Aktuelles Wintersemester 2022/23

Vortragsreihe der Koreanistik

Jung-Sun Han (Korea University)

Frontlines of Social Science Research on Korea

Dark Heritage in Korea-Japan Relations
Wednesday February 8, 2023, 18:00 c.t.
Wilhelmstraße 133, Room 30


This talk introduces the ongoing tension associated with history problems in Japan-Korea relations by bringing the Japanese dark heritage into focus. The dissonant nature of dark cultural heritage has gained greater attention since the late 1990s in Japan and around the world, though scholarship has been largely limited to the European context. While examining the Japanese making of dark heritage, the talk will first reconstruct the process by which specific sites of past violence are transformed into war heritage in Japan. Second, it will explore the political and social roles of dark heritage between Japan and Korea. These two themes will be demonstrated through an examination of civic activities to conserve remains of underground facilities built during World War II in Nagano and Osaka, Japan.

Dr. Han, Jung-Sun is a professor at the College of International Studies, Korea University. Majoring in modern and contemporary Japanese history, Han has worked on the interwar and wartime Japanese political thoughts and the Japan-Korea relationship. Han’s books include An Imperial Path to Modernity: Yoshino Sakuzo and a New Liberal Order in East Asia, 1905-1937 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013) and Drawing an Empire: Japanese Cartoon Journalism and Colonization of Korea (일본, 만화로 제국을 그리다, co-authored, 서울: 일조각, 2006). The latter book, Drawing an Empire, has won the best academic book prize in Korea and has been translated into Japanese (漫畵に 描かれた日本帝國, 東京: 明石書店, 2010). Most recently, Han has co-edited Risk Management in East Asia: Systems and Frontier Issues (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) with colleagues in Fudan and Kobe Universities. Currently, Han is revising a book-length manuscript on Japanese civic activities to conserve dark heritage for publication.

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Documentary Films and Filmmakers from Japan, South Korea, and India

34th & 35th AKS Summer Program for International Students

The Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) is pleased to announce "The 34th & 35th AKS Summer Program for International Students".

As an important part of our mission is to cultivate young leaders, who can contribute to the development of Korean studies, the academy has organized an intensive summer program for international undergraduate students in Korean studies. This program is composed of various components, such as special lectures on Korea, intensive Korean language course, field trips, excursions, and traditional cultural activities. Since its starting in 1993, we held the program for 33 times and 940 students from over 70 countries attended the program.
In 2021 and 2022, in light of the COVID-19 situation, AKS Summer Program was conducted online.
In 2023, since the pandemic situation improves, the program will be conducted in person.

If you want to participate in AKS Summer Program for International Students, please read more [here].

Obituary: Dieter Eikemeier (1934-2022)

Dieter Eikemeier died after a long illness on Dec. 19, 2022. He was predeceased by his wife, Martha, on November 23, 2022, and is survived by two sons.

After receiving his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 1976 at Ruhr University Bochum where Bruno Lewin had established the study of Korea a decade earlier, he became the first professor of Korean Studies at Tuebingen University in 1979 and thus the first full professor of Korean Studies in then West Germany. He retired from this post in 2003.

He was one of the founders of the Association of Korean Studies (AKSE) in 1977 and later was made an honorary member.

He is the author of :

Elemente im Politischen Denken des Yǒn’am Pak Chiwǒn (1737-1805): Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der kulturellen Beziehungen zwischen China und Korea. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1970.


Documents from Changjwa-ri. A Further Approach to the Analysis of Korean Villages. Veroeffentlichung des Ostasien-Instituts der Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum vol. 25, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1980.

He also authored a large number of articles on varied topics of Korean studies. During his later years, his attention was focused on what he called the “common religion” of Korea. With the passing of Dieter Eikemeier, the Korean Studies community has lost one of its distinguished members.

Martina Deuchler

2022 King Sejong Institute Hangul-Tag

튀빙겐 세종학당 한글날 행사  - “Meine koreanische Postkarte” – Gewinner