Publication announcement: Gender and Politics in Contemporary Korea, Journal of Korean Studies 19:2

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 ›

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CFP: The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance

“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 ›

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2015 Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine, May 14-25, 2015

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 ›

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Weekly Kyunghyang cover story asks, “Is it impossible to co-exist with street vendors?”

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 ›

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Application Summer Institute on military occupation, Cornell University

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 ›

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Open Letter from Rainbow Action in Seoul

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 ›

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Political and religious homophobia in Korea

(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 ›

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