19 to 29 May 2022

International Symposium & Project Incubation
Seoul National University

26 to 28 June 2022

Publication Workshop & Debut Presentations
University of Copenhagen

The uses and application of digital methods have become commonplace in Korean studies. Despite the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the extraordinary collection of online archives and digital libraries enabled academic research on Korea to continue. This increased awareness of the field’s digital transformation begs the following questions. Who built those databases? How do we utilize them effectively?

In a two-part event, Javier Cha of Seoul National University and Barbara Wall of the University of Copenhagen will bring together pioneers, early adopters, and the next generation of Koreanists who have conducted research using digital methods. Our mission is to provide forums for idea exchange and networking opportunities for Korea specialists at all stages of their careers.

From May 19th to May 29th, 2022, the Big Data Studies Lab in the College of Liberal Studies at Seoul National University will host an international symposium and project incubation program. A select group of early-career and senior Koreanists will be develop their project with the assistance and guidance of cutting-edge digital humanities researchers. The following topics will be discussed: text analysis (literary Sinitic, modern standard Korean, North Korean corpora, as well as South Korean neologisms and slang); web scraping and data preprocessing with BeautifulSoup, Selenium, and ElementTree; network data in Gephi, Cytoscape, and Neo4j; applied computer vision; audio data; the materiality of data; and digital humanities pedagogy.

The Korean Studies Programme at the University of Copenhagen will host a follow-up event from June 26th to 28th, 2022. The June event will bring together contributors to a special issue of Korean Studies that will be published in the spring of 2023. Participants in the May incubation program will be invited to present the results of their pilot research in order to exchange feedback and foster the growth of digital Korean studies in a cooperative and collaborative manner.

Both the May and June events will be held in person. While lectures and keynote addresses may be considered for streaming as part of a hybrid conference format, workshops will not be available for remote participation. Zoom registration link: https://tinyurl.com/snu-digital-korean-studies.

The organizers would like to express our gratitude to the R&DB Foundation at Seoul National University, the University of Copenhagen, the Korea Foundation, and the editorial board of Korean Studies for their generous funding and/or support.

Schedule

18 May (Wed) 17:00-19:00 (10:00-12:00 CET)
SNU BDSL Distinguished Lecture in Digital Humanities and Cultural Analytics #1
Hilde De Weerdt (KU Leuven)
“Toward a Critical Digital History of Material Infrastructures in East Asia” (via Zoom)
Building 220 Room 201

Advanced Topics in Digital Korean Studies
(19 to 23 May at Seoul National University)

Zoom registration: https://tinyurl.com/snu-digital-korean-studies

19 May (Thurs)
09:00-09:15 Welcoming Remarks
Yang Ilmo, Dean of Liberal Studies (Seoul National University)
Javier Cha (Seoul National University)
Barbara Wall (University of Copenhagen)
Building 220 Room 201
09:15-10:00 Kim Baro (Academy of Korean Studies)
“Biographical Dictionaries in a Digital Age” (in Korean)
Building 220 Room 201
10:00-10:45 Ryu Intae (Sungkyunkwan University)
“Data-Assisted Reading of a Chosŏn Yangban Diary” (in Korean)
Building 220 Room 201
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Discussion
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-17:00 Database Ontology Workshop
Building 220 Room 206/442

20 May (Fri) 09:00-11:00 (19 May 20:00-22:00 EDT)
SNU BDSL Distinguished Lecture in Digital Humanities and Cultural Analytics #2

Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh)
“The World Historical Gazetteer: Modeling Space and Place in a Linked Data Infrastructure” (via Zoom)
Building 220 Room 201

20 May (Fri)
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:15 Jacob Reidhead (KIMEP)
“Semantic Network and Latent Topic Analyses of Time-Stamped Korean-Language Corpora” (via Zoom)
Building 220 Room 201
12:15-12:45 Discussion
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Field Trip: The Pinkfong Company
Hosted by Ryan Lee, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
21 May (Sat)
09:00-09:45 Kim Byungjun (KAIST)
“Introduction to Text Analysis of Modern Standard Korean”
Building 220 Room 201
09:45-10:30 Paul Vierthaler (College of William and Mary)
“Machine Learning Models for Literary Chinese Text Corpora”
Building 220 Room 201
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:30 Choi Donghyeok (KAIST)
“Historical Data Engineering: Preprocessing the Annals of the Chosŏn Dynasty and the Examination Rosters” (in Korean)
Building 220 Room 201
11:30-13:00 Lunch
13:00-18:00 Text Analysis Workshop
22 May (Sun)
09:00-09:45 Paul Vierthaler (College of William and Mary)
“Using GitHub to Manage Digital Humanities Projects”
Building 220 Room 201
09:45-10:30 Javier Cha (Seoul National University)
“Fine-Tuning the Historian’s Macroscope: Data Reuse and Medieval Korean Biographical Records in Neo4j”
Building 220 Room 201
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:45 Hu Jing
“The Social, Cultural, and Economic Networks of Chosŏn Interpreters”
Building 220 Room 201
11:45-12:30 Discussion
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-18:00 Network Data Workshop
Building 220 Room 201
23 May (Mon) to 26 May (Thurs)
Project Incubation
Building 220 Room 206/442

Big Data and New Frontiers in Korean Studies
(27 to 29 May at Seoul National University)

27 May (Fri) 11:00-13:00 KST (26 May 19:00 PDT)
SNU BDSL Distinguished Lecture in Digital Humanities and Cultural Analytics #3
Timothy Tangherlini (University of California, Berkeley)
“Cultural Analytics” (via Zoom)
Building 220 Room 201

27 May (Fri)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Javier Cha (Seoul National University)
“The Korean Humanities in the Zettabyte Era”
Building 220 Room 201
14:45-15:30 Discussion
28 May (Sat)
09:00-09:45 Miguel Escobar Varela (National University of Singapore)
“Theater as Data”
Building 220 Room 201
09:45-10:30 Pete Broadwell (Stanford)
“Deep Learning and Analysis of K-Pop Choreography on YouTube and TikTok”
Building 220 Room 201
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Discussion
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-16:30 Machine Learning & Cultural Analytics Workshop
Building 220 Room 201

28 May (Sat) 17:00-19:00
SNU BDSL Distinguished Lecture in Digital Humanities and Cultural Analytics #4
Lee Kyogu (Seoul National University)
“Machine Listening”
Building 220 Room 201

29 May (Sun)
09:00-09:45 Martin Steinegger (Seoul National University)
“Bioinformatics and Computational Linguistics”
Building 220 Room 201
09:45-10:30 Kwon Bohyoun (Playable Consulting)
“Metaverse as the Land of Refugees and Immigrants” (in Korean)
Building 220 Room 201
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Discussion

29 May 14:00-16:00
SNU BDSL Distinguished Lecture in Digital Humanities and Cultural Analytics #5
Wayne DeFremery (Sogang University)
“What Counts as Deep Learning in Korean Studies?”
Building 220 Room 201

Incubated Projects

ParticipantAffiliationProject Title
Mathieu BerbiguierUCLAMapping the Authenticity of K-pop: The Reality of Production Network vs. Fandom Interpretation
Christina HanWilfrid Laurier UniversityMacroanalysis of Everyday Life in Early Modern Korea: A Pilot Computational Analysis of Poetry Talks
Seung Eun LeeHallym UniversityBuilding a Database of Late-Chosŏn Yadam
Tian LiHarvard UniversityMedia-ted Justice: Law, Ethics, and Social Critique in Korean Screen Media
Thomas QuartermainYonsei UniversityChosŏn Historical Weather Map
Katharina SüberkrübUniversity of HamburgDiplomacy and Objects in European collections of Korean Art(i)facts: Celadons and Export Paintings
Giovanni VolpeSapienza University of RomeReading Practices in Fifteenth-Century Korea: Toward a Digital Humanities Approach
Martin WeiserIndependent ScholarLooking for Diversity in North Korean Media Rhetoric

“The Digital Turn in Korean Studies” Publication Workshop
(25 to 28 June 2022 at the University of Copenhagen)

The schedule will be announced in early June following a screening process.