[KS] The 99th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum (Hyuk-Rae Kim, Yonsei University)

Renate Clasen renateclasen at googlemail.com
Mon May 3 22:38:40 EDT 2010

The Korean Studies Program and the Korea Foundation would like to invite you
to attend the 99th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum.

Title: "Biopolitics and the Aleatory Event(s) of Capitalism: The
micropolitics of recession and Korean day worker struggles in Japan,

Speaker: Ken Kawashima, Associate Professor, University of Toronto,
Department of East Asian Studies

Date: THURSDAY, May 13

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Room 702, New Millennium Hall, Yonsei University

No RSVP required. For directions, please refer to


Questions? Contact renateclasen at googlemail.com

This will be our second forum in the spring semester 2010.

We hope to see you on the 13th of May.


Hyuk-Rae Kim

hyukrae at yonsei.ac.kr

Professor of Korean Studies

Graduate School of International Studies

Yonsei University

biography | Professor Ken Kawashima is Associate Professor at the University
of Toronto, Department of East Asian Studies. He received his PhD at New
York University, Department of History. He also is the author of *The
Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar Japan, *Duke University
Press, 2009.

abstract | In this talk, I discuss the historical case of Korean day workers
in interwar Japan from the perspective of the commodification of labor power
and economic cycles. I argue that what needs further historical and
theoretical clarification is the category of surplus populations, especially
as it is related to what Foucault called biopolitics. At the same time, the
problem of biopolitics remains limited without further considerations of the
commodification of labor power. Finally, I argue that the notion of the
"minority", especially in light of Japanese imperialism and fascism, needs
to be critically rethought in ways that can account for the production of
state knowledge of populations.
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