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Words Of Times, Writings Of Desire: Korean Cultural Studies, Present And Future Directions 시대의 말 욕망의 문장 : 한국 문화사 연구와 문학&#5

May 31, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:45pm
Lathrop Library, Room 224, 518 Memorial Way
Jung Hwan Cheon

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.

Event Sponsor: 
Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Center for East Asian Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
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