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GAS Lecture Series 6

Gendered Mobility of North Korean Women in the Post-Cold War Era

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Date and TimeFebruary 8 (Thu), 2024, 14:00 PM-15:30 PM (Japan Standard Time)
VenueOnline via ZOOM
TitleGendered Mobility of North Korean Women in the Post-Cold War Era
SpeakerSung Kyung KIM, Associate professor, University of North Korean Studies
DiscussantJiyoon KIM, Assistant professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
LanguageEnglish

This event will be held online, please register via the following link: https://u-tokyo-ac-jp.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqfu-gqT0qHNMSb79Vq5WxvrMMMNXWpeOp

This lecture will provide a critical analysis of the Korean Armistice system via the lens of global migration and a feminist perspective. The state of the Korean Armistice produces the division system that organizes the everyday lives of Koreans, impacting women in both North and South Korea across various aspects from militarism to the division of labor. Despite the fact that North Korean mobile women are one of the most vulnerable groups, North Korean women actively contribute to shaping gendered migration trajectories, whether to improve their own lives or move to places with better living conditions. This multifaceted agency highlights their resilience in navigating and challenging the constraints imposed by the state of the Korean Armistice and the resulting division system.

Organizer:GAS Initiative at Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Contact:gas[at]ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp