CAPEC Conference to Focus on Korean Peninsula

Posted: October 24, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

George Mason’s Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (CAPEC) will host “Peace and Prosperity on the Korean Peninsula: The Impact of Nationalism,” on Friday, Oct. 28. The conference, which will be held on the Fairfax Campus in the Mason Hall Boardroom, D23, from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., will focus on the roles played by economics, culture, history and politics in the rise of nationalist forces on the Korean peninsula.

Among George Mason faculty speaking at the conference are Brian Platt, associate professor of history, and Young-Chan Ro, chair of the Department of Religious Studies. John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, and John Barclay Burns, associate professor of Religious Studies, will serve as moderators, and Provost Peter Stearns will open the conference.

Platt, whose area of specialization is 18th and 19th century East Asian history, has a particular interest in the academic study of nationalism in the region. His role as a discussant in the conference’s first session, “Nationalism and Postmodernism Comparative Analyses: European and Asian Perspectives,” will be to provide comments on papers being presented by Georg Iggers, distinguished professor emeritus of history at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Jacqueline Pak, a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ro will discuss the role of nationalism and Korean studies during the conference’s third session.

“One of the reasons for this conference is to discuss the resurgence of nationalism in East Asia, especially in Korea,” he says. “We will also explore the impact of nationalism on historiography in investigating how nationalism influences the writing of the history of ‘nation and state.’ For this, we invited a well-known historian, Dr. Iggers, to talk about nationalism and historiography in general, and then we will talk more specifically on the Korean situations.”

Haeng-Bum Kim, a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at George Mason, will serve as a discussant on Ro’s paper.

CAPEC is dedicated to the interdisciplinary, in-depth study of economics in Asia. For a complete conference schedule, visit the web site.

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