Prof. Dr. Yonson Ahn
Goethe University Frankfurt
Prof. Yonson Ahn holds the Chair of Korean Studies and Deputy Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre of East Asian Studies (IZO) at Goethe University Frankfurt. She received her PhD degree in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Warwick in 2000. Her recent research area has expanded from gender and migration issues – including the Korean diaspora – to cover the Korean Wave, Hallyu. For the Project entitled ”Cultural Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation in Africa and Asia (CEDITRAA)”, she leads two sub-projects dealing with representation of women in Korean Film as well as exploring K-pop fandom in Africa.
Yonson Ahn primarily contributes to the work in Working Area B: Legal and Institutional Frameworks, in Working Area C: Archives and Cultural Heritage, in Working Area D: Regional and Transregional Circulation(s) and in Project 1.3 on Transformation of the Korean Wave.
My CEDITRAA story
“Personally, I have been enjoying Korean film and K-pop as a fan for many years. It is an amazing opportunity for me to explore Hallyu (the Korean Wave) academically, particularly as I have been long interested in themes such as the cultural hybridity of the Korean Wave in a global context and the cultural translation of K-pop among African fans, which is shaping a new participatory culture. That is why the CEDITRAA project is fascinating for me.”