2022 IKSU Annual International Conference - Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific
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2022 IKSU Annual International Conference

IKSU Annual International Conference:

Korean Politics and International Relations at Crossroads: Past, Present and the Future

University of Central Lancashire, UK, 7-8 January 2022
* This event will be held both online (via MS TEAMS) and offline.

This conference is open to all.

To attend the conference, please register by 31 December 2021

Online link information will be sent on 5 January 2022 to the registered emails.

Day 1: 7 January 2022 @ UCLan – audience will be able to join both online and offline.

Opening Session @ Greenbank Lecture Theatre

9.30 AM – 9.40 AM

Welcoming Remarks

o Sojin Lim, Co-Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU)
9.40 AM – 10.00 AM

Keynote Speech

o Colin Crooks, outgoing UK Ambassador to North Korea, and Ambassador-designate to South Korea

Session 1: International Relations around Korea Peninsula @ Greenbank Lecture Theatre

10.10 AM – 12.00 PM
Chair: Brendan Howe (Ewha Womans University, South Korea)
Speakers (20 minutes x 3 speakers, 60 minutes)
o The Limits of Institutionalism: Why the Korea-China-Japan Trilateral Summits Have Not Succeeded / Ed Griffith (University of Central Lancashire / UK)
o National Identity and Its Impact on ROK-Japan Relations: The Role of the “Comfort Women” Issue / Sofia Ribeiro-Lemos (University of Minho, Portugal)
o The Contribution of South Korea’s HADR to Middle Power Hierarchy Construction in the Asia-Pacific / Alexander Hynd (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Discussant (20 minutes)
o David Hundt (Deakin University, Australia)
Discussion with Q&A (30 minutes)

Session 2: Democratisation of South Korea @ Harrington Lecture Theatre

1.30 PM – 3.00 PM
Chair: Niki Alsford (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
Speakers (20 minutes x 2 speakers, 40 minutes)
o Out of Proportion? The Election System and Representative Democracy in South Korea / Hannes Mosler (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
o What Is the Meaning of South Korea’s Democratisation Experiences to Other Asian Countries? / Kyounghee Cho (Pusan National University, South Korea)
Discussant (20 minutes)
o Jamie Doucette (University of Manchester, UK)
Discussion with Q&A (30 minutes)

Session 3: Exploring Diplomacy @ Harrington Lecture Theatre

3.10 PM – 5.00 PM
Chair: Ed Griffith (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
Speakers (20 minutes x 3 speakers, 60 minutes)
o What Role to Play? Assessing the ROK’s Future Nuclear Diplomacy / Virginie Grzelczyk (Aston University, UK)
o Reframing the Role of Corporations in South Korea’s Foreign Relations: A Public Diplomacy Perspectives / Francesca Frassineti (Italian Institute for International Political Studies, Italy) & Yunhee Kim (Sookmyung Institute of Global Governance, South Korea)
o China’s ‘Non-Policy’ towards South Korea in the Late Mao Era (1961-1976) / Yin Peng (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
Discussant (20 minutes)
o Colin Alexander (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
Discussion with Q&A (30 minutes)


Day 2: 8 January 2022 @ Brockholes – audience will be able to join online only.

Session 4: Inter-Korea Affairs

9.30 AM – 11.20 AM
Chair: Virginie Grzelczyk (Aston University, UK)
Speakers (20 minutes x 3 speakers, 60 minutes)
o The Dog that Doesn’t Bark: Domestic Social Norms and Public Debate on Nuclear Weapons in South Korea / In Young Min (Heidelberg University, Germany)
o Diplomatic Competition Between North and South Korea in the Southern Cone (1950 – 1975) / Camilo Aguirre (University of Sussex, UK)
o Why Presenting a Foe as a Friend Can Make Sense: Explaining the Shifts in North Korea’s Construction of a South Korean Threat in State Media in the 21 Century / Benedikt Staar (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Discussant (20 minutes)

Sarah Son (University of Sheffield, UK)
Discussion with Q&A (30 minutes)

Closing Session

11.30 AM – 11.50 AM

Closing Remarks

o Niki Alsford, Head of the Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific (ISAP)