Picturing Identities and Ideologies in Modern Korea: Transnational Perspectives for Visual Culture

Conference/Symposium | March 15 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Institute

 Youngna Kim, Professor Emerita, Seoul National University; Julia F. Andrews, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

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In recent years, scholars have noted a few topics of visual culture commonly found in East Asia at the turn of the 20th century. At this time, new forms of popular culture, including novels, magazines, and newspapers, as well as official public monuments presented a new image of the nation in the changing environment of world expositions and international congresses. Most of the essays in this conference tackle issues of hybridity, the mixing of the old and the new, the local and the foreign. As demonstrated by essays in Mirror of Modernity (1998), many so-called Japanese “traditions” in Meiji to Taishō Japan (ca. 1910s–1930s) were inflected with invention and innovation. Papers in this conference will also demonstrate how troublesome and confusing sometimes it was to “invent” or “reinvent” familiar artistic subjects for a new era. This gathering of scholars, hard to meet in one place, sheds light on the way in which visual symbols and fine arts of pre-modern Korea were re-encoded with a hierarchical system of modernity and associated with a more complicated set of modern identities. Speakers include Jenny Jungsil Lee, Kyunghee Pyun, Leon Wiebers, Soohyun Mok, Minjee Kim, Younjung Oh, Jungsil Lee, Olivier Krischer, Yeon Shim Chung, Sunglim Kim, Kyeongmi Joo, Hye-ri Oh, and Julia F. Andrews

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