Ewha Holds “1st Ewha-Hyunwoo Women and Peace Prize” Ceremony and Commemorative Exhibition
A longstanding leader of women’s studies in Korea, Ewha Womans University has launched the Ewha-Hyunwoo Women and Peace Prize to further solidify the academic standing of women's studies with a focus on the keywords of “women” and “peace” and to build upon its history of leading the field.
On Tuesday, November 10, the Korean Women's Institute of Ewha Womans University held the ceremony for the 1st Ewha-Hyunwoo Women and Peace Prize, which was established with the support of the Hyunwoo Culture Foundation. The institute, which has been leading women's studies in Korea for half a century since the launch of Korea’s first women’s studies course in 1977, now plans to commend and encourage scholars in related fields who have studied and devoted themselves to Korean women’s issues, through the establishment of the Ewha-Hyunwoo Women and Peace Prize.
Photo: Online special lecture by Prof. Kim Eunjung, the winner of the 1st Ewha-Hyunwoo Women and Peace Prize (middle)
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the award was broadcast live on Facebook with a minimum number of in-person participants, including President Kim Heisook of Ewha Womans University and Director Choi Cheong-gyu of Hyunwoo Culture Foundation. President Kim Heisook commented, “It is one of the missions of Ewha Womans University to present a vision that can pioneer peace and the future of the Korean Peninsula. I hope that, through the establishment of the Ewha-Hyunwoo Women and Peace Prize, the Women's Research Institute will take the lead in creating a society where women can enjoy and lead peace.”
Professor Kim Eunjeong at Syracuse University, who received the 1st Ewha-Hyunwoo Women and Peace Prize on the day of the ceremony, is an expert in the research on disability, gender, and sexuality. For her book Curative Violence, she received the Alison Piepmeier Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association (U.S.) and the James B. Palais Book Prize (2019) from the Association for Asian Studies (U.S.). Professor Kim was selected as the prizewinner in recognition of her contributions to women’s studies and disability studies by expanding the horizon of the said fields in her books and papers, which analyze the treatment of disability in Korean culture and reveal hidden violence behind the ideology of “healing and rehabilitation” in Korean society.
Meanwhile, in order to reflect upon the meaning of the prize, a commemorative exhibition titled “A Larger Mind: The Spaces of Women We Have Passed By” was held at ECC Daesan Gallery from Monday, November 9 to Wednesday, November 18. This exhibition featured various works of Korean women artists and artworks addressing women’s issues, such as those of Professor Kang Ae-ran, who is an installation artist and the president of the Korean Women's Institute, as well as Kwon Hye-won, Park Seong-yeon, Park Young-sook, Yoon Seok-nam, Jung Jeong-yeop, Cheon Min-jeong, and the Pandora Photo Team of the Magdalena Community.