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Selfhood and Care among Women in Korea

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Room 3229, Nam-jun Paek Hall, Graduate School of Culture Technology

KAIST

Daejeon

Korea, Republic of

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South Korea’s reputation as the plastic surgery capital of the world tells many stories about contemporary Korea. One concern that interweaves many of the stories is the wellbeing of women who continue to face ongoing pressure to embody beauty ideals, which involves significant economic consequences, as well as emotional and physical risks. While these risks can be life-threatening, there is limited systematic care and support to ensure their health and wellbeing or sociocultural, economic, and political empowerment.

How might we bring together technological, design, and sociocultural possibilities to empower women? To respond to this question, we are exploring how women, especially young women who study and work at KAIST and Ewha University, care for themselves and other women online and offline, to co-create new ways to help empower women in Korea.

You are invited to express interest in this two-day workshop, where we will share our research interests, and collaboratively and creatively explore the following themes:

  • Needs, wants, and expectations around giving and receiving care between women online and offline.
  • Self-care and ways women in Korea represent themselves online and offline
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Korea, Republic of

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