Imaging North Korea: Exploring its Visual Representations in International Politics.

Shim, D. and Nabers, Dirk (2013) Imaging North Korea: Exploring its Visual Representations in International Politics. International Studies Perspectives, 14 (3). pp. 289-306. DOI 10.1111/j.1528-3585.2012.00493.x.

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North Korea puzzles many observers. Mostly, it is referred to as the most isolated country in the world, being a timeless mystery, enigma, or terra incognita. While these characterizations reveal the presupposition of a genuine void of knowledge concerning the assessment of North Korean state affairs (however, without preventing scholarship from producing, compiling and depending on information regarding North Korea), they also point to the significance in filling this knowledge gap. The article argues that images play an important role in this operation and provides a discussion of selected photographic essays and single images depicting North Korea. Images work; they do something by evoking a particular perspective of what is shown in them allowing only specific kinds of seeing. Relating the viewer and the viewed in ways that determine what or who is (in)visible, images create boundaries and difference which, in turn, affects who “we” and “they” are.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 0 Shim, David Nabers, Dirk
Keywords: visual representation, synecdoche, identity, North Korea
Research affiliation: Kiel University
Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1111/j.1528-3585.2012.00493.x
ISSN: 1528-3577
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2014 09:44
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 22:01

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