EASG Talk with Dr. Marco Milani on the use of culture in inter-Korean relations
EASG Talk with Dr. Marco Milani: Soft power or hard threat? The use of culture and cultural products in inter-Korean relations
Date: Monday, 20th February
Time: 16:15 – 17:30
Venue: FAB4.52, Faculty of Arts Building
In recent years, South Korea has developed an effective soft power strategy through the use of culture and cultural products for enhancing the country’s global influence and status. The so-called ‘Korean Wave’ – Hallyu – has significantly contributed to increase soft power and to support an effort of national re-branding, aimed at providing South Korea with a new set of attributes and characteristics on the international stage. The use of cultural instruments for foreign policy purposes also had consequences for what concerns its relations with North Korea. In particular, inter-Korean relations can be negatively affected in two areas by the development and spread of South Korea’s soft power. First, the circulation of South Korean cultural products in North Korea, which has significantly grown in recent years, could be perceived by the North Korean leadership as a sort of ‘cultural attack’, starting a process of ‘securitization’ of cultural products that can result in an antagonizing dynamic between the two Koreas. Second, the emphasis on specific characteristics of a ‘South Korean identity’ can undermine the process of inter-Korean reconciliation.
Marco Milani is Assistant Professor at the Department of Arts, University of Bologna. Previously, he has been Lecturer at the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Korean Studies Institute and Lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of Southern California. He also held teaching positions at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and had been visiting research fellow at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (South Korea) and at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (Netherlands). He has published numerous articles and book chapters on North and South Korea’s foreign policy, contemporary Korean history and inter-Korean relations. He is co-editor of the book on South Korea’s foreign policy titled The Korean Paradox: domestic political divide and foreign policy in South Korea (Routledge, 2019). He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his research tentatively titled, ‘The Evolution of Inter-Korean Cooperation: History, Theory and Practice.’ His research interests include: Korean History and Society, History and International Relations of East Asia, North and South Korean foreign and security policy, Inter-Korean relations, Contemporary Korean cultural production, Media and Communication in Korea and East Asia.
2x Student Research Assistant Posts
The Inclusive Education Working Group in PAIS is seeking to appoint 2 Student Research Assistants to support the work towards the department’s Inclusive Education Plan. These roles are based on the usual PAIS Student Research Assistant roles. As such, students in this role will work within the department for (up to) 6 hours per week for (up to) 20 weeks (although in practice we are flexible in terms of hours worked, as long as it does not exceed 120 hours in total). The hourly pay rate is £10.90 plus £1.32 holiday pay.
The role will involve assisting members of the Inclusive Education Working Group do scoping research on the inclusive education gaps within the department and possible actions to address them with the aim to produce a position paper co-authored by staff and students. As this work is likely to involve the handling of confidential information, applicants should have (or will be willing to develop) a good understanding of the Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). General Responsibilities will include assisting in research such as reviewing reports and documents, administrative tasks such as typing up notes or data entry, and contributing to the co-authored report.
Applications are particularly encouraged from groups that are presently under-represented in PAIS, including individuals who identify as Black, Asian and other under-represented ethnicities, women, those with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQUA+, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
All appointments will be subject to a probationary period of 4 working weeks.
- Current undergraduate finalist or postgraduate student in PAIS
- Ability to work independently and accurately to meet deadlines
- Ability to apply research techniques, methodology and logical critical analysis
- Experience of working with standard software packages for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation slides
- A demonstrable commitment to principles of equality and diversity
- High level of comprehension and the ability to extract relevant information
- Ability to communicate project progress effectively to project leader, ask for feedback, and implement instructions
- Experience of both qualitative and quantitative research
- Experience of preparing reports to a high standard
- Awareness of matters of inclusion in higher education
Apply by submitting your CV and a short cover letter (max 1 page) to: Karoline Schneider, Departmental Administrator (Teaching & Learning) email@example.com
Deadline for applications: 28th February 2023, 12 noon
Speaker address Brazilian foreign policy
The Revolution Unfulfilled: Brazil's Foreign Policy under Bolsonaro
With Dawisson Belém Lopes
Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais
Visiting Researcher at the Latin America Centre, Oxford University
When: 15 - 16:30, Monday, 13 February
Where: R1.04 (Ramphal Building)
Co-sponsored by PAIS International Relations and Security Cluster (IRS) & Latin America at Warwick Network (LAWN)
Far-right populist leaders often take office promising a revolution in policies. They project themselves as counterpoints to other political competitors and defend radical positions regarding a set of issues. These contents may include nationalistic–chauvinistic measures, antienvironmental attitudes, conservative postures toward human rights, and religious leaning. According to our framework, though, leaders will only be able to pursue sharp foreign policy changes in pluralistic societies if, first, they win internal disputes at policymaking venues. Second, some policies will depend on external support or, at least, the non-imposition of unsurmountable obstacles. An acute foreign policy change may occur if such “battles” are won—home and abroad. Otherwise, a few incremental and superficial shifts are the maximum outcomes these leaders can get. A within-case study on Bolsonaro's Brazil provides useful evidence for our argument.
The Politics of Chinese Nuclear Commemoration
Date: Monday, 6th February
Place: R1.03, Ramphal Building
In the study of China’s foreign affairs, historians like to suggest that the past is always present. A ‘Century of Humiliation’ in the nineteenth century or fighting the Japanese in the 1930s and 1940s are often referenced. Yet another historic development, namely China’s development of nuclear weapons in the 1950s and 1960s, is often absent from this assessment. In contrast to many other nuclear weapons states, China has largely been quiet about its nuclear past. Only in the last years of former leader Hu Jintao (2003-2012) and now the current leader, Xi Jinping (2013-) has China started to commemorate its nuclear weapons development more seriously. This paper sets out to understand both the nature and timing of this commemoration within China but also the wider implications of nuclear commemoration for regional and international security. Ultimately, under Xi Jinping, China’s nuclear past is finally becoming present.
Dr Nicola Leveringhaus is Senior Lecturer in East Asian Security and International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Dr Leveringhaus specialises in nuclear weapons issues in Northeast Asia, especially related to China. She has lectured at Sheffield University (2015-16) and was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2012-15) at the University of Oxford. She has been a Senior Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University; and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. She holds an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies and DPhil in International Relations from St. Antony's College, Oxford. Her second book China and Global Nuclear Order, from Estrangement to Active Engagement was nominated for the 2017 ECPR Hedley Bull Prize.
Book Launch: Everyday Border Struggles: Segregation and Solidarity in the UK and Calais
ONLINE EVENT – 8th February 2023, 17:00-18:30
Presented by BREM – Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network
Join the meeting using this link on the day of the discussion: https://bit.ly/3WzTbFR
Thom Tyerman will discuss his book Everyday Border Struggles: Segregation and Solidarity in the UK and Calais with Ana Aliverti (University of Warwick) and Joe Turner (University of York)
In an age of mobility, borders appear to be everywhere. Encountered more and more in our everyday lives, borders locally enact global divisions and inequalities of power, wealth, and identity. From the Calais ‘jungle’ to the UK’s ‘hostile environment’ policy, this book examines how borders in the UK and Calais operate through everyday practices of segregation. At the same time, it reveals how border segregation is challenged and resisted by everyday practices of ‘migrant solidarity’ among people on the move and no borders activists. In doing so, it explores how everyday borders are key sites of struggles over and against postcolonial and racialised global inequalities. This talk will be of interest to scholars and students working on migration, borders, and citizenship as well as practitioners and organisers in migrant rights, asylum advocacy, and anti-detention or deportation campaigns.