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Colloquium 24th Jan. 2024

The Online Colloquium of the Research Training Group GRK 2833 „East Asian Futures” will ring in the new year with a presentation by Derek Kramer, PhD. You are cordially invited to attend the lecture.

Derek Kramer, PhD (UK)

Flagging the Future: Science, Symbolism, and Sovereignty in Post-Liberation Korea, 1945-1950

Wednesday, January 24th, 2024, 6 PM – 8 PM (Central European Time)

Organizer

Research Training Group 2833 „East Asian Futures: Visions and Realizations on National, Transregional and Global Scales”, Ruhr University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen.

Participation in the zoom meeting:

Registration link: https://ruhr-uni-bochum.zoom.us/j/63248533889?pwd=ZjYvdzdjdXhXSGJMWFdLSDVETFZCdz09

About the speaker

Derek Kramer, PhD,  is a lecturer in Korean Studies at the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. He held research posts at Korea University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He obtained his degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto in 2021. His work focuses on the history of science in modern Korea. At present, he is working on a book manuscript that explores the cultural and intellectual responses to the atomic age in early Cold War North and South Korea. You can find out more about Dr Kramer via his personal website: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/people/academic-staff/derek-kramer.

Abstract of the lecture

This study examines the introduction of North Korea’s Republican Flag to underscore the role of science in the marshalling of postcolonial political authority. Rather than understand science as simply a mode of knowledge production, the topic is approached as a universalizing discourse generative of political authenticity. The article maintains that this latter expression of the field facilitated and justified the circulation of North Korea’s new national banner. Officially adopted by Pyongyang in 1948, the creation and composition of this symbol of sovereignty has generally been understood as an expression of Soviet influence and North Korean state power. However, by highlighting the circulation of the flag outside of the Northern and by focusing on the assertions that accompanied its introduction, this article attends to how Korea’s Republican Banner enjoyed a social currency rooted in the scientific and progressive traits assigned to the marker.

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Call for Affiliated Fellowships for Doctoral Research

We are now accepting applications for four affiliated fellowships for doctoral research to partake in our Research Training Group 2833 “East Asian Futures”.

By joining our research training group, you will become eligible for support of your fieldwork by travel grants of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Applications will be screened continuously so that you may join us as soon as possible but no later than April 2024.

For more information, please visit east-asian-futures.de/call-affiliated-fellowships/.

Deadline: 29th February 2024

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Colloquium 29th Nov. 2023

The Online Colloquium of the Research Training Group GRK 2833 “East Asian Futures” began with a presentation by Hsin-Hui Lin 林新惠.

Hsin-hui Lin (Taipei)
Beyond Boundaries, Into Diverse Futurities:
My Journey as a Female Sci-Fi Writer in Taiwan

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023, 2 PM – 4 PM (Central European Time)

Organizer
Research Training Group 2833 „East Asian Futures: Visions and Realizations on National, Transregional and Global Scales”, Ruhr University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen
About the speaker
Hsin-hui Lin is an award-winning Taiwanese science-fiction writer and a literary critic. She has authored two books, the sci-fi novel Contactless Intimacy (2023) and the short story collection Human Glitches (2020). Her works investigate the blurring boundaries between humans and non-humans in the current technological time. Ms Lin also frequently publishes reviews and essays on major media, intersecting literary texts with technological, ecological, and medical humanities. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Taiwanese literature at the National Chengchi University, where her research topic is “Sinophone science and speculative fiction”. You can find out more about Ms Lin and her works via her personal website: https://linktr.ee/hsinhuilin
About the lecture
The talk begins with a brief introduction of the author’s work and an outline of the development of sci-fi in Taiwan and the interdisciplinary projects Ms. Lin participated in. In a broader context, she will give an an overview of Japanese and Korean sci-fi and explain how they and Taiwanese sci-fi can form diverse discourses on futurities.
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Inaugural Event of the DFG Research Training Group 2833 „East Asian Futures“ – 09.10.23

The inaugural event of the DFG Research Training Group on “East Asian Futures: Visions and Realizations on National, Transregional and Global Scales” will take place on October 9, 2023.

For the kick-off, the historian Professor Dr. Rüdiger Graf from the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam and the sociologist Dr. Lisa Suckert from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Cologne will outline the challenges of this approach respectively from a historical and a social science perspective and discuss them with the audience.

The event will also be displayed as a video conference. If you are interested, please register at info@east-asian-futures.de for participation.

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Call for Applications (Feb 2023)

Applications are now open for:

Deadline for submitting applications: 31 March 2023

We invite applications from doctoral candidates worldwide. The programme is conducted in English.