■ HUFS Institute of Japanese Studies hosts a colloquium on the issue of comfort women
The HUFS Institute of Japanese Studies (Director Park Yong-gu), which leads the Homo Communicus culture in East Asia, invited Professor Lee Cheol-won from the Department of Chinese Language of Korea National University of Transportation to a colloquium on March 9, 2019. The colloquium was held at the Faculty Office Building of the Seoul Campus under the title ‘China’s Official Position on the Issue of Comfort Women and Social Research Trends’. This was the third colloquium held in line with the NRF General Joint Research Project. The project entitled ‘Research on a Mechanism of Justifying Sexual Assaults by the Japanese Governmental Regime’ is led by the HUFS Institute.
At the colloquium, Professor Lee delved into the history of the comfort women system and explained China’s official position on the issue. During his presentation, he quoted remarks made by the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson in May 2013, “The issue of comfort women entails the grave crimes committed by the Japanese Empire during the Second World War as well as the serious human rights violations in which it trampled on the dignity of the victims. It hinges upon Japan’s choice of how its decisions on past issues will shape its future. Other Asian countries and the international community will keep their eyes on what choice it will make.”
Regarding this, Professor Lee commented, “China is also witnessing growing public attention on the issue of comfort women. This attention has continuously led to various cultural outcomes, such as films, novels, and dramas on the issue. However, as China’s response to the issue is somewhat different from ours, we need to continue to pay attention to its future responses.”
■ HUFS Institute of Russian Studies holds an international conference
The HUFS Institute of Russian Studies held a two-day international conference from February 21 to 22, 2019. Entitled “Resources, Environment, and Infrastructure between Russia and the Asia-Pacific: Cooperation and Conflict,” the conference was held under the sponsorship of the German Max Weber Foundation and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). It was part of the Humanities Korea program launched under the sponsorship of the NRF. The Institute held the conference jointly with the Reich Institute for the History of the New Germany (Moscow Branch) and Ludwig-Maximilians University at the Minerva Complex of the Seoul Campus and also at Thomas Hotel in Myeong-dong, Seoul. The conference began with opening remarks by HUFS Vice President and Director of the HUFS Institute of Russian Studies Kang Deok-su. His remarks were followed by congratulatory remarks by Sandra Dahlke, Director of the Reich Institute for the History of the New Germany, and Andreas Renner, Dean of the College of Russian and Asian Studies of Ludwig-Maximilians University. Former Korean Ambassador to Russia Park No-Byeok (currently General Secretary of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties) also delivered a keynote speech on Russia’s New Eastern Policies, Korea’s New Northern Policies, and their economic and diplomatic implications.
The conference was joined by 18 scholars from the eight countries of Germany, Russia, the U.S., China, Japan, Israel, France, and Korea. The participants had heated discussions on the issues of exchanges, cooperation, and conflicts between Russia and the Asia-Pacific region. More specifically, the issues discussed spanned from their natural and human resources exchanges dating from the 19th century to military infrastructure building and environmental issues. As the first of its kind held by a Korean institute of Russian studies jointly with a German research institute, the conference offered meaningful opportunities to discuss and reexamine the issues from a new perspective.
■ HUFS College of English alumni gather for the 2019 general assembly and new year celebration
The HUFS College of English Alumni Association (President Hong Jin-pyo) held its 2019 general assembly and new year celebration on February 18, 2019, at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas.
Emceed by HUFS alumna Jeon Hee-won (Entrance Class of ‘96), the event began with a welcoming speech by President Hong. His speech was followed by a briefing on the settlement of accounts, the election of the 11th president, the awarding of prizes, a video clip paying homage to the late Professor Park Myeong-seok, and a congratulatory performance.
President Hong (Entrance Class of ‘74) said in his welcoming remarks, “I am grateful for your support for our association during my five-year service and hope that our association makes further advances under the leadership of our new president. Lastly, thank you all for joining me here today.”
HUFS Alumni Association President Min Dong-seok (Entrance Class of ‘73, Department of Russian) said in his congratulatory remarks that the Dongwon Educational Foundation, HUFS, and alumni associations should work hand-in-hand to help HUFS take another leap forward, stressing the vital importance of the HUFS College of English Alumni Association to that end.
HUFS President Kim In-chul said, “I would like to thank President Hong for his efforts to advance HUFS. Pledging close cooperation with the HUFS College of English Alumni Association to make HUFS a greater, academically more prominent institution, I extend my congratulations on the election of a new president.”
During the event, the HUFS alumni watched a video clip of the late Professor Park Myeong-seok who passed away last September, commemorating his noble legacy. He led a range of efforts, including talent cultivation for HUFS students and scholarship programs for the socially underprivileged. He donated a total of nearly KRW 1 billion over the last ten years.
The newly elected officers of the alumni association include the 11th President Yoon Yong-ro, Vice President Kim Jong-chul (Entrance Class of ‘74), Golf Club President Goh Seung-hwan (Entrance Class of ’76), Park Seong-ho (Entrance Class of ‘83), Secretary Choi Bok-Rye (Entrance Class of ’83), and Scholarship Promotion Committee Chief Kim Seon-kyeong (Entrance Class of ‘86).
■ HUFS successfully completes the 2019 HK+ SEMIOSIS Winter School
The HUFS HK+ SEMIOSIS Research Center (Director Professor Jeon Gi-Soon of the Department of Spanish) offered the SEMIOSIS Winter School from February 13 to 15, 2019, in the lecture room of the Faculty Office Building of the Seoul Campus.
Under the theme “SEMIOSIS Humanities: Peirce and Transdisciplinary Studies for the 21st Century”, the SEMIOSIS Winter School offered winter programs in semiotics and humanities, providing an open-forum platform between lecturers and the audience on the new horizons of semiotic possibilities. The winter program, also dubbed “SemioSchool”, explores the potential for interconnectedness between semiotics and other academic disciplines. It was well received by the participants, as it provided them with an opportunity to explore the subject of study and the world from the perspective of transformation.
Under the daily themes of “Language-Mind-Symbols”, “Media and Narratives”, and “Images and Culture”, the SEMIOSIS Winter School presented ten exciting presentations, helping the participants gain a better understanding of the field's emerging, interdisciplinary potential.
The winter program was attended by around 170 researchers, college and graduate students, and ordinary citizens, demonstrating a high level of interest in and enthusiasm for the trends and prospects related to semiotics and the humanities. This raised anticipation for the 2019 SEMIOSIS Summer School, which will be held from August 19 to 21, 2019.
■ HUFS LD Division holds a seminar with Ritsumeikan University
The HUFS Division of Language & Diplomacy held a seminar with the College of International Relations of Ritsumeikan University in the lecture room of the Faculty Office Building of the Seoul Campus on January 29, 2019.
Renowned for its leading program, the Ritsumeikan College of International Relations is Japan’s fully accredited member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), an educational organization of the world's leading schools of international affairs.
This seminar was made possible thanks to the personal relationship between Professor Sachio Nakato, who lectures on US-Japan economic conflicts in the College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University, and HUFS Professor Kim Jang-ho, who teaches securities in the LD Division. In addition to Professors Nakato and Kim, the event was joined by 15 students of Professor Nakato, HUFS LD Professors Woo Byeong-won and Lee Gi-hyeon, and 15 HUFS students. The participants had heated discussions on the key issues of international relations surrounding Korea and Japan.
The first session was held under the theme “The Rise of China and the Diplomatic Policies of Korea and Japan”. During the session, the Ritsumeikan students presented an overview of China’s economic policies centering on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and compared the diplomatic policies of Korea and Japan. HUFS LD students then looked into the rise of China and its limitations from the standpoint of politics, defense, and finance. During the second session, themed “Korea-Japan Cooperation”, HUFS LD students explored how public sentiment has become politicized by the two nations’ political groups and press, centering on the historical and political cases between the two nations under the title “Politicization of Public Sentiment: Stumbling Blocks to Cooperation”. The Ritsumeikan students chose the lighter topic of “Various Hallyu Movements in Japan and Common Cultural Features Shared by Korea and Japan”, unveiling positive prospects for Korea-Japan cooperation.
This seminar closed with much fanfare, allowing the HUFS and Ritsumeikan students to share their views on the prospects for diplomacy in Northeast Asia and providing them a precious opportunity to compare and contrast the perspectives of the two nations on Northeast Asia and the global political order. It also laid a foundation for the two institutions’ long-term exchange and cooperation in cultivating talent in international relations and diplomacy, sowing seeds of possibility for mutual cooperation in the future.
■ Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Jeju Peace Institute Hold Academic Workshop
The HUFS Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE, Director Kim Si-hong) and the Jeju Peace Institute (JPI, Director Kim Bong-hyun, former Korean Ambassador to Australia) held an academic workshop on “Peace on the Korean Peninsula and the EU’s Role” at the JPI Seminar Room on January 14, 2010.
In the first session of the workshop, Chair-professor Yoon Deok-min of the Division of Language & Diplomacy led presentations and discussion on peace on the Korean Peninsula and the North Korean nuclear issue and Professor Hong Ki-joon at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies of Kyunghee University led presentations and discussion on the Helsinki process and the North Korean nuclear issue and human rights issue. In the second session, Professor Kim Bong-cheol of the Division of International Studies spoke about the Korea-EU Crisis Control Agreement and Bilateral Relations and JPI researcher Do Jong-yoon gave a presentation on the launch of PESCO in the EU and its future development.
The JMCE and the JPI have jointly held academic workshops four times to date. At this year’s Jeju Forum, they agreed to jointly organize a program to boost the peace process in East Asia based on multilateralism.
■ World Arts & Cultures Mediation Institute Holds the 2019 Interactive Conference
The HUFS World Arts & Culture Mediation Institute (Director: Jang Eun-soo) held the Interactive Conference on January 10, 2019 where students and professors/lecturers exchanged opinions with each other. The conference addressed “Art & Food.” From the perspective of the humanities, the participants discussed ways in which art and food are perceived and create new meaning.
The conference consisted of three sessions. Session 1 addressed inter-reference points in many different contexts and content on food and art, including cookbooks from the 15th century to 20th century, roles between those eating the foods and food spies, and segments and foods in various perspectives. Texts by researchers included “Futuristic Food” by Choi Byung-jin (HUFS), “Potatoes and the Role of Citizens during the French Revolution” by Hwang Jong-wook (Seoul National University), and “The Role of Scalco at Royal Court Banquets in 17th Century Italy” by Koo Ji-hoon (HUFS); and Joo Mi-sa (Seoul National University) addressed the roles and images of female servants serving foods displayed in paintings done during the Dutch Golden Age.
Session 2 covered food allegories in films, dramas, and art. Texts by researchers included “Babette’s Feast” by Hong Jae-woong (HUFS), “Performing Art” by Im Hyung-jin (HUFS), “Manet’s Art” by Park Jae-yeon (Seoul National University), and “The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass” by Jang Eun-soo (HUFS). The participants discussed ways in which drinks and foods including desserts, foods served at feasts, and eel relate to sexual drive or human desire in works of art.
Session 3 featured presentations by undergraduate students. They showed interest in broadcast programs about cooking that incorporates both art and media. Reflecting various languages studied at HUFS, discussions covered a range of foods, including Western foods, Korean foods, and Chinese foods.
The conference was a part of CORE (initiative for COllege of humanities’s Research and Education: Director Yoon Seok-man), and the studies and presentations at the event were well received. The conference demonstrated that, though “eating” is the most fundamental act of life, it readily renders itself as an artistic subject matter and stimulates philosophical and humanistic reflections.
The participants roundly concurred that, going forward, the World Arts & Culture Mediation Institute should further expand this topic and explore the relations between food and art for each country in a way that leverages the unique advantages of HUFS. It was also suggested that a symposium should be planned for each artistic genre and would be very interesting.
Also, the quality of presentations made by undergraduate students was well above expectations, implying that there is a possibility of arranging a session specifically for undergraduate student presentations. Undergraduate students declared that, while being able to freely express their opinions, they obtained a wealth of useful advice from the lecturers and professors.
■ Department of EICC holds the Sixth National Symposium for Graduate School Students Majoring in Translation
The Sixth National Symposium for Graduate School Students Majoring in Translation was held at the Seoul Campus BRICs International Forum Hall on January 9, 2019.
The event was jointly hosted and organized by the Department of EICC, the Department of English Translation at the Graduate School, and the Translation Education Research Center and was based on CORE basic studies deepening model. This year’s event was attended by some fifty professors/lecturers of translation majors, master’s degree students, and undergraduate students of the College of English interested in translation studies.
The symposium began with opening remarks by Professor Nam Won-jun of the Department of EICC. Nine students enrolled in the master’s degree or Ph.D. programs at five universities nationwide presented their achievements in four sessions about game translation, literature translation, video translation, and education in interpretation. Each session was presided over by professors renowned in the field of interpretation and translation, including Kim Sun-mi (Sookmyung Women’s University), Lee Young-hoon (Korea University), Shin Ji-seon (Ewha Womans University), and Lee Sang-bin (HUFS Department of EICC). They also facilitated in-depth discussions on each topic, and researchers and master’s/Ph.D. students in translation participated in heated discussion.
Dongguk University Professor Kim Soon-young, the president of the Korean Association of Translation Studies, said, “This symposium is an ideal forum for the exchange of thoughts for the growth and research improvement of the next academic generations. It enables in-depth research by Ph.D. program students, interesting and creative research by master’s degree program students, and extensive commentary by professors of translation from various universities.
The National Symposium for Graduate School Students Majoring in Translation is held at the beginning of each year for translation majors enrolled in master’s degree and Ph.D. programs. The event for 2020 will be held at Korea University.
■ GSIT Offers a Course on “Understanding the Healthcare Industry in Latin America and Interpretation”
The Department of Korean-Spanish at the GSIT (Dean: Kim Han-sik), jointly with the Health and Welfare Human Resources Development Center at the Ministry of Health and Welfare, held a training course on medical interpretation that addressed “Understanding the Healthcare Industry in Latin America and Interpretation” at the International Building Room 503 on December 20, 2018. In the first session, Professor Cho Hyun of Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital International Clinic, which has extensive experience in treating Spanish and Latin American patients, gave a lecture on “Understanding the International Medical Field” and researcher Han Seong-sook enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the GSIT spoke on “Understanding the Healthcare Industry in Latin America.” Some 30 professors and students of the Department of Korea-Spanish at the GSIT completed the course. Participants expressed expectations that demand for Korea-Spanish medical interpretation will grow sharply in the fields of telemedicine, new drug development, and pharmaceutical technology.
■ Language Research Institute Holds the 2018 LRI Symposium
The 2018 LRI Symposium was held at the Seoul Campus Faculty Office Building lecture rooms and seminar rooms on December 14, 2018. The event was jointly hosted by the HUFS Language Research Institute (LRI, Director Hong Seong-hun) and HK Semiosis Research Center and was sponsored by the Institute of African Studies.
The symposium featured presentations on various areas of linguistics, including keynote speeches by Professor Park Hae-il of Kyunghee University, Professor Kwon Ik-soo of HUFS, and Professor Zygmunt Frajzyngier of the University of Colorado and presentations on eight topics by four sub-groups.
Despite the cold weather, the venue brimmed with energy of in-depth presentations by speakers and spirited discussion among the participants. The event also saw extensive academic exchange between the speakers and the audience.
■ HK+ Project Team of the Institute of Indian Studies Holds the Korea-India-Russia International Symposium
The Korea-India-Russia International Symposium was held at the Seoul Campus Minerva Complex International Conference Room on December 13-14, 2018. The event was jointly held by the HUFS HK+ Project Team of the Institute of Indian Studies (Director Kim Chan-wan), the HK Project Team of the Institute of Russian Studies, the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the East-West Social Research Institute at Saint Petersburg State University.
Specifically with reference to Korea, India, and Russia, the symposium delved into “Exploring A New Age of Cooperation through Mutual Understanding.” It addressed emerging issues such as the rapidly changing politics of Northeast Asia, Korea’s New Southern Policy, and the railway connecting the Russian Far East and Korea.
The opening ceremony began with a welcome message by HUFS Vice President Kang Deok-soo, which was followed by a congratulatory message by former Depute Prime Minister Kim Jin-pyo, and opening remarks by Director Kim Chang-wan of the Institute of Indian Studies, Director Limma Tangalycheva of the East-West Social Research Institute, and Dean Ajay Patnaik of the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
In the first session, the special panel on “Paradigm Shift in the Three-way Relationship: Korea-India-Russia” sought to assess the changes that have occurred and to offer an outlook in various respects – from the economic, diplomatic, and strategic to the daily life of the people of the three countries – as the three countries of Korea, India, and Russia stand at a crossroads for a new international relationship. Then, during the two-day event, a total of 18 presentations were made by six panels, including Dynamics of Economic Relations; India and Russia: Strategic Partnership; Cultural and Social Aspects of Old and New Heritage; Tracing International Relations and Foreign Policy; and Labor, Migration, and Society.
Every presentation by each panel was followed by discussion among the designated panelists and questions and opinions from visitors and students. The symposium showed that there is great interest in the traditional partnership among Korea, India, and Russia and its future outlook.
The representatives of the institutions that participated in the symposium thanked the HK Project Team of the Institute of Indian Studies and the HK Project Team of the Institute of Russian Studies for arranging the event. They hoped that the international symposium would lead the Korea-India-Russia relationship, which stands at a turning point, toward a more positive direction and facilitate mutual cooperation.
■ Department of Arabic Holds the Arabic Academic Week
HUFS Department of Arabic (Department Head Yoon Eun-kyung), jointly with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) and the King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz International Center of Arabic Languages under the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Higher Education held the Arabic Academic Week from November 26 through 30, 2018. This was the first event in Korea that was held jointly with an institution under the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Higher Education. The one-week event was joined by about 70 professors, lecturers, and students everyday. It featured a workshop on how to teach Arabic as a foreign language and special lectures and seminars on efficient ways to study Arabic and the four best ways to improve language proficiency. Also, during the Academic Week, the Arabic Linguistics Institute at King Saud University and the HUFS Department of Arabic held discussions on how to promote academic exchange and student exchange programs and agreed to hold Arabic Academic Week regularly.