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NEKST 2018 Program

May 11-12, 2018   |   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Location: Weiser Hall    

Friday, May 11

9:00 – 9:15        Welcoming Remarks                                                                       

9:15 – 10:45        Panel 1: Standing at the Periphery (10th floor)

John Grisafi (University of Pennsylvania) – “Politics, Public, and Shamans: Marginalization of Shamanism in Korea, Past and Present”

Aolan Mi (Indiana University Bloomington) – “Speaking for/as Others: Literary Representations of the Laborer in Modern Korea”

Raymund Arthur Gadin Abejo (Academy of Korean Studies) – “Korean Views on the Philippines: The Promise of Independence in the Philippines in the 1920s under the United States”

Facilitator: Narith Ta (University of Michigan)

Discussant: Pil Ho Kim (Ohio State University)

11:00 – 11:40       Chapter Workshops   (Concurrent Sessions)

10th floor

Hyojin Pak (Leiden University) – “From Confinement to Expulsion: The Peregrination of Rag Picker Camps, 1962-1995”

Facilitator: Moira Saltzman (University of Michigan)

Faculty Mentor: Kyeong Hee Choi (University of Chicago)

Room 455

Minna Lee (University of Michigan) – “Photography as Citizenship: The Visual Economy of Humanism in Postwar Korean Photography”

Facilitator: Seulgi Son (University of Michigan)

Faculty Mentor: Christopher Hanscom (University of California, Los Angeles)                         

11:45 – 12:25       Chapter Workshops   (Concurrent Sessions)

10th floor

Inga Diederich (University of California, San Diego) – “Between Mother and Martyr: Women and Blood in the April 1960 South Korean Student Uprising”

Facilitator: Moira Saltzman (University of Michigan)

Faculty Mentor: Se-Mi Oh (University of Michigan)                                                              

Room 455

Jenny Lee (University of California, Los Angeles) – “Domestic International Students? The Experiences of South Korean Students at a Local Education Hub”

Facilitator: Kunisuke Hirano (University of Michigan)

Faculty Mentor: Michael Robinson (Indiana University Bloomington)

13:30 – 15:00      Panel 2: Of Bodies, People, and the Politics in Between  

10th floor

Evgenia An (Goethe University, Frankfurt) – “Semi-Compliant Labor Migrants in South Korea: Why Privileged Migrant Group Trades Off Social Protection Rights?”

Ye Seul Byeon (University of Chicago) – “Itinerant Bodies: Haengryŏ Death, Mobility and the Modern State in Early 20th Century Korea”

Wooseok Kim (University of Michigan) – “Examining Variations in Core-Swing Targeting: Legislative Elections in South Korea (1988-2009)”

Facilitator: Kunisuke Hirano (University of Michigan)

DiscussantsJaeeun Kim (University of Michigan) and Jiun Bang (University of Michigan)

15:05 – 16:35        Panel 3: Crisis, Uncertainty, and Agency                               

10th floor

Kristoffer Tingbacke (Lund University) – “Beyond Crises and Anxieties: Korean Men’s Feminist Response to Social Change”

Hyemin Lee (New York University) – “‘Sounds of Healing’: Qualia and Medical Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Traditional Korean Medicine Clinic”

Chang Liu (FuDan University) – “The Various Ways of Describing China’s Earthquakes in Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasty by Joseon Intellectuals from 17th to 19th Century”

FacilitatorSeulgi Son (University of Michigan)

DiscussantsJaeeun Kim (University of Michigan) and Juhn Ahn (University of Michigan)  


Saturday, May 12

9:30 – 11:00        Panel 4: Historicizing South Korean Politics and Culture

10th floor

James Hillmer (University of California, Los Angeles) – “Performance of Ideological Conversion in South Korean Prison Spaces, 1945-1950”

Jihyun Shin (University of British Columbia) – “The Radio Era and the Remaking of South Korean Men, 1961-1979”

Yuri Chang (Binghamton University, SUNY) – “The Art of Rent in Gwangju: from City of Massacre to City of Art”

Facilitator: Hiroaki Matsusaka (University of Michigan)

Discussants: Kyung Hyun Kim (University of California, Irvine) and Jae Won Chung (University of Colorado, Boulder)

11:15-11:55              Chapter Workshops (Concurrent Sessions)

10th floor

Hae Eun Shin (University of Hawaii at Manoa)  – “Socialist Performing Arts in South Korea: The Case of North Korean Refugee Performing Arts Troupe”

Facilitator: Hiroaki Matsusaka (University of Michigan)

Faculty Mentor: Sunyoung Park (University of Southern California)

Room 455

Zachary Gottesman (University of California, Irvine) – “The Uncanny Art of Xooang Choi: Haunted Bodies Between Modernity and Postmodernity”

Facilitator: Narith Ta (University of Michigan)

Faculty Mentor: Juhn Ahn (University of Michigan)

13:30 - 15:00        Professional Development Session  

10th floor

Teaching for Graduate Students Workshop

*6th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (NEKST)  is sponsored by the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan with support from the Academy of Korean Studies.

NEKST 2018 Organizing Committee:

Program Chair: Moira Saltzman (Linguistics)
Yeon-ju Bae (Anthropology)
Kunisuke Hirano (Asian Languages and Cultures)
Hiroaki Matsusaka (History)
Seulgi Son (Urban Planning)
Narith Ta (Asian Languages and Cultures)
Faculty Advisor: Nojin Kwak
Post-Doc Advisor: Jiun Bang
Coordinator: Clemente Beghi