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Korea-Ireland conference to be hosted by ISE Belfast

On 18th and 19th September, ISE in Belfast will host a major international academic conference entitled Peace Processes and Borders in a Changing Geopolitical Context: Ireland, Korea and Beyond. It will be held in the Ulster Museum (pictured) and the programme can be found here and below. For more information contact David Mitchell at

This unique and timely event is taking place in partnership with the Institute of Trans-division and Border Studies, Shinhan University, South Korea, and the Centre for Korean Studies, Waseda University, Japan. It is funded by the Provincial Government of Gyeonggi, South Korea, and Shinhan University. The conference is being co-organised by ISE's Dr. David Mitchell and Dr. Dongjin Kim and builds on links forged by Dr. Kim between both civil society and academia in Ireland and Korea. In November 2016, ISE staff participated in this conference in Seoul, and ISE is delighted to now be welcoming Korean and other international colleagues to Belfast.


Peace Processes and Borders in a Changing Geopolitical Context
Ireland, Korea and Beyond

Monday 18 September 2017


Opening Ceremony

Opening Remarks:
Dong-geun Kim, Deputy-Governor of Gyeonggi Province
Welcoming Remarks:
Prof. Boseon Yu, Vice-President of Shinhan University
Prof. Andrew Pierce, Head, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin

Keynote Lecture

Prof. Seán Farren, former Minister in Northern Ireland power-sharing government/ Ulster University
Making Peace in a World of Terror: Reflections on Northern Ireland’s Experience of Terror and Peace-Making


Tea and coffee


Session 1:  Peace Processes in Comparative Perspective

Chair: Prof. Geraldine Smyth, Trinity College Dublin

Presenters: Dr. Derick Wilson, Ulster University
Bringing New Strength and Vigour to Societal Life Together: a Platform of Wider Restorative Actions Underpinning the Peace Process in Northern Ireland

Prof. Gap-Woo Koo, University of North Korean Studies
Comparing Post-Colonial/Post-Divisional Peace Processes in Irish and Korean Experiences: Can the Irish Model be Exported?

Prof. Jinn-Yuh Hsu, National Taiwan University
The Dynamic Bordering in Cold War Islands: From Border Security to Securitizing Border in Matsu Islands

Discussants: Dr. Katy Hayward, Queen’s University Belfast; Prof. David Mitchell, Trinity College Dublin; Prof. Youngho Nam, Shinhan University




Session 2: Power-Sharing and Conflict Transformation

Chair: Yeo-jun Yoon, Former Minister of Environment, South Korea

Presenters: Prof. Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool
How Well or Badly has Power-Sharing Worked in Northern Ireland?

Dr. Dawn Walsh, Dublin City University
Power-Sharing Possibilities: Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Macedonia and Iraq

Prof. Keungryong Chang, Kwangju Women’s University
Conflict and Cooperation in Inter-Korean Relations

Discussants: Dr. Robin Wilson, Trinity College Dublin; Woochul Lee, Coalition Cooperation Division, Gyeonggi Province; Dr. Gladys Ganiel, Queen’s University Belfast


Tea and coffee


Roundtable: Dynamics of Borders and Peace Processes

Chair: Prof. Jongyil Ra, former South Korean Ambassador to UK

Prof. Seán Farren, Ulster University
Dr. Geraldine Smyth, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Katy Hayward, Queen’s University Belfast
Prof. Jongwon Lee, Waseda University, Japan
Yeo-jun Yoon, Former Minister of Environment, South Korea
Tae-ho Kang, Head, The Hankyoreh Peace Institute, South Korea
Myong-bok Bae, Editorialist, Joongang Daily Newspaper, South Korea

Tuesday 19 September 2017

10:00-13:00 (including break)

Session 3: Beyond Borders: Cooperation and Reconciliation 

Chair: Prof. Brendan Browne, Trinity College Dublin

Presenters: Prof. Etain Tannam, Trinity College Dublin
Irish/Northern Irish Cross-Border Cooperation: An Assessment

Prof. Hakjae Kim, Seoul National University
Past, Present, and Prospect of East Asian Community: the Art of Peace and Korean Democracy

Prof. Geun Lee, Seoul National University
Brexit and Resilience of the Liberal International Order

Prof. Sungkyung Kim, University of North Korean Studies
Imagining the Recovery of the Lost Lands: Dark Tourism in Sino-North Korea Borderland

Discussants: Prof. Dongho Cho, Ewha Women’s University; Dr. Hyun-Gwi Park, University of Cambridge; Prof. Jude Lal Fernando, Trinity College Dublin; Prof. So Jin Park, Shinhan University



Attendance is free but registration – by Monday 11 September – is required. To do so please contact the organising committee in Ireland, Dong Jin Kim, or David Mitchell,





Last updated 13 February 2019 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).