Scholar in Residence                                                                                                                                                                       

As part of the Core University Program grant from the Academy of Korean Studies, Professor Jae Kyung Lee will be Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for Korean Studies during March and April.

Jae Kyung Lee is Professor Emeritus of Women's Studies at Ewha Womans University. Trained as a sociologist, she has specialized in family issues and gender policies in South Korea. She has researched and published numerous articles, book chapters and authored and edited books.  Her significant works include Modern Korean Family and FeminismThe State and Gender in South Korea (co-author), Feminist Oral History: Deconstructing Institutional Knowledge, and National Development and Gender Politics (co-author).  She has completed a five-year research project titled "Becoming Modern: Women's Oral History, the Politics of National Division and Development in Postcolonial Korea." 

While at Indiana University, Professor Lee will conduct research and meet with scholars, as well as giving a public lecture on April 7. Professor Lee will also visit our partner institutions, giving public lectures at Purdue University, University of Louisville, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Kentucky.

Postdoctoral Fellow

In March, we welcomed Ria Chae to campus as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Institute for Korean Studies. In addition to pursuing her research, she will be teaching courses in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Before coming to Indiana University, Chae was Visiting Professor in the Department of History, National University of Singapore (2016), Lecturer in Seoul National University and Dankook University, Korea (2010–2016), and Junior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC (2011–2012). Chae will be with us for two years.

Chae’s research deals with inter-Korean relations and nation-building on the Korean Peninsula, diplomatic histories of North and South Korea, and international relations and Cold War in East Asia. Her current book project tentatively titled “The Unending Cold War in Korea” situates inter-Korean relations within the global Cold War by reconstructing the development of the Cold War in Korea from 1945 to the contemporary period as a complex interplay of domestic developments within the two Koreas and the regimes’ interactions with each other and their patrons—the US, the USSR/Russia, and the PRC.

Chae’s publications include “Imagining the Future of the Korean Peninsula in 1970—Based on the Materials of the International Conference on the Problems of Korean Unification” (in Korean; forthcoming), “Diplomatic War: Inter-Korean Relations in the 1970s” (Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 27, no. 2 (December 2014): 307–330), “East German Documents on Kim Il Sung’s April 1975 Trip to Beijing” (e-dossier, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, North Korea International Documentation Project, May 2012), and “Korean National Identity at a Crossroads” (Reconstruction of the Intimate and Public Spheres, Wako Asato and Kaoru Aoyama edit., Kyoto: Kyoto University, 2009, 752–762).

Photo: Seoul at night/ Hwon Hyeok Kim/ CCBY

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