dr. D.U. Shim
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.
- 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.
- Photography of peace. This collaborative project examined the potentialities of peace photography in IR: Peace photography in Brazil and Colombia (with Frank Möller, Tampere Peach Research Institute).
- Visual politics and North Korea. This project engaged the ‘visual turn’ in IR and argued that images play a decisive role in how we come to know North Korea in world politics: Imagining North Korea (with Dirk Nabers, University of Kiel, funded by the Academy of Korean Studies), Dark tourism in North Korea (with Dorina Buda, Leeds Beckett University), Symbolic practices of North Korea’s space programme (with Philipp Olbrich, RUG).
- South Korea as middle power. This project studied South Korea’s role in global politics: China and South Korea’s Afghanistan strategy (with Nadine Godehardt, German Institute for International and Security Affairs), Rising South Korea (with Patrick Flamm, University of Auckland, funded by the Korea Foundation), South Korea’s quest for global influence (with Philipp Olbrich).
I have translated some of my research interests in visuality into teaching practice on my blog Visual Global Politics.
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