Friday, September 25th, 2020 Book Launch of On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis

Friday, September 25, 202012:00PM - 2:00PMOnline Event, Online Event


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On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis features a set of ethnographic works from the peripheries of urban, regional, and transnational development in South Korea, and discusses the ways in which places can be studied in an increasingly globalized world. Engaging with the ideas of “core location,” a term coined by Baik Young-seo, and “Asia as method,” a concept with a century-old intellectual lineage in East Asia, the book explores relational understandings of place as a constellation of local and global forces and processes that interact and contradict with each other in particular ways. Each chapter also explores multiple modes of urban marginality and discusses how understanding them shapes the methods of academic praxis to further social justice causes and decolonialized scholarship. This book is the outcome of several years of interdisciplinary collaborations and dialogues among scholars based in geography, architecture, anthropology, and urban politics.

On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis is available for purchase from the University of Toronto Press. Please use the following promocode: UTPLAUNCH10

For any inquiries, please email Professor Jesook Song at


Hyun Ok Park
Opening Remarks
Sociology, York University

Hyun Gyung Kim
Institute of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Albert Park
History, Claremont McKenna College

Hyun Bang Shin
Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science

Alan Smart
Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary

Jesook Song (co-editor)
Anthropology, University of Toronto

Laam Hae (co-editor)
Politics, York University

Sujin Eom (contributor)
Geography, Dartmouth College

Hyeseon Jeong (contributor)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle and Migrant Workers Centre, Victorian Trades Hall Council, Australia

You Jeong Oh (contributor)
Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Seo Young Park (contributor)
Anthropology, Scripps College

Yoonkyung Lee
Director, Centre for the Study of Korea and Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Toronto

Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


Centre for the Study of Korea

Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE), York University

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