Kim Seong Nae

Years of Stay at HYI: 
Jul 2015 to Mar 2016

Seong Nae Kim is currently Professor of Religious Studies at Sogang University. Her area of research is anthropology of religion, focusing on Korean religions and gender studies. She is also a founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Korean Religions (JKR), the only English-language academic journal dedicated to the study of Korean religions, which was launched in the autumn of 2010 by the Institute for the Study of Religion at Sogang University. During her stay at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, she will undertake research and writing for her book manuscript, tentatively entitled "Violence and Cultural Memory in Korea." By drawing on contemporary issues of violence and memory in Asia, her research explores the way in which the legacies of the Cheju massacre and the Korean War are inter-generationally transmitted and reenacted in practices of post-memory concerning commemoration and kinship. 

Recent Publications: 
Kim, Seong-nae. (2014). "Women, mourning, and the family for the death of family," in Siumi Maria Tam, Wai Ching Angela Wong, and Danning Wang (Eds.), Gender and Family in East Asia ( pp.213 -225). London: Routledge. 
Kim, Seong-nae. (2013). "The Work of Memory: Ritual Laments of the Dead and Korea's Cheju Massacre," in Janice Boddy and Michael Lambek (Eds.), A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion (pp.223-238). Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.