Returning to the Courtyard: Rescaling Charismatic Landscapes in North Korea

By | July 27, 2015

Robert Winstanley-Chesters considers how human and critical geographies can be used as vectors for analysis of the viability of North Korea’s political landscapes.

A Roundtable Review of Shine Choi’s Re-Imagining North Korea in International Politics

By | July 22, 2015

In a new “neutron star” of a book, sociologist Shine Choi delves into the many ways of seeing North Korea. Sino-NK reviews the argumentative battlefield.

A Roundtable Review of Suk-young Kim’s DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border

By | July 20, 2015

Suk-Young Kim’s new scholarly monograph on the performance and emotional perils of Korean division provokes a trio of responses.

How Not to Invest in a DPRK Special Economic Zone: The Case of Rason

By | July 15, 2015

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are spaces of great potential in North Korea. Théo Clément evaluates the terrain, based on his own on-site inspection and a holistic reading of North Korea’s premier northern SEZ.

Yongusil 69: Ruptures, Rememberings and the Ruhrgebiet: A Restive AKSE in Bochum

By | July 15, 2015

A large gathering of European scholars working on Korea was bound to generate some intellectual heat. Sino-NK’s Director of Research chronicles productive sparks from the event.

Rain on a Strange Roof: A Roundtable Review of Janet Poole’s When the Future Disappears

By | July 13, 2015

For the ranks of Korean intellectuals and essayists, the zeitgeist of the 1930s and 40s was both fantastic and pessimistic in equal measure. Scholar Janet Poole intrepidly situates their writings, and their lives, in her new book. Reviewed here by Sino-NK.

Politics in Viral Times: #Shigak no. 23

By | June 24, 2015

The latest issue of #Shigak recaps and analyzes some of the top stories and reports between May and June, focusing on a labor dispute at Kia Motors, an Ivy League pipe dream, and the political and economic consequences of the MERS outbreak.