Neoliberal Knowledge Production and Intellectual Life in South Korea

A lecture by Prof. Nae Heui Kang (Joong-Ang University), who is currently a visiting scholar at Cornell University.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

243 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, 90095

ABSTRACT: This presentation focuses on how the recent ascendancy of neoliberalism has affected knowledge production in South Korea and how Korean intellectuals have tried to cope with the changed condition in their everyday work. As elsewhere across the world, neoliberalism has been dominating Korea since the early 1990s, affecting almost every aspect of its social life. Korean academia and knowledge production were not exempt from its influence: the new capitalist strategy dominated the ideas of the university and higher education, the nature and function of knowledge, the learning attitudes of students, the working conditions of knowledge producers, and the concept of intellectual work, radically transforming the social status and role of intellectuals. As an integral part of the social movement, however, South Korean producers of knowledge have not been idle in resisting this assault on their cultural work and intellectual activity. While it cannot be said that they were successful all the time, many of them still remain adamant about the attempt of neoliberal forces to dominate the way they produce knowledge. Worth mentioning in this regard are intellectuals' collective effort to organize themselves and, perhaps more...


Cost : Free

Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies