November 12-13, 2021 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
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 constant metamorphosis.
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.