Harvard Forum to Discuss Koguryo

The Korea Institute at Harvard University will host an international forum on the Koguryo Kingdom and its culture from April 5-7, the Korea Foundation has announced.

The purpose of “The Harvard Conference on Koguryo History and Archeology” is to facilitate the introduction of Koguryo-based studies in English and provide a further foundation for the field.

The ancient Korean kingdom’s prominence in the media in recent months following China’s efforts to claim it through the government-run “Northeast Asia Project,” reminds us that even today, with nationalism on the rise all over the world, ancient history is still pertinent, The Korea Institute at Harvard University said. With various versions of history, recent editorials and commentaries, including some in English, have inundated us with confused and contradictory information regarding Koguryo, much of it offered by writers with little actual knowledge of the fields of history and archaeology.

“The proliferation of misinformation regarding Koguryo threatens to compound the problems facing western scholars who wish to include Koguryo in their research or curricula,” the institute said.

Koguryo specialists from six countries will discuss the areas of Koguryo’s origins and development, its inter-regional relations, archaeological remains, sources for Koguryo history and archaeology, its place in historiography and history of scholarly work on the ancient kingdom.

“Early Koguryo Remains in China” by Li Xinquan of the Liaoning Archaeology Institute, “The Early History of Koguryo” by Kenneth Gardiner of the Australian National University, “Resonance and Resplendence in the Twin Pillars Tomb” Nancy Steinhardt of University of Pennsylvania and “Koguryo in East Asian Studies in the West” by Mark Byington of Harvard University and Jin Xudong of Jilin Archaeology Institute Koguryo Archaeological Finds and Research in Jilin Province are just a few of the presentations that will be made during the three day symposium.

The upcoming conference was made possible by the support of Korea Foundation, the Korea Society in New York, the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the Harvard Asia Center, the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, and the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.