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dr. D.U. Shim

Senior Lecturer
dr. D.U. Shim
+31 50 36 37896 (Office)

I am interested in the politics of representation. This includes exploring different sites of visuality such as comics, film, photography and satellite imagery. My focus on visual politics benefits from approaches and concepts common in the field of Human Geography, Media Studies, Political Science and Sociology.

Current work:

  • Contentious memory politics in East Asia and the case of the Statue of Peace. This project is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies (2019-2020) and aims to make a contribution to debates about the material rhetoric of places of remembrance.
  • Visualizing Korea. Joint publication project with Roland Bleiker and David Chapman (University of Queensland), which examines how visual representations have shaped changing notions of Korean society, culture and nationhood.
  • Global politics of remote sensing. This work asks how satellite vision relates to current geopolitical practice and how it shapes our understanding of places, spaces and sites: Politics of satellite activism (with Delf Rothe, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy), Satellite vision and geographical imagination, Satellites and political conflict.
  • Mediatisation of war. This project examines Germany as a special case for critical Military/Security Studies: German Armed Forces and the gendered mediatisation of war on Facebook, Militarized masculinities in the German Armed Forces’ YouTube series “Die Rekruten” (with Frank Stengel, University of Kiel).
  • Everyday spaces of the international. This work explores mundane places as conceptual venues to better understand (the study of) IR: Geopolitics and imaginiaries of home, Picturing the international, Visibility and public space (with Mohamed Saleh, Gerd de Roo).
  • Geopolitics of storytelling. This project asks how comics work as narrative sites of geopolitics: Sketching Geopolitics, Visual discourse analysis of comics, Australian narratives of border protection in silent comics.

Past work:

I have translated some of my research interests in visuality into teaching practice on my blog Visual Global Politics.

Last modified:10 April 2019 2.02 p.m.

Contact information

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands


Job title:
Senior Lecturer
+31 50 36 37896 (Office)