Goguryeo conference to convene at Harvard
The Korea Institute at Harvard
University is hosting an international forum on Goguryeo from April 5-7, the
Korea Foundation announced yesterday.
"The Harvard Conference on Koguryo History and Archaeology," sponsored by the
Korea Foundation, the Korea Society in New York, the Harvard-Yenching Institute,
Harvard Asia Center, the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, and the
Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, will feature presentations by Goguryeo
specialists from six countries.
While Goguryeo history has become a topic of much contention in recent years
with Korean scholars alleging that the Chinese are attempting to claim the
ancient Korean kingdom`s history through a state-led research called "Northeast
Asia Project," there have been no comprehensive, multidisciplinary
Goguryeo-based studies in the English language.
The symposium will include discussions of Goguryeo`s origins and
developments, its interregional relations, its tomb structure and art, and its
archaeological remains. Among the scholars giving presentations are: Liaoning
Archaeology Institute`s Li Xinquan ("Early Goguryeo Remains in China"); Seoul
National University`s Noh Taedon (Goguryeo in Silla and Goryeo Historiography);
Australia National University`s Kenneth Gardiner ("Textual Analysis of the
Goguryeo Annals"); and Korea Institute`s Mark Byington ("Goguryeo in East Asian
Studies in the West).
"The proliferation of misinformation regarding Goguryeo threatens to compound
the problems facing western scholars who wish to include Goguryeo in their
research or curricula," said the Korea Institute at Harvard University in
announcing the upcoming seminar.
Papers prepared for the conference will be compiled into an edited volume.
By Kim Hoo-ran
(Korea Herald 2005-3-30)