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Graduate Colloquium Lecture: “Things that divide us are trifling”: Cold War Feminism in North Korea

On Wednesday, March 29 at 4pm in Sewall Hall 307, CSWGS joins the Department of History to cosponsor the Women's History Month Graduate Colloquium speaker, Suzy Kim, Associate Professor of Korean History in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University.  

Feminism, both as theory and praxis, has long grappled with the dilemma of difference: that is, whether to celebrate women’s “difference” from men as offering a more emancipatory potential or to challenge those differences as man-made in the process of delineating modern sexed subjects. Situating North Korea in the broader frame of socialist feminisms, this talk explores how alternative femininities became markers of ideal citizens in the name of state feminism that professed equality for the sexes. Examining the development of alternative femininities in North Korea alongside a women’s history of the Cold War, Kim argues that the development of the feminist project itself was bifurcated by the global Cold War, the effects of which are still felt in the iterations of contemporary feminism today.

Kim headshotProfessor Kim's publications include a special guest-edited volume of Cross-Currents: East Asian History & Culture Review on “(De)Memorializing the Korean War” (2015) and Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 (Cornell 2013).

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