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Dr. Hyun Gyung Kim

Hyun Gyung Kim

Korea-Europe Programme

Institute of Korean Studies

Freie Universität Berlin

Research Professor (wiss. Mitarbeiterin)

Otto-von-Simson-Str. 11
14195 Berlin

Hyun Gyung Kim served as a postdoctoral fellow with the Graduate School of East Asian Studies of Freie Universität Berlin from 2017 to 2019 before she joined the Korea-Europe Programme. Currently, her primary research interests lie with female sexuality and the mobilisation of the female body in the Cold War era in East Asia. She has published one monograph, three edited volumes, and several journal articles in the Korean language on issues in feminist cultural studies as well as on topics such as the Korean entertainment industry, the gender/sexuality politics of K-drama in the neoliberal era, and the dynamics of affect surrounding Korean idols. Her works in English are forthcoming in the edited volume titled Gender, Media, Affect, East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, and Feminist Media Studies.


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)