[Blueboard] 2nd (2015) AIKS Korean Studies Conference: Investigating Transnational Spaces in Philippines-Korea Relations

Sarah Jane O. Domingo sdomingo at ateneo.edu
Wed Sep 2 14:01:13 PHT 2015

The *Ateneo Initiative for Korean Studies (AIKS), *in partnership with
the *Ateneo
Center for Asian Studies (ACAS), *invites you to the 2nd (2015) AIKS Korean
Studies Conference with the theme, “Investigating Transnational Spaces in
Philippines-Korea Relations”. Sponsored by the Academy of Korean Studies,
said conference is scheduled to take place on the *23rd of October 2015
(Friday) at Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University* (Loyola Heights

Some six decades after the Republic of the Philippines deployed the
Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) during the Korean War,
bilateral relations between the two countries have strengthened through the
years. Today, in what is referred to as “the age of the global,”
understandably, political, social, cultural and economic relations between
the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Korea have extended
beyond national and local boundaries into transnational spaces –
borderless, re-constructed, virtual and fluid spaces – that respond to the
needs of peoples finding ways to connect and re-discover each other.

The Philippines and Korea with its shared history, and active
people-to-people exchanges, are necessary partners as Asia rapidly changes
internally and externally. One example of Korea's more active presence in
the Philippines and the Southeast Asian Region is the looming ASEAN+3
integration, which would again re-define Korea's relationship with the
country and the region. Thus, the aim of this conference is to examine the
prominent nexuses that transnational spaces between the Philippines and
Korea have created from the macro-, meso- and micro-levels.

The conference will be constituted by the following panels:

·         *Multiculturalism in Contemporary Korean Society*

·         *Labor and Migration; *and

·         *Economic Exchanges and Development Cooperation *

The conference is multidisciplinary, and is expected to collate papers that
present theories, methods, and empirical findings in new and creative ways.
As a venue for academic exchange, the conference likewise hopes to bring
together experts from the academe as well as representatives from diverse
sectors, including the government, media and Korean organizations.

Following the success of last year's conference, which addressed diverse
themes in Korean Studies through investigation of ‘Hallyu’ (Korean Wave),
this year's conference aims to generate profound intellectual exchange on
real issues surrounding Philippines-Korea Relations as yet another
legitimate subfield of Korean Studies. The proceedings of said conference
may be accessed through the Ateneo Journals Online:

Registration fee, which covers *meals, conference materials and certificate
of attendance*, is *PHP200 for students and PHP300 for professionals*.
Deadline of online registration is on *September 15, 2015*.



*For inquiries, please contact:*

Ateneo Initiative for Korean Studies (AIKS)

Ateneo de Manila University
+63 923 945 7227
Email: aiksconference at gmail.com, aiks.ksip at gmail.com

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