Dr David Shim

Senior Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5267
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: shim@gcr21.uni-due.de


since 08/2013

University of Groningen

International Relations and International Organization

Assistant Professor/Senior Lecturer

10/2011 - 08/2013

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

International Political Sociology


05/2007 - 08/2013

German Institute of Global and Area Studies

GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

Research Fellow & PhD student

Research Interests

  • Visual Politics
  • Narratives
  • Climate Change
  • Fridays for Future
  • Korean Peninsula


  • EISA
  • DVPW
  • Research Network ‘Security and Technology in Space‘

Teaching Responsibilities

University of Groningen & University of Kiel (BA/MA level):

  • Theories of International Relations.
  • Visual Global Politics
  • Visual Politics of Security
  • International Politics
  • East Asian International Relations and Regionalism
  • Methodology and Research Practice
  • Supervision of BA- and MA-Thesis


Dr David Shim joined the research group 'Legitimation and delegitimation in global cooperation' in September 2021 and will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre until August 2022.

Research Project at the Centre

Visual Narratives of Climate Change – Exploring Climate Storytelling of Fridays for Future

This research project examines the visual politics of legitimation of transnational environmental movements fighting climate change. It does so by exploring the ways narratives about climate change are conveyed visually. I will investigate how visual narratives are central to, and productive of, strategies of legitimation in the contentious politics of climate change. The goal is to show how visual narratives of climate change enhance the legitimacy of political claims thus promoting cooperation of various actors at multiple sites. The project will focus on Fridays for Future (FFF) – a recent, transnational protest phenomenon, which, like no other climate movement before, has been highly successful in mobilizing people around the world to combat global climate change.

Current Projects

  • Mediatisation of war. This project examines Germany as a special case for critical Military/Security Studies: German Armed Forces and the gendered mediatisation of war on Facebook, Militarized masculinities in recruitment videos of the German Armed Forces and Gendered Representation of Military Service in Die Rekruten (with Frank Stengel).

  • Visualizing Korea. A joint project with Roland Bleiker and David Chapman (University of Queensland), which examines how visual representations have shaped changing notions of Korean society, culture and nationhood. A Special Issue appeared in Asian Studies Review and features a contribution of mine on the ‘Cinematic Representations of the Gwangju Uprising: Visualising the “new” South Korea in A Taxi Driver’.

  • Global politics of remote sensing. This work asks how satellite vision relates to current geopolitical practice and how it shapes our understanding of places, spaces and sites: Politics of satellite activism (with Delf Rothe, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy), Satellite vision and geographical imagination, Satellites and political conflict.


Shim, David (2021). ‘Memorials’ politics: Exploring the material rhetoric of the Statue of Peace’, in Memory Studies.

Stengel, Frank A. and Shim, David (2021). ‘Militarizing antimilitarism? Exploring the gendered representation of military service in German recruitment videos on social media’, in International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Bleiker, Roland, Chapman, David and Shim, David (2021). ‘Visualising Korea: Critical Moments in History, Society and Politics’, in Asian Studies Review, 45(3): 374–380.

Saleh, Mohamed, de Roo, Gert, Shim, David (2020). ‘The Fuzzy Side of Publicness: Visualizing Street Politics of Everyday life through the Lens of Distance’, in Space and Culture.

Shim, David (2020). ‘Cinematic Representations of the Gwangju Uprising: Visualising the “New” South Korea in A Taxi Driver’, in Asian Studies Review, 45(3): 454–470.

Stengel, Frank A. and Shim, David (2020). ‘Was zieht junge Menschen in die Bundeswehr? Eine Gender-Analyse der YouTube-Serie „Die Rekruten“’, in Heck, Axel and Gabi Schlag (eds.), Visualität und Weltpolitik. Praktiken des Zeigens und Sehens in den Internationalen Beziehungen, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 245-275.

Möller, Frank and Shim, David (2019). ‘Visions of Peace in International Relations’, in International Studies Perspectives, 20(3): 246–264.

Olbrich, Philipp and Shim, David (2019). ‘Symbolic Practices of Legitimation: Exploring Domestic Motives of North Korea’s Space Programme’, in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 19(1): 33-61.

Bleiker, Roland and Shim, David (2019). ‘Can we move beyond conflict?’, in Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss (eds), Global Politics: A New Introduction, 3rd edition. London: Routledge.

Rothe, Delf and Shim, David (2018). ‘Sensing the ground: On the global politics of satellite-based activism’, in Review of International Studies, 44(3): 414-437.

Shim, David (2018). ‘Satellite Vision and Geographical Imagination’, in Riquet, Johannes and Elizabeth Kollmann (eds.), Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries. London: Routledge.

Shim, David (2018). ‘Satellites’, in Bleiker, Roland (ed.), Visual Global Politics. London: Routledge.

Shim, David (2017). ‘Sketching Geopolitics: Comics and the Case of the Cheonan Sinking’, in International Political Sociology, 11(4): 398-417.

Shim, David and Stengel, Frank (2017). ‘Social media, gender and the mediatization of war: Exploring the German armed forces’ visual representation of the Afghanistan operation on Facebook’, in Global Discourse, 7(2-3): 330-347.

Shim, David (2016). ‘Between the International and the Everyday: Geopolitics and Imaginaries of Home’, in International Studies Review, 18(4): 597-613.