The ongoing disputes in Northeast Asia regarding historical injustice and responsibility are rooted in the divided memory of the “past that cannot be forgotten.” Can Northeast Asia move onto the next stage of more transnational, cross-cultural process of reconciliation? Gi-Wook Shin will examine the prospects for historical reconciliation in the region by looking at how historical memory has evolved in China, Japan, and Korea, and has been incorporated into respective master narratives.
Gi-Wook Shin is the director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center; the William J. Perry professor of contemporary Korea; the founding director of the Korea Program; a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and a professor of sociology, all at Stanford University. As a historical-comparative and political sociologist, his research has concentrated on social movements, nationalism, development and international relations. Shin is the author/editor of more than 20 books and numerous articles. His recent books include Superficial Korea (2017) and Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War (2016).
This talk is organized by Hong Kal (Department of Visual Art and Art History, York University) and presented by the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) funded by the Academy of Korean Studies. It is co-presented by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) at York University.