[KS] [forwarded] AAS/AAG Conference panel Collaboration

Jongmin Paek koreanstudies at aol.com
Thu Jul 4 06:22:01 EDT 2013

Please note the following announcement is from the request of Valerie Gelezeau:

Shadow Capital Cities in the Korean World
The Center for Korean Studies at the École des Hautes Étudesen Sciences Sociales (EHESS) is currently considering the possibility offorming a panel at the upcoming Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and/or theAssociation of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting that would expand uponongoing research pertaining to Korean capital cities (http://lodel.ehess.fr/crc/document.php?id=609).
Our previous research activities (the 2011 AKSE panel“Phantom Limbs, Multiple Heads: Korean Capital Cities in the Divided Nation”;the 2013 Paris workshop “Villes capitales dans le monde coréen”) have exploredthe capitals at the center of the State or national territory: hyper-capitalcities like Seoul and Pyongyang that cumulate core functions in the nation(historical, political, economical) and that may be part of a largerinternational order; or former capital cities that now legitimate the presentStates’ meta-narratives such as Kyŏngju and Kaesŏng. Main themes covered in thecourse of that research have also included: the relationship between politicalpower and capital cities as center of the State (or lack of such connection),major planning and building projects involving capital cities, hyper-capitalcities and social elites, and heritage and conservation in historical capitalcities.
The envisioned panel, however, seeks to go beyond previouslystudied capital cities such as Seoul, Kaesŏng and Kyŏngju, and will considercapital cities located on the margin or in the shadow: historically marginalcapital cities (Kongju or Puyŏ), once forgotten capital cities (such as Suwŏn),fantasized capital cities (of the future reunified Korea, for example),near-capital cities in the making (Sejong-si), appendix-capital cities(Songdo), diasporic capital cities (LA, Almaty), and others.
We welcome scholars of all disciplines and appreciatetransdisciplinary and comparative approaches. If you are interested incollaborating on an AAS/AAG panel, please write to gelezeau at ehess.fr with atopic proposal and abstract until July 15, 2013.

Jongmin Paek 
Korean Studies Online Discussion List


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