Day 1. Humor for Community

① Sociology of Sense of Humor

Humor is the spirit of sharing a particular world and enjoying variations in meaning. In times of crisis, humor can be an effective strategy for creating a shared ecosystem large and small based on humanism. The lecture examines the way and nature of humor, which are close to life and human relationships, and insights into the social and humanities aspects hidden in it. Through this, we recognize the value of humor, a language that embraces diversity and suggests healthy humor as a spirit of the times.

Chanho Kim (Professor of Liberal Arts, SKHU)

Chanho Kim teaches at Sungkonghoe University Graduate School of Education. He majored in sociology in his undergraduate and graduate school, and received his PhD thesis on urban planning and community participation in Japan. The university lectures on cultural anthropology, sociology, and pedagogy, and speeches and writing on various topics outside the university. He wrote many books such as Logic to View Society, Discovery of Culture, Imagination of Education, Discovery of Life, Humanities of Money, Despair, and Humanism.

② Talchum and Humor Community

Talchum(Mask dance) is a Korean traditional performing art, in which people wear masks, dance, sing, and say lines. As shown in the name of talchum, which includes the local name, talchum was a popular folk art formed and passed down based on the local community. The lecture will examine the origin of talchum, which was aimed at reconciliation and harmony of the community and re-recognizes the feudal exclusivity of humor and satire known as the main characteristics of talchum from a modern perspective. Rather than conservation of tradition, it seeks succession as a creative art of the time and suggests the attitude of sharing humor and optimism of talchum as a way to overcome today’s crisis.

Heo Yong-ho (Visiting Professor at the School of Traditional Arts, K-Arts)

Yongho Heo is a visiting professor at the Traditional Performance Department of the Korea National University of Arts and a Cultural Heritage Committee member of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, a member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee of the Cultural Heritage Administration. He produced a thesis-based performance, PerforThesis “Strange Utopia”, and has also been the artistic director of restoring the “East Coast Gwangingut”. The author of more than a dozen books on the Korean traditional performance.