Re-Thinking the Cultural Politics of Otherness: Theories and Practices


Chair: Jinwoo Choi, Hanynag University, South Korea Symposium Abstract This panel is concerned with the complex political process of otherness, which can be seen in multiple discourses and practices of political philosophy, historical narratives, contemporary identity politics, and cultural heritage. From political thoughts of being with others to UNESCO’s contemporary discourses on national belonging, the cultural politics of otherness have been shaped at diverse levels of polities, including nation-states, regional political communities, and global organizations. Re-contextualizing such discourses and practices within varied contemporary global realities, this panel seeks to call into question conventional knowledge within the existing political theories and practices, which tend to perpetuate the Other in thinking about identity, belonging, and politics. This panel re-examines fundamental ideas, concepts, and practices in contemporary discourses on the problem of being with others, such as Heidegger’s dynamic view of the Platonic opinion (doxa) and otherness, investigation into the Silk Road as a political metaphor in ancient historical narratives of Korea, complex dynamics of identity and interest in the re-making of contemporary European international politics, and UNESCO’s institutional practice of protecting cultural heritage as well as its controversy regarding the origin and ownership of cultural heritage. While avoiding static accounts of the cultural politics of otherness, scholars on this panel aim to critically discuss how the re-thinking process of existing fundamental conceptions can help us imagine different ways of approach into politics and culture. In other words, we want to show how cultural politics of otherness intersects with new ways of thinking about the global realities of our existence. Presentation #1 Silk Road as Political Metaphor: Quest for an Ideal World in Ancient Korea Jongyoon Doh, Jeju Peace Institute, South Korea Presentation #2 The Platonic Doctrine of Untruth: Heidegger’s Interpretation of Plato’s ‘Theaetetus’ and the Natural Possibility of Opinion SangWon Lee, Hanyang Peace Institute, South Korea Presentation #3 Registration of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage and Contestation of belongings in North East Asia Sunhee Park, Seoul National University, South Korea Presentation #4 Britain and Europe: Interests, Identity, and Power Jinwoo Choi, Hanyang University, South Korea

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Jinwoo Choi, Hanyang University, South Korea
Jongyoon Doh, Jeju Peace Institute, South Korea
SangWon Lee, Hanyang Peace Institute, South Korea
Sunhee Park, Seoul National University, South Korea

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Conference: GLOBAL2017
Stream: Politics/ political Studies/ Political Sciences

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