Sung Un Gang

B03 : Smart People

Technische Universität Berlin
BH-N Building
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1
Room 228
10587 Berlin


  • Academic career

  • since 06/2022

    PostDoc researcher of CRC 1265 „Re-Figuration of Spaces,“ project „B03 Smart People: Queer everyday lives in digitalized spaces.“ Institute of Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin

  • 04/2015 - 05/2022

    PhD in Theater- and Media studies, University of Cologne.
    Dissertation: The Making of Modern Subjects: Public Discourses about Korean Female Spectators in the Early Twentieth Century

  • 09/2019 - 05/2022

    Research associate of Insitute for Orient- and Asian studies (Korean studies), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

  • 03/2018 - 08/2018

    Junior Fellow of International Center for Korean Studies at Kyujanggak Institute, Seoul National University

  • Work experiences

  • since 05/2021

    Column „Koelleun“ for Zwischengang

  • since 01/2020

    Production of the queer Asian interview podcasts "Bin ich süßsauer?"

  • 02/2013 - 09/2019

    Correspondent in Germany of the news magazine Sisa Journal

  • 05/2007 - 07/2009

    CIvil service, district office of Seoul

  • Course of study

  • 10/2010 - 11/2013

    M.A. German studies, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
    M.A. thesis: Thomas Mann’s Novel Doktor Faustus and the Question of German Sin after 1945

  • 03/2004 - 08/2010

    B.A. German studies, Seoul National University
    B.A. thesis: The Developing Concept of the Bad and the Metamorphosis of the Devil’s Figure in Faust Literature

  • Grants

  • Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Goethe Institut (2021). Competition for multilingual podcasts. Finalist

  • Spotify (2019). SoundUp LGBTTIQ Podcast Workshop in Germany. Finalist

  • a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne (2015-2018). Doctoral scholarship holder

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2011-2013). M.A. scholarship holder

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2009-2010). Scholarship holder of German Studies Institutional Partnership

Research Focus

    • Cultural history of Korea

    • Queer studies

    • Urban culture

    • Postcolonial studies

    • Discourse analysis


    • Gang, Sung Un. (2021). From Streets to Theaters: The Emergence of the Korean Entertainment Business in the Early 20th Century. In Meyer, H., Yukawa, S., & Bachem, N. (eds.), Ostasien im Blick: Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Reinhard Zöllner (P. 145–66). Großheirath: Ostasien Verlag.

    • Gang, Sung Un. (2020). K’orona, yŏrǔm kumŏng [Corona, A Summer Hole]. In Ch’oe, J. and others (eds.), Munhak kwa sahoe haip’ǔn: K’orona apect’ǔ [Hyphen: The Corona Affect. The Supplement of Literature and Society] (P. 183–203). Seoul: Munhak kwa chisŏng sa.

    • Gang, Sung Un. (2020). „K’orona!“ Asiain ǔi kyŏnghŏm: bairŏsǔ ka tǔrŏnaen injong ch’abyŏl munje“ [„Corona!” Experiences of Asian People. Problems of Racism that the Virus Has Revealed]. In Park, E. (eds.), Posǔt’ǔ k’orona sahoe: p’andemic ǔi kyŏnghŏm kwa talajin segye [The Post Corona Society. Experiences of the Pandemics and the World That Has Changed] (P. 85-93). P’aju: Kǔl hang’ari.

  • Conference papers (selected)

    • 01/2021
      “COVID-19 and Challenges of the Asian Communities: A Case Study on the Online Activism on the German-Speaking Internet.” The Living, Caring, and Networking of Diaspora in the Age of Uncertainty. Center for Global Diaspora Studies of Chonnam National University, Südkorea.

    • 06/2019
      “From the Ugly Duckling to the Golden Goose: Yu Kil-chun’s Rediscovery of Play (Sandaehŭi) as a Profit-Making Business for the State.” Korean Intellectuals In Between: Configuring knowledge in periods of transition: Concluding Conference of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) Overseas Leading University Project (OLUP) “Transcoding as Cultural and Social Practice.” Ruhr University Bochum.

    • 11/2018
      “Cinema Kiss: Challenges of the Western Romantic Films in Colonial Korea.” 8. Conference of Vereinigung für Koreaforschung (VfK). Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main.

    • 09/2017
      “Between Spectator and Spectacle. Transformation of Women’s Spectatorship during the Chosŏn Dynasty (1392-1897).” Cambridge 2017 AHRC DTP Conference “Tradition and Transformation.” University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK).

    • 02/2016
      “The Test of Love. Imagination and Representation of Korea on German Stage in 1930.” Colloquium and conference “Writing Global Theatre History.” Jawahalal Nehru University, New Delhi.

  • Media contributions (selected)