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Book release: Beyond the State Examinations - Evaluations of Knowledge in Premodern Korea

News vom 02.04.2024

The Institute of Korean Studies is excited to announce the release of "Beyond the State Examinations - Evaluations of Knowledge in Premodern Korea" edited by Prof. Vladimir Glomb and Dr. Martin Gehlmann

Based on the assumption that every transfer of knowledge, whether it is implicit or explicit, is accompanied by an evaluation of ist efficiency, the contributions of Beyond the State Examinations strive to explore various types of knowledge evaluation in premodern Korea. While most previous research in this area focused on the backbone of the civil and military structure of the Chosŏn state (1392–1910), the government service examination system, the volume explores new perspectives on both formal and informal modes of knowledge evaluation employed in Buddhist communities, literati gatherings, educational settings, military circles or among women. It shows that the male, elite-centered state examination system and ist top-down hierarchy was only one type of knowledge assessment practices in Chosŏn society, even though it was often critically questioned. A broader understanding of knowledge evaluation raises several questions on who assessed Buddhist enlightenment, how military prowess was measured, or why knowledge of literary allusions could not only bring success or failure in the state examinations, but was also a notable form of entertainment for ist participants.

Contributors are: Vladimír Glomb, Martin Gehlmann, Gregory N. Evon, Felix Siegmund, Barbara Wall, Sung-Eun Thomas Kim and Miriam Löwensteinová

Find the book here.

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