Carl F. Young

- Associate Professor

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PhD, University of London, 2004
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84910
Office: Lawson Hall 2225
Office Hours: Fall Term 2023 Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00pm and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm                                                          Winter Term 2024 Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Research Interests

Carl Young's research interests focus on religious social movements, nationalism, and imperialism in modern Asia, centering especially on Korea and Japan. He also has a strong interest in comparative world history and cross-cultural interaction between different world regions, focusing on Asia as a case study. His previous research has dealt with a comparison of South Korean minjung (popular) theology and Latin American liberation theology in the 1970's and 1980's and an investigation of the Tonghak (Eastern Learning) and Ch'ôndogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way) movements in Korea between 1895 and 1910. His teaching interests include East and Southeast Asian history, and the history of religion, nationalism, imperialism, and international relations in Asia.

Selected Publications


Book Chapters

  • Paul L. Beirne & Carl Young, "Tonghak/Ch'ondogyo" in Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter (eds.), Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements (Leiden: Konnincklijke Brill, 2018)

  • Carl Young, "Eastern Learning Divided: The Split in the Tonghak Religion and the Japanese Annexation of Korea, 1904-1910" in Emily Anderson (ed.), Belief and Practice in Imperial Japan and Colonial Korea (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

  • "The 1894 Tonghak Rebellion" in Michael Seth (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History (Routledge, 2016)


Guest Editor

  • Guest editor for a special issue on "North Korea and Religion" for the Journal of Korean Religions, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Oct 2013)

Journal Articles

  • Au-delà des Trois Enseignements : La pluralité religieuse et la religion Ch’ŏndogyo en Corée au début du XXe siècle » (Beyond the Three Teachings : Religious Plurality and the Ch’ŏndogyo Religion in Korea in the Beginning of the 20th Century), Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident Vol. 45 (March 2021), 119-146 (in French)                                                                                                           
  • "Into the Sunset:  Ch'ondogyo in North Korea, 1945-1950", Journal of Korean Religions, Vol. 4, No.2, (Oct 2013), p. 51-66

  • "Embracing Modernity: Organisational and Ritual Reform in Ch'ôndogyo, 1905-1910", Asian Studies Review (Asian Studies Association of Australia), Vol. 29 (March 2005) p. 47-59
  • "Tonghak in the Aftermath of the Tonghak rebellion: 1895-1901," Papers of the British Association of Korean Studies, Vol. 8 (2003) p. 67-84
  • "Tonghak and Son Pyông-hui's Early Leadership: 1899-1904" Review of Korean Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Summer 2002) p. 63-83

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Carl Young, "Westerners' Visions of Tonghak and the 1894 Tonghak Peasant Revolutionary Movement" in The Value in World History of the Records of the Tonghak Peasant Revolution (Tonghak nongmin hyongmyong kirongmul-ui segyesajok kach'i), (Chongup, Korea: Tonghak Peasant Revolution Foundation, 2017) (in English and Korean)