Author Archives: Adam Cathcart
I’ll be speaking this afternoon at a big UK-Korea event in London, delving into the changing Chinese-North Korean discourse on border security and refugees. More on Sino-NK.
I’m pleased to have been named a member of Professor Heonik Kwon‘s excellent project, Beyond the Korean War.
I was pleased to find a volunteer had translated my Atlantic essay on the Unhasu Orchestra’s trip to Paris, and into Chinese, no less! Also, this is a fine essay on great writers and their work habits.
My panel, entitled “Utilizing the Captured Documents: New Perspectives on Society, Institutions, and Foreign Relations in Revolutionary and Wartime North Korea, 1945-1953,” has been accepted for the March 27-30 2014 annual meeting of the Association of Asian Studies. The panel, organized by Chuck Kraus at George Washington University, will feature Bruce Cumings (the foremost scholar […]
As some readers may have noted, I have moved from my previous position at Queen’s University, Belfast, and am presently (and happily) lodged as a lecturer in history at the University of Leeds. My new faculty webpage at the University of Leeds is here. In due course, I will be uploading more course material and […]
On August 14 in Pyongyang, the 85-year-old leader Kim Yong-nam, himself only two weeks removed from a recent trip to Tehran, welcomed Thomas Schäfer as the new Ambassador from Berlin. As reported on Nordkorea-info, the essential German-language website for North Korean studies, Schäfer is back in Pyongyang after a short stint in Guatemala. Schäfer had previously been Germany’s ambassador […]
Ireland and Korea are not only connected, they are mutually illluminating. When an Irish Ambassador ventures off to Seoul — or to rural areas of North Korea — he or she comes into contact with legacies of partition, cultural survival, and colonialism. In examining models for Korea’s eventual reconciliation and/or unification, Ireland, and the six […]
Zhu Feng is is one of the key Chinese voices when it comes to Beijing’s North Korea policy. His body of work on this question is extensive, including media quotes as well as articles in both popular and scholarly outlets. Recently, Zhu’s writings and his quotations have cleaved toward a transformationalist vision of China’s policy […]
“Online Engagement in the Humanities,” and “North Korea 2065″ : Two Presentations at Durham University
Durham is a lovely medieval town in northeast England, and home to one of the UK’s top universities. On 19 June I was fortunate to have been invited to serve as a speaker at two events. The first, a humanities engagement workshop organized by PhD students in the School of History at Durham, was an […]
[This essay was originally published at The Diplomat on April 17, 2013.] The man at the helm in North Korea today is an accident of history, surrounded by vestigial assertions of narcissistic genius that are de rigueur for North Korea’s depiction of its own leaders. More than any time since the young Kim Il-song was surrounded […]