“Digital Humanities” as a Method for Studying Pre-modern Korean Culture

Maya Stiller, associate professor of Korean art history & visual culture, University of Kansas

EALC Lecture Series

In this talk Maya Stiller will discuss the Digital Humanities component of her book, Carving Status at Kŭmgangsan: Elite Graffiti in Premodern Korea, which establishes the importance of site-specific visual and material culture as an index of social memory construction. Stiller argues for an expansion of accepted historical narratives on travel and mountain space in pre-modern East Asia. Rather than studying Asian pilgrimage routes as strictly religious or tourist, in the case of Kŭmgangsan, they were also a method of constructing social memory. Kŭmgangsan is one of the most prominent sacred mountains in Korea. Embarking on a journey to Kŭmgangsan to view and contribute to its sites of memory was an endeavor that every late Chosŏn (ca. 1598-1910 C.E.) Korean hoped to achieve in their lives. Kŭmgangsan became not just a destination for religious pilgrims and tourists, but an important site of social engineering. Carving Status is the first historical study in a Western language to examine this practice.

Maya Stiller is an Associate Professor of Korean art history & visual culture at the University of Kansas. She earned a B.A. and M.A. with double majors in Korean Studies and Art History from Humboldt University, a doctorate degree in East Asian Art history from Freie Universität Berlin and a Ph.D. in Asian Languages & Cultures from UCLA. Her most recent articles have been published in the Journal of Asian Studies and the Journal of Korean Religions. In 2021, her book Carving Status at Kŭmgangsan: Elite Graffiti in Premodern Korea was published by University of Washington Press.

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