Seoul National University
Sug-In Kweon is Professor of Anthropology at Seoul National University, Korea. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University. She has been interested in the issue of identity politics, in particular, building of identities of marginal groups in modern Japan including local communities, ethnic Koreans in Japan, and Japanese-Brazilian laborers in Japan. During the last several years, her main research interest has centered on Japanese settlers in colonial Korea with a focus on daily lives and practices of the ‘ordinary’ Japanese migrants. At HYI, Kweon will focus on the issue of gender within the Japanese settler community and investigate the ‘benefits’ and ‘constraints’ of the colonial context for the women.
LEE Hunmi is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at Seoul National University, South Korea. Her research aim is to map out a historical structure of knowledge diffusion and examine its political role in East Asia. Accordingly, she focuses on (i) the international and inter-civilizational circulation of significant political issues, books, and ideas, and (ii) the role of a creative reinterpretation intervening in translation by the agents who initiated international transfer. While at the Harvard Yenching Institute as a visiting fellow, she worked on her doctoral dissertation ("International Origins of the Patriotic Enlightenment of Korea under Japanese Protectorate Rule"), designed to reflect the discontinuity of meaning and historical contingencies peculiar to the 'imported-modern' or pre-colonial situation of Korea.
Soojin Kim is a Lecturer and a Ph. D. Candidate at the Department of Archeology and Art History, Seoul National University, Korea. She has been participating in a project entitled "A Publishing and Digitalizing Korean Biographical Dictionary of Calligraphers and Painters of Korea" organized by the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. Since receiving her M.A. degree with a thesis on the eighteenth century Korean court painter KIM Hee-song (金喜誠) who gained fame for record paintings to propagate political achievements of Yong-jo (英祖: r.1724-1776), she has published articles on court-patronized art in the second half of the Choson Dynasty, including the period of the Great Han Empire (大韓帝國: 1897-1910). Her academic interests include the following issues: How court paintings visualize the authority and the ruler-ship of royal patrons, how characteristics of court style and iconography were constructed, and how court paintings were used strategically as means of self-fashioning and propaganda. She is currently doing research on the tradition of Japanese academic paintings while working on her subject "Court Painting and Patronage in the period of the Great Han Empire".
Kim Han Sang completed his doctoral dissertation in visual and historical sociology, Uneven Screens, Contested Identities: USIS, Cultural Films, and the National Imaginary in South Korea, 1945-1972 (Seoul National University, 2013), based on archival research conducted during his visiting fellowship at HYI. During his time in the U.S. he also visited Washington, D.C. to collect textual and audiovisual materials at the U.S. National Archives. Currently Dr. Kim is revising his monograph for publication and broadening his research scope to transnational connections in East and Southeast Asia. His recent publications include "Cold War and the Contested Identity Formation of Korean Filmmakers: On Boxes of Death and Kim Ki-yŏng’s USIS Films" (Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Dec. 2013) and "(Re)Presentations and Discourses in the USIS-Korea’s Film Propaganda: The Rehabilitated Self in Rebuilding the Nation in the 1950s" (Society and History, Sept. 2012).
- Seoul National University
An Jee Hyun is Associate Professor of English Literature at Seoul National University. She grew up in Seoul, and received her BA and MA in English Literature from Seoul National University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003. Her interests center on African American literature, Early American literature and culture, feminist theory and cultural studies. Her current research project focuses on the representation of African Americans in Korean literature after the Korean War and representation of Koreans/Korean-Americans in the cultural works of African Americans, and how these representations influence the way in which racial/ethnic identifications are formed and transformed.
Cho Young Nam is an Assistant Professor of the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, Korea. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Seoul National University. With his major in political science (comparative politics), he has chiefly studied contemporary Chinese domestic politics and international relations. While at the Harvard-Yenching Institute from 2006-07, Prof. Cho conducted research on China’s rule of the law policy and the changing state-society relationship.