JEON Chihyung - Tokyo College
Visiting Scholar

JEON Chihyung

Affiliation Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Research interests Science, Technology & Society, Human-Technology Relationship, AI & Robots, Engineering and Politics in South Korea Period of stay 1 November 2023 - 29 February 2024 Website
01 Description of Research

Jeon conducts research mainly on the relationship between humans and technologies within social and cultural contexts and various policy issues that arise from specific human-technology-society configurations. He is interested in the feelings of control, empowerment, intimacy, anxiety, and loneliness that humans have in front of machines. He is currently working on cultures of AI and robotics in South Korea, paying attention to the ideas of virtuality, remoteness, and humanlessness.

Recently he has been organizing “A.HUMAN,” a research network of scholars interested in atypical forms of human—artificial, augmented, almost, or alternative. Apart from his usual research activities, he has been also involved in the investigation of the Sewol ferry disaster of 2014 by participating in the writing of the official reports of the Sewol Investigation Commission (2018) and the Social Disaster Investigation Commission (2018-22). In 2015, he launched an educational website “Teach Sewol,” featuring photos, documents, and class modules.

Jeon’s affiliation with academic societies includes Society for Social Studies of Science (4S, an elected Council member, 2020-23), Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Korean Association of Science and Technology Studies (KASTS), and Korea History of Science Society (KHSS). As of 2023, he is an associate editor for East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal and a contributing editor for Technology and Culture, the official journal of SHOT. In 2019–2020, he served as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Science and Technology Studies published by KASTS.

02 Short Biography
2023 Visiting Scholar, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
2019 Associate Professor (with tenure), Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
2016-2017 Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany
2010-2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany
2010 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
1998 Seoul National University, B.S.
03 Publications and Other Research Activities

[Journal articles published in English]

Hanbyul Jeong and Chihyung Jeon, “Can Coding Education Go Completely Online? Time, Work, and Relationship in Online Courses,” East Asian Science, Technology & Society (2023)

Chihyung Jeon, Scott Gabriel Knowles, and Sang-Eun Park, “Disaster (continued): Sewol Ferry Investigations, State Violence, and Political History of South Korea,” History and Technology 38:1 (2022): 84-106.

Chihyung Jeon, “Dams and Bicycles: Environmental Politics and Contested Mobilities on the Four Rivers Bikeway in South Korea,” Applied Mobilities 7:3 (2022): 215-232.

Gabriel Lima, Meeyoung Cha, Chihyung Jeon, and Kyung Sin Park, “The Conflict Between People’s Urge to Punish AI and Legal Systems,” Frontiers in Robotics and AI 8:756242 (2021)

Chihyung Jeon, Heesun Shin, Sungeun Kim, and Hanbyul Jeong, “Talking Over the Robot: A Field Study of Strained Collaboration in a Dementia-Prevention Robot Class,” Interaction Studies 21:1 (2020): 85-110.

Chihyung Jeon, “‘No Japanese in the Cockpit’: The Airplane and the Role of Race, Culture, and Bodies in Postwar US-Japan Relations,” Pacific Historical Review 88:4 (2019): 554-589.

Chihyung Jeon and Yeonsil Kang, “Restoring and Re-restoring the Cheonggyecheon: Nature, Technology, and History in Seoul, Korea,” Environmental History 24:4 (2019): 736-765.

Chihyung Jeon, “The Alpha Human versus the Korean: Figuring the Human through Technoscientific Networks,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society 12:4 (2018): 459-478.

Chihyung Jeon, “The Virtual Flier: Link Trainer, Flight Simulation, and Pilot Identity,” Technology and Culture 56 (2015): 28-53.

Chihyung Jeon, “Flying Weather Men and Robot Observers: Instruments, Inscriptions, and Identities in US Upper-Air Observation, 1920-1940,” History and Technology 26:2 (2010): 119-145.

Chihyung Jeon, “A Road to Modernization and Unification: The Construction of the Gyeongbu Highway in South Korea,” Technology and Culture 51 (2010): 55-79.