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The Center for Korean Studies sponsors lectures, exhibits, teacher workshops and cultural performances throughout the year. These events are designed to encourage economic, political and cultural understanding of Korea among members of the Binghamton University community and the public.


CKS Co-Sponsored Event

November 2, 2018. 2:30 PM, LH-009

North Korea and Trump Diplomacy: Real Progress or Shiny Objects

Hilary Izatt (Binghamton University)


Since Donald Trump's inauguration, US/DPRK Relations have been ever changing. Following the 2018 Singapore summit, many have argued that the US and North Korea have entered a new phase of diplomacy and cooperation. Have the Trump administration's DPRK policies enabled legitimate results? Or have both leaders used this new era as a political tool to legitimate his own respective power? What would lasting progress in US/DPRK relations look like; and what are the implications for North Korea and the Peninsula as a whole? We will address these and other questions regarding North Korea in the age of Trump diplomacy.

Hilary Izatt is currently a lecturer in the Political Science Department and research associate at Binghamton University's Center on Democratic Performance. She holds graduate degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and Georgetown University's Department of Government. Prior to Georgetown, she spent two years as a research associate at Stanford University's Korean Studies program. While she focuses on broad questions of authoritarianism and democracy, much of her research centers in East Asia, specifically the Korean Peninsula. She lived and worked in South Korea for several years.

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CKS Sponsored Event

October 29, 2018. 5:15 PM, S1-149

Boundaries of K-pop: EXP EDITION, a Non-Korean K-pop Idol Group

Bora Kim (independent artist and creator of EXP EDITION)


In 2014, a non-Korean K-pop idol group EXP EDITION was born in Bora Kim's Columbia University MFA studio in New York. The group has relocated to Seoul in 2016 and has been working in the K-pop industry to this day. Since its inception, EXP EDITION has received media attention and generated heated online debates around cultural authorship and appropriation in K-pop. In this talk, Kim will share why her team created the group and what are the on-going questions that she wants to raise through EXP EDITION: What are the imagined boundaries of K-pop that exists in the minds of K-pop consumers? How do we confront the self-centric communication and understanding created in the process of the "transnational" circulation of K-pop?

Bora Kim (Korea University, Korea, BA in Sociology; Columbia University, U.S., MFA in Visual Arts) is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Her process is based on cultural research revolving around the spectacle and performance of Asian femininity/masculinity, particularly in the context of global media. Kim's work addresses the public gaze and occupies the sphere of popular culture. Kim lives and works in New York and Seoul.

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2018-19 CKS Colloquium Series on Korean Studies

September 6, 2018. 5:00 PM, OH-101 (Korean Student Center)

The Next Korean Wave? Mukbang, Cookbang, and the Evolution of Korean TV Show

Joonsoo Kim (Program Director, SBS, South Korea)

Joonsoo Kim

Joonsoo Kim (김준수) is a Korean television program director, best known for creating and producing the popular observation-reality shows, Baek Jong-won's Alley Restaurant (백종원의 골목 식당), Baek Jong-won's Food Truck (백종원의 푸드 트럭), and Baek Jong-won's Top 3 Chefs (백종원의 3대 천왕). During his years in SBS, his filmography includes many popular and experimental TV variety shows, such as Global Junior Show (스타 주니어쇼 붕어빵), People Looking for a Laugh (웃음을 찾는 사람들), Star King (놀라운 대회 스타킹), Ecovillage: Merry House (에코 빌리지 즐거운가), and Oh! My Baby (오 마이 베이비). Baek Jong-won's Top 3 Chefs was one of the first TV programs which addresses in earnest "Cookbang" in the three major TV networks, KBS, MBC, and SBS, in Korea. In his trilogy of Baek Jong-won, Mukbang and Cookbang have become major trends in Korean reality-variety TV show. Beyond watching, consuming Mukbang and Cookbang has now turned into a cultural phenomenon not only in Korea but also in global Asia.

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Joonsoo graduated from Yonsei University in Communication and now he lives and works in Seoul, Korea.

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CKS Sponsored Event

April 12, 2018. 4:30 PM, LN-2200

Curative Violence: How to Inhabit the Time Machine with Disability

Eunjung Kim (Assistant Professor, Syracuse University)

Presenting from her recently published book, Kim will examine a direct link between cure and violence that appears in the representations of disability and Cold War imperialism in South Korea. She also explores the notion of "folded time" in which the present disappears through the imperative of cure in the case of Hansen's disease care. While calling attention to the transnational construction of disability under militarism and imperialism, Kim argues that the possibility of life with disability that is free from violence depends on the creation of a space and time where cure is understood as a negotiation rather than a necessity.

Eunjung Kim is assistant professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and Disability Studies Program at Syracuse University.

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Event Calendar 

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Last Updated: 3/14/19