2. Participants

I. South Korean Participants

I. 1. Keynote Lecturers

Hunggyu Kim is a Professor of Korean Literature and Vice-Director at the Research Institute of Korean Studies in Korea University. He received his M.A. from Seoul National University and Ph.D from Korea University, where he has taught since 1979 as professor in the Department of Korean Language and Literature. His Korean-language publication includes Munhak kwa yŏksajŏk ingan (Literature and Historical Being, 1980), Chosŏn hugi ŭi sigyŏnghŏm kwa siŭisik (Changing Views of the Book of Odes and the Emergence of New Concepts of Poetry in the Late Yi Dynasty Korea, 1982), Han’guk hyŏndae si rŭl ch’ajasŏ (In Search of Modern Korean Poetry, 1982), Han’guk munhak ŭi ihae (Understanding Korean Literature, 1986), Song’gang si ŭi ŏnŏ (Language of Songkang’s Poetry, 1993), CD-Rom Han’guk ŭi hyŏndae si (Anthropology of Modern Korean Poetry, 1996),  Yokmang kwa hyŏngsik ŭi sihak (Poetics of Desire and Form, 1999), and Han’guk gojŏn munhak kwa pipyŏng ŭi sŏngchal (Korean Traditional Literature and Reflection on Criticism, 2002). He also published Understanding Korean Literature in English in 1997.

Uchang Kim (Endowed Professor, Ewha Womans University/ Emeritus Professor, Korea University) is a leading literary critic, scholar, and public intellectual. He earned his B.A. from Seoul National University and his higher degrees from the U.S. (M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Harvard University). From the mid-1970s through mid-2000s, he taught English at Korea University, SNU, SUNY, Harvard, and UC-Irvine. He led the Organizing Committee for the Seoul International Forum for Literature twice and also led the Preparatory Committee for the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2005. His distinguished service includes ones at the UNESCO Commission in Korea, the Board of Directors of the KBS, and the Executive Council of the International Comparative Literature Association. Beginning with his reputed The Poet in Time of Need (1977), his major Korean publications include Studies in Aesthetic Reason, Towards Rational Society, Politics and the Life-World, and Landscape and Mind, among others. His English-language publications include “Politics and Human Values: Reflections on Democratic Politics in Korea” (boundary 2 [2007 34(2)]), Writing Across Boundaries: Literature in the Multicultural World (2000) and Writing for Peace (2006), as well as his translation Selected poems of Pak Mogwol (translation, 1990).

I.2. Lecturers

Sooyeong Han is a visiting scholar at the Asian Pacific Studies Institute at Duke and the professor of Korean Language and Literature at Dong-A University in Pusan, Korea. His research and teaching broadly span both modern and contemporary Korean literature and culture, and he is currently working on issues of literary criticism, comparative perspectives on Korea and Japan relations, and of the complex linguistic identities of the postwar generation in South Korea. Professor Han has published widely in Korean, including Dialectics of Literature and Reality, Understanding Korean Literature, The Novel and the Everyday, Reconsidering the Literature of Collaboration, The Linguistic Identity of Post-War Writers, Colonized Subjects and Linguistic Others.

Jongyon Hwang did his graduate work in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University before obtaining his Ph.D. from Dongguk University, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Korean Literature and Language. He is a founding editor of Munhakdongne, a quarterly journal generally credited with creating a mainstream in contemporary Korean literature and has long been a member of the editorial board of Korea Journal. His publications include Piruhan gŏk ŭi kanibal (A Carnival of Abjects) and Silla ŭi palgyŏn (The Invention of Silla), and his recent research interest has been in the colonial origins of the imaginaries of Korean nationalism and modernism. He will join the faculty of the University of Chicago this autumn as a professor of Korean literature.

Kyeongseok Seo is a professor of Korean Literature at Hanyang University, Korea, and currently a Visiting Fellow at University of California-Irvine.  He is the Research Director of the Learned Society of Modern and Editor of Jo-eun Soseol (Good Novel) Quarterly.  His area of expertise is modern and contemporary Korean literature, publishing and editing extensively on the history of modern Korean literature, the Japanese occupation’s effect on Korean literature, and the Korean novel.  His most recent book, One Hundred Years of Korean Literature, was published in 2001.

II. North American Participants

Heekyoung Cho has received her B.A. and M.A. in Russian Literature from Yonsei University and is completing her doctoral dissertation titled “Literary Appropriation: Korean Intellectuals’ Reception of Nineteenth Century Russian Prose via Japan in 1909-1927” at the University of Chicago. Currently she is a Pre-dissertation Fellow at the University of Minnesota, and will take up Postdoctoral Fellow Yale University from this fall.

Young-mee Yu Cho is an associate professor of Korean language and culture at Rutgers University. Her research interests include phonology, phonetics, first and second language acquisition, syntax/phonology interface, morphology, Korean and Japanese linguistics, historical linguistics, language teaching, and textbook development. Her book Korean Phonology and Morphology is forthcoming.

Ann Choi received her Ph.D. degree from UCLA and taught Korean literature at UCLA and Rutgers University. She is currently revising her dissertation into a book publication titled Letting You Go Without Tears:  Modern Korean Love Poetry. From this autumn, she will be become Visiting Assistant Prof., U of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kyeong-Hee Choi is an associate professor of modern Korean literature at the University of Chicago. Her research centers on the relationship between the culture of publication and the historical experiences of modern Koreans, including the experiences of Japanese colonial rule, national division, the Korean War, the Cold War, and democratization. Her book Beneath the Vermilion Ink: Japanese Colonial Censorship and the Making of Modern Korean Literature is coming out from Cornell University Press.

S. Clara Hong received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in April 2009. Her research focuses on how events of trauma and experiences of pain are recollected, historicized, and gendered within modern Korean fiction.

Kelly Yoojeong Jeong was born and raised in Korea until 15, and got her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UC Irvine and UCLA in Comparative Literature.  Her areas of research and teaching are modern Korean literature, Korean film, and cultural studies.  Her book on modern Korean lit and film is forthcoming.  She is an Assistant Professor of Korean Studies in the dept. of Comparative Literature at UC Riverside.

Min Chung Kang is a Ph.D. student of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interest includes gender and nation in modern Korean literature, Korean film, and popular culture. She is now working on her proposal, which focuses on the subjectivity formation of the 1970s literature.

Helen Hi-sun Kim is the Director of Korean Language Program and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago. She teaches Intermediate and Advanced Korean. Her research interests include Korean linguistics, theory and issues in second language acquisition and pedagogy. Her recent research focuses on socio-and psycholinguistics (sentence processing differences) of heritage language learners of Korean.

Kyung Hyun Kim is associate professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Irvine. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Film and Media Studies. His essays and reviews have appeared in Cinema Journal, Film Quarterly, Positions: east asia cultures critique, and Film Comment. He is also one of the co-producers of Never Forever (a feature film directed by Gina Kim and starring Vera Farmiga and Ha Jung Woo) and the author of The Remasculinization of Korean Cinema (Duke University Press, 2004). He has just completed a new book manuscript, tentatively titled Virtual Cinema: Korean Cinema of the Global Era.

Su Yun Kim is currently teaching and working as a postdoctoral fellow in Asian Studies at Hamilton College. Her current research focuses on the intimacy of colonialism, including discourses on intermarriage, romantic love and racialization in empire in colonial Korean texts. Her teaching interests include modern Korean literature and culture, Korean film, East Asian colonial modernity.

Kyong-Mi Kwon is a Ph.D candidate of Korean literature at Harvard University. She is currently writing on her dissertation on the 20th century adaptations of Ch’unhyang chŏn.

Nayoung A. Kwon received her MA (2001) and Ph.D. (2007) from UCLA. She is Assistant Professor at Duke University’s Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies where she is currently working on her book manuscript examining the legacies of bilingual writers and translators from colonial Korea in the Japanese empire and its aftermath. Her research and teaching interests include cultural co-productions between Korea and Japan; Korean and Japanese literature and film; theories of empire, translation, and postcoloniality; globalization and Asia-Pacific migrations and cultural flows. Before coming to Duke, she was a faculty member at UCLA and at Arizona State University.

Jae-yon Lee is a Ph.D. candidate of modern Korean literature at the University of Chicago. He is currently writing his dissertation on the roles of magazines in making modern writers in the 1920s, entitled “Magazine-Made Short Stories: Male Writers, Peer Critiques, and Censorship in Korea, 1919-193.”

Ji-Eun Lee is an assistant professor of Korean literature and culture at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interest includes domesticity in Colonial Korea, gender and gendered voice in Korean literature, and literary and cultural spaces.

Young Jun Lee is a reputed editor whose works featured many publications from the publisher Minumsa. before pursuing his doctoral degree in Korean literature at Harvard University. After receiving his Ph.D. degree with the dissertation on Kim Suyoung’s poetry, he is now the Editor-in-Chief of the English-language Korean literature magazine AZALEA, and will be a Lecturer in Korean literature at Harvard University from the fall of 2009.

Chan E. Park is currently associate professor of Korean language, literature, and performance studies at The Ohio State University. Her specialization is research and performance of p’ansori, Korean story-singing, its performance in transnational context, and related oral narrative/lyrical/dramatic traditions and their places in the shaping of modern Korean drama. She has published extensively on the theory and practice of oral narratology and its interdisciplinary connection with arts and humanities as a whole, including her recent monograph, Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing (University of Hawaii Press, 2003). Park has given numerous lectures, seminars, workshops on Korean music including p’ansori performance locally, nationally, and internationally.

Sunyoung Park received her B.A. degree in Korean literature from Seoul National University, and has received her Ph.D.degree from Columbia University. Her major concerns in research and teaching include the debates on realism, proletarian literature, and gender issues in colonial Korea. After teaching at Washington University as postdoctoral fellow, she currently teaches Korean literature at the University of Southern California.

Youngju Ryu received her B.A. from Harvard University and earned her Ph. D. degree from UCLA. Her doctoral dissertation examines the concept of neighbor in the South Korean realist fiction of the 1970s. Her numerous translations included Strength From Sorrow, a collection of short fiction by Yang Guija, short stories by Pak Wan-suh, and Twentieth-century Korean Literature by Nam-ho Lee et al. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Sungkyunkwan University and has been teaching at U of Michigan since 2007.

Yoon Sun Yang is a Ph.D. candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Entitled “A Nation in the Backyard: Yi Injik and the Rise of Modern Korean Fiction (1906-1913)”, her current research focuses on the sinsoseol as genre and the intersection of nationalism, Enlightenment discourses, and the idea of home and modern gendering.  She will join the faculty of the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University as an assistant professor in August 2009.

Dafna Zur is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation examines national identity, landscape and motherhood in postwar South and North Korean children’s fiction. Dafna also translates contemporary adult and children’s fiction, and her translations have been published by Columbia University Press (Anthology of Modern Korean Short Stories), Anvil Press (Anthology of Modern Korean Literature) and Bo-Leaf Press (The Toad Groom: Folk Tales from Old Korea).

III. Other Participants and Observers

Ji Young Kim is currently a PhD student at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in the University of Chicago. She got her MA degree in the Korean literature field at Seoul National University in Korea. In Chicago, she has broadened her studies into Japanese films and literature, and her current interest is moving toward labor and unemployment issues in the colonial and contemporary Korea.

Se Hoon Kwon holds a Ph.D. in German literature, and leads the International Communications Team at the Korean Literature Translation Institute.

Hyun Suk Park is a graduate student specializing in traditional Korean literature at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Korean Language and Literature Department at Seoul National University. She is currently exploring the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century fictional and nonfictional writings by male literati who opted to adopt the female voice and persona.

Hyun Hee Park is a Ph.D student at the University of Chicago, pursuing a joint Ph.D. Degree between the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee of Cinema and Media Studies. She received her M.A. in Cinema Studies from the Korean National University of Arts in 2005. Last year she published her first book Mun Ye-bong kwa Kim Sin-jae 1932-1945 (Mun Ye-bong and Kim Sin-jae 1932-1945) in South Korea that explored the gender politics surrounding two important Korean film actresses of the late colonial period.

Younghee Sohn is the Korean Studies Librarian in charge of the Korean Collection at the Regenstein Library of the University of Chicago. After receiving her M.A. degree in simultnaeous translation from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, she worked at The Korea Herald, the former YBM publisher, and the British Cultural Agency but after earning her additional M.A. degree in library science, she has been committed to the Korean Collection and is also active on the board of Korean Collections Consortium of North America.

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