Book Review: Korean Musical Drama: P’ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernity by Haekyung Um

Haekyung Um: Korean Musical Drama: P’ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernity. SOAS Musicological Series. Farnham: Ashgate 2013. 254pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-6276-1.   This volume explores how a variety of facets of modernity have produced today’s p’ansori, an art genre classified as ‘traditional’. Through considering its development, Um aims to illuminate the presence of tradition, overcoming the old dichotomy between… Read more →

Book Review: Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea by Andrew Killick

Andrew Killick: Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea. xi + 237pp. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4094-2030-9.   Aiming for a confluence between East and West, as Chou Wen-chung (Chang 2006; Lai 2009) argues, Andrew Killick’s book on Hwang Byungki attempts to show how the two regions could be merged while at the… Read more →

Book Review: Korean P’ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History by Yeonok Jang

Yeonok Jang: Korean P’ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History. Lanham MD: Scarecrow Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0-8108-8461-8 (cloth), 978-0-8108-8462-5 (ebook).   Not so long ago, Korean music was the preserve of a few little known scholars, with the non-Koreans by some curious twist of fate concentrated in Britain (Jonathan Condit, Keith Pratt, Robert C. Provine); today, the concentration in Britain continues, with our… Read more →

BAKS Bursaries 2014–2015 announced

The British Association for Korean Studies administers two bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The deadline for both schemes this year is April 8th, 2014. 1) British Korean Society Post-Graduate Bursary Download details and form here. The British Korean Society, through the Bursary Committee of the British Association for Korean Studies, is offering four £1000 bursaries on a competitive basis to post-graduate… Read more →

New issue of BAKS Papers published

Volume 15 of our journal BAKS Papers is now available to buy from this website. Please click the link below to purchase. BAKS Papers volume 15 (2013) Buy BAKS Papers 15 ‘The Korean Peninsula in 2032′ Contents: Editorial Introduction, ‘The Korean Peninsula in 2032′ Hyun-Gwi Park, ‘The ‘Multicultural Family’ and the Politics of Selective Inclusion in South Korea’ Glen David… Read more →

CFP: Korean Cinema in a Transnational Context – Chinese-Korean Connections and Beyond

When not researched as national cinema, Korean cinema has been most often studied as South Korean cinema’s relation to former colonialist and contemporary rival Japan or the big Other of Hollywood. But Korean Cinema in a Transnational Context is multiple and rhizomatic. It is both North and South Korean, and its connections move in many other less-explored directions. In this… Read more →

PhD and MA Scholarships for Korean Studies at the University of Auckland

The University of Auckland Korean Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for two PhD and two Master of Arts (MA) scholarships in Korean Studies funded by the Academy for Korean Studies. Applications in all areas of Korean Studies will be considered but applicants specialising in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: Anthropology and Ethnomusicology, Korean… Read more →

JEAS Conference 2013 – schedule now available

The Joint East Asian Studies Conference is organised by the British Association for Korean Studies along with the British Association for Chinese Studies and the British Association for Japanese Studies. This year it will be held at the University of Nottingham, 5-7 September. The draft schedule for conference presentations has now been published on the conference website and can be… Read more →

BAKS Bursaries 2013–2014

The British Association for Korean Studies administers a number of bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The deadline for all three schemes is Monday April 8th, 2013. 1) British Korean Society Post-Graduate Bursary Download details and form here. The British Korean Society, through the Bursary Committee of the British Association for Korean Studies, is offering two £1000 bursaries on a competitive basis… Read more →