Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies

Jointly organized by the Seoul Center of the ÉFEO and RAS Korea, the Colloquium has existed since 2013 as a forum at which Korean Studies scholars (whether faculty or students) can present work in progress in English in an informal setting and invite discussion of their ideas. In recent years the Colloquium has been held in the Asiatic Research Institute of Korea University, thanks to the collaboration of the Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient. Meetings are held once each month, with one speaker each time.

There is no registration, anyone interested can attend. Scholars wishing to make a presentation should contact Brother Anthony or Elisabeth Chabanol The other core members of the Coloquium are Professors Key-young Son, Kathryn Weathersby and Boudewijn Walraven.

* Take Exit 1 from Korea University subway station, turn right onto the footpath
leading up onto the campus.
Walk straight up the road past LG Posco Hall, the Business School and Main
Library (all on the right hand side).
The Asiatic Research Institute is the building next after the Library
(Building 39 on the Campus Map)

After 6 pm the front door of the Institute will be locked, so please try to arrive a little earlier. If the door is locked, please wait for somone to come out so that they can let you into the building. Or call Brother Anthony, 010-8979-8301.

(Building 39 on the Campus Map )

The next Colloquium session

Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch in cooperation with École française d'Extrême-Orient
Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies

October's Presentation

Date & Time: Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:00 pm

Topic: "Pioneering Business in North Korea 1993-4"

Speaker: Tony Michell, Ph.D.

Venue: Grand Conference Room (Room #310), Asiatic Research
Institute, Korea University (see detailed directions, below)

Everyone interested in Korean Studies is welcome, please share this information. No registration is needed.

Tony Michell arrived in Pyongyang to open a consulting office in May 1993. This is an account of what it took to get the licence and the first year and a half of business, taking into account negotiations with the government and clients and the state of shock induced in North Korean railways when they were asked to carry three containers from Nampo to Rajin and the calculations of how to make a capitalist profit in a controlled and planned (?) economy in which the brown won was worthless and foreigners dealt with the blue won and hard currency (and for a few the red won.. This a "from the trenches" view of life and business in Pyongyang 25 years ago, ) The account is of interest because of the contrast with doing business after the economic reforms of 2002, from which the current rise of the Donju and modern North Korea became possible. As Tony worked directly with the CPEEC, the government body involved in creating North Korea's first free trade zone, and the UNDP TRADP programme it offers an early attempt on the "don't call it" reform efforts after the collapse of COMECON.

Tony Michell has been "doing things in Korea"(a phrase used by the British Embassy in the early 1990s). He worked as an economic planner for the Korean government (EPB) 1978-80, for the World Bank, ILO and UNDP and TetraPak in the 1980s, while assisting the first ever M&A of a Korean company by a foreign company. In the early 1990s encouraged by the December `1991 talks he took his clients to the North and formed his own adventure capital company. In 2009 the growing scope of UN sanctions caused him to suspend his company, and visit on behalf of others down to the present. He is also a visiting Professor at KDI School of Policy and Management. His most recent book is Samsung Electronics and the Struggle for Leadership of the Electronics Industry (2010). He has written articles on Korean economic and social history including the demography of preindustrial Korea.

We will go somewhere for supper at the end of the colloquium.

We hope that many of you can come.

Elisabeth Chabanol
Key-young Son
Brother Anthony

Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies

The Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies is jointly organized by the Seoul Center of the ÉFEO and the Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch (RASKB). Everyone interested in Korean Studies is welcome, please share this information. No registration is needed.

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