The (Unending) Korean War

academic conference, films, panels and exhibition talk

Conference and panels were held
Friday, April 22- Saturday, April 23, 2011
The Art Exhibit was on view from April 7-May 13, 2011
New York University
Free and Open to the Public

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Why doesn’t the Korean War end? An academic conference, art exhibit, and series of film screenings examine this war, and the ways in which it has reconfigured memory, political economies, knowledge and culture on both sides of the Pacific, leaving legacies of uprootedness and unending conflict. From Cold war culture to national security policies, “The Unending Korean War” will contextualize the current crisis with new scholarship, films and art in a two day event and a month long art exhibit.


To bring scholars from different disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives with artists, filmmakers students and the broader community to re-examine this on-going war that has impacted, and continues to affect the societies and culture of the U.S., the Koreas, and the rest of Asia.


Friday, April 22, 2011: All Day Conference

  • Academic Conference – open to the public – 3 panels
    19 West 4th St (between Mercer and Greene)
  • 8:30 AM – Registration

    9 AM: Welcome
    Keynote Address: Prof. Bruce Cumings, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College, University of Chicago
    Panel I: Cultures of War
    Panel II: Cold War Epistemologies
    Panel III: Decolonization and Empire

  • Friday Evening: Reception and Films
    19 University Place


  • Directors Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem were present. (A Mu Films presentation)

  • Saturday April 23, 2011: Panel and Films
    19 University Place

    Scholars, experts and activists on the situation on the Korean peninsula.

    Followed by Films on South and North Korea:
    at 1:45 PM:

    GRANDMOTHER’S FLOWER by Mun Jeong-hyun (A Third World Newsreel presentation)

    TIGER SPIRIT by Min Sook Lee (A Women Make Movies Presentation)

  • Saturday Evening at 6:00 PM: Exhibition Talk on
    STILL PRESENT PASTS:Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War”

    41-51 East 11th Street, 7th floor, NY NY 10003

    A multi-media exhibit that combines installation and performance art, documentary film, archival photographs, and oral histories to explores memories and legacies of the Korean War. Embodying life stories of ordinary Korean Americans who survived the war, the exhibit is a public space of remembering that breaks the silence about a tragic episode in U.S. and Korean history.

    Artists featured:  Sukjong Hong, Deann Borshay Liem, Yul-san Liem, Yong Soon Min, Injoo Whang, Ji-Young Yoo. NYU exhibition curated by Yul-san Liem. Project Director: Ramsay Liem

    Exhibition runs from April 7-May 13th at NYU.

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