I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan.
In my book manuscript, I explore the idea of nationalism as being akin to a kind of commodity rather than a consciousness, and commodification then, as a set of practices and the process of consuming and (re-)producing nationalism. I tie this domestic dynamic of 'business of nationalism' to the inter-state, by tracing the inter-state ramifications of domestic commodification in Northeast Asia- specifically within the realm of territorial disputes.
What has probably kept me going-- aside from family, friends, and good food--is bikram yoga, which I have been practicing consistently since May 2010. Several ideas of whimsy concerning world politics have been born out of the 72" x 24" (182 cm x 60 cm) space of my yoga mat.
I am also a fan of humor/wit/bantering (TV shows, movies, webcomics, podcasts, stand-up comedy), which I think helps balance out the 'seriousness' of the subject matter that I engage with on an almost everyday basis.
You can reach me at jiunbang[A]umich.edu
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