Book Review: North Korea: Markets and Military Rule, by Hazel Smith

Hazel Smith, North Korea. Markets and Military Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2014), ISBN 978-0-521-72344-2 Reviewed by Robert Winstanley-Chesters, University of Cambridge (Beyond the Korean War) and University of Leeds (School of Geography) North Korea is a sovereign space surrounded on all metaphorical, analytical and conceptual sides by common sense. It is common sense that Pyongyang’s government is an autocratic, reactionary… Read more →

City University of New York (CUNY)–Assistant Professor in Korean literature

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT   The Department of Classical, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), invites applications for Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Korean literature, broadly conceived, to begin in the fall semester of 2016. We particularly welcome applicants whose research and teaching interests extend to related fields such as film, cultural… Read more →

Pre-modern Korean Literature Oxford-Wolfson Min Sunshik Graduate Scholarship

Oxford-Wolfson Min Sunshik Graduate Scholarship Wolfson College and the International Communication Foundation are offering a fully funded graduate scholarship at the University of Oxford from the beginning of the academic year 2016-2017 for a student undertaking a DPhil course in Korean Literature. This scholarship is part-funded by the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matched Fund.   Applicants proposing to work on pre-modern… Read more →

Postgraduate Scholarship to go to Korea 2016

Postgraduate Scholarship to go to Korea 2016 The Royal Legion’s website is now accepting applications for the Postgraduate Scholarship to go to Korea 2016: Application deadline is 18th December 2015. Read more →

Engage Korea 2015, December 12, University of Cambridge

Engage Korea 2015 Saturday, December 12, 2015 9:00 – 18:00 Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, UK   Confirmed speakers include: Anastasia Konyakhina, Research Associate in the Department of Social and Political Studies in the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of Peoples of the Far East at the… Read more →

Book Review: Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945 by Todd A. Henry

Todd A. Henry. Assimilating Seoul: Japanese Rule and the Politics of Public Space in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945. University of California Press: Berkeley, 2014. 320 pp. ISBN: 9780520276550 Book review by Steven Denney, PhD Candidate at University of Toronto   Todd Henry’s Assimilating Seoul is the first book written about Seoul during the colonial period. It adds to the scholarship in the English language… Read more →

Book Review: The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov

Andrei Lankov, The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013); pp. 304. ISBN 978-0-19-996429-1. Hb. £16.99 Book review by Adam Cathcart, University of Leeds.   Socialist nostalgia is a powerful thing in northeast Asia. North Korea’s current leader Kim Jong-un (or, more correctly perhaps, his group of handlers) has wielded it at… Read more →

Book Review: Infected Korean Language: Purity Versus Hybridity From The Sinographic Cosmopolis To Japanese Colonialism To Global English by Koh Jongsok

Koh Jongsok, Infected Korean Language: Purity versus Hybridity from the Sinographic Cosmopolis to Japanese Colonialism to Global English. (Ross King, Trans.) (Amherst, NY, Cambria Press, 2014); pp. 312; tables, glossary, index. ISBN 978-1-60497-871-1. Hb. £75.99 Book review by Simon Barnes-Sadler, PhD student at SOAS, University of London.     Ross King’s new translation of Koh Jongsok’s collection of linguistic essays is a… Read more →

PhD Scholarships at Stockholm University

2 PhD students in Asian Languages and Cultures, specialization Korean at Stockholm University, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies   Ref. No. SU FV-2687-15 Closing date: 15/10/2015 Qualification requirements In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60… Read more →

BAKS Event: Writing North Korean Social History

On Friday 11th September, BAKS will co-host a workshop with SOAS Centre of Korean Studies on North Korean social history. This event will bring together leading scholars from around the world working on North Korean history. Registration is free for BAKS members, and costs £15 for non-members. More details and a link for registration can be found on the event web page… Read more →