By Suzy Kim, Emerson College in Boston/ Korea Colloquium Series
This lecture explores the way North Korea dealt with the issue of women’s liberation in the revolutionary “liberated space” of the immediate post-colonial period (1945-1950). North Korean women obtained strong institutional support for political and economic participation through mass mobilization, empowering them to go beyond traditional boundaries, and yet they were also constrained in their freedom to create their own visions of female revolutionary subjectivity. Consequently, the figure of ‘revolutionary mother’ became the quintessential icon of female subjectivity in post-liberation North Korea, melding the old and the new. The lecture focuses on the role of women in the North Korean Revolution and how they may have been constrained by colonial legacies by looking at Chosǒn Yǒsǒng, the only women’s journal published in North Korea after liberation.
She is an assistant professor of history at Emerson College in Boston, MA and has previously taught at Oberlin College and Boston College after receiving her Ph.D. in Korean History at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include gender studies, oral history, and social theory.
Open to the public.
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