Jaehwan Hyun is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Department III. He received his PhD in 2018 at Seoul National University, with a dissertation examining the role of geopolitics and international collaboration in the mutual constitution of genetic sciences and national identity in South Korea from 1953 to 2009. Before joining the MPIWG, Jaehwan was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Japan-Korea Cultural Foundation at Tokyo University of Science, Japan. Now he focuses on how global conservation movements and related scientific collaborations were entangled with the postcolonial nation-building of South Korea and Japan during the Cold War period. In particular, he looks at how anthropologists and ecologists ‘naturalize’ borderlands and border peoples in these countries as a part of the International Biological Program (IBP) in the 1960s and 1970s. Cooperative research with Americans on two borderlands—the Korean Demilitarized Zone and Okinawa—and two border peoples—the ‘traditional’ female diver communities (haenyeo/ama) and the ‘mixed-blood’ children—and the social, political context will be examined in his project.
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