Jung Ji Young
정지영 / 鄭智泳

Years of Stay at HYI

Aug 2023 to May 2024

University Affiliation

JUNG Ji Young is a Professor of Women’s Studies at Ewha Womans University in Korea and currently serves as the Director of the Asian Center for Women’s Studies (ACWS) and the Editor of Asian Journal of Women’s Studies (AJWS). She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from Sogang University, Korea. She was a visiting scholar at the Asian Institute of University of Toronto, Canada in 2013-2014. Her research interests encompass gender history, post-colonial studies, and the politics of memory, with a specific focus on the family structure, traces of heterogeneous lives, and modern/colonial knowledge production in Korea. She has authored books and articles that problematize the category of marginalized women, including widows, concubines, single and remarried women, by shedding light on their uneven power dynamics in the late Chosŏn and colonial Korea. Her scholarly monograph, Constructing Order and its Cracks: The Family Registry and Women in Late Chosŏn Korea (질서의 구축과 균열: 조선후기 호적과 여성들) (Sogang University Press, 2015 [in Korean]), explores the process of gender construction and the unresolved contradictions within the patriarchal regulations in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Chosŏn Korea. Her articles appeared in edited volumes such as Site of Memory in East Asia (東アジアの記憶の場) (co-edited, Kawade Shobo, 2011 [in Japanese]), Women and Confucianism in Chosŏn Korea: New perspectives (SUNY Press, 2011), Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen: Hidden Histories, Enduring Vitality (SUNY Press, 2011), Asian Families and Intimacies (SAGE Publications, 2021), Is East Asia a Confucian Society? (東アジアは儒か?) (Kyoto University Press, 2022 [in Japanese]). She is currently Principal Investigator of the research project “Race and Gender: Global Korea, Neo-Racialization and Intersectionality” funded by National Research Foundation of Korea. During her time at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, she will conduct research on the remolding process of “righteousness ()” and how it intertwined with gender politics and the concept of “nation ()” in Late Chosǒn Korea.

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