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제102회 컬로퀴엄 ̶ Emotions and the Making of Modern South Korea: Reflections from Popular Culture

등록일 : 2018.08.25 조회 : 95

규장각한국학연구원에서 8 30() 오후 4시에 제102회 컬로퀴엄을 개최합니다.

장소는 규장각 1층 회의실입니다.

이번 컬로퀴엄에서는 현재 규장각한국학연구원에 펠로로 와 계신 Ashman 선생님께서Emotions and the Making of Modern South Korea: Reflections from Popular Culture라는 주제로 발표해주실 예정입니다.

Ashman 선생님께서는 영국 스코틀랜드 소재 University of Stirling에서 유럽 영화미디어학으로 학사학위를 받으셨고, 2014년 호주 멜버른 소재 La Trobe University에서 Silent Sorrow, Blind Revenge: the cultural complex han in New Korean Cinema라는 논문으로 박사학위를 받으셨습니다.

아래에 발표 개요를 소개하오니 관심있는 많은 분들의 참여 부탁드립니다.


Modern South Korean nationalism has been interpreted from a number of perspectives: as an anchor for ethnicity, as a postcolonial construct, an expression of anti-Communism, a foil for the ‘illegitimate’ claims of the North, and an industrious resource for global competitiveness in business, popular culture and (fleetingly) sports. However, as the conceptual heir of, what historians have called, Chosŏn chŏngsin (‘The spirit of Chosŏn’), South Korean nationalism has not yet been been evaluated through the prism of ‘feeling’. During my fellowship at the Kyujanggak Institute, I have sought to ‘re-orientate history’, as minjung theorists were wont to say, around the emotion, han. In this colloquium, I will present a critical analysis of han that refutes the simplistic analogy that han is the ‘ethos of the Korean people’, and instead examines what this belief tells us about the nature of nationalism, ethnicity, culture and identity in South Korea, and why emotion has played such a pivotal role in these discourses, and thus, nation-building.

The inspiration for my work came from the analysis of the symbolic representation of han in New Korean Cinema (filmmaking from 1992 onwards), however, the scope of my research now extends to identifying three distinct stages of development in the discourse of han in the modern era: the first, bridging the Enlightenment Period (1896-1910) and Colonial Era (1910-1945), the second, establishing South Korean democracy (1948-1988), and the third, unravelling in South Korea’s globalised economy and society. The relevance of han to contemporary society is openly questioned now that the minjung revolution of the 1980s languishes a generation ago, nonetheless, an increasing degree of freedom of expression in cinema has allowed the historical traumas related to han to come to screen. Moreover, current psychological interest in framing han as a ‘culture-specific syndrome’ points to the ways in which han has left the public forum yet continued to seep into the unconscious, individual experience. This leads me to argue that han exists as a cultural complex, rather than historical fact, whose affect has not waned, even if the names for its feelings have changed. To conclude the presentation, I will touch upon what I believe to be ‘the future’ of han, and the evolving emotional landscape reflected in South Korean popular media.


주제어: history of emotions, popular culture, cultural complexes

발표자: Amalya Layla Ashman 박사(규장각한국학연구원 객원연구원)

사회자: Sem Vermeersch 교수 (규장각한국학연구원)

일 시: 2018 8 30() 16:00~18:00

장 소: 규장각 1층 회의실 (112)

문 의: 규장각 국제한국학센터 (Tel. 880-9378)