The Journal of Humanities published by the Institute for the Humanities at Sungkyunkwan University has devoted itself to promoting research in various academic fields encompassing those of the East and the East—all based on diverse studies conducted at the College of Liberal Arts. Since its inception in 1971, the Journal of Humanities has introduced the outcomes of vigorous research activities in the fields of humanities—including modern history, modern literature, and modern philosophy—based on which it has set the target of reestablishing humanities harmonizing the culture of the East with the Western one and has attempted to conduct in-depth studies of humanities in general and to amalgamate them with other studies—all aimed at re-illuminating humanities as the convergence of the related studies. Having reflected on the limitation of the conventional binary structure in academic history, the Institute for the Humanities aims suggest a new direction for humanities that can overcome the center-periphery model by applying to it the imagination of “access and changes” as well as “cross-cultural research.” The Journal of Humanities has thus functioned as a comprehensive academic publication that can help pursue such a goal of the Institute for the Humanities. Unlike its fellow journals that mainly focus on particular and specified academic fields for publication, the Journal of Humanities not only deals with the whole academic fields of humanities but also covers almost all the areas of profound sciences in order to examine better the universal characteristics of humans and humanities. It has thus not only covered lots of research papers in the fields of humanities—including literature, philosophy, history, cultural studies, and linguistics—but also offered a chance to examine the general trend of humanities in the East and the West by dealing with the papers on the comparative analysis of the East and the West as well as of the regional studies, thereby coping with the ever changing global academic trends of humanities where interdisciplinary communications and exchanges are more needed than ever. The Journal of Humanities also welcomes the contributions of papers in a variety of academic areas including social, natural, and medical sciences if and when they adopt the perspectives—as well as the methodologies—of humanities. This is aimed at promoting research that can overcome the boundaries of academic disciplines, nations, and differences of understanding by focusing on the interdisciplinary communications among different branches of learning as a core value. The Journal of Humanities is actively coping with the changes of the academic trends both at home and abroad in order to play a pivotal role of a leading journal integrating academic disciplines by expanding the horizons of humanities studies.
With r egard to t he s truggle of the contem porary p eople to s urvive t he COVID-19 pandemic, this paper aims to look at the stories of those who survived in anticipation of and in preparation for the pandemic in The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Previous studies on the novel have explored the ecological crisis of the Anthropocene mainly focusing on technological imperialism, feminism, human engineering, apocalypse, religion and theology, and posthumanism. However, this work specifically represents material entanglement, intra-action, circulation, and nonhuman agency in the world, s o it i s necessary to e xplore i t through t he lens of new m aterialism in the material turn. This paper explores the reassembling the assemblages of the novel through the thermodynamic politics targeting material entanglement, intra-action, circulation, and nonhuman agency. According to the analysis, the God’s Gardeners in the novel slow down and cut off the problematic material-semiotic-affective flows of the anti-life network. And by capturing and transforming these flows, it stably reproduces the network that restores life. This work pays attention to Gaia’s material world that caused the pandemic, and specifically explores and invents the thermodynamic politics to come up with the speed of escape from the pandemic.
This research is aimed at promoting the understanding of how we perceive the issue of coexistence with Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the age of digital culture and the fourth industrial revolution, by surveying students and analyzing their responses. At the top of the list of things that the respondents want to delegate to AI was housework, and many responded they wish to utilize time for self-development when AI works for them or spend time for leisure and entertainment. When asked to imagine their future 10 years from now, the respondents were divided into two categories: positive transformation through personal development versus a negative image reflecting their indolence and laziness. Based on such analysis, this research discusses how and on what purpose people will make use of their newly available time as AI’s jobs gradually replace our tasks.
Gojong made an effort to realize a monarch-centered autocracy after having sought refuge at the Russian legation. In the process, the penultimate monarch of Joseon induced a confrontation between the royal office and the Independence Association in order to strongly take over the government and expand his political influence. This mutual confrontation of political power became the cause of the political conspiracy incident after the royal refuge at the Russian legation. One of the major conspiracy incidents was the so-called “conspiracy case for the royal bodyguard officer” known as the case of an attempt of the bodyguard officers to abduct Gojong in collusion with a Japanese in November 1896.
This incident was resulted from a direct connection between the Japanese and the forces connected with Japan. The Japanese legislature in Korea tried to cut off the connection between the bodyguard officers and the Japanese legislature in Korea when the “conspiracy case for the bodyguard officer” came up with a forged rule requesting protection from the Japan Corporation in Korea. This could provide a foundation for Gojong to naturally liquidate a person related to Japan within the bodyguard when the Japanese were involved in the rebellion and assassination cases.
Lee Geun-yong, commander of the bodyguard battalion, who was sentenced for this case, was punished for the fact that the detective for the case was insolvent, not for participating directly in the “conspiracy case for the bodyguard officer.” Lee Geun-yong reported the development of the case to Gojong in advance, and even received Gojong’s direct instructions. This means the fact that Gojong directly intervened in the “conspiracy case for the bodyguard officer.” At that time, a Russian diplomat in Korea also identified Gojong’s involvement in the incident.
In the “conspiracy case for the bodyguard officer” there was a situation of Japanese intervention, and Gojong attempted to politically reverse it. Gojong expanded the conspiracy case to eliminate the Japanese forces inside the bodyguard and used it as a means to eliminate the opposition forces among the government ministers and the Independence Association. In the end, King Gojong was hiding behind this incident, and he intended to strengthen the loyalty of the military through the liquidation of the pro-Japanese group among the bodyguard by using the “conspiracy case for the bodyguard officer”, and to strongly seize the government’s minister after the establishment of the Independence Association. This incident shows that King Gojong attempted to take control of the government and manage the government by using a political conspiracy incident to strengthen his influence.