7th Annual KSI Graduate Student Symposium 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 9:30am to 6:00pm

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Ahn House (AHN), 100
809 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The USC Korean Studies Institute is pleased to announce the seventh annual graduate student symposium.

This symposium aims to professionalize graduate students, nurture their scholarship, and create interdisciplinary networks of Ph.D. students working on research related to Korea, East Asia, and/or Asian diasporas. The symposium provides students from USC and various institutions with the chance to meet and share research in progress with their peers and participating faculty.

This symposium is open only to graduate students. Students from other universities are welcome to join. All participants may access papers ahead of time. Papers will get submitted a few weeks in advance for those who RSVP online.


10:00-11:30 | Panel 1: Korea Through the Lens of Media and Literature

Jeehyun Choi (UC Berkeley, English Literature), “Breaking Cycles: The Problem of National History in Richard Kim’s The Innocent.” 

Lindsay Roberts (USC, East Asian Area Studies), “Witnessing the Homeless Zombie in Yeon Sang-ho’s Seoul Station: Ethical Spectatorship through the Documentary Mode.”

David Hur (UC Santa Barbara, Comparative Literature) “The Stereophonic Apparatus of Han-Gook: /s/iting Korean American Subjects.”

Discussant: Laura Ha Reizman (UCLA, Asian Languages and Cultures)

Moderator: Na Young Lee (USC)

1:00-2:30 | Panel 2: Emerging Issues in North Korea

Sea Young Kim (Georgetown, Asian Studies), “China’s Crackdown on North Korean Refugees: North Korean Provocation Intensify Border Control.”

Angela McClean (UC San Diego, Sociology), “Constructing the Discursive Field of Nanmin (“Refugees”): Symbolic Boundaries in South Korea.”

Sojung Kim (Johns Hopkins, Anthropology), “Shadows of Two Koreas: Voices of North Korean Migrants, Bukhan Gohyang Saram in South Korea.”

Discussant: Jae Kyun Kim (KSI Postdoctoral Fellow)

Moderator: Minwoo Jung (USC)

2:45-4:15 | Panel 3: Bridging Traditional and Non-Traditional Security Agendas

Na Young Lee (USC, Political Science and International Relations), “Systemic Comparison of Pattern of Violence in Pre-Modern East Asia and Western Europe.”

Kyuri Park (USC, Political Science and International Relations), “The Role of Authority in US Arms Sales in East Asia.”

Jee Hyun Park (Sophia University, Global Studies), “Human Security in the Asia Pacific Region through the lens of South Korea’s Official Development Assistance.”

Discussant: Inyoung Min (USC Graduate, Political Science and International Relations)

Moderator: King Kwong Wong (USC)

4:30-6:00 | Faculty Professionalization Panel

Minjeong Kim (San Diego State, Sociology)
Hyun Suk Park (UCLA)


This conference is supported by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2014-OLU-2250003).

Please contact Sarah Shear if you have any questions.




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University Park Campus




Open to graduate students from USC and outside universities.

Korean Studies Institute (KSI)
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