Iain Sands

Iain Sands

PhD Student

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Works at Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies
Telephone 08-16 17 84
Visiting address Kräftriket 4B
Room 6
Postal address Koreanska 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I completed an MA (First Class Honours) in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. My MA thesis title was Exiles in the 'Ethnic Homeland' - Trauma, Discourse, and the Negotiation of Diasporic Identity for North Koreans in South Korea.

I also hold a Graduate Diploma in music performance from Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia.



Lectures in the following courses:

North Korean Society and Culture (2017)

- Introductory Lecture: North Korea – “rogue state” or something else besides? Deconstructing popular discourse about North Korea.

- “Our Style of Socialism”: Development and impacts of chuch’e ideology

- Beyond catastrophe 2: The collapse of the Soviet system followed by the death of Kim Il-Sung

- North Korea in transition: Introduction of market elements and changes in everyday life

- Chuch’e Arts: Visual and Performing Arts in North Korea


South Korean Society and Culture (2017)

- Issues of culture, gender, and Sexuality in K-pop performances


Inter-Korean Relations (2016, 2017)

- North Korean refugee experiences: Images and Narratives




My PhD research focuses on performance practices of North Koreans in South Korea.

Concurrently with Korean Studies, my research interests include: Performance Studies; Performativity; Affect theory; Trauma theory; Agency.


Last updated: October 5, 2018

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