Concentrating on the formative and disruptive roles cure plays in Korean literary and filmic texts, the project explores the idea that the various attempts to re/habilitate disabled and ill bodies involve corporeal and ideological violence. The project examines cultural representations from the 1930s to the present to investigate how medical and non-medical cures of illness and disability shape normative family and sovereign nation in particular ways through colonial and post-colonial eugenics, medicine, institutionalization, and interpersonal violence.
Eunjung Kim is a resident fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities and an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kim's research interests include historical and cultural factors that shape disabled women's experiences in South Korea; the politics and ethics of cultural representations of disability, gender, and a/sexuality; and transnational disability studies theories. Kim is a recipient of the AAUW International Dissertation Fellowship, the Future of Minority Studies postdoctoral fellowship at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and the Vulnerability Studies postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University. Kim is a member of UW Disability Studies Initiative and affiliated with Centers for Visual Cultures and East Asian Studies.