A Call for Texts!

Korean and Vietnamese Encounters: Premodern Text Workshop

Respond by July 15th, 2022

Workshop date: December 9-10, 2022 (UCLA)

A two-day workshop dedicated to the close-reading and translation of original primary sources pertaining to Korean and Vietnamese encounters, connections, and comparisons in the premodern period (~1900). The goal of the workshop is to create a sourcebook (format TBD) that will facilitate the teaching and study of Korean and Vietnamese pasts in conjunction. During the workshop, participants will lead primary source analysis and group discussion. Texts can be in any range of genres, forms, lengths.

The workshop will be held in-person at UCLA. It is sponsored by the Academy of Korean Studies, the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation, UCLA’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Korean Studies, and the Korea-Vietnam Working Group.

Workshop attendance will be limited to invited participants. Interested parties should complete the following document, which asks for 1) name, 2) affiliation, 3) contact information, 4) title of proposed text(s), 5) 150 word statement identifying significance of proposed text(s). (https://forms.gle/19HZs1QnZ39GWERt7)

Texts can be in any language/script: Sinitic, vernacular Korean (Han’gŭl), forms of Vietnamese demotic, or other relevant (e.g. Roman, Khmer, Cham, Manchu….)

The text(s) must date from before 1900 (roughly). They can be:

  1. Korean text about Vietnam
  2. Vietnamese text about Korea
  3. Text placing Vietnam and Korea in comparison
  4. Text produced from Vietnamese-Korean interactions
  5. Text about Vietnamese-Korean interactions
  6. A pair of cognate texts that can be read together to compare Vietnam and Korea

Workshop participants can decide for themselves how to decide what counts as “Korean” or “Vietnamese”

Workshop participants will be expected to provide the following prior to the workshop

  • Titles/descriptions of specific texts, with appropriate bibliographic information
  • Facsimiles or printouts of official texts
  • Abstract describing importance, significance, and context of texts
  • Current C.V.

Invited participants will have airfare/lodging paid by workshop organizers

For questions, contact: Sixiang Wang (six@ucla.edu)