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University of Pittsburgh


Seung-hwan Shin Seung hwan Shih

Part-time instructor

Office Location

110D OEH
Phone: 412-624-5568
Fax: 412-624-3458

Office Hours

Spring 2015: tba

Courses taught

University of Pittsburgh


  • KOREAN 0070, World of Korea: Then and Now (Spring 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • KOREAN 0075, Introduction to Korea Through Films (Spring 2011, Spring 2013)
  • CHIN 1085, Introduction to East Asian Cinema (Spring 2013; Guest Lecturer)
  • Seminar in Composition: Film—Cinema and Modernity (Fall 2007-Spring 2008)
  • Seminar in Composition (Fall 2006-Spring 2007)


Carnegie Mellon University:

  • ML 82253, Korean Culture Through Film (Spring 2014)


  • Ph.D., English/Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh, April 2014.

Dissertation: New Korean Cinema: Mourning to Regeneration.

  • M.A., Comparative Literature, Yonsei University, Seoul, 2003.

Thesis: Walter Benjamin’s Historical Consciousness: Dialectics of Critique and Redemption.

  • B.A., English Literature, Yonsei University, Seoul, 1999.



Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh



I approach the cinema as a venue for inquiring into history, society, and culture. My research and teaching incorporates the position to such issues as the formation of national/transnational cinemas, the interplay between genre cinemas and political unconscious, the shifts in public spectatorship (popular discretion), time narratives, the nexus of de- and reterritorialization, cinematic violence, etc. My concentration is on Asian cinemas with particular attention to South Korean cinema. I am also concerned to expand my outlook into other areas (e.g., literature) and cultural phenomena (e.g., hallyu and various cultural en-/exclaves) in conjunction with critical theory, cultural studies, Asian studies, and globalization studies.