Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Welfare State and Transitional Justice: Thinking Through Trouillot's and Yoneyama’s Discussions

Fri, March 30, 2018 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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This talk explores critical approaches to transitional justice as a way of understanding the conditions of welfare state in the capitalist social totality. While building on long-term ethnographic research of social policies in South Korea, recently in the context of education welfare programs (see 2017 piece in the Journal of Asian Studies), this talk prefers not focusing on the elaborations of specificities of South Korean trajectories in comparison with the reference of “western” experiences. Rather, this talk contemplates possibilities that (re)mergence of the social might be a crucial terrain to interrogate liberal ideologies as the target of critical knowledge production, as much as transitional justice has been discussed by Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s “Abortive Rituals” and Yoneyama’s Cold War Ruins.

Jesook Song is Professor of Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is a socio-cultural anthropologist with interests in housing, finance, welfare, labor, gender, and sexuality. Her first book, South Koreans in the Debt Crisis (Duke University Press, 2009) deals with homelessness and youth unemployment during the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s to early millennium. Her second book Living On Their Own (SUNY Press, 2014) is about single household and informal financial markets through single women’s struggle in South Korea. She has also published an edited volume, co-edited special issue, and a number of articles in journals and edited volume.  

Sponsored by: Center for East Asian Studies

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