2nd Call for Papers for EARCAG in December 2016

Please see the message below from EARCAG conference secretariat. EARCAG stands for the East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography, which brings together critical geographers around the world who work on the East Asian region. This time, the conference is to be held in Hong Kong in December 2016. I’m also planning to attend this, and it will be good to see more of my colleagues coming to Hong Kong.

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The Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University will organise the 8th meeting of the East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography (EARCAG) on 6th-8th December 2016. EARCAG aims to establish an international network among alternative geographers in East Asia and to explore further perspectives to investigate local geographical issues in East Asia.

The main theme of this meeting is Radicalism in Theory and Practice. Attached please find the second call for papers. Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions is scheduled on 10th March 2016. Besides the themes of this conference, we welcome all sorts of relevant topics and area focuses.

To know more, please visit our homepage: http://geog.hkbu.edu.hk/earcag

Should you have any enquiries, please email us at earcag@hkbu.edu.hk

Best regards,
Conference Secretariat for
The 8th Meeting of East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography



Hong Kong Island (Photographed by Hyun Bang Shin, 2010)

A short column in Korean on Gentrification: Whose City?

Having heard about a talk that I gave at The Hope Institute (see the summary of the talk here; also my contribution to The Hope Institute blog here), an editor of a magazine called Monthly Coffee asked me if it’s alright for them to publish a one-page summary of my talk. Then, I literally re-wrote it, and it’s out now as shown in the attached JPG file. Come to think of it, given the preponderance of instances of commercial gentrification affecting a number of small cafes and art spaces in Seoul, I would have given a ‘lighter touch’ and a different take on the column if I were given more time. In the column, I tried to emphasise the importance for all citizens to realise that gentrification is non-discriminatory for most citizens, and that most of us are compelled to live a life of nomads (as displacees and being under constant displacement pressure) under gentrification as urban disaster. The nomad and disaster analogies come from my earlier encounters with TakeoutDrawing in Itaewon, Seoul, which has been launching an inspirational fight against its landlord (Psy, the pop singer) to resist displacement pressure.

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Urban Studies Foundation announces 2016 International Fellowship programme

The Urban Studies Foundation that runs the journal Urban Studies has announced the next round of our International Fellowship programme.  The closing date for applications is 29 April 2016. Please feel free to widely circulate this information to colleagues or postdoctoral students who may find it of interest.

International Fellowship for Early to Mid-Career Urban Scholars from the Global South

Applications are invited for an International Fellowship for urban scholars on any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the global south funded by the Urban Studies Foundation.  The Fellowship covers the costs of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice in the global north for the purpose of writing up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles or a book under the guidance of a chosen mentor in their field of study.  Funding is available for a period ranging between 3-9 months.

Further details of the programme and an application form are available on their website at http://www.urbanstudiesfoundation.org.


Invited talk at CKS SOAS | Developmental Urbanisation and the Genealogy of Urban Rights in South Korea

On 26 February 2016, I am giving an invited talk at the Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS. It will be interesting to present my on-going work in front of an audience that has primary interests in Korean affairs. More details about the talk can be found below. The Centre also hosts a number of interesting Korea-related seminars each year, so it’s worth bookmarking the page and check it out.



Developmental Urbanisation and the Genealogy of Urban Rights in South Korea

URL: https://www.soas.ac.uk/koreanstudies/events/seminars/26feb2016-developmental-urbanisation-and-the-genealogy-of-urban-rights-in-south-korea.html

Dr. Hyun Bang Shin

Date and Time: 26 February 2016, 5:15 – 7.00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

Series: CKS Seminar Programme


In this paper, I examine the case of urban protesters against forced eviction in Seoul from the 1960s, and discuss the evolving nature of rights claims that were put forward by protesters against urban redevelopment projects in times of condensed and highly speculative urbanisation in South Korea. I make use of the collection of protesters’ pamphlets compiled by an influential civic research organisation in Seoul, and of on- and off-line archives, photographic images of protests against eviction, and my own interviews with former and current housing activists and evictees in Seoul. By adopting a strategic-relational perspective that pays a particular attention to the struggles among socio-political actors, I aim to understand particular notions of urban rights adopted by protesters against eviction due to urban redevelopment projects, and scrutinise how their rights claims have evolved over time. Such an understanding is expected to shed light on enhancing our understanding on the question of displacement, urban rights, and urban social movements to bring about alternatives to speculative urbanisation in South Korea as well as other economies that share similar trajectories of urbanisation and accumulation.


Bangkok Edge festival, 13-14 February 2016

This weekend in Bangkok, Thailand sees the opening of the city’s first ideas festival organised by River Books (a leading Thai and UK publishing house) and Chakrabongse Villas together with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Museum Siam. I am happy to be invited to take part in a couple of panels, one on What is the ‘New Asia’? and the other on Gentrification: who benefits. Below is the organiser’s introduction.

River Books (a leading Thai and UK publishing house), Chakrabongse VillasBangkok Metropolitan Administration and Museum Siam present the debut of Bangkok Edge Festival, Bangkok’s first ideas festival. The festival, set to be the premier cultural event in the heart of old Bangkok, will offer thought-provoking discussions, stimulating entertainments and lively workshops for people of all ages. It will provide a weekend of literature, film, photography, music, dances, talks, workshops and performances. It will be an outstanding opportunity for audiences to experience high level thought and entertainment, unlike anything that has been available in Bangkok thus far. https://www.facebook.com/bangkokedge/

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Publication of a journal special issue on Locating Gentrification in the Global East

USJ-53-3-2016I am delighted to see the publication of the following special issue on Locating Gentrification in the Global East from Urban Studies as Volume 53, Issue 3. You may find the table of contents and all the papers on this page: http://usj.sagepub.com/content/53/3.toc (also see below). The abstract for the guest editors’ introduction provides some key thoughts behind this special issue:
This special issue, a collection of papers presented and debated at an Urban Studies Foundation-funded workshop on Global Gentrification in London in 2012, attempts to problematise contemporary understandings of gentrification, which is all too often confined to the experiences of the so-called Global North, and sometimes too narrowly understood as classic gentrification. Instead of simply confirming the rise of gentrification in places outside of the usual suspects of North America and Western Europe, a more open-minded approach is advocated so as not to over-generalise distinctive urban processes under the label of gentrification, thus understanding gentrification as constitutive of diverse urban processes at work. This requires a careful attention to the complexity of property rights and tenure relations, and calls for a dialogue between gentrification and non-gentrification researchers to understand how gentrification communicates with other theories to capture the full dynamics of urban transformation. Papers in this special issue have made great strides towards these goals, namely theorising, distorting, mutating and bringing into question the concept of gentrification itself, as seen from the perspective of the Global East, a label that we have deliberately given in order to problematise the existing common practices of grouping all regions other than Western European and North American ones into the Global South.
This project has been a long and persistent endeavour, and it is the greatest pleasure for me, Loretta and Ernesto as guest editors to be able to see the project coming to fruition. All the contributions are empirically rich and theoretically insightful. It is the belief of the guest editors that this special issue would make a substantial contribution to the contemporary debates on gentrification and urbanisation as well as broader discussions in (comparative) urban studies and urban geography of Asia and the Global South.
The publication of this special issue coincides nicely with another book, Planetary Gentrification, which has just been released from Polity Press (http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745671642). The book coauthored by the guest editors builds upon a wide range of contemporary literature on urban processes in both the Global South and North. What we learnt from the contributions to this special issue have greatly enriched our arguments in this book.

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CfP: RGS-IBG 2016 Narrating Displacements – A Radical Way to Rethink Urban Theories and Politics

In anticipation of the forthcoming RGS-IBG annual conference in 2016, I am organising a session on Narrating Displacements – A Radical Way to Rethink Urban Theories and Politics. To be considered, please submit an abstract by 15 February 2016. Please feel free to forward to whoever may be interested in this topic.


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RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 30 August – 2 September 2016

Call for Papers
Narrating Displacements – A Radical Way to Rethink Urban Theories and Politics


Hyun Bang Shin (Geography, London School of Economics) h.b.shin@lse.ac.uk

Mara Nogueira (Geography, London School of Economics) m.nogueira-teixeira@lse.ac.uk

Yimin Zhao (Geography, London School of Economics) y.zhao25@lse.ac.uk

Displacement in progress in Guangzhou, China. The single Chinese character means 'demolition' (Photograph: Hyun Bang Shin, 2009)

Displacement in progress in Guangzhou, China. The single Chinese character means ‘demolition’ (Photograph: Hyun Bang Shin, 2009)

Displacement is a term that has been widely used for critical urban theories in analysing contemporary urban change, especially in the Anglo-Saxon world. Yet when people use this word in the literature, relatively few attentions are paid to mechanisms through which place-based understandings of displacement are enabling/bounding the historical-geographical conjuncture of domination and resistance. Nowadays, we have been witnessing the rise of urban expansion, gentrification, mega-events and many other political economic events; all of them have direct impacts on the daily life of local residents through large- or small-scale displacements.

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