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Beyond the Headlines: North Korea’s Politics, Society, and Culture

     

Behind the Headlines: North Korea’s Politics, Society, and Culture
One-Day Workshop and Film Screening
Part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of UO’s Asian Studies Program

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm: Film Screening of “Comrade Kim Goes Flying”
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:45 am: “Behind the Headlines: North Korea’s Politics,
Society, and Culture” Workshop
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Ford Hall

Thursday, May 3, 2018: “Comrade Kim Goes Flying”
Screening of the 2012 film “Comrade Kim Goes Flying” filmed entirely in North Korea. The film tells the story of a young coal miner and her dreams of becoming an acrobat. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring

Panel:
Sangita Gopal, Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, UO
Dong Hoon Kim, Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, UO
Immanuel Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies, Binghamton University

Friday, May 4, 2018: “Behind the Headlines” Workshop
North Korea is much in the news these days, yet the country remains mysterious to most Americans. This one-day workshop brings world-renowned experts on North Korea to the UO campus, giving the public an opportunity to learn what’s behind the headlines and how to interpret the ongoing tensions between North Korea and the international community.

8:45 am: Introduction and Welcome Address

9:00 am: Keynote Address: “Three Extraordinary Things That Are Common between Two Korean Societies” by Heonik Kwon, Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

10:30 am: Historical and Comparative Perspectives of Politics
Chair: Han Yong Sup, Vice President and Professor, Korean National Defense University

Youngjun Kim, Professor, Korean National Defense University: “Origins of North Korean Garrison State and the Making of the North Korean Middle Class”

Tuong Vu, Professor, Political Science, UO: “The North Korean Revolution in Comparative Perspective”

1:15 pm: Domestic and International Dynamics
Chair: Jane Cramer, Associate Professor, Political Science, UO

Hyung Gu Lynn, Professor, AECL/KEPCO Chair in Korean Research, University of British Columbia: “Past Presents: North Korea’s History-Based Policies”

Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus, Portland State University: “The Art of the Deal with North Korea: The Case for Engagement”

2:15 pm: Society and Culture
Chair: HyeRyoung Ok, Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communications, UO

Sandra Fahy, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sophia University: “The State as Ventriloquist: North Korea’s Ersatz Civil Society and Human Rights”

Dafna Zur, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University: “Making Science Moral in Postwar North Korean Youth Culture”

3:45 pm: Arts and Media
Chair: Jina Kim, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dickinson College/UO Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Dong Hoon Kim, Associate Professor, UO Cinema Studies: “Between Self-reliance and Globalism: North Korean Cinema on a Global Stage”

Immanuel Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University: “I Spy a Spy: Social Anxiety in North Korean Comedy Film Boasting Too Much”