Korean Studies

Jun.-Prof. Jerôme de Wit, Ph.D.

Junior Professor
B.A. Supervisor


University of Tübingen
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Department of Korean Studies

 Wilhelmstr. 133, Room 56

 +49-7071-29 72736
Fax: +49-7071-29 35279


Office Hours

Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00h

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions office hours will be held online via ZOOM. To schedule an office hour meeting please use the schedule following the Link below.

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Jerôme de Wit received his Ph.D. from Leiden University, Netherlands. He is a Korean specialist on North and South Korean Wartime Literature and modern Korean culture. He is the author of articles that have appeared in the Memory Studies Journal and in several Korean journals. His research interest in Korean culture is focused on public discourses concerning history and society and how cultural sources can provide us with different viewpoints on debates such as nationalism, identity, and history. His recent projects deal with such topics as postcolonialism in contemporary South Korean alternate history novels, a study on North Korean children’s animated cartoons, and a study on the representation and the changes in identity in the literature and movies of ethnic Koreans in China. He has been a Research Fellow at both the Asiatic Research Institute (Korea University, 2012) as well as the Kyujanggak (Seoul National University, 2014). He is also co-organizer of the Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention in Europe. He has ample teaching experience as a lecturer through his teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses at several universities.

Academic Profile

since April 2015

Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen, Dep. of Korean Studies

PhD in Korean Studies

Leiden University

August 2013 - January 2015

Dep. of Korean Studies, Leiden University

February 2014 - August 2014
Visiting Fellow

Seoul National University, Kyujanggak

January 2012 - August 2012
Visiting Fellow

Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute

October 2010 - December 2010

Roma University, Dep. of Korean Studies

February 2010 - June 2010

Leiden University, Dep. of Korean Studies

March 2006 - February 2009
PhD Coursework

Sungkyungwan University, Academy of East Asian Studies

March 2006 - February 2009
Full-time Lecturer

Hanguk University of Foreign Studies, Dep. of Dutch Studies


  • Academy of Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) member
  • Committee Member Korean Studies Graduate Students Conference in Europe

Courses Taught

  • Übung Kultur- und Gesellschaftstheorien: Applying Literary and Cultural Theory to Korean Texts (MA)
  • Ideologie und Kultur: War, Propaganda, and the Function of Culture in Korea (1937-1953) (MA)
  • Culture and Identity in Northern Korea (MA)
  • Pre-Modern Korean History (BA)
  • Geschichte I - A History of Modern Korean Literature: From Early Modern Times to 1945 (BA)
  • Ausgewählte Probleme Modernes Korea (BA)
  • Einführung in die Koreanistik (BA)
  • Neuere Forschung Mod. Korea: Themes in Modern Korean Literature (BA)


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • The City of Yanji as a Liminal Space to Imagine Korean Unification in Yi Munyŏl's "An appointment with his brother". S/N Korean Humanities 3.2 (Forthcoming Sept. 2017).
  • The Tear-Drenched Tumen: The Psychological Impact of Border Changes Depicted in Zhang Lü’s Tumen River (2010). Journal of Borderland Studies 32 (Forthcoming September 2017)
  • "Rousing the Reader to Action: North Korean Wartime Literature". Contribution to the collection on 25 Years of the SOAS Centre of Korean Studies (Brill/Global Oriental, August 2013).
  • "The War Within: Motivations for Writing during the Korean War". Studia Universitatis 1 (March 2013).
  • "The Representation of the Enemy in North and South Korean Stories from the Korean War". Memory Studies Journal 6.2 (April 2013).
  • "The Dilemmas of Nationalism during Civil War in Kim Song’s Living Forever". Korean Histories 2.2 (Dec. 2010).

Book Reviews

  • Academic Book Review of Kyung-Ae Park ed., Non-Traditional Security Issues in North Korea (Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 2013) in Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 27.1 (June 2014).