Engage Korea 2015 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

9:00 - 18:00

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge 


Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, UK

Itinerary and Timetable is as follows:


Plenary  1  09:40 - 11:00 - Health

Stina Bae (moderator), PhD student, Copenhagen Business School

Kee Park, Chair, Korean American Medical Association (KAMA) & World Korean Medical Organization Global Outreach Program 

Topic: Doctors and the Engagement of North Korea


Sun-Hwa LeeDULA International 

Topic: Reflections on the North Korean Youth Para-Ensemble



Plenary 2  11:20 - 12:40 - Education/Culture

Sarah Son (moderator), Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Colin McCulloch, Professor of Management and Economics, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology 

Topic: Sowing the Seeds


Jana Hajzlerová, PhD Student, Charles University Prague and Chair/Director of Czech-Korean Society 

Topic: Friends Lost and Found: North Korea Policies in the Czech (Slovak) Republic

Morten Traavik, Norwegian Director and Artist, Traavik.info 

Topic: East of the Hype and West of the Propaganda



Plenary 3 13:40 - 15:00 - Tumen River Triangle: Development and Local Communities

In partnership with the North Asian Borders project, University of Cambridge

Hyun-Gwi Park (moderator), Research Associate, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

June Hee Kwon, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, East Asian Studies, New York University 

Topic: The Marker of Borderland: Korean Chinese Anxieties and Memories about the Tumen River in Yanbian, China


Anastasia Konyakhina, Research Associate, Department of Social and Political Studies, Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of Peoples of the Far East at the Russian Academy of Sciences 

Topic: The Development of Khasanskii Raion: Potential, Problems and Perspectives

Robert Winstanley-Chesters, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge (Beyond the Korean War) 

Topic: Narrative Topographies and North Korea’s Northern Rivers



Student-Led Discussion Groups  15:20 - 16:10 

Please choose ONE discussion group

Group One

Mark Buttweiler (Leader), PhD Student, University of California, San Diego

Topic: Agriculture Productivity and Market Prices

Selcuk Koseoglu, Bachelor Student, Koc University, Istanbul and San Francisco State University 

Topic: A Humanitarian Approach to Greater North Korean Integration


Group Two

Sung Kim (Leader), Masters Student, University of California, San Diego

Topic: North Korea and its negotiating edge during the first nuclear 


Justin Kim-Hummel, Masters Student, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC 

Topic: Lets Make a Deal


Group Three

Jan Blinka (Leader), PhD Student, Masaryk University, Czech Republic 

Topic: Security Relations between North Korea, South Korea and United States after the end of the Cold War: Reciprocity or Bullying?

Jongmin Park, Masters Student, Royal College of Art, London 

Topic: Can architecture be neutral in a conflict zone?



 Plenary 4  16:20-16:50 Discussion Group Feedback

Théo Clément (moderator), PhD Student, Sciences Po Lyon, France

Mark Buttweiler

Sung Kim

Jan Blinka



Film Screening  16:50—17:50

Yes! We Love this Country: An Art Journey to North Korea

Dir: Vivi Stenburg, NRK, 2012



Priority registration deadline: November 30, 2015

Registration fees include lunch. To register, please visit: http://bit.do/EngageKorea2015


To ensure constructive and honest discussions, Engage Korea 2015 is off-the-record, but media enquiries may be directed to:

 Sherri L. Ter Molen

Public Relations Manager, Engage Korea



Enquiries regarding conference logistics should be directed to: 

Robert Winstanley-Chesters

Engage Korea 2015 Conference Director