WORKSHOP on the Agency of Korean Women and BAKS Annual General Meeting–29 September 2018, Wolfson College, Oxford

The Agency of Korean Women, 29 September 2018—BAKS Workshop, Wolfson College, Oxford

The British Association for Korean Studies (BAKS) will hold a one-day Workshop to be held at Wolfson College, Oxford, on 29 September 2018.

The BAKS Council wishes to celebrate the centenary of the expansion of suffrage to British women in 1918 by taking up the workshop theme of ‘The Agency of Korean Women’. The enfranchised UK electorate expanded from 7.7 million in 1912 to 21.4 million in 1918. Men benefited as well from the Representation of the People Act, because it extended suffrage to all men of 21 and older, while enfranchising women of 30 and older who owned property. Clearly, the advancement of women’s rights had the advantage of carrying men along in its wake. In 1928 all women 21 and older, with or without property, were enfranchised. As the suffragette movement and more recent feminist movements have shown, the enlargement of political, economic, and legal rights to females has not been a gift to women but has been fought for and won as a major expansion of the freedoms that underlie liberal democracies.

I attach a draft programme for the Workshop.

Venue: Wolfson College, Oxford (

Parking available at no cost.

Workshop registration fee (coffee/tea, lunch, wine): £15 for students and concessions; £25 for all others.

If you are planning to come and take lunch, please notify James Lewis ( so that an accurate count can be made for lunch and coffee/tea service.

Tentative schedule:

9.30                              Registration Opens with coffee service

10.20                            Welcome by the President of BAKS

10.30 ~ 12.30              Paper Presentations in the Haldane Room

12.30 ~ 1.30                Lunch in the Buttery (sandwich)

1.30 ~ 2.30                  AGM (new Council members and award of the Bill Skillend Prize)

2.30 ~ 4.00                  Paper Presentations in the Haldane Room

4.00 ~ 4.15                  Coffee/tea

4.15 ~ 5.45                  Paper Presentations in the Haldane Room

5.45 ~                          Closing remarks and wine reception

List of presenters and topics.