Organized Panel Session
How could “domestic spaces” serve as a new methodological approach to narrating histories of modern Korea? What new questions and perspectives could be offered by shifting our historical gaze from the state to domestic spaces? This panel understands domestic spaces as a particular aspect of everyday life that serve as a concrete, mediating tool for studying the multivalent processes of subject, ideological, and political formations in modern history. Spanning from the late Chosŏn to the 1970s in modern Korean history, the papers in this panel locate various domestic spaces, including hotels for foreign visitors, urban gardens, children’s rooms, and rural housing, as objects of study. By selecting domestic spaces as a worthy subject of history, this panel demonstrates diverse ways of reconfiguring historical narratives, expanding our definition of historical actors, and bridging conversations with fields beyond Korean studies and history.