In 2014-15 the EAP Korean Studies Speaker Series brought four up-and-coming North American Korean Studies scholars to Cornell, speakers in the fields of Anthropology (Eleana Kim), Art History (Sohl Lee), and History and Film Studies (Todd Henry and Chris Hascome). The April 2015 “The City and Literary Modernity” workshop was particularly successful, with six Cornell, Syracuse, and SUNY Binghamton faculty discussing the recent publications of the two visiting presenters (Henry and Hascome), orienting these Korean studies works within current interdisciplinary scholarship, and engaging an audience of more than 30 Cornell students and faculty in a high-level review of the field of Korean studies. The Korean Studies Speaker Series will continue to bring scholars to Cornell for lectures and other projects (such as day-long symposia) over the coming academic year. The new associate director for Korean Studies in EAP will coordinate closely with such units as Departments of Anthropology, Linguistics, Asian Studies, Government, and Sociology as well as with the ILR School and the Law School in the selection of speakers and the scheduling of events to maximize the intellectual impact of this speaker series.
November 14, Chung-hye Han (Simon Fraser University): “Syntax of the Korean Relative Clause: An Experimental Study”
November 10, Pilhwa Chang (Ewha Womans University): “Women Meet: Coming from Two Koreas and Two Chinas”
September 12, Eleana Kim (UC Irvine): “From Land Mines to Gold Mines: Reconfiguration of Nature and Nation in the InterKorean Borderland
November 5, Sohl Lee (Stony Brook University): “Virtual North Korea: Notes on Architecture, Exhibition, and Communication"
September 16, Charles K. Armstrong (Columbia University): “Everlasting Fraternal Friendship: North Korea and the End of Communism”
October 18, Jesook Song (University of Toronto): “Living on Your Own: Single Women, Rental Housing, and Post-Revolutionary Affect in South Korea”
October 21, President Sun-Uk Kim (Ewha Womans University): “Gender Equality Legislation in Korea”
November 12, Kyung Hyun Kim (UC Irvine): Video Essay: “Weather in Hong Sang-soo”
April 10, Sonja Kim (SUNY Binghamton): “Carving a Space: Mission Medical Encounters in Colonial Korea”
May 5, Haejoang Cho (Yonsei University): “Male Frames Female Pictures: A Feminist Ethnographic Travel Through Compressed Modernity (of South Korea)” with Laura Nelson (UC Berkeley) and Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History /Columbia University)