Aiming to become the world’s leading mobility humanities research institute representing Asia, HK+ Mobility Humanities Institute holds international and national conferences, special lectures by distinguished scholars from overseas, and colloquia.

International Conference 2020, Romania

Theme :
"Eurasian mobility and intercultural exchanges"
International Conference 2020, Romania group photo
International Conference 2020, Romania poster




9:30 Official opening:

Representatives of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Letters

Prof. Inseop Shin, Director of Academy of Mobility Humanities, Konkuk University, Korea

Prof. Gabriela Carmen Pascariu, Director of Center for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania

10:00 Keynote: 

Ludmilla Kostova, St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria: Writing North Korea in the Twenty-first Century: Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy. Ordinary Lives in North Korea and Andray Ambrahamian’s Being in North Korea as Exercises in Vertical Travel


10:30 Session 1: Genres of mobility

Moderator: Soochul Kim

Dana Badulescu, Translation and Transcreation in Ezra Pound's One-Image Poem

Jinhyoung Lee, Konkuk University, Korea: Relocating ‘the Modern Novel’ from the Western World to the Colonial Chosŏn

Soochul Kim, Konkuk University, Korea: The Korean Webtoon on the Move: Its Infrastructural Dynamics and Socio-cultural Implications

Sorina Chiper, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: Asia – an Experience of the Senses: Nikos Kazantzakis’ Travel Memoir

Weronika Rokicka, University of Warsaw, Poland: Re-imagining Europe: Perception of the Continent in Contemporary Indian Travel Magazines

Irina Chirica, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: Intercultural Communication in the Work of Leslie Marmon Silko

Oana Cogeanu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: Travel Writing as Intercultural Exchange


12:30 Lunch break


13:30 Keynote: 

Dan Chițoiu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: Meeting the Cultural Other through Artifacts


14:00 Session 2: Communication and cultural challenges

Moderator: Oana Cogeanu

Irina Roibu, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea: Foreign Professionals Working in Korean Companies

Corina Cara, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: Foreigners’ Challenges in South Korea as Seen on Social Media. An Exploration of Reddit Discussions

Lorena Dumitrașciuc, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: Similarities and Differences between Entrepreneurs in Europe and Asia

Oana Ursu si Elena Ciortescu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: Exploring Cultural Patterns in Business Communication. Europe vs Asia

Irina Marinela Deftu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: From Cultural Imperialism to Linguistic Imperialism



FRIDAY, November 27

10:00 Keynote

Michaela Mudure, Babes Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Orientalism and the European Periphery


10:30: Keynote

James Mark, University of Exeter, UK: From Anti-Fascism to Democracy to Illiberalism: A History of Encounters between Eastern Europe and East Asia


11:00 Session 3: Mobility and policy issues

Moderator: Hak Je Yu

Jooyoung Kim, Konkuk University, Korea: A Study on Korean People’s Thoughts on the Immobility Situation Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic: Focusing on the Collection of Discourses by the Mobility Humanities Education Center at Konkuk University

Gijae Seo, Konkuk University, Korea: The Policies on Hansen’s Disease and Engagement of the Public: Seen through the Mass Media under the Japanese Colonial Rule of Korea

Anton Gostevschih, Euro Culturart, Romania: At the Crossroads of Worlds. Challenges of Eurasian Migration in 2020

Hak Je Yu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: The Three Seas Initiative: An Impact on Eurasia

Junwoo Choi, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania: Europe: Another Statist Continent? The Case of COVID-19


13:00 Lunch break


14:00 Keynote

Osman Bilen, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey: Exchange of Ideas: Example of the First Ottoman Journal of Philosophy


14:30 Keynote

Asha Mukerjee, Visva-Bharati Central University, India: Human Mobility and Translation as Dialogue with Different Religious Traditions


15:00 Discussion and conclusions with the conference participants

Moderators Oana Cogeanu, Soochul Kim, Hak Je Yu​