Lecturer was my job description for 26 years. Teaching on a daily basis went stale on me – but I enjoy it all the more now, as a nice change from communing with computers.
To lecturing – or seminars, conferences, panels, roundtables, focus groups, etc – I hope to bring the same qualities as in my written and other work. Namely: solid knowledge, frank opinions, clear presentation, and lively discussion. Jokes are extra (that is one).
Hence I’m always happy to consider invitations to speak:
- on any Korean topic, especially current political and/or business issues
- to any audience: academic, business, government, policy,
- NGO, school, etc
- anywhere: in the UK, Europe, the US, Asia, or worldwide.
A fee is handy, as this is my living. But I love travel, so the fare may suffice. Try me.
Last year alone brought visits to Brussels, Berlin, Paris, Macau and Kyoto. So I can’t and don’t complain. But as Mae West said, too much of a good thing can be wonderful. For the future, I would especially welcome invitations to meetings or conferences in:
- Korea! Once legion, these seem to have dried up. Was it something I said?
- The US, especially policy think-tanks in Washington. Or anywhere.
- Southern and eastern Europe (as a change from northern and western).
- Australasia. Having twice had to cancel tours, I hope for third time lucky.
By way of illustration, here are some examples of recent or ongoing work of this kind: <br>
- Oxford Analytica. Korea panelist at annual business outlook conference since 1987
- Royal College of Defence Studies. Annual lecture to senior officers from many lands
- Kyoto. Conference on North Korea organized by Yasushi
- Akashi: annual since 1998
- Seoul. Many talks in 20 visits and 20 years, to very varied audiences. See <a href=”foster_carter_biography.html“>Brief Bio</a><br>
- EU. In 2001 alone, meetings in Brussels, Berlin, Paris and UK on policy on N Korea
- Nordic/Baltic. Since 1996, 3 talks in Stockholm, plus Bergen, Copenhagen, and Riga
- Macau. IISS workshop on North Korea, Oct. 2001. Also talk for EIU in Hong Kong
- Hawaii. Pair of CSIS-Pacific Forum conferences upcoming in April 2002
- UK. In 2002: SOAS Jan, FCO Feb, LSE Mar, Cambridge Apr; had to decline others
Glad to be invited to talk on Korea, meetings, etc
Wearing an academic hat (if it still fits), I’ve been external examiner for a number of PhD/DPhil theses, mainly on Korea, at several universities including Oxford (4) and Cambridge (1). Also London (LSE, Wye), Hull (2), Sussex (2), and Sheffield (1); and further afield, in the Hague, Wageningen, Stockholm, and for – not in, alas – Brisbane.
This work is winding down, and if busy I decline it: much So if anyone still wants to invite me to serve in this capacity, I’d certainly consider it.