International Conference Presentation:
2019. “Transnational Migration and Religious Conversion among North Korean Refugee-Migrants across Continents in Comparative Perspectives,” AAS Annual Meeting, March 21-24 @ Denver, Co., USA.
2018. “North Korean refugees’ Christian encounters on the move”, European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) 15th Biennial Conferene, August 14-17 @ Stockholm University.
2018. “A Social Remittance and Transnational Aspirations: Korean and Japanese Migrant Activisms in Berlin”, Korean Society of Cultural Anthropology 60th Anniversary International Conference, June 8-9 @ Seoul National University, South Korea.
2018. “Affect and Aspirations in Diaspora: Korean and Japan Migrant Activists in Berlin”, Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, March 22-25 @ Washington DC.
2017. “Nanmin, chonggyo, global diaspora e taehan inryuhakjŏk soko (Refugee, Religion, Global Diasporas, and Anthropology),” <2017 International Conference of Korean Society for Cultural Anthropology>, October 20-22 @ Jeju, South Korea.
2016. “Producing Anthropological Knowledge: North Korean Refugees in Abelmann’s Transnational Perspectives,” <115th AAA Annual Meeting “Evidence, Accident & Discovery”>, November 16-20 @ Minneapolis, MN., USA.
2016. “North Korean Refugees and Asylum Refugee Policies in Germany and Europe,” < FUB-UB-SNU Joint Symposium: Comparative Study on North Korea defectors/refugees: Adjustment, Integration, and Identity>, November 11-12 @ Freie Universität Berlin.
2016. “(탈)분단 도시의 열망: 베를린 거리에서 만난 서울과 평양 ((post)Division Urban Aspirations: Seoul and Pyongyang on the Street of Berlin)”, the 56th Korean Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Oct. 28-29 @ Shinhan University, Korea.
2016. “Korean Diaspora and Religion: North Korean Refugee-Migrants and Evangelical Networks”,
2015. “Ballooning Evangelism: Privatization of Psychological Warfare in the Divided Nation”,
2015. “Miraekyoyukŭl wihan sot’ongŭi kyosilmunhwa yŏnku: hankuk-tokil kyosa insikŭl chungsimŭro (Study of communicative classroom culture for future education: Comparison of Korean and German teachers’ perceptions), < Each Country’s Education Strategy in envision the Future>, June 2-4 @ Daegu Catholic University, South Korea.
2015. “Sublime Urban Aspiration in a Divided Nation”,
2014. “Religion and Korean Citizenship: Christian Encounters of North Korean Migrants and South Korean Evangelical Church”,
2014. “Evangelical Frontiers across Korean Borders”, <4th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network: Activated Borders – Re-openings, Ruptures and Relationships>, December 8-10 @ City University of Hong Kong.
2013. “Freedom in Seoul: Christian Pedagogy of Ideal Citizenship among North Korean Migrants”,
2012. “Ballooned Evangelism: Christian Propaganda at the North-South Korean Border”,
2012. “Religious Modernity under Charismatic Narratives in Post-Korean War Seoul, South Korea”,
2012. “Korean Protestant Aspirations: Korean Mega-church founders’ Conversion Narratives”, European Social Science Historical Conference, April 11-14, Glasgow, UK.
2011. “Born Again God’s Warriors: North Korean Refugees’ Narration of Christian Passage”, International Workshop
2011. “Urban Aspirations in Seoul: Religion and Megacities in Comparative Studies.” The 9th International Conference of Urban Humanities, New Directions in Asian Urban Research in the Age of Globalization. June 24-5, 2011, Institute for Urban Humanities, University of Seoul.
2011. “Language, Protestantism, and Communism in Two Koreas: North Korean Migrants’ Conversion Narratives.” International Workshop on Religion and Communism, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany. May 6-8, 2011.
2011. “Perilous Crossing, Fragile Rescue: North Korean Refugees and Secret Christian Aids in the Sino-North Korean Border Area.” Faith Based Organization and Humanitarian Aid co-hosted by Friedensau Adventist University and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. April 14-15, 2011.
2010. “Born Again National Subjects: The Politics of North Korean Migrants’ Christian Conversion.” In 2010 International Conference of the Korean Society of Cultural Anthropology, Kyongju, Korea.
2010. “Chasm of Ideologies and Church Mediation: North Korean Migrants and South Korean Evangelical Church” Divining the Message, Mediating the Divine. The 2010 Religion Graduate Students’ Conference. Columbia University. April.
2010. “Evangelical Nationalism and the Chasm of Ideologies between North Korean Migrants and South Korean Christians” Association of Asian Studies annual conference at Philadelphia. March.
2008. “Performing Conversion: North Korean Migrants’ Narration of “Christian Passage” in South Korea.” American Anthropological Association annual conference at San-Francisco. November.
2007. “To be Brothers and Sisters; Christian Encounters of North Korean Migrants and South Korean Protestant Church.” International Conference: Religion, Ethnicity and Nation-States in a Globalizing World. VU University Amsterdam. June 7-8.
2005. “Religious Freedom: North Korean Christians in China.” Presented at The First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May.
Invited Lectures & Local/Regional Presentations:
2018. “Talbundan munhwa wa global Korean kongdongche (Post-division culture and global Korean community)”, The 33th Anniversary of 518 Commemoration Meeting, May 18-20 @ Berlin, Germany
2018. “Global Korean community and Post-division culture”, Hamseokheon Peace Institute, March 24 @ Ellicott City, MD., USA.
2017. “A Perilous Journey, Contested Aspirations: North Korean Refugee-Migrants Across Borders,” Koreastudien IZO Lecture Series, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, June 28.
2017. “코리안 디아스포라: 통일과 평화를 위한 대안적 감수성 (Korean Diaspora: tongil kwa pyŏnhwa rŭk wihan taehanjŏk kamsusŏng, Korean Diaspora: Alternative Sensibility for Unification and Peace),” the 17th Anniversary of the 6.15 North-South Joint Declaration, Frankfurt, June 23.
2017. “Becoming the Chosen: North Korean Refugee-Migrants as First Unifiers,” Bochum Korean Studies Lecture Series, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, June 13.
2017. “Sewol,” SAVVY the Laboratory of Form-Ideas,
2016. “Ballooning Ritual: Psychological Warfare in Divided Korea,” the 24th Annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities series, “Christianity and Trans-Pacific Connections,” at the George Washington University, Washington DC, November 5.
2016. “Urban Aspirations: (Post) Cold War Berlin-Seoul in Comparative Anthropology”, Institute of Korean Studies, Free University of Berlin, Open Research Seminar, Apr. 27.
2015. “North Korean Migrants and Evangelical Network in East Asia”, Asia Updates lecture series, University of Amsterdam, November 10-11.
2015. “Historicizing Korean Anthropology, North-South Koreas and Public Anthropology: Balloon-Leaflet Campaigns & Rituals of Post-Division Aspirations”, IKS Special Lecture Series, Cultural Anthropology and Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, January 28.
2015. “North Korean Migrants across State and Church Contact Zones”, Tübingen Korean Studies Lectures, Universität Tübingen, January 21.
2013. “Ballooning Evangelism: Christian Propaganda at the North-South Korean Border,” invited lecture, Institutskolloguium Ethnologie, University of Goettingen, December 19.
2013. “Miraee taehan hwansang kwa sŏngch’al: chŏngch’imunhwa tolaboki” (Illusion and Reflection on Future: Critical Review on Korean Political Culture), invited lecture at the 33rd Anniversary of the Owŏl Minjungje (May Festival), May 25, 2013, Lüdenscheid, Germany.
2012. “Cosmopolitan, Saramul manada (Cosmopolitan, meeting with people)” invited lecture at the Gongrŭng Youth Center, September 14, Seoul, Korea. (in Korean)
2010. “Chayu wa Pundan: Pukhan ijumin kwa Namhan Kidokkyo ŭi mannam.” (Freedom and Division: The Implications of Encounters between North Korean Migrants and South Korean Christianity). Department of Anthropology, Hanyang University. November. (In Korean)
2010. “The Christian Encounters of North Korean Migrants and South Korean Evangelical Church.” Invited Lecture at Knox College. April.
2010. “Narrativization of “Christian Passage”: Evangelical Language and North Korean Migrant Conversion.” Workshop presentation. Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. June 15.
2010. “Ideal Body, True Christians: The Freedom School for North Korean Migrants in South Korea.” Workshop presentation, Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Feb. 2.
2009. “New God, New State: North Korean Migrants and Christian Conversion.” Special lecture at the East Illinois University. April 21.
2009. “North Korean Migrants and South Korean Christianity.” Guest lecture for Anthropology 103 at the University of Illinois. March 9.
2007.“South Korean Private Cram Academies.” Hope Seeking Project Symposium, Korea. (in Korean) November
2007. “Post-Division and Multicultural era, a Minority Ethnography; North Korean migrants, defamilizing “Us”.” Multiculturalism Workshop hosted by Borderless Village, Korea. (in Korean) February
2006. “Religious Freedom: The Politics of Christian Conversion among North Korean Refugees in China.” Presented at Anthropology Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. April 22.
2005. “The First Unifiers: North Korean young refugees in South Korea.” Presented at Anthropology Brown Bag Series, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. March 2.
2003. “Demonizing North Korea: Facts and Fiction.” Presented at Korea Peace Day workshop, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. November 7.
2003. “An Alternative School for North Korean Youths in South Korea.” Presented at Korea Workshop special seminar on Korean Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. March.
2015. Coordinator. “Urban Futures in Asia: Aspiration, Speculation, Contention.” International Conference, organized by Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity & Harvard University Korean Institute, April 24-25 @ Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
2013.Organizer. “Urban Aspirations of Seoul,” International conference on Seoul and Religion, by the Seoul Lab of Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, June 26-28 @ Seoul Institute, Seoul, South Korea
2012. Organizer. Workshop on Multiculturalism in South Korea. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. March 8.
2011. Co-organizer (with Professor Alexander Horstmann, Mahidol University). “Transnational Religion, Missionization, and Refugee Migrants in Comparative Perspective.” International Workshop Series & Book Publication. Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. October 6-7, 2011. Göttingen, Germany.
2010. Session organizer. Religion and Body. 2010 International conference of the Korean Society of Cultural Anthropology.
2010. Roundtable organizer. Asia and Anthropology: Global Religious Network and Urban Aspirations in Mega-cities of Asia. 2010 International conference of the Korean Society of Cultural Anthropology.