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2021 Korea Research Collaboratory: Beyond han: New Interpretations of Korean Emotions

An online collaboratory hosted by the Korea Research Centre at The University of Western Australia


Image: Ganggang Sulae, Namsangol Hanok Village, Junggu, Seoul, 15 September 2013, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Korean Culture and
Information Service Korea.net (www.korea.net) Jeon Han, Wikimedia Commons

Date: 4–5 February 2021
Venue: Korea Research Centre at UWA. Online via Zoom
Call for Papers Deadline: 2 October 2020
Register: Register for the collaboratory:
Enquiries: krc@uwa.edu.au

Download a copy of the Call for Papers

Download a copy of the Collaboratory Programme



Sponsored by the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2020-OLU-20200039), co-sponsored by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and the Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA.

Terms such as han, jeong, heung and perceived practices such as injeong juui, yeongo juui and inmaek have been claimed (by some) as distinctly Korean experiences of attachment and connection that have created a dynamic sense of self that is relational, interdependent, and interconnected. Most often, these terms have been studied in psychological, therapeutic, pastoral and sociological contexts. With this collaboratory, we wish to broaden the analysis of such concepts and their lived experiences to analysis within the arts, literature, media, historical and contemporary social practice, by focusing particularly on their expressive forms. 

We aim to explore how such experiences of attachment and connections are expressed in a range of practices, textual, material, visual, social, in Korea’s past and present. Collectively we hope to investigate changes and continuity in expressive forms over time and their implications for experience of attachment and connection. As the title suggests, we seek to move beyond han and to explore new dimensions, debates and descriptions of feeling in Korea.

Collaboratory Participants

Susan Broomhall is a Chief Investigator in the Korea Research Centre at The University of Western Australia and Professor and Director of the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre at the Australian Catholic University. She was formerly a Co-Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Her research focuses on women and gender, emotions and encounter in the early modern world. She has published on gender, emotion and Dutch East India Company accidental arrivals in Joseon Korea and is currently completing a book on gendered strategies of conversion for Jesuits in China, Japan and Korea in the 16th and 17th centuries. Her next project is a study of Korean women’s voices in familial letters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Jan Creutzenberg is a theatre scholar, holds a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin (2017) and currently works as an assistant professor at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. He conducts research on contemporary performing arts in Korea, with a focus on international collaborations and exchange. He has published on performance traditions such as the singing/storytelling art pansori, Shakespeare and Brecht in Korea, as well as Cold War diplomacy through theatre. He contributed to the Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre (2016), tweets as @JanCreutzenberg, and blogs about his research at seoulstages.wordpress.com.

Joanna Elfving-Hwang (PhD, The University of Sheffield) is an Associate Professor and Director of the Korea Research Centre at the University of Western Australia and Asian Studies. Her research focuses on beauty cultures and the sociology of the body in South Korea, as well as ageing, gender and masculinities in Korean popular culture and cinema.

Olga Fedorenko is Associate Professor at the Anthropology Department of Seoul National University in South Korea. She received her PhD from the East Asian Studies Department at the University of Toronto and taught at New York University before joining SNU. A scholar of Korean Studies, anthropology of media and cultural studies, Dr Fedorenko has published on South Korean advertising, celebrity culture, and sharing economy.

Nicola Fraschini is lecturer in Korean Studies in the School of Social Sciences, UWA. He obtained his PhD in Korean Language and Culture Education from Korea University, and taught the Korean language at Sogang University Korean Language Education Centre before joining UWA. He is the Korean Studies major
coordinator and researches emotions and motivations in Korean language learning and teaching.

Stella Jang received her PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2020 with a thesis entitled Dreams and agency: the journey of Filipino migrant wives in South Korea. Her PhD project focussed on female marriage migration and multiculturalism in South Korea. She has a research interest in gendered
migration, especially between Southeast Asia and South Korea, and women’s reproductive rights. Stella
currently teaches at ANUas a lecturer and tutor forseveral Korean studies courses. She has previously worked for several United Nations agencies and has a background in communications and media.

Antti Leppänen received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in social and cultural anthropology at the
University of Helsinki. His dissertation (2007) titled Neighbourhood Shopkeepers in Contemporary South
Korea: Household, Work, and Locality discussed and analysed the lived worlds of the self-employed in
residential neighbourhoods. His latest project investigates trade associations of the self-employed in South Korea as Korean culture of economy, approaching organisational and associational practices of small business proprietors as specific manifestations of the cultural construction of economy in a Korean context, using data from ethnographic research conducted among producers of rice cake (ttôk) and their trade organisations from local to national level. He is currently preparing a monograph manuscript tentatively titled “Organization, skill, and taste of rice cakes-culture of local and national economy in South Korea”. He has been teaching and researching in the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku, Finland, since 2013.

Jae-Eun Noh is Postdoctoral Research Associate at Korea Research Centre of the University of Western Australia. She has published articles and book chapters on human rights and development, internalisation and contextualisation of development discourses, sustainable development, corporate accountability, global citizenship, NGO practice, and wellbeing. She is currently working on emotions in Korean aid and development.

Hyunjin Park is an assistant professor in the Department of Korean Language and Literature of Jeonju University. She obtained her PhD in Korean Language and Culture Education from Korea University and previously held positions at the Korean Language Education Centre and at the Institute for General Education of Korea University. Her current research interests cover Korean language learner affective variables such as anxiety, self-determination theory applied to language learner motivation, and the use of literature in the Korean language classroom.

Sojeong Park is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Communication at Seoul National University. She received her PhD in Communication from the same department with her dissertation titled “Decolonising Skin Color: Mibaek Assemblage in Postcolonial Era”. Her research interests include diverse media culture and visual culture with a focus on representation, gender, race, identity formation, and intimacy. She has published several articles in refereed journals, including The Journal of Popular Culture and Korea Journal.

Bonnie Tilland is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the East Asia International College at Yonsei University (Mirae campus in Wonju). She is currently working on a book manuscript on maternal subjectivity and its implications for gender and family in South Korea. The project focuses on a shift in mothering ideals and practices from a “management” model in the 2000s to a “sensory attunement” model in the 2010s, as a response to social anxieties over South Korean competitiveness in a global economy. Her work is interdisciplinary, and she has published both ethnographic and media analysis-focused articles in journals including The Journal of Korean Studies, Acta Koreana, and Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. She received the PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington (where she also received a MA in Korea Studies), and a BA in East Asian Languages and Culture from Lawrence University.


The Korea Research Centre at UWA

The Academy of Korea Studies-funded Korea Research Centre was established in 2020, to provide strategic leadership for the development of research and pedagogical innovation and delivery on Korea on the west coast of Australia. Its research programs will focus on Emotions, Bodies, Identities and Pedagogies. In 2020–21, the theme of Emotions forms the focus of its flagship research activities, including its Korea Research Collaboratory.

What is a Collaboratory?

Collaborative research laboratories are intensive research workshops designed to foster communication and advancement around a key theme in modern Korean society and scholarship. Collaboratories involve leading researchers participating over the course of these 1–2 day events.

Papers of the participants will be pre-circulated to the Collaboratory participants and discussion in the workshop will focus on preparing the papers for publication as a peer reviewed scholarly edited collection or journal special issue. The Collaboratory discussions will be open to wider audiences.

As we anticipate that travel restrictions will still be in place in February 2021, the first Korea Research Collaboratories will be held virtually, via Zoom link.