General Information

What is CIVIS-KF e-school consortium?

The CIVIS-KF e-school consortium is an association of five European Korean Studies Departments of Civis Allicance to provide mutual online learning opportunities. The main goal is to diversify teaching and increase in-depth exchange between students and researchers of European Korean studies. The program is sponsored by the Korea Foundation.

What is CIVIS-KF Graduate Summer School?

The Graduate Summer School includes lectures by professors of Korean Studies and researchers and presentations of master thesis and dissertation topics by students from the participating universities of the CIVIS-KF e-School consortium. This is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with other European Korean Studies students and to receive feedback from renowned professors and researchers from various fields of research. The 2023 Graduate Summer School of the CIVIS-KF e-school Consortium will take place at the University of Bucharest, May 29 - June 2, 2023. Accommodation and meals will be provided for participants. Up to five students are chosen from each partner university.

Participating partner universities:

Eberhardt Karls University Tübingen (Germany, Prof. Dr. You Jae Lee) – financer of the Graduate Summer School of the CIVIS-KF e-school Consortium
Aix-Marseille University (France, Maitre de Conference Hye-Kyung Kim-Crescendo)
Sapienza University of Rome (Italy, Prof. Dr. Antonetta Bruno)
Stockholm University (Sweden, Prof. Dr. Sonja Häussler)
Bucharest University (Romania, Prof. Dr. Diana Yuksel) – host of 2023 Graduate Summer School of the CIVIS-KF e-school Consortium


9:00 - 9:20                                   Welcoming addresses:
Prof. Sorin Costreie, Vice-Rector of the University of Bucharest
Prof. Laura Sitaru, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Prof. You Jae Lee, Program Director of CIVIS-KF e-School Consortium
Prof. Diana Yüksel, coordinator of the Korean Language and Literature Program
9:20 - 10:20                                 Keynote speech: Prof. Park Tae-gyun (Seoul National University), ”A Rediscovery of Modern Korea Through the Connectivity with the World History”
10:20 - 10:30                               Session break
10:30 – 11:15                              

Lecture 1: Prof. You Jae Lee (Tübingen University), ”140 years of diplomatic relationship between Korea and Germany”

11:15 – 12:00                                Lecture 2: Prof. Gabriel Jonsson (Stockholm University), ”Human rights and consolidation of democracy”
12:00 - 14:00                                Lunch break
Graduate students’ research presentations – Session 1
14:00 - 14:35                                Sanghee Bae (Tübingen University), ”West Germans’ perception of differences between South Korea and West Germany within Cold War Alliance”
14:35 - 15:10                                Lee Hyung Keun (University of Bucharest), ”The Korean War and Romania-North Korea Bilateral Relationship”
15:10 – 15:45                               Max Altenhofen (Tübingen University), ”Women peace activists' struggle against West German rearmament in the wake of the Korean War - Using the example of Lilly Wächter (DFD) and Klara Marie Fassbinder (WFFB)”
15:45 – 16:00                              Session break
16:00 – 16:35                              Erik Danielsson (Stockholm University), ”The diversification of food in Pyongyang’s restaurants”
16:35 – 17:10                        Sarah Schwank, (Tübingen University), North Korean Defectors and their Rights in South Korea: Between Written Law and Lived Experience
18:00                    Dinner (Caru` cu bere)
9:00 – 9:45                      Lecture 3: Prof. Olivier Baiblé (Aix-Marseille University), ”Introduction of Buddhism in Korea”
9:45 - 10:30                     Lecture 4: Prof. Antonetta Bruno (Sapienza University Rome), ”Terms used for smallpox and its personification in Korean shamanic language”
10:30 - 10:50                   Session break
10:50 - 11:35                    Lecture 5: Prof. Sonja Häußler (Stockholm University), ” Cho Seung-bog (1922-2012)’s role in Swedish academia and his encounters with North Korean intellectuals”
11:35 – 12:20                   Lecture 6: Prof. Diana Yüksel (University of Bucharest), ”The political involvement of the disengaged scholars (chŏsa 處士) of Chosŏn”
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break
Graduate students’ research presentations – Session 2
14:00 - 14:35                    Althea Volpe (Sapienza University Rome), ” Master Ûisang's Pǒpsǒngge religious and doctrinal value in modern Korean Buddhism”
14:35 - 15:10                    Diana Budeanu (University of Bucharest), “Reclaiming feminine identity through corporeality in Korean literature“
15:10 – 15:45                    Tintin Appelgren (Stockholm University), ”Christian Missionary Conceptions of Blindness in Early 20th Century Korea”
15:45 – 16:00                    Session break
16:00 – 16:35                    Dora Chastang (Aix-Marseille University) ”Psychosociological Context of Anorexia Nervosa among South Koreans”
16:35 – 17:10                    Tricy Antoine (Aix-Marseille University), ”The Question of Infantilization in South Korea”
17:10 – 17:45                    Amanda Röpke (Tübingen University), "A Closer Look at Women’s Participation in Politics: Gender Specific Limitations and Policy Solutions in Germany and South Korea"
18:00                    Dinner (Templul Soarelui)
08:30                    Departure from Hotel Lido                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
11:00 – 12:00                    Bran Castle, Village Museum
12:30 – 14:00                    Lunch (Club Vila Bran)
14:00 Departure for Sinaia
15:30 - 16:30                       Sinaia – Peleș Castle
16:30 Departure for Bucharest
19:30 Dinner (Adagio)
9:00 – 9:45                    Lecture 7: Dr. Cătălina Görücü (University of Bucharest), ”Possible Meanings and Definitions of Han (恨)“
9:45 - 10:30                    Lecture 8: Prof. Kim Hye-gyeong, (Aix-Marseille University), “한국 현대문학과 도시” (Modern Korean Literature and the City)
10:30 - 10:50                    Session break
10:50 - 11:35                    Lecture 9: Dr. Birgit Geipel (Tübingen University), “National Division and Memory in Literature”
11:35 – 12:10                    Irene Lustrissimi (Sapienza University Rome), ”The 'ropan': the evolution of romance in the Web Sosŏl”
12:10 - 14:00                    Lunch break
Graduate students’ research presentations – Session 3
14:00 - 14:35                    Irina Dinescu (University of Bucharest), ”The perfective auxiliary -a/eo/yeo beorida and lexical aspect in Korean”
14:35 - 15:10                    Valeria Ruscio (Sapienza University Rome), Synonymy in Korean Lexicon through the Lens of Vector Semantics”
15:10 – 15:45                    Leïla Mokrane (Aix-Marseille University), ”Neologism Use in Contemporary South Korean Society and What They Tell Us about its Current State”
15:45 – 16:00                    Session break
16:00 – 16:35                    Dora Chastang (Aix-Marseille University) ”Psychosociological Context of Anorexia Nervosa among South Koreans”
16:35 – 17:10                    Daniele Di Pasquale, (Sapienza University Rome), ”Sino-Korean vocabulary education through hanja syllables”
17:10 – 17:45                    Célia Massat (Aix-Marseille University), ”History of Hangeul
18:00                    Dinner (Templul Soarelui)


10:00 - 10:35                   

Graduate students’ research presentations – Session 4

Natalie Bismark (Tübingen University), ”Korean Comfort Women for the American Military, 1940s-60s”

10:35 - 11:10                    Arianna Spaziani (Sapienza University Rome), ”The End of Silence: The Story of Korean Comfort Women Through Byun Young Joo's Najeun Moksori Documentary Trilogy”
11:10 - 11:55                    Mihai Bizon (University of Bucharest), ”Strategies of remembrance: tackling the comfort women’s tragedy in Korean TV series”
12:00 – 13:30                    Lunch break
13:30 - 14:05                    Alexandra Ljungfeldt (Stockholm University), ”The representation of wealth through fashion in the K-Drama Crash Landing on You”
14:05 - 14:40                         Marie Galland (Aix-Marseille University), ”Translating Webtoons and Preserving their Korean Essence: the example of ta-ineun ji-okida”
14:40 – 15:15                     Mihaela David (University of Bucharest), ”Representations of the Gwanju Uprising in Manhwa, Literature and Film”
15:15 - 15:30                    Closing ceremony
15:30 – 16:00                    Break
16:00 - 18:00 Annual Meeting CIVIS-KF e-school Consortium
18:30 Dinner (Guri guri)

Information about application

Who can apply?

• MA/PhD students from the Korean Studies department of the five partner universities.
• Preference is given to MA students/PhD candidates who already have a planned master's thesis or dissertation topic. BA students applying for a master’s program in Korean Studies are also encouraged to apply.

Application Process:

Applications with relevant documents (letter of application, a short proposal of the MA/dissertation topics (1 page), tabular curriculum vitae, transcript of the previously completed certificates or BA certificate for students from the 1st semester in MA program) should be sent by e-mail as PDF by 31.01.2023 to: you-jae.leespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de (CC: thomas.eichertspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de)

Successful candidates will be notified of the results and should keep in touch with the designated TAs for instructions on further procedures.