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April 28, 2009
RAS Lecture Meeting
Dr. Martina Deuchler
7:30 p.m 2nd floor, Residents lounge, Somerset Palace, Seoul
Korea Forty Years Ago: A Nostalgic Slideshow

Forty years ago, when I first came to Seoul to study, Korea was a different country. Fascinated by what I saw around me, I started to take pictures, although I had never held a camera in my hands before. The slides therefore are amateurish, but they do show scenes which by now have long since disappeared. They thus have already a certain historical interest.

I made a random selection from more than a thousand slides. There are a few shots of “old” Seoul, but the majority of the pictures were taken in the countryside. They show landscapes, villages, and market scenes. Women’s work in and outside the house was a major focus, but as a historian of the Chosŏn dynasty, I was also deeply interested in ancestral and shamanic rituals. By showing these slides, I shall be able to introduce a few thoughts about the central role Confucian rituals played in the life of Chosŏn-Koreans.

Martina Deuchler was born in Switzerland, did her undergraduate work at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and earned a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages at Harvard University with a dissertation on the opening of Korea to Japan and the Western world. This work was later published as Confucian Gentlemen and Barbarian Envoys: The Opening of Korea, 1875-1885 by the University of Washington Press in 1977. Her study of the impact of Confucian thought on Chosŏn-dynasty society appeared as The Confucian Transformation of Korea—A Study of Society and Ideology by Harvard in 1992. Deuchler was professor of Korean Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, from 1988 to 2001.