Conférence annuelle de l’Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 15-18 mars 2012
Plusieurs membres du Centre de recherches sur la Corée, UMR 8173 “Chine, Corée, Japon” EHESS-CNRS présenteront une communication dans les panels suivants :
Organizer and Chair: Koen De Ceuster, Leiden University, Belgium
Discussant: Koen De Ceuster, Leiden University, Belgium
One of Seoul’s main tourist attractions today is the reconstructed Gyeongbok Palace, presented as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. With the unveiling of the renovated Kwanghwa Gate on August 15, 2010, another phase in this ongoing reconstruction came to an end. Nearby the palace, construction of the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (aka ROK History Museum), scheduled for opening in 2013, is currently underway. Both the ongoing palace reconstruction and the planned museum are singular interventions in the public space that raise questions about heritage politics and the management of public memory. Designating a heritage site, erecting a monument, constructing a museum are all powerful political interventions that aim to shape and order public space and memory. This panel engages the complex social and cultural processes of the production and consumption of a historicized national space. Despite the clear power imbalance, the panel recognizes that these processes are dynamic, involving a variety of actors, both producers and consumers, that interact in intricate ways. Monuments and memorials appropriate places and capture moments in time, while museums provide coherent narratives on specific themes. Still, dissonances may appear when these are juxtaposed to other national/local/lineage monuments, memorials and/or museums. Mapping sites does not result in a single narrative, but rather a patchwork of snapshots of the past. Snapshots are also what visitors take home from their fleeting tours on the heritage trail. They capture the presented frozen past from their own various angles, shaped by their own interaction with public memory.
-“Joseon Renaissance”: The Decolonization of Gyeongbok Palace in Contemporary South Korea , Todd A. Henry
-Modernism, Memory, and National Identity in Korean Museums., Hong Kal
-Seoul Space Regeneration: Revisiting Konggan in the 1970s, Alain Delissen
-Sokkuram’s Interior Landscapes, Circa 1911., Robert Oppenheim
Organizer and Chair: Carl Frederick Young, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Recently, much attention on North Korea has been focussed on the issues of nuclear weapons, inter-Korean relations, and the Six Party talks. This panel will instead focus on other lesser known actors in relation to North Korea, dealing with both historical and contemporary issues through a multi-disciplinary approach. Religions have been important political actors with regard to North Korea since 1945. The fact that North Korea claims to be an officially atheist state while trying to show that it supports freedom of religion has led to tensions between religions and the North Korean state as well as efforts by the state to coopt religion. Many religious believers also fled to South Korea where they joined with their co-religionists there to use their political influence to affect inter-Korean relations. Three of the presentations will lay out the issues between North Korea and believers of the Ch’ondogyo, Catholic, and Protestant religions and the role of these religions as political actors. Diplomacy and foreign relations are also of major importance in North Korean issues. Although most attention has focussed on inter-Korean relations and on the US, Russia, Japan, and China, other actors also have interests in the peninsula. The European Union is an important global player, but has played an apparently subdued role in the North Korean issue. The final presentation of the panel will focus on the EU as a non-traditional political actor in the peninsula and its role in humanitarian and development assistance and human rights.
-Into the Sunset: Ch’ondogyo in North Korea, 1945-1950, Carl Frederick Young
-Korean elite members originating from the Northern part of the Korean Peninsula: the role of the Christian Churches in the making of social networks in the South and the evolution of the perception of the North from the mid-50’s to today, Marie-Orange Rive-lasan
-The South Korean Catholic Church’s Attitude towards North Korea: from antagonistic position to development of cooperation, Evelyne Cherel-Riquier
-EU-North Korean Relations, Youngmi Kim