Christine Mae Sarito
PhD Candidate

Christine Mae Sarito

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Group
Coerced Circulation of Knowledge
Adenauerallee 18–22
D-53113 Bonn
cm_sarito@yahoo.com


Research

Knowledge Production of the Kisaeng in Sixteenth Century Korea

My project seeks to understand the complex place in the societal hierarchy of the Kisaeng during the middle of the Joseon Dynasty Korea (1392–1910). Kisaeng were women who had slave status and were trained to function as professional entertainers, performing artists, and courtesans, primarily to male aristocrats. Though the history of the Kisaeng spanned two dynasties (from Koryo to Joseon), the "official" histories of Korea are silent to their contribution to intellectual and socio-cultural history.

My research will focus on the Kisaeng's intellectual/cultural labor, being a gendered example, and also their transfer of knowledge to the cultures of Korea's neighboring countries. I will also look into the Kisaeng's resistance/opposition to Japanese "invading forces" during the Imjin War (1592–1598). Lastly, I would like to find out the possible connection between Kisaeng and Geisha cultures.  

Period: 16th century 
Region: East Asia (Korea) 
Specialization: Socio-economic and Cultural History; Intellectual History; Gender History; Global and Imperial History

Education

  • 2021–2024                 Ph.D. in History, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2014–2017                 Master in Public Administration, Central Philippines State University, Victorias University Campus, Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
  • 2011–2019                 M.A. in Korean History, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2005–2009                 B.A. in History, University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines

Academic Position

  • 2021–present             Research Associate in Research Group Coerced Circulation of Knowledge, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2019–2020                 Professorial Lecturer,  University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City, Philippines
  • 2017                             Part-time Instructor, Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias, Philippines
  • 2014–2015                 Social Studies Instructor, Central Philippines State University, Victorias City Campus, Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
  • 2010                             History Instructor, University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines

Affiliations

  • Lifetime Member, Philippine Historical Association, Inc.
  • Member, The International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 045 (University of the Philippines)
  • Visayas Representative, Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) Philippines Alumni Association, Inc., 2019–2022
  • Member, Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) Alumni Association, Inc.
  • Mentee, Business and Professional Women-Korea
  • Member, Pinoy Iskolars in Korea, Inc. (Filipino Scholars in Korea, Inc.)
  • Member, Seoul International Student Forum
  • Member, World Students in Korea, 4th Batch
  • Member, University of the Philippines Alumni Association, Iloilo Chapter
  • Member, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, Inc.
  • Member, Victorias City Cultural Heritage Council, Victorias City, Negros Occidental Philippines
  • Member, Victorias Emmanuel Baptist Church, Victorias City, Negros Occidental Philippines

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