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임종태 Professor

Current Research Interests
I work in the history of science in Korea, focusing particularly on the modern transformation of Korean science from seventeenth to early twentieth century. Specifically my research deals with the transmission of European science into the intellectual society of late Choson period and the subsequent interaction between the foreign science and the traditional knowledge of nature. Opposing to the conventional historiography that has emphasized the ‘modernizing’ influence of Western science on the late Choson shirak scholarship, my research highlights the efforts of yangban literati to incorporate the foreign science into the indigenous system of knowledge, the efforts that produced a hybrid of the East Asian and European knowledge of nature. Recently I am trying to expand my research scope to the early twentieth century, especially Japanese colonial period, when the modern Western (or Japanese) science eventually took the place of the indigenous knowledge of nature. I am interested in how the Japanese colonial rule used science, technology, and medicine to strengthen its political, cultural, and ideological dominance over Korea and how Korean nationalistic intellectuals (and the nascent group of Korean scientists) shaped their own agenda for the advancement of ‘national’ science in the colonial context.


Education
B.S. Physics, Seoul National University, Korea, 1992

M.S. History of Science, Seoul National University, Korea, 1994

Ph.D. History of Science, Seoul National University, Korea, 2003


Representative Publications
"Travel to the Other Sides of the World: Noron Scholars" Debate on a Cubic-shaped Earth in Early Eighteenth-century Korea," Hanguksa Yon"gu 韓國史硏究 138(2007), 75-120. (Korean)

"Issues in the History of Science of Late Joseon Period," Yoksa hakpo 歷史學報 (2006), 449-463. (Korean)

"Allegory of the Infinite Universe: Hong T’aeyong’s Use of Western Science in Late Choson Dynasty Korea," Yoksa pip’yong 歷史批評 71 (2005 summer), 261-285. (Korean)

"Introduction of Western Science and the Rationalization of Traditional Astrology: Reevaluating Yi Ik"s "On Field-allocation"," Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 17(2004), 45-65. (English)

"Impact of Western Geography on East Asian Geographical Tradition in the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-century China and Korea," Journal of the Korean History of Science Society 한국과학사학회지 26(2) (2004), 315-344. (Korean)

"Foreign Science and Chinese Tradition: Evolution of Chinese Understanding of Western Science in the Seventeenth Century," Tongyang Ch’orak 東洋哲學 22(2004), 189-217. (Korean)

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