You Kyung Byun
PhD Social and Cultural Anthropology/ Korean Studies, in April 2019
100,000 Won Friends: Calculating Gifts and Debts Among Dear Friends in South Korean Institutional Network (Comittee: B. Röttger-Rössler, E. Lee, Jesook Song)
I was born in Seoul, South Korea. After graduating from high school my desire to study and experience different cultures led me to Germany. I completed a Bachelor's degree in sociology at the Bielefeld University (2010) and earned a Master's degree in european ethnology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2013). My particular interests are economic and visual anthropology, especially the knowledge transfer in public through interactive methods. I completed an internship at the radio broadcast in Bielefeld (Hertz87.9, 2009) and designed the academic exhibition "Welt-Bilder - Bild-Welten" in Berlin (2012-2013). Moreover, I shot a short documentary film "Dancing the Crisis" (2013), which is screened in two international film festivals. In line with my intersts, I designed and moderated number of intercultural trainings at KUSTOS, the cultural and studying organisation for international students at HU Berlin (2011-2014). Since autumn 2013, I am a Ph.D. candidate at GEAS and working on the research project about the Korean gift economy "pujogŭm".
Mobility Phase: 1 January 2014- 30 September 2015 at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
Byun, Y. (2013). Korean Food Entrepreneurs in Berlin: Staged Authenticity and Ethnic Diversity. The Degree Master of Arts in European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Byun, Y., & Reiher, C. (2015). Kulinarische Globalisierung: Koreanische Restaurants in Berlin zwischen Authentizität und Hybridisierung. In Umkämpftes Essen (Cornelia Reiher & Sarah Ruth Sippel ed., Vol. 3 Transnationale Geschichte, pp. 271-291). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Byun, Y., & Schaper, C. (2013). Dancing the Crisis. [Documentary, 00:32:34]
30.11.2013. "Dancing the Crisis" One With a Movie Camera. 2nd Marburg International Ethnographic Film Festival 2013. In Marburg, Germany.
16.03.2014. "Dancing the Crisis" FIFEQ(The International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec) 2014. In Montreal/Quebec, Canada.
22.11.2014. "Korean Food Entrepreneurs in Berlin: Staged Authenticity and Ethnic Diversity" BAKS(British Association for Korean Studies) Conference 2014: Korean Identities in a Global Age. In Sheffield, UK.
20.11.2015. "100,000 Won Friends: Calculating Gifts and Debts Among Dear Friends in South Korean Institutional Network" 114th AAA(American Anthropological Association) Annual Meeting 2015. In Denver, USA.
23.07.2016. "100,000 Won Friends: Calculating Gifts and Debts Among Dear Friends in South Korean Institutional Network" 14th EASA(European Association of Social Anthropologists) Biennial Conference 2016. In Milano, Italy.