Session Abstract: How could domestic spaces serve as a new methodological approach to narrating histories? Spanning from the late 19th century to the contemporary, papers in this panel locate various spaces of domesticity – hotels for foreign visitors, urban gardens, children’s rooms, and apartment complexes – in order to offer diverse ways of reconfiguring historical narratives, expand our definition of historical actors, and bridge conversations with fields beyond Korean studies. In particular, shifting our scholarly gaze from the state to domesticity enables us to ask new questions of gender, race, class, and individual’s relations to state power. Collectively, the four papers seek to raise new questions in our approaches to historical studies of Korea and to situate Korea within the various transnational contexts that shaped and framed existing and novel ways of understanding domesticity.
Paper Presenter: Yu Jung Lee – Yonsei University
Paper Presenter: Sunho Ko – York University
Paper Presenter: Na Sil Heo – University of Pennsylvania
Paper Presenter: Heon-mok Jung – Academy of Korean Studies