Jun-Prof. Jerôme de Wit

Jun-Prof. Jerôme de Wit



Tübingen University

Department of Korean Studies

Wilhelmstr. 133
72074 Tübingen


T:  +49-7071-29 72736
F: +49-7071-29 35279
E: jerome.de-wit@uni-tuebingen.de


Room: 63


Office hours: Mondays 16-18 o'clock



Jerôme de Wit received his Ph.D. from Leiden University, Netherlands. He is a Korean specialist on North and South Korean Wartime Literature and modern Korean culture. He is the author of articles that have appeared in the Memory Studies Journal and in several Korean journals. His research interest in Korean culture is focused on public discourses concerning history and society and how cultural sources can provide us with different viewpoints on debates such as nationalism, identity, and history. His recent projects deal with such topics as postcolonialism in contemporary South Korean alternate history novels, a study on North Korean children’s animated cartoons, and a study on the representation and the changes in identity in the literature and movies of ethnic Koreans in China. He has been a Research Fellow at both the Asiatic Research Institute (Korea University, 2012) as well as the Kyujanggak (Seoul National University, 2014). He is also co-organizer of the Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention in Europe. He has ample teaching experience as a lecturer through his teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses at several universities.



  • PhD in Korean Studies from Leiden University, 2015


Academic Profile

  • (Apr. 2015 – Now) Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen, Dep. of Korean Studies, Juniorprofessor
  • (Feb. 2014-Aug. 2014) Seoul National University, Kyujanggak, Visiting Fellow
  • (Aug. 2013 – Jan. 2015) Leiden University, Dep. of Korean Studies, Lecturer
  • (Jan. 2012 – Aug. 2012) Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute, Visiting Fellow
  • (Oct. 2010 – Dec. 2010) Roma University, Dep. of Korean Studies, Lecturer
  • (Feb. 2010 – Jun. 2010) Leiden University, Dep. of Korean Studies, Lecturer
  • (Mar. 2006 – Feb. 2009) Sungkyungwan University, Academy of East Asian Studies, PhD Coursework
  • (Mar. 2006 – Feb. 2009) Hanguk University of Foreign Studies, Dep. of Dutch Studies, Full-time Lecturer




  • Academy of Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) member
  • Committee Member Korean Studies Graduate Students Conference in Europe



Courses Taught:

  • Übung Kultur- und Gesellschaftstheorien: Applying Literary and Cultural Theory to Korean Texts (MA)
  • Ideologie und Kultur: War, Propaganda, and the Function of Culture in Korea (1937-1953) (MA)
  • Culture and Identity in Northern Korea (MA)
  • Pre-Modern Korean History (BA)
  • Geschichte I - A History of Modern Korean Literature: From Early Modern Times to 1945 (BA)
  • Ausgewählte Probleme Modernes Korea (BA)
  • Einführung in die Koreanistik (BA)
  • Neuere Forschung Mod. Korea: Themes in Modern Korean Literature (BA)



Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  • The City of Yanji as a Liminal Space to Imagine Korean Unification in Yi Munyŏl's "An appointment with his brother". S/N Korean Humanities 3.2 (Forthcoming Sept. 2017).
  • The Tear-Drenched Tumen: The Psychological Impact of Border Changes Depicted in Zhang Lü’s Tumen River (2010). Journal of Borderland Studies 32 (Forthcoming September 2017)
  • "Rousing the Reader to Action: North Korean Wartime Literature". Contribution to the collection on 25 Years of the SOAS Centre of Korean Studies (Brill/Global Oriental, August 2013).
  • "The War Within: Motivations for Writing during the Korean War". Studia Universitatis 1 (March 2013).
  • "The Representation of the Enemy in North and South Korean Stories from the Korean War". Memory Studies Journal 6.2 (April 2013).
  • "The Dilemmas of Nationalism during Civil War in Kim Song’s Living Forever". Korean Histories 2.2 (Dec. 2010).

Book Reviews:

  • Academic Book Review of Kyung-Ae Park ed., Non-Traditional Security Issues in North Korea (Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 2013) in Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 27.1 (June 2014).