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James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies Conference: "Korea on Trial: Law and Justice in the Face of Violence"

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:30pm

Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 337

At the bar of history, Korea can alternatively be called as a witness, an accused, or a plaintiff. The multi-secular trajectory of the Korean state indeed offers not one but a plurality of cases to investigate the relationships between violence, law, and justice conceived as interrelated social constructs and realities. By enabling comparisons between different periods and processes, this conference aims at cross-historically and cross-disciplinarily examining how the production of legal normativity and performativity intersects with the (un)making of violence in Korea. Sites of analysis will therefore be diversified, comprising law in the books (such as bodies of legislation and jurisprudence), in action (via, for instance, the criminal system, judicial contests, or victims’ movements), and in fiction (through literature and visual arts).

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