History, Memory and the Politics of Memorialization in Contemporary Korea
Leiden University, The Netherlands, 24-27 October 2011.
In late October 2011, the Department of Korean Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands will be hosting its third one-week Intensive Course for Graduate Students. This intensive course is organized within the framework of the AKS-funded research project “History as Social Process: Unconventional historiographies of Korea,” a project that deals with the production, representation and dissemination of historical narratives of Korea. Flagship of the project is the e-Journal Korean Histories [www.koreanhistories.net]
In this year’s course, Koen De Ceuster will engage the relationship between public history, cultural memory and Korea’s memorial landscape. Monuments and memorials inscribe the landscape with history; they occupy, historicize and order public space, and claim to teach a proper understanding of history. As South Korea embarked on a process of democratization, this understanding of the nation’s history came under scrutiny. The apparently immutable memorial landscape felt the ripple effect of the push for historical justice and the demand for settling the past. Charting the ongoing changes in the memorial landscape in the process of democratization allows an insight into the dynamic complexity of the social construction of public history/memory.
The subject of this year’s course touches upon a wide array of subjects, ranging from historical theory to politics of memory, from oral history to heritage policies, from nation building to identity formation, from academic history to historical representations in popular culture.
Students enrolled in MA or PhD programmes are entitled to apply. Participation in the course is free, but the number of participants is capped at 12 students. Participating students are required to write a 1,500 word discussion paper on a topic agreed upon in consultation with the lecturer and circulated to all participants in advance.
Following the intensive course, Professor John Duncan (UCLA) will present the third AKS-Leiden Colloquium Lecture. On 28-29 October, the second international workshop “History as Social Practice: Unconventional Historiographies of Korea,” will be hosted in Leiden. Participants in the intensive course are expected to attend both events.
Applications will be accepted thru June 30.
A grant of up to 400.- Euro/pp will help cover travel costs. Accommodation will be paid partially or in full, depending on funding.