Landscapes of Power: Mass Housing at the Urban Core in South Korea
Tuesday, December 8Â at 3pm
Professor ValÃ©rie GelÃ©zeau
Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Studies on China, Korea, and Japan at the Ã‰cole des haute Ã‰tudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris)
Largely unknown to city-dwellers before the 1960s, large apartment complexes (apâ€™atâ€™Å tanji ì•„íŒŒíŠ¸ ë‹¨ì§€) powerfully shape the landscapes of contemporary South Korean cities. SomeÂ are now being memorialized by artists, planners and citizen themselves. How did apparently western-style housing blocks migrate to Korea on such a large scale? To whatÂ extent do they reflect the power relations between the global and the local in South Korean cities? What is currently at stake regarding the future of apartments in theÂ contemporary post-industrial Korean society? Combining the perspectives of cultural geography and Korean studies, and using ethnographic materials gathered on sitesÂ studied since the mid-1990s (in downtown Seoul) or new ones in the making (Songdo), the symposium will address those issues regarding the significance of South KoreaÂ as a â€œRepublic of Apartmentsâ€ (apâ€™atâ€™Å konghwaguk ì•„íŒŒíŠ¸ ê³µí™”êµ), where apartment complexes have been the main mediation of the Korean society to urban modernity.
Dr. Sungjo Kim, recent PhD from the Department of East Asian Studies, will give discussant comments, and there will be a catered reception afterwards. Details and registration information:Â http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/csk/event/18894/.
Visual Methods Workshop
Wednesday, December 9 at 3-5pm
AÂ closed workshop (registration required)Â with Professor GelÃ©zeau as well as Professors Tong Lam, Deborah Cowen and Ju Hui Judy Han on the topic of “Visual Methods.â€Â This will be a rare opportunity to learn about each speakerâ€™s use ofÂ innovative visual methodsÂ â€“Â includingÂ photography, maps, film, video, graphic designÂ â€“Â to study urban dynamism and change in South and North Korea as well as China.Â See the attached description for more detailed info.Â Space is limited and registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. For this private seminar please register at this specific link:Â https://visualmethodsworkshop.eventbrite.ca
How do social science researchers studying urban dynamism and change use Âphotography, maps, film,Â video, graphic design, and other forms of visual data in their methodological practice? How do visualÂ representations of objects, places, and landscapes foster different ways of seeing and knowing? WhatÂ kinds of ethical and political dilemmas are generated by the use of visual forms? This workshop invitesÂ three distinguished speakers to share their innovative approaches to visual methodology, which moveÂ beyond a narrow emphasis on documentary representation and explore the complex issues involved inÂ producing visual interpretations of social, political, and cultural life. In addition to sharing their insightsÂ about specific projects utilizing visual methods, they will discuss the importance of collaboration andÂ reciprocity in the field of visual methodology as well as complex entanglements around power,Â inequality, and social justice in the production and dissemination of visual representation and forms.
ValÃ©rie GelÃ©zeau, the 2015 annual symposiumâ€™s distinguished guest speaker from the Ã‰cole des Hautes Ã‰tudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS,Â Paris) within the Centre for Korean Studies, will share insights from her use of visual methods in projects such as Apâ€™atâ€™Å konghwaguk ì•„íŒŒíŠ¸ ê³µí™”êµ (â€œTheÂ Republic of Apartments,â€ Seoul: Humanitas, 2007), Atlas de SÃ©oul (a geographical monograph of Seoul as a megacity, 2011), and Korea, Koreas: AÂ Situated Geography of the Division (2012).
Tong Lam,Â a historian and visual artist from the University of Toronto Mississauga, will discuss his use of photographic and cinematographicÂ techniques to document Chinaâ€™s phenomenal growth, including images of the precarity of everyday life in a rapidly urbanizing village, the co-existence of affluence and dispossession, and the debris of history in industrial and post-industrial societies.
Deborah Cowen, an urban geographer in the Department of Geography and Planning at theÂ UniversityÂ of Toronto.
Ju Hui Judy Han, a cultural geographer of religion, mobility, and difference from the Department of Human Geography at the University of TorontoÂ Scarborough, will discuss the use of ethnographic nonfiction and digital storytelling to deepen our understanding of affective geographies andÂ temporalities.
Chair:Â Jennifer Jihye Chun,Â Director, Centre for the Study of Korea