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dr. D.U. Shim

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

I am interested in the visual and spatial dimension of global politics and work at the intersection of International Relations, Geography and Area Studies. My research on different visual media - including comics, film, photography and satellite imagery – aims to contribute to the study of visual politics. My work appeared in, among others, International Political Sociology, Geoforum, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific and Review of International Studies. My book Visual Politics and North Korea is available at Routledge.

My regional focus has been East Asia with an emphasis on the Korean peninsula. However, I have also examined issues of war and peace in Europe (Germany) and South America (Colombia). I have translated some of my research activities into teaching practice on my blog Visual Global Politics. I am also member of the editorial board of the Korea Journal.

Current work:

  • Visual narratives of climate change. This project is linked to a 2021/2022 Senior Research Fellowship of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research. I will examine the visual politics of legitimation of transnational environmental movements fighting climate change. I will investigate how visual narratives are central to, and productive of, strategies of legitimation in the contentious politics of climate change. I will focus on Fridays for Future – a recent, transnational protest phenomenon, which has been highly successful in mobilizing people around the world to combat global climate change.
  • 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. A paper on the ‘Cinematic Representations of the Gwangju Uprising: Visualising the “new” South Korea in A Taxi Driver’ is accepted by Asian Studies Review.
  • 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 recruitment videos of the German Armed Forces and Gendered Representation of Military Service in Die Rekruten (with Frank Stengel).
  • 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:

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Contact information

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


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