Institute for Korean Studies Inaugural Celebration


January 12, 2017, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

City View Room, 1957 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

(Downloadable Program)

10:30 – 10:50          Registration

10:50 – 12:00          Inaugural Ceremony

Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Moderator

National Anthems of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea

Welcome Remarks                 

Gregg A, Brazinsky, Interim Director, GW Institute for Korean Studies

Jisoo M. Kim, Director, GW Institute for Korean Studies

Opening Remarks

Steven Knapp, President, George Washington University

Congratulatory Remarks

William D. Adams, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

Ahn Ho-Young, Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United States of America

Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

Seong-Kon Kim, President, Literature Translation Institute-Korea

Ki-Dong Lee, President, Academy of Korean Studies

Sihyung Lee, President, Korea Foundation

Douglas B. Shaw, Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy, GW

Ben Vinson III, Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GW             

12:00 – 12:15          Ribbon Cutting Ceremony                                             

Celebratory Music

District Ensemble: Heejung Jung, cello; Jie Hyue Kim, violin; Teresa Min Seun Kim, flute

James Jongsik Joo, tenor

“Arirang,” “Onward to the Land of Hope”

12:15 – 1:20            Lunch Reception

Inaugural Conference: The Korean Humanities and the Korean Diaspora

Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Moderator


1:30 – 3:30             

Wiebke Denecke, “Towards Comparative Studies of the Sinographic Sphere: The Poetics of Literary Beginnings in Korea and Japan”

Young-Key Kim-Renaud, “Yongbiŏch’ŏn ka and the Korean Humanities”

Sookja Cho, “Rhapsody for Humanity: Expanding Self and Space in the Borderlands of Seventeenth-Century Korean War Narratives”

Michael J. Pettid, “Writing Women in Pre-modern Korea”

Grace Koh, Commentary

3:30 – 3:40              Break

3:40 – 5:40             

We Jung Yi, “Writing between Worlds: Choi In-hun and Alternative Globalities in Korean Literature”

Christopher P. Hanscom, “The Return of the Real in Contemporary South Korean Fiction”

Seong-Kon Kim, “The Spiritual Exile and (Post) Diasporic Identities of Korean American and Korean Writers: Don Lee and Han Kang”

Moon Chung-hee, “The Future of the Korean Diaspora”

James H. Mattson, Commentary

5:40 – 6:00              General discussion


Institute for Korean Studies

The mission of the GW Institute for Korean Studies (GW-IKS) is to consolidate, strengthen, and grow the existing Korean studies program at GW, and in the greater D.C. area. The resources of the institute will be used to establish a lecture series, annual signature conference, and works in progress seminar while providing support for the popular Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Humanities. It will also assist in recruiting new graduate students interested in Korean studies.