Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

07/15/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/14/2019 23:40

[HUFS Academic] HUFS Departments and Institutes News (April-June)


■ Department of Spanish Invited the Ambassador of Spain to Korea for a Colloquium

HUFS Department of Spanish invited the Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of Korea H.E. Juan Ignacio Morro for a lecture held at the International Conference Hall of the Seoul Campus on May 14, 2019. In the lecture, the Ambassador touched on Spain's geography, history, politics, economy, foreign affairs, culture, and its relationship with Korea. He expressed his hopes for the year 2020, which marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two counties to be celebrated with a visit by Spanish dignitaries to Korea, an exhibition on the Camino de Santiago, and many other cultural events. After his lecture, the Ambassador paid a visit to HUFS President Kim In-chul and asked for HUFS' contribution to bilateral relations. The visit was joined by Cultural Advisor Carlos Catalán of the Embassy of Spain to ROK, HUFS Vice President Yoon Seok-man, HUFS Director of Public Relations Na Song-ju, and Department Head Kim Kyeong-hee.

The Department of Spanish and Aula Cervantes de Seul have invited ambassadors of Spanish-speaking countries to hold a series of colloquiums under the common theme of 'Cultural Values for Development(Valores Cuturales para el Desarrollo).' The previous semester hosted the Ambassador of Ecuador to Korea and the Ambassador of Guatemala to Korea and on April 29, the Ambassador of Costa Rica gave a lecture in a lecture room of the Seoul Campus Faculty Office Building. Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Republic of Korea H.E. Rodolfo Solano Quirós introduced Costa Rica as the most secure nation in Latin America with a relatively small gap between the rich and poor. He also pointed out that the nation is blessed with beautiful nature and has a high Happy Planet Index, focusing on 'the ability to lead a pure life'(¡Pura Vida).

■ HK+ Project Team of HUFS Institute of Indian Studies Held a Special Lecture

The Humanities Korea Project Team of the HUFS Institute of Indian Studies(Director Kim Chan-wan, Professor of the Graduate School of International and Area Studies) held a special lecture with Professor Frederick M. Asher, and Professor Emeritus Catherine B. Asher of the University of Minnesota on May 3, 2019.

The two professors, who are specialists in Indian studies and art history, gave lectures on 'Area Studies: History of the Field and Present Debate,' and 'Imagining the Taj Mahal in India and the World,' respectively, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Professor Frederick M. Asher served as a president of the American Institute of Indian Studies and the National Committee for the History of Art. Professor Catherine B. Asher served as a president and editor-in-chief of the International College Art Association.

■ School of English for Interpretation and Translation Held a Lecture by Deborah Smith, winner of the Man Booker International Prize

The School of English for Interpretation and Translation held a lecture by Deborah Smith, the winner of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016 for her translation of Han Kang's novel 'The Vegetarian.' She has been recognized for introducing and promoting Korean literature on the global stage.

To the first question asking about the most memorable and interesting translation project she has worked on among Korean novels, she answered that it was quite difficult for her to choose one since every translation project has been interesting. Ms. Smith revealed her love for translation, noting that although translation is demanding work and a translator might be subject to criticism from time to time, the joy of translation she feels as a translator comes from reading and writing a book, as well as introducing a literary work that deeply touches her to readers from a different language.

The discussion between Ms. Smith and Professor Yoon Sun-kyeong about translation issues originated from cultural/linguistic differences between English and Korean led to different translation practices between English-speaking regions and Korea. While English-speaking regions do not annotate a book and have editors play a crucial role in the translation process, Korea leans toward literal translation, with a significant number of notes added and no final editor. Ms. Smith pointed out the vertical power structure typically found in feminized translations and offered alternatives to the conventional translation approach. In discussing how feminism is related to translation, Ms. Smith touched upon the topic of whether the post-colonial potential of literary translation can stop or deter English-dominated global trends. Lastly, Ms. Smith shared practical advice with aspiring translators, stating that translation is a tough job but meaningful at the same time.

■ Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Held a Roundtable Meeting with the Embassy of Latvia in Korea

HUFS Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of Korea held a roundtable session on 'Challenges and the Way-Forward for the European Union and East Asia' on April 25, 2019.

On the Korean side, the roundtable session hosted HUFS Vice President Yoon Seok-man, Director Kim Si-hong, LT Division Head Kang Yu-deok, Professor Mason Richey of the Graduate School of International and Area Studies, and Researcher Shim Seong-eun of the National Assembly Research Service. On the European side, the session was joined by Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Political Director Jānis Mažeiks, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea H.E. Peteris Vaivars, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, H.E. Simon Smith, Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Korea H.E. Otar Berdzenishvili, and Deputy Head of Mission Olegs Ilgis of the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea.

The session served as an opportunity to create a common-ground for recognizing the importance of coordinated efforts to gather the collective wisdom of Europe and Asia to ensure the stability and prosperity of the world in an era where the rule-based, free international order is being challenged, as well as the importance of exchanges among the younger generations of the two regions to ensure a long-term perspective.

■ Graduate School of International and Area Studies Held an International Seminar in Singapore

The Global Research Network(GRN) Project Team of the HUFS Graduate School of International and Area Studies(GSIAS)(Director On Dae-won) and the Center for International Area Studies Research(CIASR) held an international conference jointly with the Master of Asia-Pacific Studies Program of the Australian National University and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies(RSIS) at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore on April 22 and 23, 2019. The conference was held as part of 'the US-led alliance: Expansion into the Asia-Pacific region and beyond,' a research project which has been conducted over the last three years by professors of CIASR along with researchers from prestigious universities and research institutes around the globe including the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia, and Singapore with the generous support of the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF). The conference featured participation by renowned scholars and experts from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. The research team at the Australian National University secured financial support from the NRF to successfully host the conference and Councilor Jung Dae-yong of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Singapore and many others attended the conference to participate in presentations and discussions.

From HUFS, Professor On Dae-won(Director of CIASR), Professor Park Jae-jeok(Department of International Studies, U.S. and Canadian Studies, Professor Mason Rickey(Department of EU), Professor Irwin Tan(Department of U-Peace), and Professor Kim Jang-ho of the LD Division made presentations and held a discussion. From Australian National University, Professor Emeritus William Tow, Dean Brendan Taylor, Dr. Lauren Richardson, and Researcher Catherine Karcher participated in the conference. From S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies(RSIS), the conference was joined by RSIS Director Ralf Emmers, Professor Ter, Professor Tan, Professor Sarah Ter, and Dr. Ian Storey who is also an ISEAS researcher and Dr. Malcolm Cook of ISEAS. In addition to the distinguished list of participants, a large number of scholars and experts from Thammasat University of Thailand, Drexel University of the Philippines, and the University of Philippines took part in the conference

At the conference, the participants stated that although the US-led alliance contributed greatly to the security and development of the Asia-Pacific region and the establishment of a stable world order over the past several decades, it faces growing uncertainties due to drastic changes in the regional and world orders and recent changes in U.S. foreign policy. They shared the understanding that in order to address various problems, countries within the Asia-Pacific region need to step up cooperation in the areas of security and economy and seek to create a new multilateral order in the region while maintaining alliance-based security cooperation with the U.S. and other countries within the region. Participants were engaged in an active debate, producing a significant outcome.

Through a meeting, researchers agreed to publish the results of the conference through an international journal in the second half of this year in the form of a special edition to facilitate additional research and discussion among the academic and policy experts working in this field. They were also in agreement to create a tight research and policy cooperation network with universities and research institutions in other regions such as the U.S. and Europe as well as in the Asia-Pacific region.

■ HUFS Institute of Russian Studies Invited the Russian Ambassador to Korea for a Lecture

The Institute of Russian Studies invited the Russian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea H.E. Andrey Kulik to give a lecture under the theme of the 'Peace Process on the Korean Peninsula: Russian Perspective and Initiative' on April 5, 2019.

Ambassador Andrey Kulik began his lecture by introducing the efforts and proposals that Russia has made to ensure peace on the Korean peninsula and to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue since the mid-1990s to the present day. Noting that Russia welcomes the easing of tension on the Korean peninsula demonstrated via Inter-Korean talks and North Korea-United States talks since 2018, he emphasized that President Moon Ja-In played a pivotal role in the process.

Ambassador Kulik stated that there are issues from China and Russia's viewpoint that might provoke the North including the operation of the THAAD system, and the opinions of the opposition party on the southern side and argued that talks among the parties inclusive of the inter-Korean summit as well as other diplomatic efforts should continue.