Academia Koreana, the Korean studies research institute of Keimyung University, is happy to announce that it will be holding an international conference on Korean Studies on June 4–June 6, 2015. This is Keimyung University’s ninth international conference on Korean Studies. The previous conference themes were ‘Exploring the Origin of Homo Koreanus’ (2001), ‘The Korean Beat: In Search of the Origins of Korean Culture’ (2004), ‘Translating Korean Classical Materials Abroad’ (2007), ‘The Ecological Imagination in Korean Traditional Art’ (2010), ‘Korean Confucianism and Ecology’ (2011), ‘Korean Linguistics for Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language’ (2012), ‘Sensibility and Landscape in Korean Literature and Film’ (2013), and ‘Humanities at the Turning Points of Korean Civilization,’ (2014). On the foundation of these past achievements, in 2015 we will be holding an international conference entitled, ‘Early Christian Experiences in Korea.’ This conference will shed light on the sacrificial endeavors of the early Christian missionaries in Korea and on the role played by their largely forgotten wives, as well as providing us with an opportunity to examine more deeply how the Christian teachings that they conveyed were received by Korean Christians and what kind of influence they had on Korea.
The conference will take place in three stages: two keynote speeches, panel presentations, and comprehensive discussions at the end of each day. On the first day, the first keynote speech by Professor Lee Manyol (Former President of the National Institute of Korean History) is titled, ‘Early Mission School of PCUSA in Korea.’ This keynote speech will be followed by in-depth panel presentations dealing with the conference topic from various different points of view. First there will be presentations entitled, ‘Korean Religious Traditions’ Encounter with Christianity: The Case of Da-seok, Riew Young Mo,” and “Portrait of Confucian Scholars from Social Reformer to Christian in the 19th Century.” These presentations will be followed by “Women Missionaries in the Underwood Family, Focusing on Lillias Horton Underwood and Ethel Van Wagoner Underwood,” and “The Biblicism of the Korean Presbyterian Church: Its Origin and Early Development.”
The second keynote speech on the second day of the conference by Professor Donald L. Baker (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) is titled, ‘An Overview of the Impact of Christianity on Modern Korean Culture.’ This keynote speech will be followed by four panel presentations: “Suffering History: Comparative Christian Theodicy in Korea” and “The Catholic Experience of Chosŏn Envoys in Beijing: Contact Zone and Circulation of Religious Knowledge,” “Modernity vs. Miracles: Contested Images of Korean Christianity and the Role of American Missionaries,” and “Christian Extraterritoriality and the Struggle for Independence.”
On both days the sessions will be followed by a comprehensive discussion, in which everyone will be invited to freely discuss the contents of the papers that have been presented during the conference.
We hope that this international conference on the overall theme of ‘Early Christian Experiences in Korea’ will provide a precious opportunity for us to rediscover and appreciate the value of Korea’s early Christian history. Academia Koreana would like to warmly invite you to this venue for discussion. Your interest and participation in this timely conference will be greatly appreciated.