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Eleana Kim

Making Peace With Nature: Ecological Encounters Along the Korean DMZ

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 4:00pm

Room 142, 1155 E. 60th St.

This book talk discusses Eleana Kim’s recently published ethnography of the ecologies of the South Korean borderlands, in areas adjacent the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Based on fieldwork with ecologists, environmentalists, and residents who live along the border, this book reframes the Korean DMZ and the national division around more-than-human peace. It also argues that militarized ecologies deserve greater attention in the context of climate crisis and the convergence of militarization and privatization at a planetary scale.

Eleana Kim is a sociocultural anthropologist and professor of anthropology and Asian American Studies at University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Making Peace with Nature: Ecological Encounters along the Korean DMZ (2022) and Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging (2010), both published by Duke University Press. She currently serves as the president of the Society for Cultural Anthropology.

This event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

Presented by 3CT, the Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization (CEGU), and the Global Studies Program