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ISD16: Critical Korean and Korean Diaspora Studies


The Critical Korean and Korean Diaspora Working Group brings together interdisciplinary Korean Studies scholars, who use critical humanistic approaches to their study of Korea and its diasporas.

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Active since: 2024

  • Syracuse University
  • Cornell University

Collaborative Goals

  1. To challenge historical legacies of Asian and Korean Studies by centering questions of power through postcolonial, decolonial, ecocritical, feminist, anti-racist, and other critical approaches.
  2. To create space for the critical study of Korea and its diasporas that can generate ideas for new courses, new concentrations within existing majors, and new centers of academic study.
  3. To build a network of critical humanists, who can address important historical and contemporary issues in the two Koreas and its diasporas.
  4. To generate a productive site of scholarly work in critical Korean Studies that positions Central New York as one of the major centers of this work in the world.
  5. To build a diverse body of interdisciplinary theory that centers indigenous Korean knowledge systems and syncretically joins the existing scholarship in order to open new pathways of trans-Pacific research.

Group Organizers

David Oh

Associate Professor, Communications, Syracuse University

Ivanna Sang Een Yi

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Cornell University


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