Organized Panel Session
This panel challenges the common assumption that robust empirical study of North Korean society is prohibitively difficult because of the closed nature of the regime. As a consequence of this assumption, research is more often than not concerned with reading the intentions of the regime through analysis of state productions: the works of the Kim family regime, newspapers, literature, visual materials inc. posters and paintings, et cetera. This leaves open vast swathes of underexplored space. Here, we push back the boundaries of possible research into some of that space, presenting via four papers grounded in empirical analysis of various aspects of North Korean society. These papers explore continuity and change in North Korean society from the 1950s to the present.