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Mobility Humanities Colloquium #24

Some Reflections of Social Theory upon COVID-19

Lecture Information

  • SpeakerHong-Jung,Kim (Seoul National University)
  • Date2022.03.16.
  • LocationKonkuk University New Millennium Hall

Dr. Kim is a lecturer and professor  in the sociology department at Seoul National University and has received a doctorate in Language Science from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Currently, he is working as an editor of “Society and Theory” and “The Korean Journal of Cultural Sociology”, focusing on social theories and the sociology of culture. He has published two books: Sociological Destructive Power and Sociology of the Mind. He has additionally published journals such as “Rediscovery of Patiency: Focusing on Goffman and Bourdieu”, “Social Theory in the Anthropocene Ⅰ: Catastrophe and Patiency” and “Survivalism, Social Values, and the Problem of Death.” 

Hong-Joong Kim reviewed the discourse on anthropology and the social theory that explains the society that has been transformed by COVID-19. He said: “Society consists of numerous human and non-human actors” and emphasises that “the technical, biological, chemical, and material components that construct society should be accepted as actors.” In addition, Kim insists that we, who have confirmed the limitations and possibilities of society through the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19, should adopt a new perspective to understanding COVID-19 away from the perspective of former sociology.