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Profile

I am an MPhil/PhD student in Sociology of Warwick, starting from 2020. I graduated with BA in Humanities and Social Science from the University of Edinburgh, and I obtained a MA with Distinction in International Cultural Policy & Management from the University of Warwick. Before joining the Department of Sociology at Warwick, I have worked at the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the auspices of UNESCO, and researched for the Korea Information Society Development Institute and the Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea.

Throughout my career path, I have worked on Official Development Assistance in cultural fields, UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Global Citizenship Education, the contextual analysis of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the case studies of national laws concerning protecting World Heritage sites and interpretation of UNESCO World Heritage sites in historical and political contexts.

Research Interests

Keywords: agents of culture, collective knowledge in legal instruments of UNESCO, Artificial Intelligence, post-humanism

With the conceptual proposition that culture means ‘what human beings do and think, and its consequences’, my MA dissertation argued that the ambiguous remit of cultural policy derives from policy-makers’ structured conceptualisations and norms on culture, rather than enumerating a few words that describe culture and its following agendas.

Extending this MA dissertation, I am currently working on the potential impacts of Artificial Intelligence on collective knowledge of UNESCO in the early-mid-21st century. Beyond the human-centric perspective to acknowledge the agent of culture, the current research aims at exploring how UNESCO’s legal instruments can recognise Artificial Intelligence, not as a tool of human culture, but as a new agent of culture.

My supervisors are Professor Steve Fuller from the Department of Sociology and Dr David Wright from the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies.

Awards

The highest marked dissertation submitted to the MA in International Cultural Policy & Management in academic year 2017/2018

(Dissertation title: Understanding Ambivalence in Ambiguity of Cultural Policy – the case of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO)