Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

24-03 Searching for Healing in South Korea: In Loving Memory of Roger L. Janelli

Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section


Chair: Kyoim Yun (University of Kansas)

2:15 pm
Temple-Stay in South Korea: A Wellness Journey amid Happiness Crisis
Kyoim Yun (University of Kansas)

2:35 pm
Legitimizing Spiritual Healing in Korean Shamanism
Liora Sarfati (Tel Aviv University)

2:55 pm
Healing Moments: Nostalgia and Narrative in Korean Village Performance Space
Hilary V. Finchum-Sung (Association for Asian Studies)

3:15 pm
discussant
Timothy R. Tangherlini (University of California, Berkeley)

This panel is a tribute to Roger L. Janelli, whose life-long distinguished scholarship and dedicated mentorship have deeply touched many folklorists. As a member of the first generation of Korean folklore and anthropology scholars in the United States, Janelli played a crucial role in the foundation of Korean Studies, although his legacy goes well beyond the areal focus. Carrying on the scholarship of the doyen, three presenters explore, through their fieldwork-based research, how religious practices and traditional arts adapt to rapid social changes in South Korea and provide people with a sense of healing in this anxious era.