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전치형, Chi Hyimg Jeon
Chihyung Jeon 전치형
  • Head(학과장)
  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. in STS (Science, Technology, and Society), MIT, 2010
  • Human-Technology Relationship, AI and Robot Policy, Cultures of Simulation and Remoteness, Sewol Ferry Disaster
  • cjeon@kaist.ac.kr

Biography

Chihyung Jeon is an associate professor and department head at the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy. He received his PhD degree in STS (Science, Technology, and Society) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. Before joining KAIST STP in 2011, he spent a year at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In 2016-17, he was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. In January 2018, he was a visiting professor at the University of Vienna, teaching a graduate course on robotics and society.

Jeon conducts research mainly on the relationship between humans and technologies within social and cultural contexts, examining 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. Recently he is organizing “a.human (인조인간연구회),” a research network of scholars interested in atypical forms of human—artificial, augmented, almost, or alternative. In 2017, Jeon participated in launching a quarterly science magazine Epi (published in Korean) that features critical essays on science, technology, and society. Since 2016, he has been contributing monthly columns on science and society to the Korean daily newspaper Hankyoreh. 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 report of the Sewol Investigation Commission (2018). He also 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 since 2020), Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Korean Association of Science and Technology Studies (KASTS), and Korea History of Science Society (KHSS). As of 2021, 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 and 2020, he served as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Science and Technology Studies published by KASTS..

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Selected Publications

  • Chihyung Jeon, “Dams and Bicycles: Environmental Politics and Contested Mobilities on the Four Rivers Bikeway in South Korea,” Applied Mobilities (2020)

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  • C. Jeon, H. Shin, S. Kim, and H. Jeong, “Talking over the Robot: A Field Study of Strained Collaboration in a Dementia-Prevention Robot Class,” Interaction Studies 21:1 (2020): 85-110.

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • Chihyung Jeon, “The Virtual Flier: Link Trainer, Flight Simulation, and Pilot Identity,” Technology and Culture 56:1 (2015): 28-53.

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

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  • Chihyung Jeon, “A Road to Modernization and Unification: The Construction of the Gyeongbu Highway in South Korea,” Technology and Culture 51:1 (2010): 55-79.

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Courses

Graduate Courses
  • Survey in Science and Technology Studies
  • AI and Robot Policy
  • Mobility, Power, and Policy
Undergraduate Courses
  • Humans, Machines, and Society
  • The Engineer's Life
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Risk Society and Disaster Studies