Tag: South Korea

Book Review: Skateboarding in Seoul: A Sensory Ethnography by Sander Hölgens

Rose Deller , May 25th, 2022

In Skateboarding in Seoul: A Sensory Ethnography, Sander Hölgens immerses body, board and camera lens in Seoul’s skateboarding scene to explore local variants of the ethos of authenticity that s…

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#Fieldnotes: Dreams and Personal Pursuits in Seoul: Part I

James Bo Gyu Jang , July 6th, 2021

In this piece, I document partial biographies of two residents of Seoul that were narrated across the course of fieldwork between 2019 and 2020. These fieldnotes consider what…


Study Sessions for Grandmother: An Experiment with Repetition, Memory, and Dementia by Jieun Lee

Jieun Lee , May 14th, 2021

“My grandmother does a lot of ‘study (gongbu)’. Those are just some activities, but we named them ‘study’. What motivates her [to engage in those activities] is her…


Contested Memory. The ‘Comfort Women’ Statue in Berlin and Dealing with Sexual Violence in War

Regina Mühlhäuser, Insa Eschebach , October 14th, 2020

The unveiling of a statue in memory of the victims of sexual violence committed by the Japanese Army in World War II has led to diplomatic tension between…

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In the Journals – Conflict and Captivity

allisontedesco , August 10th, 2020

POW release to UN authorities was the first step in repatriation. Here, communists turn over UN troops at the POW receiving center at Panmunjon, on the border of…


Emergency Alerts for COVID-19 in South Korea by Bo Kyeong Seo

Bo Kyeong Seo , April 24th, 2020

[Mapo District] The 15th confirmed case occurred (return from overseas, Sangsu-dong). For more info, please check on our website and blog.  [Yeongdeungpo District] The 22nd Corona case confirmed….


The Surveillance Cyborg

Timothy Gitzen , April 9th, 2019

Editor’s Note: This post is part of our ongoing series, “Queering Surveillance,” and was co-written with Alexander Wolff. Surveillance is an embodied experience, both being watched a…


Towards a Queer Art of Surveillance in South Korea

Alexander Wolff , March 12th, 2019

Editor’s Note: This post was co-written with Timothy Gitzen. When is a face not a face? With the launch of the iPhone X that boasts facial recognition capabilities,…


What are the Prospects for a US War with China?

Maximilian C. Forte , February 10th, 2019

Was Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” the signal for a coming US war on China? Is the current clash between the US and China a confrontation between an…


Review of 2018, Part 2 (April–June): Dealing in Danger and Diplomacy

Maximilian C. Forte , December 21st, 2018

APRIL The Trade War Begins? April continued many of the same themes from March, beginning with the apparent start of a trade war between China and the US…


Book Review: Patriots, Traitors and Empires—The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom, by Stephen Gowans

Maximilian C. Forte , July 5th, 2018

Review of: Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom, by Stephen Gowans. Published by Baraka Books, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 6 x 9 inches. 280…


North Korea: The Undaunted State Tests the Limits of Empire

Maximilian C. Forte , May 25th, 2018

North Korea is an exceptional state, but unlike an imperial power it lacks a doctrine of exceptionalism. It is exceptional in that it is willing to suffer any…


Volunteers and refugees in South Korea

standplaatswereld , November 21st, 2017

by Maaike van Nus

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Only looking forward?

standplaatswereld , July 16th, 2017

“In front of the office of the NGO stood a traditional ‘hanok’ house which caved in just a few days before I took this picture.” By Maaike van…

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Donald Trump, Empire, and Globalization: A Reassessment

Maximilian C. Forte , May 8th, 2017

“Hey, I’m a nationalist and a globalist,” Donald Trump recently declared, “I’m both”. The only way in which the two (seemingly contradictory) positions can be reconciled is by…


Donald Trump and Empire: An Assessment

Maximilian C. Forte , October 7th, 2016

“There is something unseemly about a nation conducting a foreign policy that involves it in the affairs of most of the nations of the world while its own…


In the Journals – June 2016

Sean Miller , June 28th, 2016

Welcome back to In the Journals, a monthly review of just a fraction of the most recent academic research on security, crime, policing, and the law. The summer…


In the Journals – May 2016

Sean Miller , May 24th, 2016

Summer is here and that means that most of us will no doubt be undertaking fieldwork of some sort. But fear not, as we here at In the…


Lived Theories: Hayek’s Neoliberalism and #Pragmatism

Ilana Gershon , March 4th, 2016

One way of characterizing Amy Levine’s rich ethnographic inquiry into pragmatism is to posit South Korean Civil Movement Organisations as a satisfyingly thorough answer to the question: “how…