AY2020 SSRI-IGC Symposium (ICU)

The Korean War at 70: The Unending War and Its Lasting Spell

As the year that marks the 70th anniversary of the break-out of the Korean War draws to an end, the symposium seeks to open an inquiry into the longevity of the war. Why is it that the war has continued for 70 years without an end but only with an armistice? Is it possible that it has been not only destructive but also productive? Is it possible that it has continued as it has engaged in a “gale of creative destruction”? Is it possible that not only did the war wreak havoc on the lives and environment on the peninsula and beyond but it also has produced long-lasting spell that still haunt the countries that are part of the war? Is it possible that their relationships and the regional order of Northeast Asia are still under its spell? This symposium brings together leading scholars of the war from around the world to analyze and discuss the war’s lasting legacies and ways to overcome them. It seeks to revisit the old war to shed light on the contemporary world spell-bound by a chain of events that started 70 years ago and has not ended.

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International Symposium on December 18th, 2020 (Open to the public)






Opening Remark

Congratulatory Remark

SUH, Jae-Jung

Sophia University

10:20 – 12:40

Session 1: Present at the Creation

Moderator: Jae-Jung Suh

Haruki Wada

Seungsook Moon

12:40 – 13:50

Lunch Break

13:50 – 16:20

Session 2: Forging a New Order

Moderator: Youngchae Lee

Dong-choon Kim

Keunho Park

16:20 – 16:30


Common Prayer


University Ministers

Simultaneous interpretation provided between English and Japanese.

Workshop on December 19th, 2020 (Not open to the public)



10:00 – 10:10

Opening Remarks

10:10 – 12:00

Session I: Publication Plan

Moderator: Jae-Jung Suh

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 – 15:00

Session II: Future Activities

Moderator: Youngchae Lee

15:00 – 16:00


Presenters and Presentation Titles

Session 1: Present at the Creation

  • Moderator: Jae-Jung Suh (ICU)
  • Haruki Wada (University of Tokyo): The Korean War as a Northeast Asian War
  • Seungsook Moon (Vassar College): Enduring Impact of the Korean War on Transnational Militarism in South Korea

Session 2: Forging a New Order

  • Moderator: Youngchae Lee (Keisen University)
  • Dong-choon Kim (Seongkonghoe University): The Unending War in Korea
  • Keunho Park (Shizuoka University): The Korean War and Japan’s “Economic Miracle”

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