Jung Lee was awarded her PhD from Seoul National University in 2013. In her research, Jung explores various aspects of modernity and modern techno-scientific practice in East Asia. She is interested in knowledge interactions, the relationship between social dynamics, material culture and knowledge, as well as environmental history.
When not investigating how papermaking in late Chosŏn Korea changed mountains and fields, farming practices, social relations, and ideas about artisanship and knowledge, Jung is working on a book based on her dissertation—entitled Provincially Globalized—about botanizing in Japanese colonial Korea (1910–1945). The book seeks to illuminate various provincializing forces in the globalization of modern botany, by analyzing seemingly homogeneous knowledge practices inspired by and involved in the heightened imperial competition at the turn of the twentieth century.
Lee, J. (2016). Mutual transformation of colonial and imperial botanizing: the intimate and remote collaboration between Chung Tyaihyon and Ishidoya Tsutomu in colonial Korea. Science in context, 29(2), 179-211.Read
Lee, J. (2015). Between universalism and regionalism: universal systematics from imperial Japan. The British Journal for the History of Science, 48(4), 661-684.Read
Lee, J. (2013). Invention without science: ‘Korean Edisons’ and the changing understanding of technology in colonial Korea. Technology and Culture, 54(4), 782-814.Read