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The 2015 Kim Dae-Jung Lecture in Korean Studies

"People (國民), Citizens (市民), and Refugees (難民): The Sewol Ferry Disaster in South Korea and the Politics of Survival, Violence and Mourning"

Prof. Haejoang Cho, Yonsei University

Friday, 23rd October, 2015 at 5pm in the Umney Theatre, Robinson College

This lecture is about the aftermath of the sinking of the ferry Sewol in April 2014, which claimed over 300 lives, most of them secondary school students. It focuses particularly on the split of the public response in South Korea into two antagonistic groups: those who say “never forget!” and those who urge people to “forget and go back to normal life!” Cho explores the meanings of mourning in the context of South Korea’s compressed capitalist modernization and discusses how the notion of “risk society” captures the lived experience of people in the country.

Haejoang ChoHaejoang Cho is a pioneering South Korean feminist intellectual who is Professor Emeritus at Yonsei University, where she taught social anthropology and cultural studies. One of the major cultural critics in South Korea since the 1980s, she is the author of eight books. They include Women and Men in South Korea (1988), three volumes of Reading Texts, Reading Lives in the Postcolonial Era (1992, 1994), Children Refusing School, Society Refusing Children (1996), Reflexive Modernity and Feminism (1998), Children Searching School, Society Searching Children (2000), It’s Life-Learning Community Again (2007), Back to the Classroom: Reading Text and Everyday Lives in Neo-liberal Era (2009), and Jagonggong: Communities of Reciprocity (2014). A book of her conversations with Ueno Chizuko was published in 2004 entitled Talking at the Edge: Letters between Japanese and Korean Feminists. She is also a co-founder of Another Culture in 1984, a founder of Haja Center in 1999, South Korea's eminent alternative cultural studio for teens.


For further information, contact:

Dr Michael D. Shin
Lecturer in Korean Studies 
Robinson College 
Grange Road
Cambridge,  CB3 9AN