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Dr. Hyun Gyung Kim


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin




Ph. D. in Women’s Studies, Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 2014

Dissertation Title:

“A Study of Actors as Gendered Image Commodities within the Management-Structured Entertainment Industry in South Korea”

M.A. in Women’ Studies, Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 2003

B.A. in Political Science and Diplomacy, Yonsei University, South Korea, 1999


Employment History


Research Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Research and Teaching), Institute of Korean Studies (IKS), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

November 2019-Present


Postdoctoral Fellow (Research and Teaching), Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

April 2017-October 2019


Postdoctoral Fellow (Research and Teaching), School of Communications, Kwang Woon University / National Research Foundation of Korea, South Korea                                                          

July 2015-March 2017



Coordinator (Organizing Conferences and Research Assistance), Asian Center for Women’s Studies, Ewha Womans’ University, South Korea

November 2005-February 2007


Coordinator (Public Relations and Accounting), Secretariat for World Congress of Women’s Studies 2005, South Korea      

July 2004-October 2005


Program Manager (Planning the Program for School Dropout Youth), Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Youth Labor Center “Haja," South Korea  

August 2003-June 2004




Research Associate                                          

“Integration of Men in Gender Equality Policy in Korea.”, Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI), South Korea        

March 2016-December 2016


Research Associate                                          

“Adolescent Sexuality Education in Korea.”, Korean Women’s Institute (KWI), Ewha Womans University / The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, South Korea                                          

August 2015-February 2016


Principal Investigator

“Next Generation Scholars’ Support Project: The Transformation of the Korean Broadcasting Industry from the 1990s onward through a Reconstitution of the Gendered Division of Labor.”, National Research Foundation of Korea, South Korea 

September 2014-August 2015

Principal Investigator

“Young Generation Hub Project: Young Artists, the Self-Employed and the Making of Communities.”, Seoul Metropolitan Government, South Korea                      

June 2014-November 2014


Principal Investigator

“Oral History Project: Life Histories of Actresses in All-Female Korean Performances in 1950s-1960s South Korea.”, National Institute of Korean History, South Korea                  

March 2008-December 2008


Awards and Grants


Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Seoul                                 2014-2016

Distinguished Paper Grant Award, Graduate Students’ Association of Ewha Womans University 2008

Ph. D Scholarship, The Korean Scholarship Foundation for the Future Leaders          2007-2008

Ewha RA Scholarship                                                           2007

Distinguished Paper Grant Award, Ewha Student Newspaper                            2001

Ewha Special Graduate Student Scholarship                                                             1999-2001

Yonsei Special Undergraduate Student Scholarship                           1995, 1997-1998



Academic and Administrative Experience

Member of Research Committee, Korean Association of Women’s Studies, South Korea              

January 2015-December 2016


Research Assistant

“Survey on Female Entertainers’ Human Rights”, Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI) / National Human Rights Commission of Korea, South Korea                                              

September 2009-February 2010


Research Assistant                                                

“The Political Economy of Female (Consumption) Culture in the 1950s.”, Institute of Unification Studies, Ewha Womans’ University / National Research Foundation of Korea, South Korea                                                      

July 2008-July 2009


Staff Editor, Journal of Korean Women’s Studies, Korean Association of Women’s Studies, South Korea                  

January 2008-June 2009


Research Assistant

“Korean Modernity and the Transformation of Patriarchy”, Korean Women’s Institute (KWI), Ewha Womans’ University / National Research Foundation of Korea, South Korea                                            

September 2000-November 2001

Community Involvement

Producer of Documentary Film | 2008-2016

I am a producer for three excellent, prize-winning films (“My Father’s House” (2011) , “Girl Princes” (2012), and “Itaewon” (2016)), which dealt with the issues of the ‘house-poor’ in Seoul, ‘all-female performance’ during the 1950s in Korea, and the sex workers' lives in U.S. military base. They were invited to be screened at national/international film festivals such as the Jeonju International Film Festival, the International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, Queer Film Festival in Seoul, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival and the Korean Film Festival in San Diego, US.


Asian Short Film & Video Competition Juror                                        

The 16th International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul (IWFFS) | 2014

Teaching Experience

Ph.D. and Master Courses

Gender/Sexuality in Modern East Asia

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany                                        Winter 2019/2020


Korean Anthropology: Interdisciplinary and Qualitative Approaches to Korean Culture and Politics (team teaching)

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany                                       Winter 2018/2019


Human Rights and Gender in Korea (team teaching)

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany                                           Summer 2018


Bachelor Courses


Transnational Understanding of History and Culture in Modern East Asia

Universität Leipzig, Germany                                 Summer 2019 / Summer 2018


Reading the Classics: Communication and Human Being

Ewha Womans University, South Korea       Spring/Fall 2016, Spring/Fall 2015, Spring/Fall 2014


Gender/Sexuality in Korea

University of Seoul, South Korea            Spring/Fall 2016, Spring/Fall 2015, Spring/Fall 2014


Social Construction of Sexuality and Culture

Ewha Womans University, South Korea                         Spring 2015, Spring/Fall 2014


Reading Social Science Classics: Understanding Capitalism

Ewha Womans University, South Korea                               Summer Session 2014


Reading and Discussion / Gender Studies and Masculinity in Korea                      

Seoul Women’s University, South Korea                                        Spring 2013


Introduction of Gender Studies

Ewha Womans University, South Korea

Winter Session 2011-2012, Spring 2011, Summer Session 2009


Sexuality and Relationships in Korea

University of Seoul, South Korea                                         Spring/Fall 2008


Sexuality and Society

Seoul Women’s University, South Korea                              Summer Session 2008


Introduction of Gender Studies / Sexuality and Society

Kkottongnae University, South Korea                                        Spring 2008

Research Interests


Memory Politics of Postcolonial Cold-War regime; Mobilization of a Female Body and Sexuality in Postcolonial Cold-War Period; Media and Cultural Industry in East Asia; Governmentality and Media Labor Subjectivity; The Change of Love, Relationships and Family in East Asia; Oral History; Qualitative Methodology



The Transformation of Love and Relationships since the 1990s onwards in South Korea. Seoul: Banbi. 2018. (in Korean)


Co-authored Monograph


The Feminist Time Warp. Seoul: Banbi. 2019. (in Korean)


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals


“Dream Worker: The Labor Subjectivities of Aspiring and Lookie Actors in Korea.” In Progress. (in English)


“Forced Testimony, Forgotten Memory: One Former Comfort Woman’s Story.” In Progress. (in English)


“K-Drama Conglomerate and the Birth of Korean Wave Celebrities in South Korea.” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. 2020. Forthcoming (in English)


“Concerning Public Female Figures’ Hairstyles: Gender and Developmentalism in South Korea.” Feminist Media Studies. 2020. Forthcoming. (in English)


“The Postfeminist Family Narrative in the Neoliberal Era: Focusing on Drama <Responses> Series.” Media, Gender & Culture 32(1). 2017. (in Korean)


“The Cultural Politics of Gendered Schadenfreude Surrounding an Idol: Focusing on the Debates over I.U.” Korean Journal of Communication & Information 80. 2016. (in Korean)


“The Melodramatic Imagination in the Neoliberal era: on T.V. drama <Secret>.” Women’s Studies Review 32(2). 2015. (in Korean)


"'Producing Women' and 'Labor as a Lover': a Female Aspiring Entertainer/Rookie’s Work in the Media Affective Economy.” Journal of 사이SAI 19. 2015. (in Korean)


“Searching for the ‘Feminist Sexual Violence Prevention Education.’” Journal of Korean Women’s Studies 31(2). 2015. (in Korean)


“Aspiring Actors, Cosmetic Surgery and the Formation of the ‘Image Commodity-Subject.’” Women’s Studies Review 31(2). 2014. (in Korean)


“The Gender/Sexuality Politics of the Korean Entertainment Industry.” Journal of Korean Women’s Studies 30(2). 2014. (in Korean)


“A Feminist Reading of Kim Jin-Suk, ‘[Woman] Laborer.’” Issues in Feminism 12(2). 2012. (co-author, in Korean)


“Considering Concepts of ‘Culture’ and ‘Sexual Difference’: ‘Feminist Cultural Studies’ in Korea since the 1990s.” Korean Cultural Studies, 53. 2010. (in Korean)


Book Chapters


“A Spunky Daughter meets a Queer Boy: Postfeminist Representation in Korean TV series Reply.” Jesook Song & Michelle Cho (eds.), Media, Gender, and Affect. Routledge. 2020. Forthcoming. (in English)


“(Japanese) Jimusho(社務所), (Korean) Kihaeksa(企劃社): The Making of a Transnational Idol Production System.” Jason G. Karlin & Patrick W. Galbraith (eds.), Media Keywords. Bloomberg. 2019. Forthcoming. (in English)


“Female Idol/Girl Group and Schadenfreude.” Feminist Critic: for Better Discussion. Seoul: Humanist. 2018. (in Korean)


“Feminist Cultural Studies and Popular Culture.” Women’s Studies in Everyday Life. Seoul: Pakyoungsa. 2017. (in Korean)


“Female College Students’ Love: Changes in the Politics of Sexuality, Love, and the Meanings of Marriage.” Lectures on Sexuality 2. Seoul: Dongnuk. 2006. (in Korean)


“Politics of Festivities, Festival of Resistance.” The Feminist Manifesto. Seoul: Dongnuk. 2000. (in Korean)


Book Reviews


“The Frontline of Research on Communication, Media, and Culture in Korea.” The Book Review of Dal Yong Jin and Nojin Kwak (eds.), Communication, Digital Media, and Popular

Culture in Korea: Contemporary Research and Future Prospects. Lanham: Lexington

Books, 2018. Asiascape: Digital Asia 6. 2019. (in English)


“How Neoliberalism Has Become Everyday Lives.” The Book Review of Hyun Mi Kim (ed.), Intimate Enemy. Seoul: Ihu, 2010. Korean Women’s Studies 26(3). 2010. (in Korean)


Working Papers


“Educating European Students on ‘Comfort Women’.” Institute of Korean Studies (IKS), Freie Universität Berlin. 2019. Forthcoming. (in English)

Translation (English into Korean)


Sexual Difference, Challenge for Democracy. Seoul: Ingansarang. 2009. (co-translator, in Korean)

(Joan W. Scott. Parite! Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.)


Journalistic and Other Contribution (Selected)


“The Case of the Late Female Actor Chang Jayeon, beyond Chosun Ilbo and the list.” Literature Magazine Littor No. 12, Seoul: Minumsa. 2018. (in Korean)


“Emerging of Romantic Marriage Ideology Age.” Literature Magazine Littor No. 9, Seoul: Minumsa. 2017. (in Korean)


“Debate on the Possibility of Female President in 2002 vs. The Impeachment of Park Gun Hye in 2016: Again, it is time to speculate ‘Park Gun Hye.’” Literature Magazine Littor No. 8, Seoul: Minumsa. 2017. (in Korean)


“Novel Commentary of On My Daughter: On My Mother, Actually.” On My Daughter. Seoul: Minumsa. 2017. (in Korean)


“Secret List and Sponsor.” SBS The high-profile program Seeking for the Truth. 13 February 2016. (in Korean)