[SEMU-YÉOL LECTURE] 2017 May
Food Heritage in Korea: How to Preserve and Develop Food Culture
Lecturer: Benjamin Joinau
Assistant professor, Hongik University
It is an evidence to say that food is both substance and symbol, providing physical nourishment and a key mode of communication that carries one's group culture. In a world of constant cultural contact and exchange, the change of diets seems to have accelerated, but the boundaries that separate cultures have not disappeared. Food is, in this context, more than ever maybe, essential to perform, express and maintain one's collective identity. Moreover, it has become a key factor in promoting one's culture as a soft power and it has also become a leading industry to foster. It is in such a context of both globalization and national branding focusing on local specificity, that the issue of food heritage in Korea came to exist. This lecture will present the different aspects of this quest for defining and preserving Korean food culture since the end of the 20th century: the role of cookbooks in writing a national cuisine, the rediscovery of royal court food culture, the long process of geographical indications recognition, the "kimchi war" and the registration of gimjang on the UNESCO intangible heritage list, the arrival of the Michelin guide... All these themes will help us to understand the different policies and strategies used to preserve and develop Korean food culture, both on institutional and private levels, locally and internationally.
Benjamin Joinau is a doctor in cultural anthropology specialized in Korean Studies. He is a researcher of the Center of Korean Studies (CRC) at EHESS, Paris, and assistant professor at Hongik University, Seoul. He has been living and working in South Korea since 1994. His Ph.D. thesis has analyzed the regimes of otherness in Korean cinema. Beside cinema, he works on different materials like food culture and cityscape in both North and South Koreas. He was the host of the Arirang's TV show: "Tasty Trail with Benjamin" about Korean food culture. He anchors his methodological frame in Gilbert Durand’s « mythodology » in order to delineate the structures of Korean modern imaginary. He has published several articles and books in French, English and Korea. He is also the director of the publishing house Atelier des Cahiers (www.atelierdescahiers.com). Personal Website : www.benjaminjoinau.com.
Education room (1st floor), Seoul Museum of History
55 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Date and Time
May 15th, 2017 (Mon)
11:30 A.M. to 13:00 P.M
No Admission Fee.
Contact (Registration required)
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This is the PPT of my presentation at the Shinhan university conference "Crossing the Division and Borders" (2015 October 15th, Seoul).
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The Representation of the borders in Korean cinema (1998-present)
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The 8th Kyujanggak International Symposium on Korean Studies
Documents are not just a historical legacy that reflects past ideas or mentalities; they also give rise continuously to new interpretations, and sometimes even interact with historical memories and serve to reshape them. The purpose of this symposium is therefore to question the contemporary implications of the documentary heritage of Korea. Historical changes in the meaning of recording or producing documents; the manifold social tensions that exist between recording and remembering; the diversity and connotations of various new media for recording history; problems and controversies surrounding the interpretation of historical records; the specificity of the Korean documentary heritage in its global context; these are just some of the subthemes that could be explored.
For this purpose, we have invited scholars from around the world to share their thoughts on various agendas surrounding the main theme.
Texts - Articles - Books - Presentations - Lectures - etc.