Category: Symposium Presentation


Registration of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage and Contestation of Belongings in North EastAsia

UNESCO has played a leading role in the protection of cultural heritage. While 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage(ICH) calls for international cooperation to safeguard the world’s intangible heritage, it inadvertently fosters nationalist claims on cultural ownership. The signatories of the Convention may treat the Convention as an approval of authentic


Silk Road As Political Metaphor: Quest for an Ideal World in Ancient Korea

This paper explores the Silk Roads as a political metaphor in the context of Korea’s ancient kingdoms. Typically, many consider Northeast Asia far from the Silk Roads. But the Silk Roads have always symbolized legendary, mythical, or sacred meanings for Koreans, imparting a sense of legitimacy to political life. Rulers apprehended “exotic” cultures in terms


The Platonic Doctrine of Untruth: Heidegger’s Interpretation of Plato’s Theaetetus and the Natural Possibility of Opinion

This article examines Heidegger’s interpretation of Plato’s Theaetetus, focusing on the problematic nature of opinion (doxa). Some commentators maintain that Plato’s philosophy seeks an absolute conception of truth simply opposed to the arbitrary character of opinion, emphasizing an epistemological framework of the Platonic metaphysics. But a close reading of Heidegger’s thoughts on the Theaetetus shows


Re-Contextualizing Cultural Exchange Policy in Culture-led Urban Regeneration

This study attempts to explore the core concepts and implications of the activity of international cultural activity applied in the process of Culture-led Regeneration policies. By examining the discussions on the level of social openness in urban regeneration policies and how cities have induced immigrants to take stances, this paper seeks the approaches that should


Affective Politics of Citizenship in Reality TV Programs Featuring North Korean Refugees

This paper is concerned with emerging affective politics of citizenship in contemporary South Korean society. Focusing on the recent reality TV programs (i.e. talk shows) that featured North Korean refugees, this paper examines how North Korean refugees in South Korean society come to be recognized as one of the multicultural minority groups. In South Korea,


Ordinary Interaction and Severance: Relationships Between South Koreans and North Korean Refugees

This article investigates relationships between South Koreans and North Korean Refugees where many North Korean Refugees co-reside with native South Koreans. It focuses on the relationships within a space for everyday life. By examining interaction and social relations of South-North Koreans in a ordinary social space, this articles provides useful data to comprehend cognitively and