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10 Oct
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Oct 10, 2023 | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM


[PANEL DISCUSSION] The Sewol Ferry Disaster of 2014: Perspectives on Knowing a Tragedy and its Aftermaths

As an inaugural event of NYU's new partnership with the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST), join three experts from KAIST to discuss how the Sewol Ferry Disaster and its aftermaths have been understood in different contexts and epistemologies, from engineering to government reports to family activism. 

When the passenger ferry Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in April 2014, killing 304 passengers and crew including around 250 students from Danwon High School in Ansan City, it was not only a technological and engineering disaster but a social and political one. The sinking and the government's response to it set off a social movement for safety, accountability, democracy, and memory that continues to this day.



Chihyung Jeon is associate professor in KAIST's Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy and was one of the writers for the final reports of the Sewol Investigation Commission (2017-18) and the Special Investigation Commission on Humidifier Disinfectants and April 16 Sewol Ferry Disasters (2018-2022).

Seulgi Lee is a PhD student in Science and Technology Policy at KAIST.

Scott Gabriel Knowles is KAIST Endowed Chair Professor in the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy, deputy director of the Center for Anthropocene Studies, and assistant vice president of the International Office at KAIST.

Sponsored by the Initiative for Critical Disaster Studies and the NYU-KAIST Global Innovation Research Institute.



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