Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Korea

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies | April 27 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Early Korea is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand human society on the Korean peninsula in ancient times, make the case for the relevance of the region to world history and archaeology, and critically appraise how ancient history is used in the present to foster notions of Korean identity. It draws together a number of traditional disciplines such as history, archaeology, art history, and linguistics and demands engagement with diverse methodologies and evidence.

This conference seeks to showcase interesting and innovative approaches to the peninsula that contribute to the development of the field in several key areas:
-Engagement with methodologies beyond traditional archaeological and historical analyses
-Overcoming constraints resulting from an adherence to a small number of problematic textual sources
-Re-drawing the boundaries imposed by contemporary geonationalism to offer a broad integrative perspective
-Critical appraisal of the concept of ‘Korea’ as a subjective analytical category

The conference is also designed to bring scholars not working on Korean material into the discussion as well as draw attention to recent political developments in Korea that have had a significant impact on the academic freedom and future sustainability of the field.



SCHEDULE

10:00-10:15 OPENING REMARKS

10:15-12:00 SESSION I: REWRITING THREE KINGDOMS HISTORY WITH MATERIALS CULTURE

"Koguryo Elite Tombs"
Mark Byington, Harvard University

"Paekche King Kŭnch’ogo’s Twisted Journey to the South: A Textual and Archaeological Perspective"
Dennis Lee, Yonsei University

"Wooden Inscriptions and the Culture of Writing in Sabi Paekche"
Marjorie Burge, UC Berkeley

Discussant: Jonathan Best, Wesleyan University

12:00-1:00 LUNCH BREAK

1:00-2:45 SESSION II: IDENTITY IN LIMINAL SPACES

"Becoming Middle Mumun: Identity and the Spread of Songguk-ri Culture in the Southern Korean Peninsula"
Martin Bale, Yeungnam University

"Gendered Spaces and Mumun Period Households: A Case Study from the Jinju Area"
Rachel Lee, University of Washington

"Ritual boundaries in Iron Age southern Korea"
Jack Davey, UC Berkeley

Discussant: Gyoung-Ah Lee, University of Oregon

2:45-3:00 COFFEE BREAK

3:00-4:45 SESSION III: SOCIAL RAMIFICATIONS OF PRODUCTION AND EXCHANGE

"Mahan and Baekje Societies after the Establishment of the Baekje State"
Rory Walsh, University of Oregon

"Overlooked Imports: Carnelian in the Korean Peninsula"
Lauren Glover, University of Wisconsin

Discussant: TBD

4:45-5:00 COFFEE BREAK

5:00-6:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Stella Xu, Roanoke College

 cksassist@berkeley.edu, 510-643-9787