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Saturday University: DMZ Crossings

Feb 3 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

How do boundaries—national, social, and religious—shift over time, and how are they crossed? Join us for talks to explore the dynamics of borders between India and Pakistan, between the two Koreas, and other boundaries in the Philippines, India, Myanmar, Japan, and the US.

February 3: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium (SAM).
All other lectures: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)

DMZ Crossings: Performing Emotional Citizenship along the Korean Border
Suk-Young Kim, Professor of Critical Studies, Department of Theater, Film and Television; University of California, Los Angeles

The Korean Demilitarized Zone may be a small strip of land (only two miles wide and 155 miles long), but it is one of the most dramatic places on earth. It has provided passage for defectors, spies, political emissaries, separated families, war prisoners, cultural troupes, environmental activists, and tourists alike. Established as a buffer zone between the two Koreas in 1953, the DMZ helped bring about a temporary ceasefire. Since then, it has witnessed the two Koreas’ tumultuous relationship, from dangerous hostility to hopeful moments of reconciliation.

This talk explores how border crossings between the two Koreas are represented in the 1965 South Korean film The DMZ. Shot in the actual DMZ, the film is a poignant vignette to evoke the contested space of the DMZ where the tragic and yet hopeful dimensions of family ties stand for splintered citizenship in Korea.

About the Presenter

Suk-Young Kim is a Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Theater at UCLA where she also directs the Center for Performance Studies. She is the author of Illusive Utopia: Theater, Film, and Everyday Performance in North Korea (2010), and DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border (2014). Her comments on North and South Korean cultures have been featured on major media outlets, such as NPR, BBC, CNN, NYT and Billboard Magazine among others.

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.


JAN 27

Partitioning Nature: The Indus Basin and the Creation of Pakistan


DMZ Crossings: Performing Emotional Citizenship along the Korean Border

FEB 10

Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing Duterte's Drug War in the Philippines

FEB 17

Racism, Vulgar and Polite: The Discriminatory Inclusion of Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during WWII

FEB 24

Rohingya: The World's Most Persecuted Minority


“We Were Always Buddhist”: Caste Emancipation and Sexual Politics in South India


206.442.8480 [email protected]

Series tickets available to the public November 30.
Full series ticket: $60
SAM member series: $30
Individual lecture tickets at the door as available: $10, SAM members $5; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts or your seat may be released.
Photo courtesy of Suk Young Kim