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2019 NEKST Conference Program

Friday, May 17, 2019   |  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Location: Weiser Hall (All events will be in Room 1010 unless otherwise indicated)

8:50-9:00    Opening Remarks

Nojin Kwak (Director, Nam Center for Korean Studies)

Wooseok Kim (Chair, NEKST Organizing Committee)

9:00-9:50    Panel I: Women and the Labor Force in Post-Colonial Korea

Dahye Jeong (Yonsei University)
“Gendered Biopolitics of Public Health in Postwar South Korea: Midwives as Practitioners and Researchers in South Korea, 1950-1960s”

Da In Choi (Harvard University)
“Becoming a Professional Worker: Representational Changes and Training Programs for Housemaids in South Korea, 1966-1979”

Discussants: Rory Walsh, Joan Cho

9:55-10:45    Panel II: Social Critique in Contemporary Korean Cinema

Angeliki Katsarou (Stockholm University)
“Korean Police Stories: the Critical Representation of Law Enforcement in Contemporary South Korean Cinema”

Eun-hae Kim (Duke University)
“Indigestible Bodies: Ethnic Return Migration and the Limits of South Korean Multiculturalism in The Yellow Sea (2010)”

Discussants: Hye Won Kim, Travis Workman

10:55-11:35    Chapter Workshop I

Room 355

Jisoo Hyun (University of Washington) “Education at the Crossroads of Pacific Imperialisms: Korean Schooling in Territorial Hawaii, 1906–1940”

Discussant: Jaeeun Kim

Room 955

Minhyoung Kang (Johns Hopkins University)
“From Solidarity to Fragmentation: Explaining Dualism and Inequality at the Shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries”

Discussant: Michael Robinson

12:35-13:15    Chapter Workshop II

Room 355

Hayeon Lee (University of Michigan)
“In the Interstices of the Korean Dream: Vietnamese Women’s Transnational Selving and the Marriage Migration Cycle”

Discussant: Hae Yeon Choo

Room 955

Agnes Sohn (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)
“Home Alone: Retreat and Resistance in the Jeju House/Home”

Discussant: Se-Mi Oh

13:25-14:40    Panel III: Crossing Borders – Korean Education

Hong Jin Jo (University of Chicago)
“Ivy League above “SKY”: Stranded Dream of Korean (Upper-) Middle-Class”

Sarah Lipura (University of Auckland)
“Korean Student Mobility in Atypical Study Destinations in the Asia-Pacific: Precarity, Possibilities and Potentialities”

Woojin Kim (University of California, Berkeley)
“Peer Effects from Education on Competitiveness: Experimental Evidence from North Korean Refugees”

Discussant: Seung-Cheol Lee

14:45-15:35    Panel IV: Quantifying Social and Political Upheaval

Seung Youn Baek (Korea University)
“Labor Scarcity and Economic Development in Colonial Korea”

Edward Goldring (University of Missouri)
“Keeping up with Kim: An Individual-level Theory and Analysis of Autocratic Elite Purges in Kim Jong-un’s North Korea”

Discussant: Joan Cho

Saturday, May 18

9:00-10:15    Panel V: State-Building and Nation-Building in Korea – A Historical Perspective

Jongryol Bae (Yonsei University)
“Vigorous Maritime Trade around the Korean Peninsula during ‘the Dark Ages’, 1170–1270s”

Hyesong Lim (University of California, San Diego)
“Dangerous Bodies on the “Red Island”: Mobilization of Civilians as Agents of Violence in Jeju 4.3 Incident, 1947-1954”

Jaeyoung Ha (University of California, San Diego)
“Diligence by Design: Resettlement and Rehabilitation of “Mountain Dwellers” during the Pak Chŏng Hŭi regime, 1965-1978”

Discussant: Juhn Ahn

10:20-11:10    Panel VI: State-Building and Nation-Building in Korea – Literary Responses

Maarika Rickansrud (University of California, Los Angeles)
“Reimagining Political Community Across Borders: Chaeil (Zainichi) Journals from the 1960s-1970s”

Minji Kim (Chonnam National University)
“The Prison and the Family: Two Epistemes of Kim Namju’s Poems about ‘May, Gwangju’”

Discussant: Travis Workman

11:20-12:00    Chapter Workshop III

Room 355

Chelle Jones (University of Michigan)
“Are You a Member? Migrants Negotiate Belonging, Safety and Visibility in South Korean Lesbian Spaces”

Discussant: Todd Henry

Room 455

Jeong Eun Annabel We (Rutgers University)
“Sustainable Destruction: Contemporary South Korean Women Writers’ Disaster Fictions”

Discussant: Kelly Jeong

13:00-14:20    Professional Development Workshop

Christopher Dreyer (University of Michigan Press)
“Navigating the Book Publishing Process”

14:30-15:30    Elevator Pitch Competition