Katri Kauhanen
Doctoral Candidate, MA

Doctoral Student, Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS) (Department of Philosophy, Political Science and Contemporary History)


Office: 421

Areas of expertise
Korean history and society
Korean Studies
East Asian Studies
Cold War


I am a doctoral candidate at the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS). My field of specialization is Korean Studies. In my doctoral dissertation I examine the development of South Korean women's movement and its transnational networks during the Cold War. Currently, my research is funded by the Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences/UTUGS. 

I am historian by training; I finished my Master's Degree in European and World History, University of Turku in 2014. I have studied Gender Studies, East Asian Studies, Comparative Religion, Contemporary History and Finnish History. In 2012, I spent one semester in Kyunghee University, South Korea, as an exchange student studying Korean history, cultural anthropology and geography. 

Previously I have worked in different research and administrative tasks in University of Turku and National Defence College, also in a local museum back in my hometown. 


The main theme of my dissertation research is Cold War feminism; how feminism was interpreted in the context of the Cold War, what kind of contents and values it carried and what gets named as feminism. I approach Cold War feminism from Korean perspective and analyze how (South) Korean women were intertwined to the international women's movement during the Cold War. I move between transnational and national contexts when tracing the connections Korean women had with the international women's organizations and the motivations they shared to work towards gender equality. In this process, issues like the authoritarian and democratic forces in South Korea, international legitimacy and the role of the United Nations get also analyzed. I contribute on the growing literature that views the Cold War from the gender perspective and fill the gaps in Korean women's history and history of non-white, non-Western feminism.

Methodologically I am interested in archival research and applications of digital humanities, especially historical network analysis. 

In 2017 I was the recipient of Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop Fellowship by the Social Science Research Council. I have participated in various conferences and workshops in the field of Korean/Asian Studies to present my research. See below a list of selected presentations: 

  • “Korean Women and Transnational Feminism during the Early Cold War." Paper presented at the
    International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, May 2018. London, UK. 
  • “The Korean National Council of Women, transnational feminism and the Cold War." Paper presented at the
    Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, March 2018. Washington DC, US.
  • “Networks among elite women in authoritarian South Korea." Paper presented at the 4th Historical Network Research  Conference, October 2017. University of Turku, Finland. 
  • “How methods matter? A historical network analysis on the mobilization of a women's organization." Paper presented at the 14th Korean Studies Graduate Students Conference in Europe, October 2017. University of Tübingen, Germany. 
  • “Mobilized women and mass dictatorship in the Cold War South Korea." Paper presented at the 10th
    Conference of the Nordic Association of Japanese and Korean Studies (NAJAKS), August 2016. University of Stockholm, Sweden.   
  • “Ordinary (wo)men or ordinary Koreans? Women's movement, militarism and collective memory in South Korea from 1960s to 1980s. Paper presented at the Korean History Workshop for Overseas Doctoral Students hosted by Korea Foundation, July 2015. Seoul, South Korea.   


I have been teaching at CEAS since 2016. My teaching interests include Korean gender history and politics, the legacies of authoritarian era in South Korea, role of Christianity in Korea, to name a few. For two years I instructed a debating course where emphasis was given to students' interaction and argumentation skills (Debating Korean History, 2 ECTS). 

In academic year 2018-2019 I co-teach two courses, advanced level Korean Politics and Society (5 ECTS) and minor level Korean Contemporary History and Society (5 ECTS). I also tutor a research workshop for our master's degree programme students with other doctoral candidates. 

I have completed the Basics of University Pedagogics, one-year pedagogical training (10 ECTS) in 2017-2018. 


Hymyilevät johtajat hahmottelivat jälleen Korean niemimaan rauhan tiekarttaa. (2018) Katri Kauhanen
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article)

Korean niemimaan militarisoitumisen pitkä historia - ensimmäinen näytös (2017)
Kauhanen Katri
B1 Journal article)

Amerikkalaisten lähetystyöntekijöiden havaintoja länsimaisuudesta 1900-luvun Koreassa (2016) Länsi: käsite, kertomus ja maailmankuva Katri Kauhanen
A3 Book chapter)

Last updated on 2019-23-07 at 02:21