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    The Russian Revolution Comes to the ‘East’





 Place: Auditorium, Humanist Books

             Time: November. 17(Fri) – 18 (Sat), 2017





This year the world enters the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. That tumultuous year saw the beginning of new, seismic events that shaped world affairs profoundly in the 20th century. Across the world, various academic activities, including conferences and publications, are being carried out to celebrate the revolution's centennial anniversary and its implications for the future of humanity.


To coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the Critical Global Studies Institute, the Society for Historical Studies of Korean Literature and the Academic Society of Feminism and Korean Literature jointly host an international conference on "The Russian Revolution Comes to the 'East'" from 17(Fri) to 18(Sat) November 2017.  Attended by academics from Korea and overseas, this conference aims to revisit the history of the Russian Revolution, grasp its present implications through critical intervention and debate, and provide perspectives on its contemporary relevance.


The first day of the conference will feature four international scholars. In her keynote address, Choi Chatterjee (California State Univ., LA) will make a critical appraisal of  the five interpretative frames customarily used to understand the October Revolution and reassess the nature and extent of its influences from the breadth of transnational and trans-imperial perspectives. An authority on Italian fascism, Paul Corner (Univ. of Siena) will discuss the impact of the Russian Revolution's various experiments on the so-called 'fascist revolution' in Italy during the early 1920's. Surveying the period of the inception of the Bolshevik Revolution through the collapse of the USSR, Nigel Swain (University of Liverpool) will illustrate eight sub-periods in the relationship between Eastern Europe and Soviet Russia.  Alisa Jones (Univ. of Tübingen) will examine a swath of historical narratives on Revolutionary Russia demonstrated in China's history textbooks and academic writings and media.


The second day of the conference will focus on the impact of the Russian Revolution on Korea and East Asia during the Japanese colonial period. Six Korean scholars will probe the way in which the radical demands of the revolution were represented in and appropriated by literature and film.


The two-day conference will be held at Humanist Books' auditorium (76 Donggyo-ro 23 Gil Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu), starting at 13:30 on Nov. 17 and at 13:00 on Nov. 18. Due to the lack of parking space, we strongly recommend the use of public transportation.


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Organizers: Critical Global Studies Institute (CGSI)
               Society for Historical Studies of Korean Literature
               Academic Society of Feminism and Korean Literature

Sponsor: Sogang University SRF
Time:  Nov. 17(Fri) – 18 (Sat), 2017
Place: Auditorium, Humanist Books



Nov. 17, 2017 (Fri)
Moderator:  Jie-Hyun Lim (Sogang Univ.)

13:30-13:40  Opening Address                  Jie-Hyun Lim
13:40-14:20  Keynote Speech                
                 Choi Chatterjee (California State Univ., LA)
                 “The Wider Arc of Revolution: The Global Impact of 1917”
14:20-14:50  Paul Corner (Univ. of Siena)
                 “Revolutionaries of the World Unite?: The Ambiguities of Italian Fascism vis-à-vis the Russian Revolution”

14:50-15:10  Coffee Break

15:10-15:40  Nigel Swain (Univ. of Liverpool)
                 “The Russian Revolution and Eastern Europe: From Bogey Man, through Big Brother to Brezhnev Doctrine”
15:40-16:10  Alisa Jones (Univ. of Tübingen)
                 “Where’s the (Russian) Revolution?: Remembering October 1917 in China”

16:10-16:30  Coffee Break

16:30-18:00  Roundtable (Wrap-up Discussion and Q&A’s)                
 Moderator:   Jie-Hyun Lim  
Discussants:  Ji-Soon Hong (Sogang Univ.) Young Gyoung Paik (Changbi Publishers)



Nov. 18 (Sat), 2017

Part 1
*Moderator:  Seong-yon Kim (Yonsei Univ.)

13:00-13:10  Opening Address
                 Won-hyeon Cha (President, Society for Historical Studies of Korean Literature)

13:10-13:30  Seung Hwan Ryu (Hallym Univ.)
                “A Century of Revolution, A Century of Suppression: Socialist Realism as Forbidden Knowledge and Its Appropriation”
13:30-13:50  Byung-gu Choi (Yonsei Univ.)
                “Representing Russian in Colonial Korea: Focusing on Russian Representations in Socialist Magazines of the 1930s.
13:50-14:10  Seung Woo Ha (Korea National Univ. of Arts)
                 “The Medvedkin Group and Cinematic Memory of the Russian Revolution”

14:10-14:30  Coffee Break

Part 2
*Moderator:  Young Jin Cheong (Konkuk Univ.)

14:30-14:50  Min Huh (Sungkyunkwan Univ.)  
                 “Socialism and Representation of Its Enemies”
14:50-15:10  Eun Kyung Choi (Seoul National Univ.)
                 “The Russian Revolution and Women’s Medicine in Colonial Korea
15:10-15:30  Eun-jung Kim (Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Studies)
                 “A Study on Portrayals of Revolutionaries in North Korean Novels”

15:30-15:50  Coffee Break

15:50- 17:30  Wrap-up Discussion                  
 Moderator:  Im-soon Kong (Sogang Univ.)  
 Discussants:  Hang Kim (Yonsei Univ.)     Young-ah (Myongji Univ.)     Il-young Chung (Sogang Univ.)

17:30-17:40  Closing Address
                 Myoung A Kwon (President, Academic Society of Feminism and Korean Literature)
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