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Intersections of Science, Language, and Literature in Modern and Premodern Korea

This is a two-day conference, running from Friday, November 4, to Saturday, November 5, 2016.
Due to space limitations, this event is only open to those affiliated with the units sponsoring this event (see above).
Those wishing to attend should RSVP here

  • Friday Nov 4 (9:30-11:30). Discussant: Chris Hanscom, UCLA

John Kim, Research Associate, Harvard University: “As the Crow Flies: Yi Sang’s Aerial Poetics”
Jina Kim, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dickinson College: “Science and Technology in Colonial Korean Detective Fiction”

  • Friday Nov 4 (13:00-15:00). Discussant: Ban Wang, Stanford

Sunyoung Park, Associate Professor, USC: “Toward a History of Science Fiction in South Korea, 1960s-2010s”
Benoit Berthelier, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales / Yonsei University: “Encountering the Alien: Alterity and Innovation in North Korean Science Fiction since 1945”

  • Friday Nov 4 (15:30-17:30). Discussant: Yumi Moon, Stanford

Sixiang Wang, Mellon Fellow, Stanford University: “Knowledge and the Written Word: Literary Form and Epistemic Technique in Late Chosŏn Korea (1700–1800)”
Sang-Hyun Kim, Associate Professor, Research Institute of Comparative and Culture, Hanyang University: “Science, Technology, and the Imagination of Modern Korea: Representations of Science and Technology in Sassangye, 1950s-1960s.”

  • Saturday Nov 5 (9:30-11:30). Discussant: Janet Poole, University of Toronto 

Changhwan Kim, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Department, University of Georgia: “Gender Politics and Science in Early Modern Korea through Pedagogic Magazines.”
Yoon Sun Yang, Assistant Professor, Boston University: “The Diagnosis of Pains, the Anatomy of Mind: Medical Science and Korean Fictional Narratives in the late 1910s and early 1920s”

  • Saturday Nov 5 (13:00-15:00). Discussant: Hector Hoyos, Stanford

Haerin Shin, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University: “The Neurocognitive Criminology of Avenging Memories: The Reflexive Mechanism of Dissociative Violence in Young-ha Kim’s The Mnemonics of a Murderer”
Nam Kyung Yeon, Assistant Professor, Ewha Womans University: “The Posthuman and Transboundary Imagination in Korean Literature”
Sophie Bowman, Graduate Student, Ewha Womans University: “Frankenstein’s Customers: remodeled humans in Kim E-whan’s Your Metamorphosis”



Saturday, November 5, 2016. 09:30 AM


Lathrop Library, Room 224, 518 Memorial Way


Humanities Center; STS; DLCL; History Department; HPST; CEAS; APARC; EALC; Korean Literature Association; Literature Translation Institute of Korea




Eligible individuals should RSVP here (see description for details)