You can now register for the conference by reading this text, liking it on FB, retweeting it 3,568 times and starting a fan club. Alternatively, you can scroll down the page, click the registration link and fill out the form. And be honest when you fill it out, please. You’re expected to own up to every bit of graft you ever received from Room 39 (we’re not interested in the cognac bottles though). And we know what’s going on in there, don’t forget. Oh, and it’s Chatham House Rule. Which we take seriously. If you are from the media and are looking for a interview let us know. We can’t promise anything (well, we could, but we’d have to break some promises probably, so we won’t), but we’ll do our best.
And here’s is the provisional program. We won’t release the names of the speakers (except Jang Jin-sung) until the conference starts and then it’s Chatham House Rule. Discussants have also been left out of this program for the time being. The elite exiles will be in conversation with discussants who are recognised scholars or practitioners in closely related fields of expertise. There’s enough to wet the appetite though, I imagine.
Organizational headache, but academically great news: due to an addition in our program, we’ve decided to extend the conference with one more day, so it’s now 17 and 18 September 2014.
This is a variation on the theme of the previous post, a variation as Bach would have understood it: part of the same opus. The basso continuo is provided by the appropriately heavy theme of human rights.
The notion of human rights has often been
I like to think of myself as a reasonable human being. Most of the time then. But given my primal reaction to this text in which it is stated that “human rights issues have proved a complication” in establishing parliamentary linkage with North Korea, I am afraid I have to admit it stripped the veneer of reasonability right away from me. So allow me to show my more unreasonable side in this blog.
Now this must be one of the most incredible pictures I’ve ever seen. What is it? Well, take a wild guess. What do you think it is? When I saw it for the first time, I thought it was an early 20th-century engraving or something like it. Boy, was I wrong.