Promoted to Associate Professor
Languages and Cultures, SC
Professor Yonsoo Kim received her Ph.D. from Boston College in 2006. Her research focuses on Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature, Gender Studies, Medicine and Literature, Religious Studies, Disability Studies, Paleography, and Text Digitalization. She has published several works concerning these topics and has received International recognition for her contribution to reconstructing the origin and history of Spanish women writers in the context of European women writers. Her first book entitled El saber femenino y el sufrimiento corporal en la temprana Edad Moderna (Universidad de Córdoba Press, 2008) argues that in the early modern ages, although women were barred from the world of writing, Teresa de Cartagena took advantage of her own experience of suffering and used medical discourse as a means of therapeutic power to explore her own identity. Professor Kim’s second book entitled Between Desire and Passion (Brill, 2012) studies Cartagena's distinctiveness as an author and locates her place in a line of European women intellectuals, and presents an indispensible dialogue among female European authors of the early modern age. Because of her essential contribution in the field of women writers, she has been invited to give talks at diverse entities around the world.
Professor Kim is a vital mediator between the medieval world and the modern ages. Her research dedicated to reviving the paleographic writings through technology. In 2008 Professor Kim co-founded an international research team called Medieval Medicine Identification System (MMEDIS.COM), and also co-founded the International Conference of AHLiST (AHLIST.ORG). Through her collaboration with specialists in History, Literature, Science, and Technology, she has spearheaded innovative projects that aim to bring the discipline of paleography into the digital age by designing image-processing systems for the transcription and deciphering of medieval manuscripts.
Professor Kim strongly believes that the future of Liberal Arts rests on the implementation of technology and collaboration with researchers in other fields of study.