Culture and Conflict: North and South Korea

With relations between North and South Korea a dominant issue in global politics, it has never been more pertinent to explore the relationship between these two countries.

Join our panel of experts as we spend an evening uncovering the role of culture in the conflict between the Koreas. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience and refreshments will be served at the end of the event.


Associate Professor Roald Maliangkaij - Director, ANU Korea Institute, College of Asia and the Pacific

Roald is Associate Professor in Korean studies and Director of the ANU Korea Institute. Fascinated by the mechanics of cultural policy and the convergence of major cultural phenomena, he analyses cultural industries, performance and consumption in Korea from the early twentieth century to the present. He is author of Broken Voices: Postcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea's Central Folksong Traditions (University of Hawaii Press, 2017), and co-editor (with Jung-bong Choi) of K-pop: The International Rise of the Korean Music Industry (Routledge, 2015).

Dr Lauren Richardson - Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy

Lauren is Director of Studies and Lecturer at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. Previously she taught Northeast Asian Relations at the University of Edinburgh and Keio University (Japan). Her research focuses on the role of non-state actors in shaping transnational diplomatic interactions in the context of Northeast Asia, particularly Japan-Korea relations. Her publications have focused on the South Korean anti-nuclear movement and the role of religion in Sino-Japanese diplomacy (forthcoming). She is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally entitled Reshaping Japan-Korea Relations: Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Politics of Redress.

Dr Leszek Buszynski - Visiting Fellow, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC).

Leszek is a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC). From 1997 to 2010, he was professor of International Relations, at the International University of Japan (IUJ). From 1997 to 2001 he was Dean of the Graduate School of International Relations at the IUJ and concurrently Director of the IUJ Research Institute. He was also Also Director of the Research Institute of Asian Development from [RIAD] 1995 until 1997. He was associate professor in the International University of Japan from 1994 until 1997. From 1987 to 1993 Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Strategic Studies at the SDSC. Before then, he was Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore from 1980 until 1987. His latest book publication is Negotiating with North Korea: The Six Party Talks and the Nuclear Issue.