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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

FAMES Room 10 (the old Common Room)
Event date: 
Tuesday, 20 February, 2024 - 17:00 to 18:30

Exhuming the Korean War

Since the end of the Cold War, the remains of the Korean War dead, both civilian and non-civilian, have been brought out of the ground in large numbers. What do these exhumed remains tell us about the reality of the 1950-1953 war and the changing geopolitics of our time? 

Professor Heonik Kwon is a Senior Research Fellow of Social Anthropology at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. In recognition of his achievements, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2022. He is the author of numerous books including Spirit Power: Politics and Religion in Korea's American Century (2022), After the Korean War: An Intimate History (2020, winner of James Palais Prize), North Korea: Beyond Charismatic Politics (2012), The Other Cold War (2010), Ghosts of War in Vietnam (2008, George Kahin Prize), and After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai (2006, Clifford Geertz Prize).