Victoria Ten


Victoria Ten is a PHD candidate in Korean Studies, at Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), the Netherlands, and a lecturer of Korean language at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. Her research focuses on psycho-physical practices in contemporary Korea, and she herself has taught and engaged in GiCheon, one of these practices, for 14 years. Her study is founded on her vectors theory, elaborated on the basis of Michel Foucault’s “technologies of self” and classical Confucianism; Victoria has published a number of articles in these fields. She is a participant in the project “Korea is a land of mountains - Political, Cultural and Spiritual Topographies on the Korean Peninsula”, Beyond the Korean War Project (University of Cambridge). Victoria will address psycho-physical culture as ‘self-craft’: a (re-invented) tradition where the body as subject applies a set of skills and techniques on the body as object.