Korea

Organized Panel Session

(340) Living Socialism: Ideology and Culture in North Korean Society

3/23/2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Park Tower 8216, Lobby Level

Using multi-disciplinary research, this panel explores how North Koreans interact and persist within the Kim family regime’s oppressive political system. From attending mass rallies to the policing of their bodies, daily negotiations and struggles with North Korean ideology inform and shape the lives of average North Koreans. Dima Mironenko’s paper on North Korean bio-power traces the linkage between sexual immorality and political disloyalty within the nascent North Korean state in the 1950s and 1960s. In her paper on North Korean refugees, Sheena Greitens examines the radically different ideological environments of capitalism and North Korean-style socialism through the individual lives of defectors. This panel also investigates the tools and devices of the North Korean government in mobilizing and influencing its people on an everyday basis. For example, Meredith Shaw examines state-produced fiction published during the Kim Jong Un era in her paper and the shift to a canon that is more focused on leisure, modernity, and youthfulness. In his paper on domestic mobilization, Benjamin R. Young analyzes how the North Korean government used the Vietnam War and the visit of a foreign leader as ways to create an imagined community domestically. Overall, this panel aims to restore agency to the North Korean people as important players within the North Korean system and examines the degree to which the state responds to internal and external conditions.

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Benjamin Young

George Washington University, New York

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Gregg Brazinsky

George Washington University, Virginia

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Benjamin Young

George Washington University, New York

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Dima Mironenko

Korea University, Yerushalayim, Israel

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Sheena Chestnut Greitens

University of Missouri, Missouri

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Meredith Shaw

University of Southern California, California

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Andre Schmid

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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