Juliette Schwak, Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science at FUS recently published three articles, each focused on a different but topical aspect of our international, political economy. Read about how this complex and fascinating field of study affects the world around us.

International Political Economy is a specialty of Professor Schwak, who received her Ph.D. from City University of Hong Kong in 2017. A French citizen, she has lived for several years in South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Japan. Her areas of research include everyday political economy, promotional politics, nation branding and global development studies. She has particular interest in the economy and society of the Republic of Korea, where she has conducted extensive field research.

 

South Korea and Japan’s COVID-19 image war

“As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, countries are investing in strategic narratives to tell the world their version of the crisis and present themselves as safe, efficient and reliable actors. South Korea and Japan — two early victims of the virus — are no exception to this trend. Yet their efforts to broadcast the success of their approaches in managing COVID-19 are succumbing to both countries’ tendency to draw direct critical comparisons with one another.”

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Coronavirus en Corée du Sud : quand la population fait confiance à l'État

(“Coronavirus in South Korea: when people trust the state” – an article in French on Korea's political response to the COVID-19 crisis)

“Resurgence. The South Korean authorities reported on Thursday, May 28, the detection of 79 new cases of coronavirus in one day, including 69 in the warehouse of an online trading company in the outskirts of Seoul, the highest figure since April 5. The more than 4,000 people working in this building were immediately segregated and tested. The government of Moon Jae-in, whose response to the pandemic has been established in recent months as a model of effectiveness, immediately reinstated for two weeks the restrictions it had recently lifted.” (translated from French)

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Film in an IPE classroom: for a critical pedagogy of the everyday

This peer-reviewed article discusses the use of film as an educational medium to teach Everyday International Political Economy (EIPE). Film is an effective tool to bridge IPE research and teaching, and to fully integrate the everyday an as object of IPE scholarship and pedagogy. Film allows students to develop an understanding of IPE that considers often forgotten actors of the global economy, and to see how the global economy shapes and is shaped by what takes places in schools, workplaces, and households.

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