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Hae-Seo Kim

PhD Candidate, University of California, Irvine

Multimodal Contributing Editor, Platypus, The CASTAC Blog

About Hae-Seo

I am a Ph.D. candidate in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. My research is situated at the interface of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Anthropology of Korean Shamanism, and Korean Studies. My dissertation research is about the sociopolitical environment in which outer space is explored in South Korea, where shamanist, folk, and scientific cosmologies co-constitute the material and social relations of South Korea’s space exploration. Specifically, I work with Korean shamans, astrology readers, political activists and science practitioners who make up South Korea’s “Space Age.” I am interested in learning about different cosmologies and folk stories of outer space from around the world, and in my broader academic work I work with feminist, postcolonial, and indigenous theories of science and technology.