AAS 2018 Annual Conference

March 22-25 | Washington, D.C.

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Deadline for Receipt of All Proposals is August 8, 2017.

Deadline to submit post for this forum is July 31, 2017

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Respected but Marginalized: The Paradoxical Treatment of Shamanism in South Korea
Last Post 16 Jul 2017 03:04 PM by John Grisafi. 0 Replies.
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16 Jul 2017 03:04 PM

    My name is John Grisafi and I'm currently an MA student at the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests include religions and ideologies in East Asia as well as transnational politics and relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on Korea. I recently did a research paper on the popular and media discourse surrounding Korean shamanism in the context of the scandal and impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The paper is titled "Respected but Marginalized: The Paradoxical Treatment of of Shamanism in South Korea." Below is my abstract:

    Scholars, journalists, and other observers often regard Korean shamanism as the historic popular religion of the Korean people, still underlying and influencing Korean culture and society today. Though such observers typically regard Korean shamanism as historically significant and culturally pervasive, might it be accurate to consider it a marginal religion in contemporary South Korea? In 2016, scandals centered on South Korean President Park Geun-hye and other officials resulted in the media’s casual usage of the term “shamanism,” associating it with such concepts as “cult” and shamans having ominous and illicit influence over the government. I examine and discuss how Korean shamanism today is paradoxically both respected and marginalized.

    After receiving much positive feedback on the paper itself and a first presentation of it a small symposium at Penn, as well as encouragement to further develop the paper and the research, I would like to present it to a wider audience at AAS. If you believe my paper could fit with a session you are organizing, please contact me by email. My contact information follows below:

    John G. Grisafi
    MA student, University of Pennsylvania
    Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
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