AIDAN FOSTER-CARTER: LECTURER ON KOREA
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).
I'm always happy to consider invitations to speak:
A fee is handy, as this is my living. But I love travel, so
the fare may suffice. Try me.
- on any Korean topic, especially current political and/or
- to any audience: academic, business, government, policy,
NGO, school, etc
- anywhere: in the UK, Europe, the US, Asia, or worldwide.
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
By way of illustration, here are some examples of recent or
ongoing work of this kind:
- Korea! Once legion, these seem to have dried up.
Was it something I said?
- The US, especially policy think-tanks in Washington.
- Southern and eastern Europe (as a change from northern
- Australasia. Having twice had to cancel tours, I hope
for third time lucky.
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 Brief
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
to be invited to talk on Korea, meetings, etc
FOSTER CARTER: EXAMINER
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
labour, little pay. Yet it can have intellectual rewards,
like seeing what bright young Korean scholars are thinking.
So if anyone still wants to invite me to serve in this capacity,
I'd certainly consider it.