INDePth Conference 2014: Reimagining the Korean Peninsula: Global Forces, Social Change and Conflict Resolution

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014 – Friday, March 21st, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 20149:00AM - 4:00PMGreat Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
Friday, March 21, 201410:00AM - 9:00PMGreat Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
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INDePth – Interrogating Notions of Development and Progress – is an annual student-run conference at the University of Toronto. The conference comprises of panels, workshops, unconference sessions, a gala dinner and a Great Debate to not only facilitate intellectually stimulating conversations but also connect undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe. Focusing on the Korean peninsula as a case study, INDePth 2014 proudly presents prominent speakers including Ms. Christine Ahn (Korea Policy Institute), Dr. Michael Robinson (Indiana University), Dr. Hyunjin Seo (University of Kansas). The conference is sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Asian Institute, Centre for the Study of Korea, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and many other organizations and has built networks with Western University, University of Alberta, Carleton University, York University etc.

2014 Conference:
INDePth seeks to foster an environment for university students to apply what they have learned in the classroom and start meaningful conversations about key global issues. Korea represents a unique case study as, more than twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Korean peninsula is still mired in Cold War era divisions. Its contemporary reality may seem to reinforce traditional balance-of-power politics, however it also showcases the possibilities for a fracturing of global power relations through the dynamism of soft power, media representation, economic development and civil society. The issues surrounding the relationship between the North and South Korea have been commonly discussed in static frameworks where the emphasis tends to be on the diametrically opposed economic, political, and social systems. This conference aims to pose important but complex questions about the two Koreas which will allow delegates to contemplate the overarching issues of security, social change and conflict resolution in the peninsula.

What Does Your Ticket Include?
The one time registration fee grants you admission to our two-day conference at Great Hall, Hart House at the University of Toronto from March 20-21, 2014. You will be provided a nametag, a conference program, lunch and coffee break snacks each day at the conference. The fee also includes your ticket to the gourmet buffet style, semiformal Reception Dinner at Arisu on the evening of March 21st. Please refer to following detailed schedule:

Day 1 / Thursday, March 20, 2014
Agents of Change: Development and Progress on a Divided Peninsula

09:00am – 10:00am REGISTRATION
10:00am – 11:00am KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Marius Grinius (former Canadian Ambassador to South Korea)
Moderator: Jennifer McCann (PhD Candidate, University of Toronto)
Panelists: Jack Kim (Founder and former Executive Director, HanVoice), Michael Robinson (Adjunct Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington), Hyunjin Seo (Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication, University of Kansas)
12:30pm – 01:00pm Q&A SESSION
01:00pm – 02:00pm LUNCH
02:00pm – 03:00pm WORKSHOPS
Media Representations, The Role of Civil Society Organizations, The Kaesong Industrial Complex and Economic Cooperation & Conflict
03:00pm – 04:00pm TEA BREAK + UNCONFERENCE SESSIon

Day 2 / Friday, March 21, 2014
The “Hermit Kingdom”: The Global Context of Modern Korea

09:30am – 10:00am CHECK-IN
Moderator: Tina Jiwon Park (PhD Candidate, University of Toronto)
Panelists: Christine Ahn (Co-Founder of the Korea Policy Institute and Founder of Women De-Militarize the Zone), Seung Hyok Lee (Assistant Adjunct Professor of Renison University College, University of Waterloo), Donald Rickerd (Associate Director of the Asian Business and Management Program, York University)
11:30am – 12:00pm Q&A SESSION
12:00pm – 01:00pm LUNCH
01:00pm – 02:00pm WORKSHOPS
The Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asian Security, Soft Power Diplomacy, Global and Transnational Forces
02:00pm – 03:30pm TEA BREAK + THE GREAT DEBATE
Oxford Style, Question TBA
Mentors: Shin Hyung Choi (MA Candidate, University of Toronto), TBA
03:30pm – 04:00pm CLOSING REMARKS
Kwang-Kyun Chung (Consul General of the Republic of Korea,Toronto)
04:00pm – 06:00pm BREAK
06:00pm – 09:00pm RECEPTION DINNER at ARISU

Registration Dates & Methods
– UofT Students Early Bird: $40.00 CAD (until Feb. 14, 2014)
– Students: $50.00 CAD (until Mar. 19, 2014)
– General Public: $60.00 CAD (until Mar. 19, 2014)

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For Group Registration (any group with 6 or more students), we offer special discount. Please skip this process and directly contact before Mar. 13 to acquire group discount.

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INDePth Conference 2014


Faculty of Arts and Science Dean's Student Initiative Fund

Centre for the Study of Korea

Asian Institute

Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation

Hart House Ideas Fund

Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union


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