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Current Fellows and Scholars

Dima Mironenko

Korea Foundation Postdoc Fellow, August 2014 to June 2015

Harvard University

Faculty Sponsor: Theodore Hughes

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Dima Mironenko received his Ph.D. in Korean History from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2014. His dissertation, “A Jester with Chameleon Faces: Laughter and Comedy in North Korea, 1953-1969,” is a study of the DPRK’s cultural, social, and film histories during the formative post-Korean War decades. Building on Michel de Certeau’s concept of the everyday, his work examines the emergence of a laughing subject in the North Korean context and the state’s efforts to discipline him through cinema. Dima was born in the former Soviet Union and received his B.A. in International Relations from MGIMO University in Moscow in 2005. He spent a semester as an exchange student at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang in 2000. While on the Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dima will revise and expand his dissertation, while pursuing a couple of new projects on North Korean cinema and the history of gender.


Jiyoung Shin
Visiting Scholar, March 2014 to March 2015
Full-time Researcher, Department of Comparative Society and Culture
Institute of Korean Studies (Kookhakwon), Yonsei University
Faculty Sponsor: Theodore Hughes
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Shin Ji Young received her Ph.D. in Korean Literature from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and is now a researcher at the Institute for the Research of Comparative Societies and Cultures in the Department of Korean Studies at Yonsei University. Her dissertation focused on the formation, changes, and eventualities of discursive spaces during the colonial period in Korea. It was published in Korea under the title, "The Age of Ab-sense: A Study of Speeches and Round-table Talks in Modern Enlightenment and Colonial Korea.” It will be published in Japanese this year.
Ji Young has also completed coursework for a second doctoral degree in Sociolinguistics at the Graduate School of Language and Society at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. From 2010 to 2011, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, sponsored by the National Research Foundation of Korea. She has now extended her area of study from colonial Korea to East Asia, focusing on the relationships between colonized intellectuals, especially from Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. She is interested in the colonial encounters and contact between racial, ethnic and social groups from the end of the colonial period to the immediate post-war period.  



For further information, please contact Bennett Williams (212) 854-8193.