[KS] Fwd: Call for Papers & Presentations: Reclaiming the City
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Perspectives on Contemporary Korea Conference
*November 12-13, 2021 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI*
*Se-Mi Oh* (Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan)
*Francisco Sanin* (School of Architecture, Syracuse University)
*Abstract*: A short abstract (no more than 200 words) should be included.
*Submission Deadline*: Monday, August 23, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
*Final Submission*: For accepted abstracts only, completed submissions will
be due to organizers by Monday, November 1, 2021 11:59 EST. Instructions
will be sent to accepted participants for file upload.
Questions may be directed to reclaimingthecity at umich.edu
Submit an Abstract
This conference is free & open to the public.
Events will take place in-person with the option to participate virtually.
Who owns the city?
Who produces the city?
Who has the right to the city today?
How do we practice the city?
These are the driving questions that frame our 11th conference in the
Perspectives on Contemporary Korea series at the Nam Center for Korean
Studies at the University of Michigan. Thinking about various modes of
spatial practices, this conference will probe the contemporary conditions
of the city in a country that has undergone exponential growth and is in
The starting point of our conversation is an acknowledgement that modern
and contemporary cities are byproducts of power, be it a developmentalist
state, technocratic urban management, or privatization of society. With
that critical understanding, the conference focuses on the questions of
spatial and social justice. The conference’s aim is not to confine itself
to the question of accessibility but to broadly explore the role of the
collective and the creative exercise of its power.
We welcome new questions and approaches about the fundamental rights of
urban residents to make and remake the city -- how we envision power
dynamics, rethink the role of architecture, art, and academia, and forge
grassroot community organizations and activism. Beyond the idea of the city
as a homogeneous field, we are interested in the ways multiple power
structures configure and define social and political relations and how
different forms of resistance and social practice aim to reclaim the city
as a basic human right; in other words, we view space as a social and
political practice. Also, by turning our attention to the cities in Korea,
we recognize how the centrality of urban experiment in today’s world has
shifted from the traditional models of the West to the wide range of
experiences and experiments taking place in what has been defined as the
global south. We welcome, therefore, presentations that highlight the
connections between urban centers around the world while shedding light on
the Korean experience.
We welcome presentations that can address the aforementioned and following
questions, but not limited to these.
- Architecture and the city
- The commons
- Mobility, communication, social interaction
- Development, gentrification, eviction, alternative practices
- Housing and its alter-egos
- Activism and protest
- Disability and inclusivity
- Gender and queer space
- Migration and mobility
- Climate change, ecology, environmental justice
- Sustainability and technology
- The pandemic
- History, memory, archives
- Tactical urbanism and urban hacking
- Digital humanities and the city
The conference is dedicated to providing a space for multidisciplinary and
interdisciplinary dialogue and highlighting how creative and critical
endeavors merge to define a new political and conceptual space, also
interconnected with the visual, the imaginary, and the digital. We
encourage participation not only from scholars and students of related
disciplines and fields but also from artists, architects, activists,
collectives, and communities who are producers of the city. The format of
submission and presentation is not limited to academic papers and is open
to photography, film, literature, graphic art, performance, music, mapping,
installations, exhibitions, gatherings, and city labs to mention a few.
Travel and lodging expenses for presenters to attend the conference in Ann
Arbor will be covered by the Nam Center.
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