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CARGC Colloquium: Jinsook Kim, “Sticky Activism: Online Misogyny and Feminist Anti-Hate Activism in South Korea”

February 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

This talk will be held virtually, check back here for registration details.

About the Talk

In this presentation, digital media are analyzed as a key battlefield in the intense cultural and political conflict between feminists and misogynists that has been playing out in South Korea since 2013. Drawing on textual, discursive, and institutional analyses of digital media platforms and interviews with feminist activists, I show how new modes of feminist activism on and offline have contested the pervasive misogyny in the country by increasing public interest in gender issues and extending the reach of feminism. Foregrounding the concept of “sticky activism,” which encompasses affect, media capacity, and participants’ activities, I argue that these efforts have contributed to the formation of affective feminist counterpublics that have served to articulate gendered discontent with misogynistic culture and society, to contest and challenge deep-seated gender violence, and to develop new feminist subjectivities.

About the Speaker

Jinsook Kim is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication. She earned her PhD in Media Studies from the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include digital media, online hate culture, and social and political activism in the context of contemporary South Korea. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Feminist Media Studies, Communication, Culture & Critique, and Communication and Sport. She is a recipient of the WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, and a Dissertation Award from the Korean American Communication Association.


February 18, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST