Friday, February 23, 2024

Join the Korean Studies Research Network, an International Programs (IP) affinity group, for a webinar titled “Age, Money, and Desire: The Navigation of Intimate Marketplaces by Older Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender Relations in South Korea.” This virtual event, presented by Dr. Yu-Ri Kim, postdoctoral research scholar in sociology at the University of Iowa, will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. (CST) via Zoom.

While intimacy in later life is commonly thought to be confined to domestic and neighborhood spaces, older adults in South Korea have challenged existing norms of age and gender through their non-domestic intimate pursuits. Drawing on ethnography in Seoul, South Korea, the presentation analyzes the structure of desire and desirability in which women actively devise strategies for their intimate pleasure.

Yu-Ri Kim

Dr. Yu-Ri Kim is a postdoctoral research scholar in sociology at the University of Iowa. Drawing on fieldwork on the subculture of older adults in South Korea, she is working on a book project that presents the intimate economy in the era of demographic aging. Her work has received recognition from the Association of Anthropology, Gerontology, and the Life Course (AAGE); the Washington University Institute for Korean Studies; and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

The Korean Studies Research Network aims to bring together scholars whose research focuses on Korea-related topics and to provide mentoring to the younger generation of scholars. It serves as a platform to facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research among scholars and graduate students at the University of Iowa and institutions of higher education in the Midwest through seminars, speaker series, and workshops.

This event is made possible through generous support from the Korea Foundation. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Daniel Vorwerk in advance at 319-467-1619 or 


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