Panel Information

Panel 1: Translating Empire: Concepts, Practices and Institutions
(Friday April 22nd, 9:30–11:30 am)

Justine Guichard, Research Associate (Political Science)
SciencesPo, Paris
Visiting Scholar, Columbia University

“Colonial Translations of Liberalism: “Freedom” in Korean Literature from the Late 1910s to the Early 1920s”
Jin-Kyung Lee, Associate Professor (Literature)
University of California: San Diego

“‘O! Splendid Shadow, Black Wings’: Mechanism, Misrecognition, and Aerial Warfare in 1950s South Korean Literature”
I Jonathan Kief, Ph.D. Candidate (Literature, History)
Columbia University

“Integrating agriculture into empire: nonggye in policy and practice, 1910-1945”
Holly Stephens, Ph.D. Candidate (History, Economic History)
University of Pennsylvania


Panel 2: The Nation on the International Stage: Literature, Heritage, and Sport
(Friday April 22nd, 12:30–3:00 pm)

Mi-ryong Shim, Assistant Professor (Literature, History)
Northwestern University

“The 1940 Tokyo Olympic Games and Colonial Korea”
Seok Lee, Ph.D. Candidate (History, Politics)
University of Pennsylvania

“Refusing the Empire of Bases: Gangjeong Village’s Culture of Peace and Life Movement”
Nan Kim, Associate Professor (Anthropology, History)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Made in (South) Korea: How Preserving Tradition Led to K-Lit”
Jenny Wang Medina, Ph.D. (Literature, Cultural History)
Columbia University


Panel 3: National Uses of Transnational Pasts
(Friday, April 22nd 3:30–6:00 PM) 

Frederick Dickinson, Professor (History)
University of Pennsylvania

“The Case of the Art and Archaeology of Koguryo and Palhae as the World Cultural Heritage”
Ah-Rim Park, Professor (Art History, History)
Sookmyung Women’s University

“Sinographic Nationalism: Cho So-ang’s Sino-Korean Writing in Republican China”
Songyeol Han, Ph.D. Candidate (History, East Asian Studies)
Princeton University

“Nationalism and the Samguk sagi’s Problematic Representation of Early Korean History—another largely unacknowledged elephant in the rooms of power”
Jonathan Best, Professor Emeritus (History)
Wesleyan University

“The Colonial Trap: Nationalist Bias and the Allure of Pseudohistory”
Mark E. Byington, Project Director, Early Korea Project (Archaeology, History)
Harvard University



Panel 4:

Korea and American Empire
(Saturday April 23rd 9:00–11:15 AM)

Kornel Chang, Associate Professor, (History, American Studies)
Rutgers, University College–Newark

Alden H. Young, Assistant Professor (History, Africana Studies)
Drexel University

“C.A.R.E.: Building an Empire through Humanitarian Food Aid, 1957-1966”
Dajeong Chung, Visiting Assistant Professor (History)
The College of William and Mary

“A Force for Development: The Scalar Politics of Militarized Urbanism in Pyeongtaek”
Bridget Martin, PhD Candidate (Geography, Politics)
University of California, Berkeley

“Developing Gangnam – Water, State, and Society in Modern Korea”
Sang-ho Ro, Assistant Professor (History)
Ewha Womans University

Panel 5: Symbols of Sovereignty: Ritual, Law, and Geography
(Saturday, April 23rd 11:30 AM–1:30 PM)

Masato Hasegawa, Visiting Assistant Professor (History)
New York University

“Between Imperial and Tributary Sovereignty: Qing-Choson Interstate Legal Cases, 1630s-1790s”
Jaymin Kim, Ph.D. Candidate (History, Chinese Studies)
University of Michigan

“Imagined Territory: Paektusan in Late Chosŏn Maps and Writings”
Nianshen Song, Postdoctoral Fellow (History, Geography)
Vassar College

“Civilized and Barbarous Are as One: The Guan Yu Cult and Textual Spaces in Nineteenth-Century Chosŏn-Qing Discourses of Tribute and State Legitimacy”
Joshua Van Lieu, Assistant Professor (History, Religion)
LaGrange College


Panel 6:

Imperial Transitions
(Saturday, April 23rd 2
:30–4:30 PM)

Sixiang Wang, Postdoctoral Researcher (History, East Asian Literature)
University of Pennsylvania


“Our Chosŏn: China’s Policy toward Korea between Zongfanism and Colonialism, 1882–1895”
Yuanchong Wang, Assistant Professor (History, International Relations)
University of Delaware

“A State of Ranches and Forests: The Environmental Legacy of the Mongol Empire on the Korean Peninsula”
John Lee, Ph.D. Candidate (History, Environmental Studies)
Harvard University

“Two Empires, Two Imperialisms: Land Surveys and Taxation Mechanisms in the Korean Empire (1897-1910) and the Colonial Period (1910-1945)”
Sora Kim, Ph.D. Candidate (History, Economics)
Seoul National University


Panel 7: Korean Diasporas: Experiences of Ethnicity
(Saturday April 23rd 5:00–7:00 PM)

June Hee Kwon, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow (Cultural Anthropology)
New York University

War Orphans, Capitalist Family, and Postwar North Korea’s State Form as Exchange
Cheehyung Kim, Assistant Professor (History, Asian Studies)
University of Missouri

“The Manchukuo Paradox: Kong Chinhang and the Discourse of Ethnic Harmony”
Rolf I. Siverson, Ph.D. Candidate (History)
University of Pennsylvania

“Biocultural imperialism among Korea’s diasporic social bodies”
Amelia Schubert, Ph.D. Candidate (Geography, Cultural Studies)
University of Colorado at Boulder