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The Juche Ideas – nationalism of Confucian origin?
April 22, 2014 - 13:15-15:00
East Asian Lunch Seminar
Lecture by Prof. Sergei O. Kurbanov
In this talk, Prof. Sergei O. Kurbanov from the St.Petersburg University, Russia, will present a brief survey of formation history of North Korean Juche ideas.
Most of the international mass media portray North Korea as a “communist” country threatening the world.
However, in reality North Korea is a country belonging to East Asian cultural area and the word “communism” has not been used there for decades.
The state system of North Korea is based on Juche 主體ideology. The meaning of the term Juche may be interpreted as “owner of everything existing” or “self-reliance.” The Juche ideas began its history as “creative application of Marxism-Leninism to the conditions of Korea” and transformed into a pure nationalistic ideology which has included some elements of traditional thought: Confucianism and some others.
The lecture by S.O. Kurbanov will present a brief survey of the formation history of North Korean Juche ideas and their subsequent transformation, including North Korean trends of 2013 – 2014.
The seminar is open for everybody: students, teachers and people from society at large. Bring your lunchbox, and we’ll supply some (non-alcoholic) drinks.
Prof. Sergei O. Kurbanov is a full-time professor of the Faculty of Asian and African Studies of the St.-Petersburg State University, Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Study of Korea (www.korea.spbu.ru)
Venue: Niels Treschows Hus, Kafeteria 12. etg; University of Oslo.