The Department of Linguistics of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman held the Philippine Korean Studies Symposium (PKSS) 2016 in partnership with the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies.
For this fifth installment of PKSS, the Depatment organized the first ever Korean Studies Workshop for Academicians in the Philippines, which aimed to deepen the Filipino academicians’ awareness, understanding and knowledge of Korea, and ultimately help them develop Korean Studies curriculum and produce comparative research in their institution. The event was held on July 20-22, at Microtel, UP-Ayala Technohub, Quezon City. Four renowned scholars of Korean Studies were invited to present their respective papers at plenary sessions: Dr. Laurel Kendall of Columbia University (“Superstition, Culture, and Religion and the Things for which People Pray: Shamans and Popular Religion in South Korea”), Dr. Eun-gi Kim of Korea University (“The Construction of Multicultural Korea: Myth or Reality?”), Dr. Wayne Patterson of the University of Pennsylvania (Maritime Customs and China’s Indirect Imperialism in Korea in the 1880s”), and Dr. Seong-chul Shin of the University of New South Wales (“Researching the L2 Classroom and Application to Korean”).
Fourteen (14) participants were accepted to present their ongoing/prospective research on Korean studies along with their respective fields such as linguistics, political science, mass communication, sociology, business and management, and law and governance, among others. They were then grouped into four groups, each of which was mentored by the four invited academics. Also part of the programme was the providing of tips on publishing in scholarly journals and the presentation of the different journals published within and by UP Diliman: “Daluyan”, “Kasarinlan”, “Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society”, “Diliman Review”, “Asian Studies”, “Philippine Political Science Journal”, “Social Science Diliman”, and “Philippine Social Sciences Review”.
Since its first organization in 2012, the Department of Linguistics has been successful in organizing the PKSS. It has become a venue for Filipino scholars to acquire new knowledge on the Korean society, present their cutting-edge research, interact with renowned Korean Studies scholars from all over the world, and develop Korean programs in their respective institution.