PLEASE NOTE: The talk will be in English, while the Q&A Session following this talk will be in Korean.
Since its emergence in post-democratization Korea in the late 1980s, “cultural studies” (munhwahak) as a new innovative critical approach to the study of Korean literature and culture has reshaped the contours of contemporary Korean scholarship and academic disciplines. Having now grown into a hegemonic interdisciplinary paradigm across humanities and social sciences, Korean cultural studies has entered in recent years into the phase of critical self-reflection. What has the paradigm accomplished so far? What are its antitheses, and what might be the limitations of its current practices? Through a reading and intense discussion of select publications, this seminar aims to overview Korean cultural studies as a vastly productive academic paradigm fraught with conflicts and tensions, both internal and external, and to explore some of its possible future directions.
Free and open to the public.