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The Korean Studies Seminar is an interdisciplinary forum that brings together scholars, artists, and professionals working on Korea-related subjects from a wide variety of disciplines: history, literature, art history, visual and media studies, architecture, religion, sociology, anthropology, music, and performance studies. The seminar discusses current research and issues in the study of Korea drawn from the dynamic intellectual community in and around New York City.

Professor Ksenia Chizhova

Professor Jae Won Chung

Professor Theodore Hughes

Professor Jenny Wang Medina

Stella Kim

All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020-2021 academic year. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

09/11/2020 Online Meeting
10:00 AM
Day in a Life of North Koreans: Understanding the Literary and Filmic Culture
Immanuel Kim, George Washington University


This presentation will explore the literary and filmic culture in North Korea that is often overshadowed by national security issues. It will begin with a general overview of the literary history, the changing styles and themes in novels, and the social, political, and gender issues that continue to dominate texts today. This presentation will also analyze Paek Namnyong's Friend, and the life of a writer within the political system. Additionally, I will discuss films (more specifically comedy films) that have impacted the society and have left lasting impressions on North Koreans (even defectors). The primary objective of this presentation is to provide information about the culture, but it is also to help shape topical ideas for teaching.

10/19/2020 Online Meeting
9:00 AM
Visceral Borders: Spatial Implications of Bordering Practices in the Korean Peninsula
Dongsei Kim, New York Institute of Technology


This research examines how spatial practices at a contested border construct and deconstruct plural understandings of the Korean division. It uses spatial-ethnography to analyze four spaces that shape and exemplify the Korean division, its unification, and its subjects. The physical space and the subjective experiences produced from an exhibition, a heritage site, a museum, and a landscape that epitomizes the divide are interrogated to explore an alternative way of understanding contested nation-state border spaces.