Research and historical scholarship in Japan is at a wonderful moment of ferment, as Sino-NK reports from the Association of Asian Studies regional conference at Tokyo’s Sophia University. Papers on colonial modernity in Korea as well as Manchukuo are richly considered.
This post traces the work of a number of scholars of borderland studies who recently presented their work in Joensuu, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia. Sino-NK’s writers were thus surrounded by conceptual models of borderlands as concrete and liminal, real and imagined.
The purge and execution of a leading North Korean leader this past December has sent ripples through Chinese investors and the government in Beijing. In a presentation on Thursday, Adam Cathcart explores how North Korean strategies in Special Economic Zones along the Chinese frontier are changing.
Borderlands, a spatial element of the modern nation-state era, is a subject of great intellectual significance. Deep in Karelia the Association of Borderland Studies is holding its first ever World Conference. Naturally, Sino-NK is there examining Sino-DPRK-ROK relations in the borderlands frame.
Borderlands scholars recently met at Clare Hall, Cambridge University for the workshop “Tumen River Triangle in Northeast Asia,” organized by Heonik Kwon’s Beyond the Korean War project and Caroline Humphrey’s “Where Rising Powers Meet.” The participants, including many of Sino-NK’s own, discussed the historical continuities and contemporary changes in the Tumen River border region, with a focus on cross-border interactions, political topology, and economic transformations.
The 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, starting May 21, will cover a number of analytic bases, from conceptions of Utopia in American children’s literature to Chinese governmentality and Koreatown’s place in transnational urbanization. Sino-NK recaps the forthcoming event.
The Korean Economic Institute of America has been sponsoring a wealth of panels and research themes. Darcie Draudt recounts analysis of South Korean public opinion from a recent panel at the institute.