6 February 2023

SUPRA students February 2023!

We are happy to announce that we have three new students joining us for our Virtual SUPRA Programme in February 2023! It is a pleasure to welcome:

JiMin Nam, MA student of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo

JiMin holds a BA in Asian Studies from Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Due to her extensive experiences in feminist activism, such as working in NGOs that focus primarily on empowering women and helping victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence, she has grown a deep interest in the relationship between gender and society. She currently studies Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway as a Master's student. Her project explores how young South Korean feminist women who took a lifetime vow to withdraw themselves from any heterosexual practices or union perceive their life and ideology. The research took around six months of fieldwork in various places in South Korea, complemented by online ethnography. Her research interests are localities of feminism, family studies, sexuality studies, heteronormativity, love, feminist strategies, political economy, neoliberalism and capitalism, resistance, and resilience.

Lisa M. Kirchgatterer, MA student of Religion of Contemporary Society at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society

Lisa is a master’s student at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society in Oslo, enrolled in the “Religion in Contemporary Society” program. She has an interdisciplinary academic background with a bachelor’s degree in Educational Science and a teaching degree in German, Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Vienna, including an exchange semester at the University of Nottingham. After finishing these degrees, she started working in an international human rights organization which inspired her to continue her academic education. In her dissertation project, she is working on Hindu nationalism and its consequences for the civil society sector in contemporary India. During the past eight years, working conditions for civil society organisations have worsened at an exceptional pace. Through interviews and job shadowing, she is exploring the role(s) of religion in these restriction processes and to what extent the “shrinking space” metaphor is suitable for the contemporary Indian context.

Wooyun Jo, PhD Candidate in the School of International Relations, Politics and History at Loughborough University

Wooyun Jo is a PhD candidate in the School of International Relations, Politics and History at Loughborough University and a research intern at the North Korean Review. His research interests specialize in International Security, with a major focus on alliance politics in the Korean Peninsula. Wooyun has been selected as one of the Young Leaders at the Pacific Forum and holds a research fellowship at the ROK Forum for Nuclear Strategy. Before devoting to Academia, Wooyun served as an army officer in the Republic of Korea Army. In this capacity, he was in charge of a forward observation team and contributed as an operations officer. Wooyun holds an MA in International Security from the University of Leicester and a BA in Russian Language & Literature from Korea University. He has received grants from the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, Peaceful Unification Advisory Group, ROK Ministry of National Defence, Korea University and Loughborough University.