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Ihntaek Hwang, PhD, Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University
Ihntaek Hwang is doctoral researcher at Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), Tampere University. He used to work for the Republic of Korea Air Force as political education officer. He is currently researching on how we imagine national security. His case is the conscientious objectors to military service in South Korea, who have long been criminalised by both the government and the public for jeopardising national security. He is interested in travelling between the micro and the macro through body politic, aesthetics and arts, and the subliminal/subterritorial.



Taeho Kim, MA, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Turku
My name is Taeho Kim from South Korea. I grew up in Thailand and studied International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I am currently undergoing a Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Turku, Finland. My research topic will be looking at South Korean perception of the Nordic Welfare State Model. Despite South Korea's rapid industrialization and ascension in stature as a global economic powerhouse, there also seem to be growing demands and increasing challenges calling for better social security, social stability and quality of life. In light of these issues, the Nordic Model is frequently brought up as a trendy and attractive alternative to addressing social issues in South Korea. As someone who has experienced these cultures, I thought it would be interesting to explore the South Korean perception of the Nordic Model.