Category Archives: Academia

Things I Learned at #AAS 2017, part1 (Thursday, 16 March)

This year’s conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Toronto (March 16–19), the first one I ever attended, was enormous. Still overwhelmed by the experience, I publish some of my notes on the various panels I attended and … Continue reading

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One Swallow a Day (Heungbu and Nolbu)

As I learned today, the Korean postal service uses the swallow (jebi, 제비) as its symbol, maybe because it is commonly considered a harbinger of good news. But: One swallow doesn’t a spring make, knew already Aristotle. For Heungbu, on … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Hamlets: Taroo’s “Pansori Hamlet Project” and Tuida’s “Hamlet Cantabile”

Hamlet, once again! My double review of two Korean productions has just been published in the online journal Borrowers and Lenders. I have been intrigued by Taroo’s ongoing “Pansori Hamlet Project” (국악뮤지컬집단 타루, 판소리 햄릿 프로젝트) for quite a while, … Continue reading

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Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre

It took quite a while, but finally the Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre arrived in its full splendor: a 500-page tome covering the last hundred years (and more) of theatre in Asia, from India to Indonesia, from North to South … Continue reading

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God Bless the Queen: My Paper on Changgeuk in the RASKB Transactions

Some month ago I had presented a paper on “Recent Experiments in Changgeuk” at the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch Colloquium. I expanded a bit on the topic and wrote an article for the Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society, … Continue reading

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Recent Experiments in Ch’anggŭk: The National Repertory Season 2012-13

In a few days, on Saturday, March 15, I will present some thoughts on recent ch’anggŭk productions at the Royal Asiatic Society Colloquium in Korean Studies. It is the fourth meeting of the colloquium and since last winter this monthly event … Continue reading

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Talking about Brecht and Pansori at Seoul Women’s University

I was pretty tired after work that day, but my spirits were high as I went over to Seoul Women’s University (서울여자대학교). I was invited to talk on pansori and Brecht there, more specifically on Lee Jaram’s “pansori-Brecht”-piece Sacheon-ga (사천가 / 四川歌), an adaptation of Brecht’s Good … Continue reading

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