Friday, March 27, 2015

[Announcement] Summer Field Trip to Seoul, South Korea (14–22 July,2015)


Summer Field Trip to Seoul, South Korea (14–22 July,2015)

This year, Professor Sealing Cheng will lead a 9-day field trip to South Korea. The main theme of the trip will be “Gender and Social Justice.” At the core of the trip, students are required to participate in the activities of Magdalena House Collective, an NGO for sex workers that will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. They will also meet with activists and researchers who work on gender and sexuality issues. 

Some of the expected outcomes of the field trip are:
  • For those who find sex work a difficult subject to think about, this will be a good chance for you to get to know sex workers as human beings, rather than a symbol;
  • To examine how gender and sexuality are contested issues in South Korea;
  • To connect everyday experience with broader structural and cultural dynamics;
  • To experience a taste of “making the strange familiar”;
  • Learning to communicate in ways other than the spoken language (unless you speak passable Korean, and you are encouraged to take some intensive language classes before the trip). 

Program of the trip tentatively includes:
  • Helping with the preparation of the 30th Anniversary of Magdalena House Collective (all sorts of task, including a short performance);
  • Visit to sex work areas, including Itaewon;
  • Meeting with researchers on sex work issues;
  • Meeting with activists working on issues of sexuality;
  • Meeting with Korean anthropologists;
  • Visit to War Memorial Museum;
  • Daily briefing sessions.

The summer field trip will be a rewarding experience for anthropology students to understand culture of another place. Do not miss this great learning opportunity. Click the flyer for more details. (Students please check your email for the application form.) 

Flyer of the summer field trip 2015

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