Humanities Research Center’s Citizenship Lab proudly announces recipients of the Faculty-Student Research Collaboration Grant: Professor Hyun Jeong Ha, Ph.D. (Sociology) and Jiin Kim (Undergraduate student researcher)
About the Research Project
Title: Dreaming of “Heavenly Citizenship”: Religious Conversion to Shincheonji (新天地) Among Korean Youths
Project members: Professor Hyun Jeong Ha, Ph.D. (Sociology) and Jiin Kim (Undergraduate student researcher)
In February 2020, the average number of new COVID-19 cases in South Korea rapidly increased from less than one to hundreds per day. This fast increase at the very start of the spread of the virus in South Korea shocked the entire country. Korean media argued that this large-scale infection came from a new religious group called Shincheonji (新天地; New Heaven, New Earth). Since then, this group has been a target of major public blame and stigmatization, while its leader was imprisoned for over six months for not cooperating with the central government’s COVID-19 control policies. Continue reading “Congratulations to Prof Hyun Jeong Ha and Student Researcher Jiin Kim for receiving Citizenship Lab’s Faculty-Student Research Collaboration Grant!”
The Citizenship Lab of the Humanities Research Center presents Manuscript Workshop: “Becoming Environmental Citizens: The Transformative Potentials of Citizen Science in China”
Date & Time: Thurs, Sept 1, 2022, 4-5:30pm BJT
Speaker: Coraline Goron, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke Kushan University
In-Person: IB 2050
Zoom: 933 5597 1781 Continue reading “Becoming Environmental Citizens: The Transformative Potentials of Citizen Science in China”
Speaker: Hyun Jeong Ha, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke Kushan University
Date & Time: Monday, August 1, 2022 8:30 PM (BJT)
Meeting ID: 954 4465 6440
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Political violence in Egypt has significantly increased since the 2011 Arab Spring, as have attacks against Christian minorities. Why are they attacked, who harms them, and what are the types and patterns of sectarian violence? In this workshop, Professor Ha will share her recent research paper that will be part of her book manuscript. Please feel free to join us to discuss her work.
Continue reading “The Citizenship Lab Manuscript Workshop: Social Mechanism of Sectarian Violence in Egypt, 1970-2020: Types and Patterns of Armed Aggression and Communal Clash”
The Humanities Research Center proudly announces the current research projects being conducted by the HRC labs. We invite you stay in touch with updates on each of these projects by checking the news sections of our website and following our weekly newsletter.
ANTHROPOCENE XR LAB
Title: The Neganthropocene and Arts (Case studies in China)
Who: Prof. Jung Choi, Meixuan Wang, Yujia Zhai
Project summary: Inspired by the notion of Neganthropocene by a French Philosopher, Bernard Stiegler, the study explores innovative tactics by Chinese emerging artists that challenge the human-centered logic of understanding the world.
Title: DKU Augmented Reality (AR) Campus
Who: Prof. Xin Tong, Prof. Jung Choi, student researchers Qingyang He, Tony Ren, Weiran Li, and Ruiqi Chen
Project summary: In the research, we are creating an AR mobile app, DKU AR Campus, and investigating how augmented reality technology can support spatial digital co-creation and social interaction. We aim to understand multi-users’ social dynamics and examine their co-creation behaviors in an embodied AR context and derive design implications to shed light on future research. Continue reading “Humanities Research Center Current Research Projects”
Humanities Research Center’s Citizenship Lab proudly presents Casa Río: Biocultural citizenship and soy extractivism from Argentina to China
Project members: Dr. Robin Rodd (Anthropology), Aisha Shen (student researcher)
The intensification of global warming and the slow rate of effective state-led efforts to reconfigure economies and socio-cultural systems away from unequal growth and wasteful consumption, have driven communities around the world to imagine ways of living justly with each other and other life forms.
This project combines ethnographic analysis and creative collaboration with Casa Rio to explore ways that citizenship and justice are being reconceived in biocultural terms. Over the last decade, Casa Río: Laboratorio del Poder Hacer (River House: Building Power Lab, https://www.casariolab.art/ ) has developed a spectrum of projects involving advocacy for social and ecological justice, communication and community building (https://territorios.casariolab.art/home), policy development, mapping (https://mapa.casarioarteyambiente.org/) and other visual products (https://territorios.casariolab.art/exhibiciones/). A primary aim of Casa Rio is to develop biocultural forms of civic engagement tied to understanding the coevolution and co-dependence of human, plant and animal ecologies in the Rio Paraná, one of the world’s largest wetlands (https://territorios.casariolab.art/). The Paraná wetlands connect people, economies and ecologies in Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, and Bolivia, providing irrigation and transport for the largest soy producing region on earth (the so called ‘republic of soy’). The Paraná has also become a flashpoint in Argentina for thinking about the relationship of ecological sustainability to social justice, and both in relation to accelerating climate change and extractive industry.
This DKU-Casa Rio collaborative research project builds on and explores two areas of Casa Rio’s work: mapping extractivism and reconceptualizing biocultural modes of citizenship.
Mapping extractivism: The metabolic circuit of soy from Argentina to China
Continue reading “Casa Río: Biocultural citizenship and soy extractivism from Argentina to China”
The Citizenship Lab invites applications for funding from faculty, Class of 2023, and Class of 2024 students working on or developing Signature Work (SW) projects related to citizenship. Continue reading “HRC Citizenship Lab Grants for Faculty-Student Research Collaboration”
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Date & Time: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 9AM China Time
Speaker: Alejandro Meitin
Zoom ID: 933 1519 3947
The Río de la Plata Basin is China’s primary source of soy, and the world’s largest site of soy production. The Basin has become a laboratory to observe the social and ecological consequences of extractive industry, including the spawning of new political and ecological alliances and forms of resistance. Many local artists have focused their work on these urgent issues, asking a series of linked questions: On what territorial imaginaries does monoculture rest? What exercises of political imagination should we perform to move beyond monoculture? How might this lead us to reconceive the relationship between the cultural and the biological?
He is an artist, lawyer, social innovator, and founder of the art collective Ala Plástica (1991-2016) based in the city of La Plata, Argentina. More recently, he founded Casa Río Power to Do Lab, collaborating with youth, farmers, artists, activists, architects, local authorities, and pollution control experts to create international alliances and proposals for wetlands management.
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Speaker: John Keane (Professor of Politics at University of Sydney and the WZB)
Date & Time: April 8, 9am China time
Meeting ID: 980 8284 0378 Continue reading “The Citizenship Lab Presents: The Shortest History of Democracy”
You are cordially invited to join Miguel Vatter on his talk on “Planetary Health and the Biopolitics of Home.”
Tuesday, March 1, 10am-11:30am BJT
Zoom ID: 969 4153 4843
Speaker Bio: Professor of politics at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University. His areas of research are history of political thought, especially Machiavelli; biopolitics and neoliberalism; political theology. His most recent books are: Divine Democracy. Political Theology After Carl Schmitt (Oxford UP 2020) and Living Law. Jewish Political Theology from Hermann Cohen to Hannah Arendt (Oxford UP 2021)
This event is co-hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Cultures and Movements Major, and the HRC Citizenship Lab.