The Contentious Koreans: Civil Society, Social Movements, and Human Rights Struggles in South Korea
South Korea is a country rife with contention. Socio-political struggles that emanate from the people – and that thus do not exclusively take place in ‘traditional’ political arenas like the government or parliaments – are characteristic phenomena of South Korea’s modern history. The summer special lecture series focuses on central concepts like human and civil rights, social movements, and civil society. It will show how these actors and concepts played important roles in Korea after the liberation from Japanese colonial rule from 1945 onwards, as well as before and after democratization in the late 1980s. A general historical and conceptual overview of human rights struggles in South Korea will be complemented by lectures on concrete socio-political issues that have been relevant in modern and present-day Korea: the human rights situation of refugees and migrants, the environmental movement, feminist and LGBTIQ activism, activism against youth unemployment, and non-progressive mobilization in South Korea.
Zeit & Ort
02.08.2021 - 13.08.2021
Virtual Event via Webex in English
(some lectures will be recorded)
Please register by August 1st, 2021