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Kim, Michael (김마이클)

Associate Professor of Korean Studies
Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilization, Harvard University, March 2004
Cultural history, Urban history, Cultural production, Identity formation

mkim@yonsei.ac.kr
82-2-2123-6294 · Room : 613

Profile
Professor Kim received an A.B. in History with honors and Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in Korean history from Harvard University's East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department. His specialty is colonial Korean history, particularly in print culture, migration, wartime mobilization and everyday life. He has published over a dozen articles and book chapters in five different languages. His recent publication include: "The Lost Memories of Empire and the Korean Return from Manchuria, 1945-1950: Conceptualizing Manchuria in Modern Korean History, Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, and “The Colonial Public Sphere and the Discursive Mechanism of Mindo,”in Michael Kim, Michael Schoenhals, and Yong Woo Kim, eds., Mass Dictatorship and Modernity (Palgrave 2013). Michael Kim is also currently serving as Associate Dean of Underwood International College.
Education
  • Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilization, Harvard University, March 2004
  • A.M. in Regional Studies East Asia, Harvard University, June 1992
  • A.B. in History with Honors and Magna Cum Laude, Dartmouth College, June 1990
Research and Academic Employment
  • Associate Dean, Underwood International College (August 2009-present)
  • Director, Division of International Education, Underwood International College, Yonsei University (March 2007-March 2009)
  • Associate Dean, Underwood International College, Yonsei University (August 2006-February 2007)
  • Assistant Dean for Academics, Underwood International College, Yonsei University (August 2005-August 2006)
  • Assistant Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, March 2005 - present
Professional Services
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1994
  • Social Science Research Council Research Grant, 1994, (Declined)
  • Foreign Area Language Study (FLAS) Grant from US Department of Education, 1993
  • Associate Researcher, Comparative Cultural History of War Commemoration in the 20th Century Project, Korea Research Foundation 2005-2008.
  • Associate Researcher, Transnational Humanities Project, Korea Research Foundation 2009-present.
Teaching Experience
  • Lecturer, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, Sep. 2003 - Dec.2004
  • Teaching Assistant, Harvard University, 1998-1999
  • Junior Tutor, Harvard University, 1996-1998
  • Senior Tutor, Harvard University, 1993-1998
Academic Publications
Publications
  • “The Lost Memories of Empire and Cross-Border Displacement: Conceptualizing Manchuria in Modern Korean History and the Korean Return from Manchuria, 1945-1950,”  Seoul Journal of Korean Studies (December 2010)

  • “Collective Memory and Commemorative Space: Reflections on Korean Modernity and the Kyŏngbok Palace Reconstruction 1865-2010,” International Area Review (December 2010).

  • “The Hidden Impact of the 1931 Post-Wanpaoshan Riots: Credit Risk and the Chinese Commercial Network in Colonial Korea,” Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies. Vol.10 No.2, October 2010.

  • “Commercial Publishing in the Late Chosŏn and Early Colonial Periods and the Position of Vernacular Korean as seen through the Publication Activities of Western Missionaries,” Yǒlsang kojǒnyǒn’gu, volume 30, June 2010 (In Korean).

  • “Mothers of Empire: Military Conscription and Mobilisation in Late Colonial Korea,” in Karen Petrone and Jie-Hyun Lim eds., Gender Politics and Mass Dictatorship: Global Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).

  • “Die Erfahrung der Stadt und die Konstruktion kolonialer Subjektivität: Alltagsleben in Seoul, 1910-1945,” in Claudia Kraft, Alf Lüdtke, Jürgen Martschukat (Hg.), Kolonial Geschichten: Regionale Perspektiven auf ein globales Phänomen, (Campus 2010).

  • “From the Age of Heroic Production to the Birth of Korean Literature: Capital Flows, Transnational Media Markets, and Literary Production in the Colonial Period,” Sai, no. 6 (May 2009).

  • “Empire and Dystopia: Colonial Korea and the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere,” Ritsumeikan Studies in Language and Culture, vol. 20, no. 3 (February 2009).

  • “The Aesthetics of Total Mobilization in the Visual Culture of Late Colonial Korea,” Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, vol. 8, no. 3, November 2007.

  • “The Discursive Foundations of the South Korean Developmental State: Sasanggye and the Reception of Modernization Theory,” Korea Observer, vol. 38, no. 3, July 2007.

  • « Regards sur la collaboration en Corée » Vingtieme Siecle. Revue d'histoire, vol. 94, April-June 2007.

  • “The Growth and Development of the Publishing Industry during the Colonial Period,” Han’guksa simin kangjwa, August 2005 (In Korean).

  • “Literary Production, Circulating Libraries, and Private Publishing: The Popular Reception of Vernacular Fiction Texts in the Late Chosǒn Dynasty,” Journal of Korean Studies, volume 9, November 2004.

  • “Korean Print Culture in the Late Chosǒn Period and Early Colonial Period as Seen by Westerners: with a Focus on the Reception and Distribution of Popular Literature,” Yǒlsang kojǒnyǒn’gu, volume 19, 2004 (In Korean).

  • “Giving Reason to the Unreasonable: Philip Jaisohn and The Independent,” Comparative Korean Studies volume 11, no 2, Dec 2003.


  • • “Sub-nationality in the Japanese Empire: A Social History of the Koeski in Colonial Korea 1910-1945, in David Chapman and Karl Jakob Krogness, eds., Citizenship and Japan's Household Registry System: The State and Social Control(Routledge 2014)

    • (ed. with Michael Schoenhals and Yong Woo Kim) Mass Dictatorship and Modernity (Palgrave 2013)

    •“The Colonial Public Sphere and the Discursive Mechanism of Mindo,” in Michael Kim, Michael Schoenhals, and Yong Woo Kim, eds., Mass Dictatorship and Modernity (Palgrave 2013).

    •Translation of Yun Hae Dong’s “Colonial Publicness as Metaphor” in Michael Kim, Michael Schoenhals, and Yong Woo Kim, eds., Mass Dictatorship and Modernity (Palgrave 2013).

    Select Conference Presentations and Talks
  • “Rule the Mountains, Rule the Waters: Slash and Burn Farmers and Colonial Korean Migration to Manchuria,” at the Asia Without Borders III Conference. Harvard-Yenching Institute and Yonsei University, Seoul, October 10, 2010.

  • “Labor Mobilization Under Occupation Regimes: The Imaginary of Compulsory Labor Service in Late Colonial Korea,” at the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences, Netherlands, August 25, 2010.

  • “The Colonial Period Migration Issues.” Workshop for 2010 Transnational Affairs Workshop on Colonialism and Migration. Hanyang University Research Institute for Comparative History and Culture, Seoul, April 23, 2010 (In Korean).

  • “Commercial Publishing in the Late Chosŏn and Early Colonial Periods and the Position of Vernacular Korean as seen through the Publication Activities of Western Missionaries,” at the Yǒlsang Research Institute’s 47th Annual Conference. Yǒlsang Research Institute, Seoul, December 18, 2009 (In Korean).

  • “Wartime Media Consolidation in Colonial Korea and the Industrialization of Mass Culture,” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. March 29, 2009.

  • “Forced Mobilization in Late Colonial Korea: Self-Mobilizing Labor in the Colonial Imagination,” at the American Historical Association Annual Conference, January 5, 2009.

  • “From the Age of Heroic Production to the Birth of the Culture Industry: Capital Flows, New Media and Literary Production in the Colonial Period,” at the Capital and New Media Technology: Korea’s Post-colonial Transnationality Conference. INAKOS and the Korean Language and Culture Foundation, Seoul, November 14, 2008 (In Korean).

  • “Empire and Dystopia: Colonial Korea and the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere,” at The Globalization of Colonialism and Nationalism Conference. Executive Committee of the Annual Symposium on Colonialism, Ritsumeikan University, Japan, October 20, 2008 (In Korean).

  • “Collective Memory and Commemorative Space: Reflections on Korean Modernity and the Kyŏngbok Palace Reconstruction” Presentation for 20th Century War Anniversary of Comparative Cultural History Conference. Hanyang University Research Institute for Comparative History and Culture, Seoul, May 17, 2008 (In Korean).

  • “Korean Women and Japanese military conscription in Colonial Korea,” at The Experience of Occupation, 1931-1949 Conference. International Committee for the History of the Second World War and the History & the Institute for International Studies, Wuhan University, April 14-16, 2008.

  • “The Lost Memories of Empire: Cross-border Displacement and the Korean Escape from Manchuria,1945-1950,” at the Asia without Borders-Rethinking History and Anthopology Conference. Harvard Yenching Institute and Jamia Millia Islamia, Central University, New Delhi, January 18-19th 2008.

  • “The Aesthetics of Total Mobilization in Late Colonial Korea: The Technology of Empire and the Logic of Collaboration," at the Korea Colloquium. Korea Institute, Harvard University, USA, November 16, 2007.

  • “The Lost Memories of Empire: Cross-Border Displacement and the Korean Escape from Manchuria,” at the Empire and Nation in East Asia Conference. Comparative and International Studies, Emory University, USA, March 25-27 2007.

  • “Collaboration and Assimilation within Japan’s Multi-Ethnic Empire: Dreaming of Empire and Naisen Ittai,” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. March 25, 2007.

  • “Historical Origins of the Han Wave,” at Asia without Border—A Conference on History and Anthropology. Centre for Historical Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University and Harvard-Yenching Institute , Guangzhou, November 12 – 14, 2006.

  • “Mothers of the Empire: Women’s Talk and Mass Conscription,” at the Mass Dictatorship and Gender Politics Conference. Hanyang University Research Institute for Comparative History and Culture, Seoul, July 7, 2006.

  • “Collaboration and Assimilation within Japan’s Multi-Ethnic Empire,” at the 1st Korea-France International Conference: Collaborations et la Politique de la Memoire. French Embassy and Hanyang University Research Institute for Comparative History and Culture, Seoul, June 2, 2006 (In Korean).

  • “The Lost Memories of the Pacific War: The Manchurian Paradise and the Dilemma of Korean Participation,” at the 20th Century War Anniversary of Comparative Cultural History Conference. Hanyang University Research Institute for Comparative History and Culture, Seoul, May 30, 2006.

  • “The Urban Experience and the Construction of Colonial Subjectivity,” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. April 8, 2006.

  • “Sasanggye and the Limits to the Intellectual Resistance of the Developmental State,” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, March 31, 2005.

  • "The Birth of Popular Readers and the Formation of Korean Modernity," at the Korean Modernity and Translation Conference. Center for Korean Studies at University of California at Berkeley and International Association of Comparative Korean Studies, Berkeley, California, Dec 10, 2004.

  • "Imagining Empire in the Visual Culture of Late Colonial Korea," at the Mass Dictatorship and Consent Building Conference. Korea Research Foundation, the French Embassy, and Hanyang University Research Institute for Comparative History and Culture, Seoul, Oct. 29, 2004.

  • “Circulating Libraries in the Late Chosǒn Period and the Commercialization of Literature,” at Kukhak yǒn’guwǒn, (Institute of Korean Studies) Yonsei University, Seoul, May 29, 2004 (In Korean).

  • “Late Chosǒn and Early Colonial Print Culture as Viewed by Westerners,” at the Yǒlsang kojǒnyǒn’guhoe (Yǒlsang Institute of Classical Research), Yonsei University, Seoul, March 20, 2004 (In Korean).

  • “New Directions in Korean History,” Dissertation workshop by invitation held at Claremont McKenna University, Pomona, California, April 19, 2003.

  • “The Han’gǔl Crisis and the First Republic of Korea,” Presentation for Korean Graduate Student Conference, Harvard University, April 24, 1999.

  • “Culture Wars and Contested Meanings during the First Republic of Korea,” at the Meeting Association of Asian Studies Conference. March 11, 1999.


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    Dissertation
    Title : The Apparition of the Rational Public, Refracted Modernity in the Korean Public Sphere. The dissertation examines images of the public and the formation of public opinion within the public sphere of modern Korean through a focus on major developments in Korean print culture, script usage, and changing reading practices.

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