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Korean Histories

Korean Histories

Korean Histories


Issue 4.1

 Issue 4.1 is now out. You can download the entire volume here or the individual articles below:


Issue 3.2 is out

 Issue 3.2 is out with the following articles:

Korean Studies Colloquium Series
Roux, La croix, la baleine et le canon: la France face à la Corée au milieu du XIXe siècle – Boudewijn Walraven

Download the entire issue here.

4th AKS-Leiden Colloquium

 The 4th Leiden-AKS Korean Studies Colloquium will be given this year by Dr JB Lewis, University Lecturer in Korean History, Oriental Institute and Wolfson College, University of Oxford. The title of his talk is:

An Economic History of Korea from 1400 to 1900: Documents, Data, and Interpretations

Dr Lewis was educated in the US, Japan, and Korea. He has written on the history of relations between Korea and Japan before 1850 and is currently working on aspects of the economic history of the Chosŏn period. He is the author of many publications, among which Frontier Contact Between Chosŏn Korea and Tokugawa Japan (Routledge, 2007).

The Colloquium will be held on Friday 26 October, from 15-17h in M. de Vrieshof 2/004. You are cordially invited to come to the lecture.

The field of economic history has expanded immensely over the past fifteen years

Fourth Intensive Course for Graduate Students at Leiden

 Margins and marginalization in the production of Korean histories

Leiden University, The Netherlands, 22-26 October 2012.

 In late October 2012, the Department of Korean Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands will be hosting its fourth one-week Intensive Course for Graduate Students. This intensive course is organized within the framework of the AKS-funded research project “History as Social Process: Unconventional historiographies of Korea,” a project that deals with the production, representation and dissemination of historical narratives of Korea. Flagship of the project is the e-Journal Korean Histories []

In this year’s course, Remco Breuker and Koen De Ceuster will engage the margins of Korean history, be they theoretical, methodological, geographical, political or social. Such margins do not exist by themselves, but are created by centring history in time and space, the latter in turn hardly absolute but politically, socially, culturally defined. When studying history, we inevitably start from an established narrative that shapes the grand contours that define our approach to history. In the case of Korean history, the principal ordering principle must be “Korea”. But “Korea” is hardly an immutable concept, but rather a dense historical entity by itself. Instead of taking this entity for granted, we argue that that historical entity should be properly situated and understood as an ever-shifting principle.  Pushing the analysis even further, this obviously not only relates to studying history, but also to the production of history, a process that leads to geographical, political, social and cultural marginalization. Written from a centre, history creates margins and contributes to marginalization.

Students enrolled in MA or PhD programmes are entitled to apply. Participation in the course is free, but the number of participants is capped at 12 students. Participating students are required to write a 1,500 word discussion paper on a topic agreed upon in consultation with the lecturers and circulated to all participants in advance. 

The intensive course will conclude with the Fourth AKS-Leiden Colloquium Lecture on Friday 26 October 2012.

For enquiries or to apply, send an email to rebreuker+mc2012 at To apply, please write a short statement detailing your background, present institution (and whether MA or PhD) and present research topic. Maximally 500 words. 

Applications will be accepted thru 10 July.

A grant of up to 400.- Euro/pp will help cover travel costs. Accommodation will be paid partially or in full, depending on funding. 

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