Centre de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient à Séoul Colloquium on Korean Studies/ANR CITY_NKOR (2) City, urban planning and architecture in North Korea
The April 2018 session of the Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies, organized jointly by the Seoul Center of the EFEO, RAS Korea and the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University, will be held on Thursday April 19 in the Grand Conference Room (Room number 310), of the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University, beginning at 6:00 pm.
Regimes of visibility in Pyongyang: notes for an ethnographic fieldwork on public spaces and monumentality in DPRK
Benjamin Joinau will use the concept of "regimes of visibility" to examine the illocutionary and contextual dimension of the various monumental visibilities that one encounters in the city of Pyongyang. By way of this analysis, I hope to contribute to the semiology of spatial forms expressing systems of ideological values, treating the capital, in particular, as a centrality that territorializes the spectacularity of government.
Benjamin Joinau is a doctor of Cultural Anthropology specialized in Korean Studies. He is an associate researcher of the Center of Korean Studies (CRC) at EHESS, Paris, and assistant professor at Hongik University, Seoul. He has been living and working in South Korea since 1994. His Ph.D. thesis has analyzed the regimes of otherness in Korean cinema. Through the hermeneutics of cinema and now of urban materials, he is exploring the representations and the practices in the Korean public sphere (regimes of visibility/invisibility in cityscapes, urban agriculture micro-practices, semiology of spatial forms, etc.). He has published several articles and books in French, English and Korea. He is also the director of the publishing company Atelier des Cahiers (www.atelierdescahiers.com) and the winner of the 2014 France-Korea Cultural Prize. Personal Website : www.benjaminjoinau.com
From Korea University station (line 6), take exit 1, go to the right, up the sloping walkway to the campus. Walk past the building with the Ilmin Museum (the first building you'll see almost in front of you, a little to the left), and continue walking straight up the hill until you reach the Asiatic Research Institute on the right. After 6 pm the front door of the Institute will be locked, so please try to arrive a little earlier. If the door is locked, phone to the EFEO Seoul Center (02-921-4526) so that we can let you into the building.