From X to Z : Generations in Dialogue (4 days symposium)

L’évènement « From X to Z: Generations in Dialogue », organisé en partenariat avec le centre culturel allemand Goethe Institut et le journal indépendant Korea Exposé, avec le soutien du Fonds Culturel Franco-Allemand, se déroulera en traduction simultanée anglais-coréen. Pour cette raison, la présentation de l’évènement est exceptionellement en anglais-coréen. 

In contemporary South Korea, generational differences have become a cause for serious concern. On the one hand, elderly citizens account for an ever-growing portion of the population, but rapid technological changes exclude many of them from the social sphere. On the other hand, more and more young South Koreans embody habits and beliefs that deviate from established social norms. They are tech-savvy and heavily invested in individual happiness; they also confess to an increasing feeling of distance from, if not outright hostility toward, generations that came before them.

Such problems of generational differences aren’t limited only to South Korea. After all, “Millennials” (those born between 1981 and 1996—according to conventional definitions) have prompted much hand-wringing in global media for seemingly rejecting lifestyles and values of their parents. Conflicts and lack of understanding between generations have been identified as possible threats to social and political harmony in countries as far away from South Korea as France and Germany.

To explore what this generational shift worldwide means and how we can respond to its challenges, Goethe-Institut Korea and Institut Français de Corée du Sud are jointly organizing a series of events titled “From X to Z: Generations in Dialogue,” in cooperation with Korea Exposé and with support from Franco-German Cultural Funds.

In three panel discussions and an open debate, spread over a period of four days from May 7 to 10, distinguished experts from South Korea, Germany and France will gather to discuss the issue with three distinct focuses: digital literacy, the meaning of happiness, and effects and responses to globalization.

All panel discussions will be moderated by Se-Woong KOO, founder and editor-in-chief of Korea Exposé.

All the events will be in English and Korean, with simultaneous interpretation. For the Dinner Conversation, participants can choose between Korean, English, French and German.

The events will be graphically recorded by JUNG Jaeyoon (South Korea) and TJ BECK/GRAPHICRECORDING.COOL  (Germany).

Date

May 7 – 10, 2019

Registration

to attend the panels on May 8 or 9 (the panel on May 7 is already full).

The application to participate in the Dinner Conversation on May 10 are now CLOSED. The list of applicants will be reviewed by the organizing committee and selected participants will be informed of the decision by April 30. Those who apply as an intergenerational pair (with another person whose age is minimum 15 years younger or older than his or her own) will be given priority, but it is perfectly acceptable to apply alone.

May 7: Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants (ALREADY FULL)

Never has the pace of technological innovation been felt so acutely. The differences between generations in the level of familiarity with mobile technologies and digital contents aren’t simply a problem of consumption but also one of communication and engagement. But how seriously should this problem be viewed? And what are its ramifications for political and social discourse in the future?

The panel discussion will involve KANG Jeong-Soo (South Korea), Sylvie OCTOBRE (France) and Christoph DEEG (Germany). A reception will follow.

Date

Tuesday, May 7, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Place

Korea Exposé, 116 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (B1, 001 Stage)

Language

Korean/English with simultaneous interpretation

May 8: The Value of Happiness

The young generation today is often said to be the first in the modern era to endure a lower standard of living than that of the preceding generation. Accordingly, young people’s approach to personal happiness has been characterized by a shift away from material consumption toward an emphasis on experience and digital self-branding. How much of this change is driven by the economic conditions of the current global order? Or is there a genuinely new understanding of happiness on the horizon?

The panel discussion will involve Haemin Sunim (South Korea) and Cécile VAN DE VELDE (France).

Date

Wednesday, May 8, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Place

Art Sonje Center (B1 Art hall)
Yulgok-ro 3-gil 87 Jongno-gu, Seoul

Language

Korean/English with simultaneous interpretation

May 9: Us in the World

Travel and migration are distinct features of modern life in the throes of rapid globalization. But the increasing freedom of movement has not always been welcomed across the world, especially when migrants and refugees are involved. How much of such attitudes toward ‘others’ are then shaped by age and different generational experiences? Is there a way to build a more tolerant society across generations and cultures?

The panel discussion will involve YOON In-Jin (South Korea) and Dirk VON GEHLEN (Germany). A reception will follow.

Date

Thursday, May, 9, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Place

Goethe Institut (B1 Auditorium)
132 Sowol-ro, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Language

Korean/English with simultaneous interpretation

May 10: Dinner Conversation « Dialogue into action » (APPLICATIONS CLOSED)

It is customary for families to engage with issues of the day over dinner, and we will simulate that environment with our expert panelists and interested members of the public in the space of the French ambassador’s official residence in Seoul. Assigned to different tables, participants will collectively reflect on the state of intergenerational dialogue, following the method developed by Marion Genaivre, founder of French philosophy agency Thae.

Every table will have a moderator to stimulate conversation. Dinner will be provided, and a reception will follow.

This event will be moderated by Marion GENAIVRE (France).

Program

7-7:30pm: introduction and explanation of the workshop
7:30-9:30pm: dinner conversation. Each table has 7 participants and a moderator. Dinner will be provided.
9:30-10pm: each moderator presents the results of the workshop
10pm-11pm: a reception will follow

Date

Friday, May 10, 7pm-10pm

Place

French Embassy

43-12, Seosomun-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03741(120-030)

Please carry an ID.

Language

Consecutive interpretation Korean-English will be provided for the introductory speech and the presentation of the results of the workshop.
The dinner conversation will be in English (2 tables), Korean (2 tables), French (1 table) and German (1 table).

Biographies

Se-woong KOO

Se-woong KOO

Se-Woong KOO founded and manages Korea Exposé, an independent media outlet specializing in the Korean Peninsula. He earned his PhD in religious studies with a focus on Korea from Stanford University in 2011. Formerly, he was visiting researcher at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France; and taught at the Asian University for Women and Yale University. He has frequently contributed essays and reporting on Korea to The New York Times, Al Jazeera and BBC World News.

Sylvie OCTOBRE

Sylvie OCTOBRE

Sylvie OCTOBRE is a French sociologist who specializes in cultural practices of children and young adults. She is a researcher in the Department of Studies, Forecasting and Statistics (DEPS) at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication; associate researcher in the Study Group on Methods of Sociological Analysis, La Sorbonne (GEMASS); and co-chief editor of the journal Youth and Globalization. In 2018, she published her latest work Les technocultures juvéniles: du culturel au politique (Technocultures of the Youth: From Cultural to Political).

KANG Jeong-Soo

KANG Jeong-Soo

KANG Jeong-Soo is a new media expert who until recently headed Mediati, a media startup accelerator based in Seoul. He received his PhD in business administration from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. Widely recognized as one of South Korea’s foremost experts on digital economy and innovation, Dr. Kang has been a lecturer at Yonsei University and advises many South Korean media companies on their digital media strategies.

Christoph DEEG

Christoph DEEG

Christoph Deeg describes himself as a "Designer for digital-analog living-spaces". He is a consultant, speaker and author in the field of gamification, digital transformation and digital risk. In this context he is consulting and supporting national and international organizations in the development and implementation of comprehensive and sustainable digital strategies that connect the analog with the digital living space. He is also developing playful experiences and gamified learning-spaces to impart cultural and scientific content.

Cécile VAN DE VELDE

Cécile VAN DE VELDE

Cécile Van de Velde is a French sociologist and currently teaches at the University of Montreal in Canada. Her body of work sheds light on the plight of youth, the shifts in age structure, and the evolution of relationships between generations. She has written many journal articles, chapters and books, including Becoming Adult: Comparative Sociology of Youth in Europe (2008), as well as Sociology of the Life Course (2015).

Haenim Sunim

Haenim Sunim

Haemin Sunim, born Ryan Bongseok Joo, is a monk in South Korea’s Chogye Buddhist order and the author of the 2012 blockbuster bestseller The Things That You Can See Only When You Slow Down. He received his master’s degree in divinity from Harvard University and his PhD in religious studies from Princeton University. He was assistant professor of religious studies at Hampshire College in the U.S. for seven years before returning to South Korea and becoming one of South Korea’s leading spiritual figures today.

YOON In-Jin

YOON In-Jin

YOON In-Jin is professor of sociology at Korea University in Seoul. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees, both in sociology, from the University of Chicago. Previously he taught in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Yoon has authored numerous books and articles on racial identity and multiculturalism, and sat on the advisory committee to the South Korean prime minister for domestic policies concerning the foreign population.

Dirk VON GEHLEN

Dirk VON GEHLEN

Dirk VON GEHLEN is an author, journalist and speaker who graduated from LMU Munich with a degree in communication studies, political science and modern German literature. He currently heads the Department of Social Media and Innovation at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany’s leading newspapers. Von Gehlen has received several prizes including the Grimme Online Award for his work on the online magazine “jetzt.de”.

Marion GENAIVRE

Marion GENAIVRE

Marion GENAIVRE holds three master’s degrees in philosophy from the Université-Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), including the professional Master of Applied Philosophy degree (ETHIRES). In 2013, she co-founded the philosophy agency Thaé, which uses philosophy as a way to address conventional thinking and defeat prejudices by (re)giving meaning to commonly-used but rarely questioned words. She conducts participatory workshops and forums that encourage everyone to think for themselves, to put their assumptions to the test, to formulate arguments, and to co-construct shared thinking.

JUNG Jaeyun

JUNG Jaeyun

Jung Jaeyun is a comic artist based in Seoul, Korea. Posting series of comics on social media including Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter with a hashtag #재윤의삶 (The Life of Jaeyun) since 2016. Self-published the first comic book 서울구경(Browsing Seoul) in 2016. Currently preparing for the new book of 재윤의삶 series and the second edition of 서울구경 in 2019.

GRAPHICRECORDING.COOL

GRAPHICRECORDING.COOL

Graphicrecording.cool was founded in 2013 by TJ Beck and her partner Johanna Benz. Since they got to know each other during their studies at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, they have been working together intensively. Based in Leipzig and Paris, the duo develops individual graphic recording formats for conferences, seminars and much more. Through the live-drawing process they illustrate and comment on facts, ideas or statements, show subjective images and memories with the aim of creating new connections between visual and applied arts, science, research and education.