We cordially invite all interested parties to the last hybrid Visiting Talk of the Korean Studies Guest Lecture Series of SoSe 2023 on 14 June 2023 (6 pm - 7.30 pm).
The lecture, titled "Covid Exceptionalism: Debunking Three Myths about South Korean 'Success' During the Covid-19 Pandemic"
, will take place at Campus Westend (PEG1.G135
) as well as online via ZOOM
(ZOOM registration link
Dr. Choon Key Chekar, a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University, explores South Korea's public healthpolicy related to COVID. COVID-19 has presented challenges across the globe that led to several shared lessons to be learned. Yet, we have been inundated with accounts that characterise national pandemic responses as inherent and unique to certain countries, which led to COVID-exceptionalism. This lecture challenges myths of South Korea's “successful" responses to the COVID-19 crisis. This lecture discusses what might have been the disadvantages of the cultural exceptionalism rhetoric in public health policy. COVID-exceptionalism may have not only reinforced existing “(East) Asian" and “Western" stereotypes, but also caused other problems such as implicitly granting political impunity to those responsible for coordinating COVID-19 responses.For further information please contact
: Prof. Yonson Ahn, Y.Ahn[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de