General Meeting at the 2014 AAS – other AAS news

As usual, we will have the CKS General Meeting during the upcoming AAS meeting in Philadelphia. It is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 at 8: 30 PM. The venue is room 414/415 at the conference hotel, the Downton Marriott. Everybody with an interest in Korean Studies is welcome to attend, and to bring up any concerns or questions regarding the place of Korean Studies at the AAS.

Please also note the following related events:
- CKS-sponsored panel: roundtable on Teaching Premodern Korea (session 152, Friday 28 March, 3:15-5:15 PM, Grand Ballroom Salon 8)
- NEAC-sponsored panel: Community, Governance, and the Everyday: Cultural Politics of Affect in Modern Korea (session 87, Friday 28 March, 10:45 AM -12:45 PM, room 404)

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New CKS board members after San Diego

Following a ballot via Survey Monkey on which well over 100 people voted – thanks! – Don Baker (UBC) and Wayne Patterson (St Norbert’s College) were elected as the new CKS board members for 2013-2015. They replace Sonja Kim and Todd Henry whose term ended as of the San Diego AAS meeting. Welcome on board, Don and Wayne – and thanks for your hard work Sonja and Todd!

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Minutes for the 2013 AAS general meeting at San Diego

This is a summary of what was discussed at the General Meeting of the Committee on Korean Studies at the San Diego AAS meeting on March 29, 2013. The meeting was chaired by Todd Henry; the minutes were prepared by Youngju Ryu,


I. Welcoming remarks

II. Introduction of the Executive Board

- Outgoing members: Todd Henry (UC San Diego; current chair), Sonja Kim (SUNY Binghampton)

- Continuing members: Kelly Jeong (UC Riverside; new chair), SemVermeersch (Seoul National University)

- Incoming members: George Kallander (Syracuse University), Youngju Ryu (University of Michigan), Koen de Ceuster (Leiden University) Continue reading

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CKS meeting at AAS San Diego

The general meeting of the CKS – open to all! – will take place in room Emma A (in the conference venue, Manchester Grand Hyatt) from 9:30 PM onwards on Friday 22 March. Be there! Besides introducing the new CKS committee members, the following items will be on the agenda:

  • report by the chair on CKS activities over the past year
  • the role of CKS at the AAS and beyond
  • useful and necessary updates/improvements to the website
  • CKS operation: elections, division of role, how you can help,…
  • any other item you feel is relevant!
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New CKS board members

This January the elections for new board members were conducted; a big thank you to all who voted (100+)!
We would like to welcome Koen De Ceuster (Leiden), George Kallander (Syracuse), and Youngju Ryu (Michigan). After AAS 2013, they will replace Todd Henry and Sonja Kim.

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Nominations for new CKS board members (2012)

All current members of AAS who have listed Korea as their first area of interest should have received an e-mail asking them to nominate three people to replace outgoing board members. The three people with the most nominations will be contacted and asked if they agree to stand for election. If you haven’t nominated anyone yet, please do so now! If you can no longer find the e-mail with instructions on how to nominate, please send an e-mail to sem_ver[at] We haven’t received many nominations yet, so please take one minute to do so. And please choose someone who has not yet served!

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Minutes for the CKS General Meeting at AAS 2012

The agenda at the Committee on Korean Studies (CKS) General Meeting, which took place at the 2012 AAS in Toronto, consisted of four main items:

  • Report on the past year’s activities
  • Introduction and discussion of the new CKS website/newsletter
  • Discussion on Korean Studies resources (DVD, library)
  • Discussion of the future of the CKS

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Call for Papers – CKS-sponsored panels for San Diego AAS (2013)

Beginning with the AAS in Toronto (2012), the Committee on Korean Studies (CKS) has been sponsoring innovative panels on Korean studies that present the broader Asian studies community with a knowledge that is inter-disciplinary, transnational, comparative, and relevant to the issues of today’s world.  Continuing this tradition, CKS is planning to sponsor one panel at the upcoming AAS in San Diego (2013) which places the history, culture, politics, and/or economy of the Korean peninsula in global perspectives.  We are especially interested in non-traditional formats (i.e., roundtable) that are tightly focused around a pressing issue of debate, innovative methodological approaches, and comparative perspectives. Some possible examples include (1) Representations of the “foreign” in contemporary Korean culture and (2) Discourses on youth and popular culture in neo-liberal South Korea.  We encourage panel applicants to consider these guidelines as they formulate proposals.  All proposals will be vetted through the standard process.  If chosen, CKS will nominate a panel for sponsorship. For further details, please contact CKS chair (2012-13), Todd A. Henry, at

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2012 CKS General Meeting Announcement

The Committee on Korean Studies (CKS) General Meeting at the 2012 AAS Annual Meeting in Toronto will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 8:45 to 10:15 pm in the York Room at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Hope to see you there!

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Introducing the Premiere of CKS-sponsored Panels

Beginning this year, the annual conference of the AAS will feature its first CKS-sponsored panels. Born out of discussions from last year’s CKS membership meeting, the panels seek to highlight current trends in Korean Studies and to make intellectual trends in this field more accessible to scholars in other fields. Envisioned as an interdisciplinary and collaborative forum, this year’s AAS will hold back-to-back to panels to allow for meaningful discussions during a five-hour period.

The CKS-sponsored panels this year will be held in the first two panel session times, and deal with issues surrounding the urban space(s) of Seoul. “Seoul I: Transforming the City: Governmentality, Urban Planning and Social Movements” (panel #21, Thursday, 4–6 pm, organized by Joy Kim of Princeton University) follows the various permutations of the city (Hanyang, Hansǒng, Keijō, and Seoul) in the 20th and 21st century in both real governed and imagined states as the city developed through strategic urban planning. This panel focuses on how the Japanese colonial government, Park Chunghee’s anti-Communist agenda, and contemporary desires to efface the urban poor and commemorate Seoul’s history contended with competing interests (including pedestrians and consumers), and the often times unintended or unpredictable consequences of those strategies. Panelists include Baek Yung Kim of Kwangwoon University, Changmo Ahn of Kyunggi University, Lisa Kim Davis of UCLA, and Joy Kim. Christine Kim of Georgetown University will serve as discussant. Seoul I Panel Information [PDF]

“Seoul II–City Montage in Art, Architecture, and Moving Images” (panel #48, Thursday, 7:30–9:30 pm, organized by Ellie Choi of Cornell University) approaches Seoul as a visual text. Using aesthetic and textual practices, writers, artists, and ordinary residents, it shows how these actors produced alternate visions of the city that challenged the homogenizing articulations of modernity planned under Japanese colonialism and during the Park Chung-hee era. Panelists Se-Mi Oh of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Chunghoon Shin of Binghamton University, and Ellie Choi will trace the multiple expressions of urban subjectivity by reading commercial signage of colonial Seoul, alterity in a colonial city that doubled Tokyo’s metropolitan modernity, and experimental art of the late 1960s. Seo Yongchae of Hanshin University and the editor-in-chief of Munhak tongnae will serve as discussant. Seoul II Panel Information [PDF]

submitted by Todd Henry and Sonja Kim

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