Launches of new Korean Studies institutions and academic programs in the United Kingdom are an extremely rare event. Sino-NK marks the arrival of the University of Central Lancashire’s Institute of Korean Studies, under the guidance of Professor Hazel Smith.
Korean scholarship on the banks of the Neva river has been ongoing for the best part of 150 years, and the Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention in Europe 2015 sought to continue the tradition. This Yongusil explores the exceptional contributions from Jerome de Wit, Andrew Jackson and others.
Last week, seven elite exiles from North Korea made a splash at Leiden University in the Netherlands, delivering a damning indictment of the role of the Party Organization and Guidance Department in the country’s extensive system of repression. Sino-NK was there en masse.
Yongusil 45: PRC Power Consolidation, the Korean War, and the “Cold Front” of Historical Research in Hong Kong
In a conference which took place on September 15-16 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an array of new scholarship was presented which indicated the scope and depth of the Chinese Communist Party’s power consolidation during the Korean War. Sino-NK’s own Adam Cathcart presented his work alongside several up-and-coming students and established scholars.
Several Sino-NK staff played important roles at this engagement-focussed conference in Boston, which also included contributions from Scott Snyder, Bradley Babson, and Fredrick Carriere.
A panel from the recent Oceanic Conference on International Studies at the University of Melbourne addressed the thematic and theoretical crossroads at which the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, North Korean socialization within its institutional framework, and a consideration of climate change from a “Relative Gains” perspective combine; Sino-NK was there.
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.