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Dr. Minkyu Sung (PhD, University of Iowa)

Position/School Associate Professor/School of Liberal Arts (인문학부)

Email minkyusung[at]unist[dot]ac[dot]kr

Areas of Research and Teaching

  • Public Discourse and Social Justice
  • Critical Theory and Technology
  • Rhetoric of Inquiry

Courses Taught at UNIST

  • Effective Communication
  • Understanding Korea
  • Topics in Communication Studies: Rhetorics of Techno-Science
  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Speaking and Writing: Rhetorical Approaches
  • Media and Culture
  • Media Technology and Human Values
  • Global Politics and Media

Scholarly, Community, & Public Service (selected)

  • Associate Editor (2021-present), Surveillance & Society (https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/surveillance-and-society/)
  • Chair (elected, 2022-2024), Division of Philosophy of Communication, Korea Association of Journalism and Communication Studies (한국언론학회)
  • Co-Organizer with Profs. Jinsook Choi (최진숙) and Huiyuhl Yi (이희열) (2021-present), Ssul-Zoom (썰줌: UNIST Community Online Forum)
  • Director (생활관장, 2014-2017), Student Residence Administration, UNIST
  • Examiner (위원, 2012-2015), Ethics Affairs Committee for Ulsan Metropolitan City Public Officials (울산광역시 공직자윤리위원회)

Honors, Awards, Grants (Selected)

Scholarly Community Awards & Grants

  • The Best Poster Paper Award of the Activism, Communication, and Social Justice Interest Group, the 69th International Communication Association annual conference, May 23-28, 2019, Washington, DC.
  • Fellowship of the Year 2018,  Broadcasting Culture  Foundation of Korea (방송문화진흥회): “A Study on the Audience Reception of Broadcasting Content in an Era of ‘Television 3.0’: A Legal, Institutional, and Cultural Exploration of Information Communication Technologies at Home” (36,000,000 KRW equivalent to 34,000 USD), 2018.
  • New Scholar’s Best Paper of the Year Award (우당신진언론학자상), Korea Association of Journalism and Communication Studies, October 2013.

University Wide Awards & Grants

  • UNIST Faculty Research Grants for Science-Humanities Convergence (3,900,000 KRW), 2016.
  • University of Iowa (UI) Graduate College Summer Fellowship (3,000 USD), 2009.
  • UI Communication Studies Department Dissertation Finishing Semester Fellowship (two course releases: 9,900 USD), Spring 2008.
  • UI Crossing Borders Fellow for International Studies: two course releases (10,000 USD), 2005-06.
  • UI Crossing Borders Summer Research Travel Grants (5,000 USD), 2005-06.
  • UI Stanley Fellowship for Graduate International Research to South Korea and Japan (2,500 USD), Winter 2006.
  • UI Graduate Senate Research Travel Grant, (300 USD), Summer 2006.
  • UI Student Government Scholarly Presentation Grants (200 USD), Spring 2004 and Spring 2006.

National Research Foundation of Korea Grants

  • New Scholar Research Grant in the Humanities and Social Sciences: “Rhetorics of the Techniques of the Self in South Korean Healing Culture” (10,000,000 KRW equivalent to 9,000 USD), 2015.
  • New Scholar Research Grant in the Humanities and Social Sciences: “Multiculturalism and Public Culture in South Korea” (9,000,000 KRW equivalent to 8,000 USD), 2013.
  • Small Group Research Initiative Grant: “Science Communication in Korea” (2,000,000 KRW equivalent to 1,800 USD), 2011-2012.

University-Local Community Collaboration Grants

  • Principal Investigator, Ulju-gun Opinion Leaders Program, April – July 2015. (20,000,000 KRW)
  • Principal Investigato, Ulju-gun Opinion Leaders Program, September – December 2014 (25,000,000 KRW)

Scholarly Publications (Selected)

Books and Translations

  • [포스트휴먼의 조건: 다학제적 탐색] The Posthuman Condition: Multidisciplinary Inquiries. Paju, South Korea: KStudy, 2022 (in press). (in Korean; editor)
  • [책, 텔레비전을 말하다] Books Talk About Television: Canonic Texts in Broadcasting and Telecommunications Studies. Seoul: CultureLook, 2013. (in Korean; co-author)
  • [마르크스, TV를 켜다: 마르크스주의 미디어 연구의 쟁점과 전망]. Seoul: Hanul, 2013. (co-translator of Marxism and Media Studies: Key Concepts and Contemporary Trends authored by Mike Wayne [Pluto Press, 2003])

Journal Articles (*Corresponding Author)

  • Sung, Minkyu (forthcoming 2023), “Questioning the South Korean Border: A Critique of Surveillance Racism, Biometric Identity, and Anti-Immigration,” Korea Journal 63 (1).
  • Sung, Minkyu (2022), “Crafting Distrust of the Media in the Pathology of Public Discourses and the Politics of Public Opinion Polls” (언론 불신 만들기: 공적 담론의 병리화와 여론조사의 숫자 정치), Media and Society (언론과 사회) 30 (1), pp. 133-157. DOI: 10.52874/medsoc.2022.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2021), “Rhetoric of the Partisan Media and the Aporia of Liberalism: News Factory’s Discursive Politics of Integration and Division” (정파언론의 수사와 자유주의의 아포리아: <뉴스공장>의 통합과 분할의 담론정치), Korean Journal of Rhetoric (수사학) 42, pp. 189-213. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31325/KJR.2021.12.42.189.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2020), “Can Computing Network Research Substitute for Communication Research? A Rhetoric of Science Approach to Affective Computing” (네트워크 연구는 커뮤니케이션 연구가 될 수 있는가? 정서적 컴퓨팅에 관한 과학레토릭적 소고), Media and Society (언론과 사회) 28 (4), pp. 144-165.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2019), “Triad of Colonialism, Anti-Communism, and Neo-Liberalism: Decolonizing Surveillance Studies in South Korea,” Surveillance & Society 17 (5), pp. 730-733.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2019), “The Rhetoric of the Binge-Eating Body: An Ethics of Mourning in Post-Sewol South Korea,” International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics 15 (3), pp. 385-390. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/macp_00008_7.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2019), “Balloon Warriors for North Korean Human Rights Activism: A Critique of North Korean Defector-Activists’ Post-Humanitarianism,” Critical Asian Studies 51 (3), pp. 355-367. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14672715.2019.1596750.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2018), “Not Yet Post-Cold War Era: A Genealogical Search for the Cold War Discursive Infrastructure in Counter-Jongbuk Surveillance Politics,” Korea Journal 58 (4), pp. 5-32.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2017), “No Time to Fumble with North Korea: Park Geun-hye’s Multiple Pivots,” Transnational Asia 1 (2 ) DOI: https://doi.org/10.25613/22gd-5t20.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2017), “Surveillance and Anti-Communist Authoritarianism in South Korea,” Surveillance & Society 15 (3/4), pp. 486-490.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2017), “The Depressed Self in Bare Thinking: A Rhetoric-of-Medicine Critique of Han Byeong-cheol’s Leistungsgesellschaft (Achievement-driven Society) (벌거벗은 사유에 놓인 우울한 자아: 한병철의 성과사회에 대한 과학-의학의 수사학적 비판),” Media and Society (언론과 사회) 27 (2), pp. 102-136. (in Korean)
  • Kim, Jin-Young and Sung, Minkyu* (2016), “Locating ‘the Local’ in the Local Television Investigative Journalism Show of Ulsan MBC’s Doljikgu 40 (지역 텔레비전 탐사보도 프로그램의 지역성 구현에 관한 연구: 울산MBC <돌직구 40>에 대한 사례 연구),” Journal of Image and Cultural Contents (영상문화콘텐츠연구) 11, pp. 47-77. (in Korean)
  • Sung, Minkyu (2015), “The Biopolitic of North Korea: Political Crisis, the Body, and Visual Power,” Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 28 (2), pp. 231-256.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2015), “An Abuse of Culture: North Korean Settlers, Multiculturalism, and Liberal Democracy,” Asian Social Science 11 (4), pp. 48-54. DOI: 10.5539/ass.v11n4p48. *A book chapter reprint in Democracy and Civil Society in a Global Era, edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk and Marguerite Marlin (London: Routledge, 2016).
  • Kim, Son-Ho and Sung, Minkyu* (2014), “Empathy as a Communication Concept (커뮤니케이션 실천으로서 공감: 시론적 고찰),” Media and Society (언론과 사회) 22 (1), pp. 5-34. (in Korean)
  • Sung, Minkyu (2013), “Ethico-Politics of Courage and Communication: An Understanding through Michel Foucault’s Work (용기의 윤리정치와 커뮤니케이션: 미셸 푸코의 사유를 중심으로),” Korean Journal of Journalism and Communication Studies (한국언론학보) 57 (4), pp. 218-242. (in Korean) *New Scholar’s Best Paper of the Year Award from the Korea Association of Journalism and Communication Studies. (한국언론학회 우당신진언론학자상)
  • Sung, Minkyu (2013), “Social Darwinism in Modern Korea: A Rhetoric of Historical Inquiry,” Korean Journal of Rhetoric (수사학) 18 (1), pp. 143-165.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2012), “Recasting the ‘Inter-Korea’ in National Reconciliation,” Acta Koreana 15 (1), pp. 201-219.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2012), “Performativity of Ethical Practices in an Era of Neo-Liberalism: Television Courtroom Shows, Governmentality, and Television Culture,” Social Science Review (사회과학논집) 43 (1), pp. 151-170.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2012), “Social Media’s Cultural Politics: the Aestheticization of Journalism in an Era of ‘Excessive’ Communication, (소셜미디어의 문화정치: ‘저널리즘 미학화’에 놓인 ‘과잉’ 커뮤니케이션,” Communication Theories (커뮤니케이션 이론) 8 (1), pp. 30-60 (in Korean). *Reprinted in Article (아티클): A Journal of Contemporary Art (no. 18, January 2013) with recognition of “an insightful contribution to aesthetics.”
  • Sung, Minkyu (2011), “Information Access Rights and Digital Culture (정보접근권과 디지털 문화),” Journal of Image and Cultural Contents (영상문화콘텐츠연구) 4, pp. 27-44. (in Korean)
  • Sung, Minkyu (2010), “Questioning the Neo-Liberal ‘Dromocratic’ Regime: Politics of ‘Speed’ and Urban Communications Networks in Neo-Liberal Restructuring,” Communication Science (커뮤니케이션 과학) 27 (2), pp. 3-34.
  • Lee, Young-Suk and Sung, Minkyu* (2010), “A New Direction on Korean Buddhist Culture Studies in the Digital Ubiquitous Communication: An Understanding of Religious Character Classifications (유비쿼터스를 활용한 불교문화콘텐츠의 새로운 연구방향),” Korea Design Forum (한국디자인포럼) 29, pp. 421-430 (in Korean).
  • Sung, Minkyu (2010), “The Psychiatric Power of Neo-liberal Citizenship: the North Korean Human Rights Crisis, North Korean Settlers, and Incompetent Citizens,” Citizenship Studies 14 (2), pp. 127-144. *A book chapter reprint in South Korea in Transition: Politics and Culture of Citizenship, edited by Kyung-Sup Chang (London: Routledge, 2016).
  • Sung, Minkyu (2009), “The ‘Truth Politics’ of Anti-North Koreanism: the Post-Ideological Cultural Representation of North Korea and the Cultural Criticisms of Korean Nationalism,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 10 (3), pp. 439-459.

Book Chapters

  • Sung, Minkyu (2022), “Introduction: Posthuman Reckoning (포스트휴먼의 열망, 좌절, 기대)” in The Posthuman Condition: Multidisciplinary Inquiries (in press).
  • Sung, Minkyu (2022), “Demarcating Computation (커뮤니케이션-컴퓨테이션 경계긋기)” in The Posthuman Condition: Multidisciplinary Inquiries (in press).

Book Reviews

  • Sung, Minkyu (2012), “Invited Book Review of Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea,” Pacific Affairs 85 (2), pp. 422-424.

Invited Reports (Selected)

  • Sung, Minkyu (2009), “Trends in U.S. Television Production: Hollywood Runaway Production and ‘Location Interests,’” in Ho-Jin Yoon (ed.) Understanding the HD TV Drama Production Infrastructures. Seoul: Korea: Korea Broadcasting Institute, pp. 207-226.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2008), “The Freedom of Information Act: A Lesson to New Conservative Liberal Democracy in South Korea,” Bangsong Munhwa (Broadcasting Culture), November, pp. 30-34.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2007), “U.S. Broadband Policy Regulations on the “White Space” and the Production of Digital Culture,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 260, pp. 1-9.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2007), “How Can We Construct the Grassroots Network of Digital Culture? Revisiting the Network Neutrality Debate,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 259, pp. 1-10.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2007), “Is Media Convergence Promoting Market Competitions?” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 248, pp. 3-9.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2006), “Social Digitalization and Digital Populism: Keywords in the US Network Industry,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 245, pp. 42-48.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2006), “A New Participatory Democracy? Interactive Television and Mass-Customized Culture,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 236, pp. 30-38.
  • Sung, Minkyu (2006), “The Privatization of Public Memory: Independent Documentary Production and the Smithsonian-Showtime Project,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 231, pp. 11-19.


Surveillance Studies Networks; Korea Association of Journalism and Communication Studies; Korea Association for Communication and Information Studies

Reviewer (selected)

Journal of Sociology, Asian Journal of Communication, Citizenship Studies, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Studies Review