confucian Gentlemen and Barbarian Envoys: The Opening of Korea, 1875-1885 (University of Washington Press, 1977), The Confucian Transformation of Korea: A Study of Society and Ideology (Harvard 1992), Under the Ancestors’ Eyes: Kinship, Status, and Locality in Premodern Korea (Harvard 2015), and a number of articles on Korean Confucianism. She received several prizes for her work, among them the AAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies in 2009.

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

About the talk: The presentation will review a number of the main conclusions I have drawn in my recent Under the Ancestors’ Eyes and their implications for future work on Korean society.

Generously supported by the Min Young-Chul Memorial Fund at the Korea Institute. ​​​​​​