Prof. Dr.

Yonson Ahn (PhD, University of Warwick, 2000) is a professor and chair of Korean Studies at Goethe University of Frankfurt. Her research interests include gender and migration; Korean diasporas; gender-based violence in conflicts; and historical controversies in East Asia. Yonson Ahn, Professor Dr. (PhD, Warwick University, Grossbritannien, 2000), vertritt gegenwärtig als Direktorin die Studienrichtung Koreastudien an der Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main. Ihre Forschungsgebiete sind: Geschlechterforschung und Migration; koreanische Diaspora in internationaler Perspektive; geschlechterbasierte Gewalt in Konflikten; historische Kontroversen in Ostasien.

Project / Institute / Department: 

Deputy Director, Interdisciplinary Centre of East Asian Studies (IZO)

Additional Address Information: 

Korean Studies

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Senckenberganlage 31

Postcode (ZIP Code): 



Frankfurt am Main




+49 (0)69 798- 23769

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Talks / Lectures: 

Yonson Ahn ; 2015 ; “Family making project” by the state: Marriage migrants of Asian women in South Korea ; The 27th AKSE Conference
 (the Association for Korean Studies in Europe) ; Bochum, Germany
Yonson Ahn ; 2016 ; ’Butterfly of Hope’ and ‘Seed of Hope’: Transregional women’s activism against sexual violence in conflict between DRC and ROK ; AFRASO Conference: African-Asian Encounters (III) ; Goethe University Frankfurt
Yonson Ahn ; 2014 ; Welfare State for Multicultural Families?: The South Korean Government’s Policy for a Multicultural Society ; The Making of a Global Economic Player?: Korea in Comparative Perspective Conference ; Central European University, Budapest, (Hungary)
Yonson Ahn ; 2016 ; Transnational Nurse Migration and Global Care Chain: Korean “Guestworkers” in Germany ; Ludwig-Maxmillans University München
Yonson Ahn ; 2015 ; Sexual scripts/instituting of sexual violence in conflict ; Workshop “’Against our Will’. Forty Years after: Exploring the Field of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict” ; Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Hamburg (Germany)
Yonson Ahn ; 2016 ; Searching for Gender Justice for Comfort Women ; University of Cape Town, South Africa
Yonson Ahn ; 2016 ; Return Visits in Migration Trajectories: From “Home” Visits to Tourism ; KF Global E-School in Eurasia Conference „Global Cities and Urban Studies: Korea in Comparative Perspective ; Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Yonson Ahn ; 2014 ; Reflection on Transnational Feminisms ; EGEP 2014 Open Forum “A Better World Women Create: Feminist Activisms in Asia and Africa” ; Seoul (Korea)
Yonson Ahn ; 2015 ; Nurses in motion: Korean migrant nurses in Germany ; Korea's challenges ahead: The Korean Peninsula issues in the world ; Bucharest, Rumania
Yonson Ahn ; 2013 ; Negotiating and Reconstructing Gender Identities: Marriage Migrant Women from Asia in the ROK ; Dynamic Korea in a Transforming Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for South Korean Development ; Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
Yonson Ahn, Mi-Jeong Jo ; 2017 ; Migrant Network and Ethnic Community in “Homeland”: The Case of Koryo- Saram in Gwangju, South Korea” ; International Workshop Home and Away: Transnational Migration, Remittance and Homeland, Korea ; Goethe University Frankfurt
Yonson Ahn ; 2016 ; Korean Migrants in the Rainbow State: Transnational links and practices” ; Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Yonson Ahn ; 2015 ; Intimacy and Contempt: WWII Comfort Women and Japanese Soldiers ; University of Cape Town, South Africa
Yonson Ahn ; 2016 ; Diasporic mobilities : ‘Home’ visit of Korean nurse ‘guestworkers’ in Germany ; International Conference, Korean Diaspora – Chances and Challenges ; Göttingen
Yonson Ahn, Ruixin Wei ; 2017 ; Cultural Capital, Education and Social Mobility: A Case Study of Korean Chinese Children in Transnational Families ; ), International Workshop Home and Away: Transnational Migration, Remittance and Homeland, Korea ; Goethe University Frankfurt



• „Return visit mobility and identity negotiation of Korean nurse “guest workers” in Germany”. Ewha Sahank Yongu. Vol 53. 2016. pp.1-36.

• “Together and Apart: Transnational Women’s Activism and Solidarity in the Comfort Women Redress Campaign in South Korea and Japan.” Comparative Korean Studies, Vol. 23 No. 1, 2015. pp. 93-116. (ISSN 1226-2250)

• “Wianbu munje kiŏk hagi: manggakesŏ kiŏkŭibumŭro (Remembering ‘Comfort Women’: from Oblivion to Memory Boom). Suheng inmunhak (The Journal of Performative Humanities) Vol.38 No.1 (May 2008). Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, pp.61-85 (ISSN 1975-7859).

• "The Contested Heritage of Koguryo/Gaogouli and China-Korea Conflict". Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, January 11, 2008. http://www.japanfocus.org/-Yonson-Ahn/2631

• “China and the Two Koreas Clash Over Mount Paekdu/Changbai: Memory Wars Threaten Regional Accommodation”. Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, July 27, 2007. http://www.japanfocus.org/-Yonson-Ahn/2483

• “The Korea-China Textbook War -What's It All About?”, History News Network, March 6, 2006, George Mason University, http://hnn.us/articles/21617.html

• “Competing Nationalisms: The mobilisation of history and archaeology in the Korea-China wars over Koguryo/Gaogouli”, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, February 9, 2006, http://www.japanfocus.org/-Yonson-Ahn/1837

• “Nationalisms and the Mobilisation of History in East Asia: the ‘War of History’ on Kokuryŏ/Gaoguoli”, Internationale Schulbuchforschung (International Textbook Research) Vol. 27 (2005), Hannover, Verlag Hahnsche Buchhandlung, pp.7 – 21 (ISSN 0172-8237).

• “Chikakute tooi Dokdo/Takeshima montaino ichikôsatsu” (Reading the Issue of Dokdo/Takeshima Dispute From Near and Far), Gendai shisô (Contemporary Thought), Vol. 33/6, June 2005, Tokyo, Seidosha, pp. 107-111 (ISBN 4-7917-1136-X).

• (Korean version as a book chapter) “Mŏlisŏ kakkaisŏ Tokdo/Takeshima munje ilki” (Reading the Issue of Dokdo/Takeshima Dispute From Near and Far), Panil-kwa Tongasia (Anti-Japan and East Asia), Seoul: Somyŏng, (2005), pp.135-142 (ISBN 89-5626-198-9).


• „Wianbumunjerŭl tullŏssan kŭllok'al yŏsŏngundong“ (Glocal women’s movement on the issue of comfort women). In Kŭllok'ŏl sidae asia yŏsŏngkakkwa yŏsŏngundongŭi chaengjŏm (Issues in Asian Women’s Studies and Women’s Movement in the Glocal Era. Edited by Pilwha Chang et.al. Seoul. Hanul. 2016.

• Kyŏngje gaebal sigi chendŏhwa doen iju (Gendered migration during the economic development period in Korea). In Chogukkŭndaehwa ŭi chendŏjŏngch'i (National Development and Gender Politics: Family, Labor and Sexuality). Edited by Jae Kyung Lee et.at. Hongch'ŏn: Arŭk'e. 2015. pp179-204. (ISBN 978-89-5803-146-8)

• “Resillience: Women in Asia”, East Asia Feminism:FANTasia, Seoul Museum of Art, 2015, pp.30-35. (ISBN 978-89-94849-60-703600)

• “Gender under reconstruction: negotiating gender identities of marriage migrant women from Asia in South.” In After Development Dynamics: South Korea's Engagement with a Changing Asia. Edited by Anthony P. D'Costa. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2015. (ISBN 978-0-19-872943-3)

• “Gendering Migration: Koreanische Arbeitsmigrantinnen im Pflegesektor in Deutschland.” In Unbekannte Vielfalt: Einblicke in die koreanische Migrationsgeschichte in Deutschland. Edited by Young-Seoun Chang-Gusko et.al. Berlin: DOMiD, 2014. (ISBN 978-3-9816133-1-5)

• “Rewriting the History of Colonialism in South Korea.” In Broken Narratives: Post Cold War History and Identity in Europe and East Asia. Edited by Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik. Leiden: Brill. 2014. (ISBN 1574-4493)

• “‘Taming Soldiers’: The Gender Politics of Japanese Soldiers in Total War”, In Gender Politics and Mass Dictatorship, Edited by Jie-Hyun Lim and Karen Petrone, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. pp. 213-234 (ISBN 978-0-230-24204-3).

• ‘“Pyŏngsa Kildŭrigi: Asia t’eppŏngyang chŏnjenggi ilbon kuninŭi gender chŏngchi’”, Tejung tokjewa yŏsŏng. In Mass Dictatorship and Gender Politics. Edited by Jie-Hyun Lim, Seoul: Humanist (2010), pp. 441-468 (ISBN 978-89-5862-305-2).

• “Kyôyûsareta Kokuryono Rekishito Bunkaisano meguru Ronsô” (Contests over the shared past and heritages of Koguryŏ/ Gaogouli). In Higashi Ajia no Rekishi-Seisaku (History Policy in East Asia). Edited by Takahasi Kondo, Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, (2008). pp.44-67 (ISBN 978-4-7503-2828-7).

• “Japan’s ‘Comfort Women’ and Historical Memory: The Neonationalist Counterattack”. In The Power of Memory in Modern Japan. Edited by Sven Saaler and Wolfgang Schwentker. London: Global Oriental. (2008), pp.32-53 (ISBN 978-1-905246-38-0).

• “Introduction: Denationalising and Renationalising the Past”. In Contesting Views on a Common Past: Revisions of History in East Asia. Edited by Steffi Richter. Berlin: Campus (2008), pp.11-21 (ISBN 978-3-593-38548-8).

• “The Colonial Past in Post-colonial South Korea: Colonialism, Modernity and Gender”. In Contesting Views on a Common Past: Revisions of History in East Asia. Edited by Steffi Richter, Berlin: Campus (2008), pp.157-180, (ISBN 978-3-593-38548-8).


• Sŏngnoye-wa pyŏngsa mandŭlgi, (Making Sexual Slaves and Warriors), Samin, Seoul, Korea, 2003, (monograph, ISBN 89-87519-91-0) http://books.google.co.za/books?id=uUv1AAAACAAJ&dq=안연선&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NUKiT-nnMPGZ0QWOne3JCA&redir_esc=y.


• Review of Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia: The Korean Experience (Gi-Wook Shin, Soon-Won Park, Daqing Yang) New York: Routledge, 2008, H-Soz-u-kult, Reviews for geschichte transnational und H-Soz-u-Kult, (March 2010). http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/id=12544.


• “History of gendered migration: Korean migrant Nurse in Germany”, Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Women and Their Culture, Ewha Women’s University (Korea), 2016.

• “Cross-border feminist activism against gender violence and war in Asia and Africa” Proceedings of the 6th Ewha Global Empowering Program, Ewha Women’s University (Korea), 2014.

• “Searching for cross-border feminist activism in Asia and Africa”, Proceedings of the 5th Ewha Global Empowering Program, Ewha Women’s University (Korea), 2014.

• “Women’s movement and transnationalism in Asia and Africa.” Proceedings of the 4th Ewha Global Empowering Program, Ewha Women’s University (Korea), 2013.

• “The Perils and Possibilities of Transnational Feminist Activism”, Proceedings of the 3th Ewha Global Empowering Program, Ewha Women’s University (Korea), 2013.

• “Transnational Feminist Activism in ROK and Japan: Focusing on the Comfort Women Redress Campaign”, Proceedings of the Conference, Polarization in Divided Societies: Korea in a global context conference, Central European University, (Budapest), 2013.

• “Gender Politics in East Asia: Case Study of South Korea”, Proceedings of the 3rd Global COE Program: Reshaping Japan’s Border Studies: Borders in Asia, Hokkaido University
(Japan) 2012.

• “Transnational Activism and Solidarity”, Proceedings of the 1st Ewha Global Empowering Program, Ewha Women’s University (Korea) 2012.

• “Yellow Angels: Negotiating Identities of Former Korean Nurses in Germany”, Proceedings of the Conference, Korean Diaspora: Beyond Colonialism and Cold War, University of Tübingen (Germany), 2011.

• “Remembering and Forgetting Trauma: ‘Comfort Women’ in South Korea”, Proceedings of the 25th Biennial Conference of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), 2011.

• “The Contested Mount of Paekdu/Changbai and China-Korea Conflict”, Proceedings of the 24th Biennial Conference of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe, Leiden University (the Netherlands), 2009.

• "Making ‘Comfort Women’; Femininity and Sexuality of Korean ‘Comfort Women’”, Proceedings of the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe, Dourdan (France), 2007.