Korean Ethnography Now: Building on the Legacy of Nancy Abelmann

Department: Center for Critical Korean Studies

Date and Time: February 15, 2018 - February 16, 2018 | 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

Event Location: HG 1010

Event Details

This workshop is in memory of Nancy Abelmann, a beloved friend, mentor, teacher, and colleague whose scholarship is influential to interdisciplinary fields of Korean Studies, Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Gender Studies, Urban and Transnational Studies. She was Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (Humanities, Arts and Related Fields) and the Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She wrote on family, class, gender, education, and migration with a focus on South Korea and Korean/Asian America. Abelmann also co-directed the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI, www.eui.uiuc.edu) and served as the director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies from 2005-2008. She published books on social movements in contemporary South Korea; women and social mobility in post-colonial South Korea; Korean America; and South Korean film. Her recent monographs and edited volumes include The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problems of Segregation (Duke University Press, 2009), No Alternative? Experiments in South Korean Education (Berkeley: Global, Area, and International Archive / University of California Press, 2012) and South Korea’s Education Exodus: The Life and Times of Study Abroad (Seattle University of Washington Press, 2015). She was also the PI of an Academy of Korean Studies-funded Laboratory for the Globalization of Korean Studies, The Korean Family in Comparative Perspective.

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Papers will be pre-circulated. Please contact Erica Yun (erica.yun@uci.edu) for a link to the papers.

Thursday, February 15

12:00 PM

12:30 PM 
Opening remarks
Speakers: Martin Manalansan and Nicole Constable

1:00 PM
Session 1: Yoonjung Kang
Discussants: Nicole Constable, Jiyeon Kang, and Nan Kim
Session 2: Agnes Sohn
Discussants: Martin Manalansan, Laurel Kendall, and Jeongsu Shin
Session 3: Dohye Kim
Discussants: Laurel Kendall, Nan Kim, and Jiyeon Kang

4:00 PM
Open discussion of potential edited volume
Participant only

Friday, February 16

12:00 PM

1:00 PM
Session 4: Ga Young Chung
Discussants: Martin Manalansan, Nan Kim, and Agnes Sohn
Session 5: Jeongsu Shin
Discussants: Nicole Constable, Laural Kendall, and Yoonjung Kang
Session 6: Jiyeon Kang
Discussants: Nicole Constable, Agnes Sohn, and Ga Young Chung
Session 7: Nan Kim
Martin Manalansan, Yoonjung Kang, and Dohye Kim

5:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Speaker: Laurel Kandall

6:00 PM
Location: Humanities Gateway Lobby