- Tue, Jun 19, 2018 07:45 PM
St. Antony's College
Latitude: 51.7635, Longitude: -1.26304
EVENT DESCRIPTION In this event, we invite Park Yu-ha, who is at the center of controversy over the publication of “Comfort Women of the Empire”, to talk about her work on Korean comfort women. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion, which may help us revisit our understanding of not only Japan’s war guilt and the comfort women issue, but also wider gender ethical issues in the world, which Park Yu-ha claims in the book to be the fundamental cause of the comfort women issue. This event is open to the public, and we welcome anyone who would like to learn more about broad range of socio-political and historical issues, including not only comfort women in Asia but also gender equality, ethics, imperialism, and historical justice/injustice. The event format is as follows: 17.00-17.40: Talk by Park Yu-ha 17.40-18.20: Panel discussion (Young-hae Chi, Annie Hongping Nie) 18.20-18.45: Q&A 18.45-19.20: Reception !! IMPORTANT NOTE !! We will also host an informal discussion on the next day morning (11AM, June 20th) at Oriental Institute for those who would like to have a more interactive session with Park Yu-ha. For those who would like to come for both, please sign up for Talk + Informal Meeting. BACKGROUND Park Yu-ha published the book "Comfort Women of the Empire" in the year 2013. The book discusses the dynamics surrounding the comfort women issues in Korea: what ‘comfort women’ is, how it emerged during World War II (WWII), how comfort women issue is treated, and most critically, the testimonies of comfort women based on her interviews with comfort women who survived and lived after WWII. The book has caused heated dispute amongst Korean people regarding the justifiability of the publication of the book, for the book including some descriptions of comfort women that are considered controversial. As a result, the book was republished with some controversial expressions and sentences removed, after the author was sued by the surviving Korean comfort women for defamation. For those who would like to learn more about her work and the book, please visit the book summary page here. BIOS Park Yu-ha Professor at Sejong University, South Korea Professor Park's research interests lie in East Asian regional conflicts by examining modern Japanese literature, philosophy and history. In 2004, she established the consortium "Japan-Korea, Toward solidarity -21" with Japanese academics in pursuit of facilitating intellectual communication beyond nationalism. Based on the activities and annual forums/symposiums, Park Yu-ha and other members of the consortium published the book "Meta-history of the conflict in perception between Korea and Japan" to raise public awareness on the importance of such intellectual communication. In 2015, She established the NPO "The voice of reconciliation and peace in East Asia" to extend the discussion to general public and citizens to promote mutual understanding and sharing minds among East Asian people. Her major publications include "Overcoming Anti-Japanese Nationalism", "For reconciliation: Textbook, Comfort women, Yasukuni shrine and Liancourt Rocks", "National Identity and Gender: Soseki, Literature and Modernization", "Prolegomenon of the literature of repatriation: To the Post post-colonial", and "Comfort women of the empire: colonial rule and the conflict of the memories". Paul Kerry Associate Professor of History, Brigham Young University, the United States Research Fellow at Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford Dr. Paul E. Kerry is a supernumerary research and teaching fellow at the University of Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute and co-convened the RAI’s research seminar on Constitutional Thought and History. He is the honorary secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict and is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. He facilitates the advancement of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 and the aims of the UK Government’s Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative, including the implementation of the House of Lords Select Committee Report on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Annie Hongping Nie Research Associate at China Centre, University of Oxford Dr. Annie Hongping Nie is a Teaching Associate and Chair of Examiners at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford as well as a Research Associate at University of Oxford China Centre. Dr. Nie was born in Chengdu, China and pursued graduate studies in the United States before she came to Oxford. Her research focuses on war-themed online gaming, history textbooks and national memory in relation to patriotic education, state-building, and nationalism in contemporary China. Young-hae Chi Instructor at Oriental Institute, University of Oxford Bio to be released soon.