At last, the special thematic issue on gender and politics in contemporary Korea I co-edited with Jennifer Jihye Chun has been published by the Journal of Korean Studies! “In this thematic issue on gender and politics in contemporary Korea, we broaden both our historical view and geographical reach… By featuring articles that examine the complex workings of gender and power in multiple sites and at multiple levels of analysis, this issue shows how gender is intimately bound with inequalities, not only between women and men but also in all social relations concerning class, sexuality, ethnicity, race, migration, and the nation.” Read more ›
University of Toronto invites applications for the Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies in Social Science. This is an endowed Chair position, to be appointed at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, in the Department of Anthropology, the Department of East Asian Studies, or the Department of Sociology.
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CALL FOR PAPERS Graduate Student Conference in conjunction with the first annual Critical Asian Humanities workshop at Duke University April 3rd, 2015 Duke University will be hosting a select graduate student conference on April 3rd, 2015, in conjunction with its first… Read more ›
“The relatively unexplored category of misery suggests a similar need to make and to challenge distinctions between subjective, individual experiences on the one hand and social divisions on the other. […] Considering misery and resistance together encourages a raft of theoretical and methodological approaches, old and new.” Read more ›
The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its sixth Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. PARC will select 10 to 12 U.S. faculty members to participate in Jerusalem-based activities that will include roundtable discussions, tours of historic cities, and visits to local universities, research institutes, and cultural institutions in the West Bank. Read more ›
Gayatri Spivak sends solidarity letter in support of SsangYong workers on an “aerial strike” 70 meters up a factory chimney in Korea. Read more ›
This certainly should interest many friends doing critical Korean/American studies. This special issue seeks to explore the mutual and cogenerative genealogies, technologies, ideologies, and geographies of tourism and militarism. Read more ›
A matter of law enforcement or livelihood struggles of the urban poor? Winter is high season for street vending and urban crackdown as can be seen in the recent violence against street vendors in Gangnam district of Seoul. With hundreds of city-hired security contractors (a.k.a. “thugs”) recorded on video overturning carts and destroying vendor property, it’s also high time to consider the urgent questions of informal economy, urban poverty, and state violence. Are legalization and taxation the obvious solution? It’s not such a simple matter, the article argues. For one, there is an enormous range among street vendors, from corporate to livelihood-based, income levels, and vending forms… Read more ›
Looks like an interesting & timely theme for sure. “Preoccupation with occupation in its multiple forms is spreading. The theme of the Third Annual Summer Institute at Cornell University is military occupation and its civilian society relatives. Military occupation refers to temporary control of territory by a conquering nation. Such occupation at times continues open-endedly as post-war governance: 11 of 42 military occupations since the end of World War II continue today.” Read more ›
Progressive Catholics in solidarity with workers on an ongoing aerial/high-rise strike, now on Day 157. Read more ›
Thank you Rainbow Action for braving the cold on Day 6 at Seoul City Hall. We support you! Read more ›
Apparently Mayor Park yielded under pressure of extreme rightists and conservative protestant groups of South Korea. These groups of bigots have persistently pathologized and stigmatized sexual minorities and gender nonconforming people. They have been virtually following every public event held by LGBTQ groups to violently disrupt those scenes and attack the participants for last few years. Read more ›
Seoul Mayor Park has reportedly reassured the leadership of the Christian Right that he “does not support homosexuality,” which meant that he’s taken their side. That’s the wrong side. He should have taken the side of human dignity and justice. Read more ›
(Right-wing) “patriotic Christian political forces” is the cover story of Hankyoreh 21 magazine after their violent and hate-filled disruption of the human rights charter hearing in Seoul last week. In what was only the latest in insanely regressive political climate in… Read more ›
Weekly cultural street festival in solidarity with street vendors who are facing violent raids in Gangnam. Every Tuesday, in front of Lotte Cinema near Subway Line 2, Gangnam Station, Exit 11. Great initiative, great poster image!