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EAP Korean Studies Speaker Series: Pilhwa Chang (Ewha) "Women Meet: Coming From Two Koreas and Two Chinas"

Korean Studies Speaker Series flyer for Pilhwa Chang

The EAP Korean Studies Speaker Series presents a talk by Professor Pilhwa Chang, Professor of Women's Studies and Director of the Asian Center for Women's Studies at Ewha Womans University. Professor Chang is being hosted by the EAP Korea Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor, Eunshil Kim. 

  • "Women Meet: Coming From Two Koreas and Two Chinas" 
  • Pilhwa Chang (Ewha Womans University)
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 
  • G01 Stimson Hall

Divided into two countries, the Northern and Southern parts of the Korean peninsula are still technically at war. The possibilities of unification or at least a peaceful arrangement to coexist depend on the geopolitical forces surrounding the peninsula and the political will of two Koreas. Against this political backdrop, scholars in Women’s Studies in Korea have made efforts since the mid-70s to build a body of systematic explanation on how to define women’s oppression and subordination and how to end it. Women’s Studies is not only interdisciplinary research and education reinterpreting intellectual history from gender perspectives, but also provides a space for communication and collaboration for scholars from diverse disciplines as well as societies. This talk briefly reviews the development of Women’s studies in Korea, and discusses the creation of new spaces where women get together to promote research as well as activisms. Based on the experience and expertise of institutions, platforms are made such as the Asian Association of Women’s Studies and develop projects such as Korean-ASEAN Cooperation Projects for young scholars in women’s studies in the region. Underlying this development, the meetings of women from two Koreas and Chinese women have evolved, under the banner of academic conference of women scholars. The stories of those meetings are told and explored in this talk.