13th Hahn Moo-Sook
Colloquium in the Korean Humanities
October 28, 2006, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Commons, 6th Floor
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Washington,
The Colloquium is open to the public free of charge. However, reservations are
For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Dr. Kirk Larsen, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
The George Washington
Tel: 202-994-5253; E-mail:
9:00-9:20 Coffee and Pastry
9:20-9:40 Welcoming Remarks
Kirk W. Larsen
Kwang-ok Kim, "Appropriation of Imagination: Politics of Rice in Globalizing Korea"
Barbara Miller, commentary
SangMee Bak, "The Flow of Kimchi: Food Exchange Networks and Changing Gender/Family Identities in Korean Society"
Hi Soo Hepinstall, commentary
Kwang-ok Kim is a professor of anthropology at Seoul National University. He earned his D.Phil in social anthropology from the University of Oxford. He has also presided over the Korean Society for Cultural Anthropology. His research interests include social anthropology, Chinese society and culture, the relationship between politics and religion, and the Chinese minority in Korea. He has taught at Beijing University and Shandong University, and was recently named an Honorary Professor of Yunnan University in the People's Republic of China.
SangMee Bak is a professor of Cultural Anthropology and Head of the Division of International Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. She received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Harvard University. Her research interests include food, cultural heritage, and globalization within the East Asian region. Her publications in English include "From Strange Bitter Concoction to Romantic Necessity" (Korea Journal, 2005) and "Korean Self Identity" (Strategy and Sentiment: South Korean Views of the United States and the U.S.-ROK Alliance, CSIS 2004).
Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall is a chef, novelist, and author of the acclaimed autobiography/cookbook Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen: A Cookbook. She lectures and cooks widely and is currently working on a book that focuses on Kimchi.
Barbara Miller is a professor of anthropology and international affairs at GW. She received her PhD from Syracuse University. A specialist in the anthropology of international development, she has conducted research on gender and health issues in India, rural development in Bangladesh, low-income household dynamics in Jamaica, and Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh. Her publications include The Endangered Sex: Neglect of Female Children in Rural North India; Sex and Gender Hierarchies; and Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures. http://www.gwu.edu/~elliott/faculty/miller.cfm
The HMS Colloquium in the Korean Humanities Series at GW provides a forum for academic discussion of Korean arts, history, language, literature, thought and religious systems in the context of East Asia and the world. The Colloquium series is made possible by an endowment established by the estate of Hahn Moo-Sook (1918-1993), one of Korea’s most honored writers, in order to uphold her spirit of openness, curiosity, and commitment to education. This year's colloquium is sponsored by The George Washington University's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.
The Colloquium is open to the public free of charge. However, reservations are required.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact:
Dr. Kirk Larsen
Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
The George Washington University
Washington, DC 20052