An examination of “victimhood nationalism” kicks off the Center for Korean Studies spring 2018 colloquium series on Thursday, January 11, 2018. The colloquium speaker will be Jie Hyun Lim, professor of transnational history at Sogang University. The title of his presentation is “Victimhood Nationalism in the Global Memory Space.”
Professor Lim offers so-called victimhood nationalism as a working hypothesis to explicate competing memories of victimhood in the postwar Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung in the global memory space.
The emergence of the global memory space may be one of the most distinguished aspects of the globalization in the twenty-first century. The formation of the global memory space, however, does not necessarily guarantee the mnemonic solidarity and the de-nationalization of collective memories. The global memory space is marked by competition between de-territorializing and re-territorializing memories.
Lim will explore the dialectical interplay of the global and national memory by reviewing critically the dichotomy of perpetrators and victims, collective guilt and innocence, national and cosmopolitan memory, actors and objects, over- and de-contextualization, historical conformism and presentism.
The historical space in this consideration is not an individual nation, but the intersection of memory loci of entangled histories. Entangled memories of victimhood demand more than a pile of victimhood nationalisms surveyed separately within the national history framework. The transnationality of victimhood nationalism demands a histoire croisée approach to excavate the multi-layered past.
By drawing on the entangled pasts of the political production, consumption, and distribution of the victimhood representations in Poland, Germany, Israel, Korea, and Japan, Lim will highlight the transnational history of victimhood nationalism. Overcoming victimhood nationalisms in the global memory space is a key to the history reconciliation and mnemonic solidarity.
About the Speaker
Jie Hyun Lim is professor of transnational history and founding director of the Critical Global Studies Institute at Sogang University in Seoul. He has written broadly on nationalism and Marxism in comparison, Polish history, transnational history, and global memory. Among others, he published five volumes of the Palgrave series of Mass Dictatorship in the 20th Century as the series editor. His present research topic is “mnemonic solidarity in the global memory space.” His forthcoming book of transnational history of victimhood nationalism, covering post-World War II Korea, Japan, Poland, Israel, and Germany, reflects the problematics of mnemonic solidarity in the global memory space.
Lim serves on the boards of the CISH, NOGWHISTO and Toynbee Prize Foundation and on the editorial board of Moving the Social, Global-e and Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis, Studia Politologica. He has held visiting appointments at Warsaw University, Cracow Pedagogical University, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Nichibunken, EHESS, Paris II University, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and Bielefeld University.
This colloquium will take place from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Center for Korean Studies Conference Room, 1881 East-West Road, on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus.
Center for Korean Studies events are free and open to all. Presentation of this colloquium is supported by the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Fund. For further information, including information on access for the handicapped, telephone (808) 956‑7041. The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.