[KS] Publication of new Open Access monograph 'Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours: Vibrant Matter(s)' and seminar at National University of Singapore, 22nd October, 2019

Robert Winstanley-Chesters R.Winstanley-Chesters at leeds.ac.uk
Mon Oct 21 10:28:17 EDT 2019

Dear Korean Studies colleagues
I am happy to announce the publication of my new monograph 'Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours: Vibrant Matter(s)' which is published by Springer. Publication has been made possible by the generous publication support of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2018-P-10), and research funding from the Australian Research Council (via Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki's ARC Laureate Fellowship project 'Informal Life Politics in North East Asia' (FL120100155), The Academy of Korean Studies have enabled the digital version of the monograph to be completely Open Access online. The monograph is a rare foray into Korean and specifically North Korean fishing matters, both historical and contemporary, drawing on wider literatures of East Asian and Trans-Pacific fishing and rooted, as a work of Geography, in field work exercises and encounters.

Colleagues and institutional libraries interested in the monograph may like to note that the ebook version is ISBN 978-981-15-0042-8 and the Hardback version to be published in December, 2019 is ISBN 978-981-15-0041-1. Currently the monograph is freely available via Springerlink at https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-15-0042-8_3

According to Springer (https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811500411) 'This open access book explores the histories and geographies of fishing in North Korea and the surrounding nations. With the ideological and environmental history of North Korea in mind, the book examines the complex interactions between local communities, fish themselves, wider ecosystems and the politics of Pyongyang through the lens of critical geography, fisheries statistics and management science as well as North Korean and more generally Korean and East Asian studies. There is increasing global interest in North Korea, its politics, people and landscapes, and as such, this book describes encounters with North Korean fishing communities, as well as unusual moments in the field in the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). It addresses fish, fishing infrastructure, fishing science and fishing statistics and other non-human elements of North Korean and other nations’ developmental regimes as actors and participants within them as much as humans and their technologies. The book enables readers to gain extensive insights into the aspirations and practices of fishing in North Korea and its neighbours, the navigation of difficult political and developmental situations and changing ecological realities in a time of environmental and climate crisis familiar to many across the globe.'

Colleagues and interested members of the public who are in Singapore might like to attend the first of a number of events focused on this monograph, tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd of October, 2019 at the National University of Singapore's Asia Research Institute, on the Kent Ridge Campus - https://ari.nus.edu.sg/events/robert-winstanley-chesters/ (please RSVP via the form on the webpage describing the event).

Future events to promote the book will be held at LaTrobe University, Melbourne on the 28th of November, at the Australian National Library in Canberra on the 29th of November, 2019 and at the Biennial Korean Studies Association of Australia at the University of Western Australia, Perth between the 4th and 6th of December, 2019.

I and the publishers hope all who are interested in North Korean fishing and the various vibrant matters of the sea will enjoy this monograph.

Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters, University of Leeds

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