Korea's War and Peace: An Intimate History
Professor Heonik Kwon 권헌익 | Trinity College, University of Cambridge
일시: 2018년 11월 23일 금요일 오후 5시~6시 30분
장소: 대우관 별관 105호
The Korean War was a tragic bellum civile but also a destructive bellum sociale. Reviewing how the latter aspect of civil war as societal war has been accounted for in South Korea’s postwar literature and arts, I argue in this talk that these representations of the war experience run counter to the idea of the social that prevails in the existing social history of modern warfare. Ultimately, the issue at stake points to a radical rethinking of the relationship of kinship to history and politics.
Heonik Kwon is Senior Research Fellow and Distinguished Research Professor at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and previously taught at the London School of Economics and Edinburgh University. An internationally renowned scholar on war and memory, his publications include the Clifford Geertz Prize-winning After the Massacre, Ghosts of War in Vietnam, and The Other Cold War. He has just completed a book delving into intimate histories of the Korean War.
About Shinhan Distinguished Faculty Seminar at UIC:
Every year, UIC invites a number of distinguished visiting faculty from around the world to give public lectures and hold two-week intensive seminars. This Shinhan Seminar provides a critical understanding of the history and memory of the Cold War. Drawing upon selected literary texts and cultural and historical materials, the course will focus on Korea’s place in the global conflict and the related idea of plurality in historical experience. We will study how the bipolarization of politics was closely intertwined with the decolonization of the political order in Korea and in a broader Asian context and also explore the Cold War in the sphere of intimate historical experience--memory and mourning.