Kyung Moon Hwang Lecture
Disputes over the past continue to be a main source of political and social division in South Korea. The academic realm is likewise characterized by strong disagreements over how to narrate the country’s turbulent, short history, particularly concerning its interaction with the wider world. The main contenders for this master narrative come down to the Four D’s: Division, Dictatorship, Development, and Democratization. The promotion of a particular narrative reflects a person’s or group’s interpretation, framed considerably by ideology, of the most valuable factors and events, but also a sense of the broader purpose of historical change, as well as a judgement on the country today. This presentation introduces and analyzes the political, social, and intellectual forces that have driven these debates up to the present.
Friday, September 22 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm