[KS] The 74th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum (IMKS, Yonsei University)

김혁래 hyukrae at yonsei.ac.kr
Tue Oct 9 22:33:48 EDT 2007

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The Korean Studies Program and the Institute for Modern Korean Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University are pleased to invite you to attend the 74th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum, which will be held on Tuesday, October 16th at 5:30 PM in Room 702 of New Millennium Hall at Yonsei University. The speaker is Professor Valérie Gelézeau, Human Geography and Korean Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France. The discussant is Professor Joon Han, Department of Sociology, Yonsei University. The title of her talk is “Changing Socio-Economic Environments, Housing Culture and New Urban Segregation in 

Seoul.” The abstract of her paper and a brief bio can be found at the end of this email.  
 The presentation will be followed by a dinner reception. I hope you will come to enjoy the presentation, discussion, and reception. Please contact Jennifer Bresnahan at 010-5441-9204, jennifer.bresnahan at gmail.com for further inquiries.  
Hyuk-Rae Kim
Professor of Korean StudiesDirector, Institute for Modern Korean Studies
GSIS, Yonsei University 

            The paper analyzes the impact of the recent politico-economic changes (democratization, liberalization, globalization and the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis) on the Korean middle class through a geographical analysis of Seoulite apartment complexes (ap’at’u tanji), which are now the dominant housing culture in the city. It is based on a systematic comparison of the transformations that have taken place in seven Seoulite apartment complexes between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s. After presenting the general framework of the housing policy and the housing production system in
            , the paper focuses on their recent change, since the mid-1990s. The paper then studies the transformation of the housing environment on a city-wide scale. The transformation of the housing market is increasing socio-spatial segregation in the city, with a concentration of housing redevelopment projects in highly speculative areas (Kangnam) and the emergence of new form of luxury condominium apartments (such as the Acroville complex). The paper also confirms that many apartment complexes are faced with more and more maintenance problems as well as with the constant pressure to reduce management fees. Although Seoulite apartments do not show signs of degradation similar to those that destroyed the social and material image of the French apartment complexes after the 1974 crisis, this situation may reflect increasing urban fragmentation in the South Korean capital.


Specialising both in Human Geography and Korean Studies, Valérie Gelézeau is an Associate Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris, France), and a junior member of the University Institute of France. She is the author of Séoul, ville géante, cités radieuses (Seoul,


City ,


Cities , CNRS Editions, 2003), where she analyses the rise of apartments in . The book was awarded the Francis Garnier Prize by the French Geographical Society in 2003, and its Korean language version, entitled Ap’at’u konghwaguk (The Republic of Apartment), was released in Seoul in 2007 (Humanitas). She is currently engaged in a project pertaining to the socio-spatial transformations of several micro-regions located in the South Korean border zone, in Kyonggi-do and Kanggwon-do.


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