New events at LSE Southeast Asia Centre for autumn 2020

The summer has been a busy period for me, partly to put together a series of events for autumn this year for the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) that I’ve been directing since 2018. It is my pleasure to share the confirmed weekly events including research seminars, which bring together speakers from across the world regions.

Weekly discussions cover a diverse set of issues including decolonising higher education, migration and spatial justice, water crisis and urbanisation, urban informality and street vending, and domestic workers. Geographically, they reach out to Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam and more.

The week commencing 19 October is dedicated to showcasing the COVID-19 and Southeast Asia project at SEAC, and will involve roundtable discussions on selected themes.

I am also happy to present an exciting set of events that are branded as LSE Southeast Asia Week, which consists of daily round tables on a range of topics from politics and economics of COVID-19, migration, urbanisation, and environmental resilience. In particular, on 28 October, I’ll be convening a dialogue with the directors of global centres on Southeast Asia, based in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Lund and Copenhagen, discussing the (post-)COVID future of Southeast Asia studies.

All events are going to be held online, and all are welcome.

SEAC Seminar Series: Full programme for Autumn 2020

Book Launch, “On the Margins of Urban South Kore: Core Location as Method and Praxis”, 25-Sep-2020

This new edited volume entitled ‘On the Margins of Urban South Korea: Core Location as Method and Praxis’ is an important volume that is interdisciplinary and adventurous while critical and insightful. It brings together colleagues who have been working on urban Korea from various disciplinary perspectives, and makes a great contribution to the on-going efforts to de-centre global urban studies and knowledge production.

Having first-hand observed the years-long process of the volume shaping up (sessions at the American Association of Geographers and the Association of Asian Studies as well as writing workshop in addition to multiple discussions with editors), I am very honoured to be invited to this online book launch event and joining the authors as well as other esteemed discussants. I will be discussing how the book contributes to the global (southern) urbanism studies, a theme that I have addressed in my contribution to a forthcoming handbook of global urbanism.

If you’d like to join this event, please send an email to Grayson Lee (

Event date and time: Friday, 25 September 2020, 12-2 pm (EST)

Urban Salon seminar: Why Detroit Matters at LSE, 9-Jan-2019

The first #UrbanSalon ( event in 2019 is to take place on 09 January 2019, Wed 4pm, featuring Loretta Lees (University of Leicester), Phil Hubbard (King’s College London) and Brian Doucet (University of Waterloo) to discuss Why #Detroit Matters.

Register here:

Why Detroit Matters: Decline, Renewal and Hope in a Divided City

Hosted by the Urban Salon with the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE


Detroit has come to symbolise deindustrialization and the challenges, and opportunities, it presents. As many cities struggle with urban decline, racial and ethnic tensions and the consequences of neoliberal governance and political fragmentation, Detroit’s relevance grows stronger. In this talk, Brian Doucet bridges academic and non-academic responses to this extreme example of a fractured and divided, post-industrial city. He critically assesses the two dominant narratives which have characterised Detroit: that of the city as a metonym for urban failure, and a new narrative of the comeback city. Through including the perspectives of visionary Detroiters who do not normally feature in academic, policy or political debates, Doucet’s work documents many visions of hope which offer genuine alternatives for an inclusive and just city. This talk will discuss the main findings of the edited book Why Detroit Matters, as well as Detroit’s relevance for cities around the world.

Chair: Prof Hyun Bang Shin (LSE)

Introduction: Prof Loretta Lees (Leicester)

Speaker: Dr Brian Doucet (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Discussant(s): Prof Phil Hubbard (KCL)

Urban Salon (@theurbansalon) is a London based seminar series aimed at scholars, artists, practitioners and others who are exploring urban experiences within an international and comparative frame.

#Detroit #urbansalon #urbanstudies #urbanplanning #london

신간 <안티 젠트리피케이션, 무엇을 할 것인가> 기념 행사 안내

2015년 12월에 구상, 작년 초가을 본격 추진했던 중요한 프로젝트 하나를 이번 한국 방문 기간에 맞추어 마무리합니다. 새로 나오는 <안티 젠트리피케이션, 무엇을 할 것인가>를 기념하기 위해 저자들을 모시고 두 번의 행사를 갖습니다. 이번 출장 동안 미처 찾아뵙지 못하고 연락도 제대로 못드린 점 너그러이 이해해주시길 부탁드리며, 시간 되시는 분들은 두 행사장 모두 또는 한 군데에서 뵐 수 있으면 좋겠습니다. 주변에 널리 알려주시길 부탁드리며, 책에도 관심 가져 주시길 부탁드립니다. 목차도 아래에 첨부합니다.

I am organising a book talk and a book symposium to mark the publication of an edited volume (in Korean), which I have been working on since last year. It’s entitled <Anti Gentrification: What is to be done>.

<안티 젠트리피케이션, 무엇을 할 것인가> (신현방 엮음; 도서출판 동녘)

11월 7일 Book Talk

장소: 테이크아웃드로잉 (서울시 용산구 녹사평대로 244)
시간: 7시
패널: 신현방, 달여리, 이채관, 이영범, 전은호, 최소연

11월 8일 Book Symposium

장소: 경희대학교 서울캠퍼스 경영대학 대강의실 (오비스홀 지상1층 111호)
시간: 3시
사회: 지상현
패널: 신현방, 김상철, 신현준, 이강훈, 정용택, 조성찬, 최소연
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<안티 젠트리피케이션, 무엇을 할 것인가>

(신현방 엮음; 도서출판 동녘)
1장 안티 젠트리피케이션, 무엇을 할 것인가_신현방
2장 문제는강제퇴거:인간의존엄을박탈하는폭력_미류
3장  재美난학교:재난현장이학교입니다_최소연
4장  영욕의도시,홍대앞:지킬것인가,불태울것인가_이채관
5장  미술생산자,신자유주의의’미생’?: 잘려나가는 서울에서 예술가와 젠트리피케이션_신현준
6장 젠트리피케이션, 그 보통의 장면_달여리
7장  2009-2017서울젠트리피케이션_정용택
8장 왜정부의임차상인보호정책은실패하는가: 투기를 부추기는 임차상인 대책 평가_김상철
9장 지방도시,소멸과축소그리고재생의갈림길_이영범
10장 젠트리피케이션과법제도의개선방향_이강훈
11장 내쫓김을 극복하기 위한 새로운 도전: 토지가치 공유형 지역자산화_조성찬
12장 젠트리피케이션의 대안, 토지의 본질 회복하기_전은호

‘안티 젠트리피케이션’ 운동은 더욱 계란으로 바위치기 하는 셈이 아닐까라는 우려가 들 수 있다. 그러나 젠트리피케이션을 막을 방법이 없다고 해서 ‘안티 젠트리피케이션’ 운동 자체가 아무 의미 없다고 할 수는 없다. 자본주의 체제의 폐해가 심하다고 해서, 자본주의 하에서 개혁ㆍ변혁운동은 아무 소용없는 일이라고 하지 않는 것과 같은 맥락이다. 오히려 이러한 운동에 더욱 매진해야 할 일이다. 젠트리피케이션으로 인한 폐해가 기존 토지 이용자의 쫓겨남이라면, 결국 ‘안티 젠트리피케이션’ 운동의 관건은 소극적으로는 이러한 쫓겨남을 방지할 수 있는 대책을 세우고, 경제적 지위에 상관없이 도시민 모두가 공존할 수 있는 다양성을 보장 받기 위한 제도의 마련에 있을 것이다. 이러한 공존을 위해 재개발ㆍ재건축 현장 등에서 버려지거나 소멸되는 각종 동식물에게도 ‘시민권’을 부여하는 것 역시 진지하게 생각해봐야 할 것이다. 좀 더 적극적인 의미에서의 ‘안티 젠트리피케이션’ 운동은 자본주의적 공간 생산 방식 자체를 새롭게 디자인 하는 것이라고 할 수 있다. 이를 위해서는 젠트리피케이션을 가능하게 하는, 부동산 지배 이데올로기에 맞설 대안 이데올로기의 생산과 지역공동체의 지속적 저항을 가능하게 하는 물질적ㆍ제도적 기반의 확보도 필요할 것이다. 그를 위한 운동은 궁극적으로 자본주의 사회에서 공간 기획과 생산의 주체가 되지 못하는 수많은 도시민들이 주체로 나설 수 있도록 도시권을 확보하는 운동일 수 밖에 없으며, 도시공간의 경제적 기능이 사회적 기능에 종속되기 위한 운동이 되어야 할 것이다. (신현방, 1장 중에서)

재美난학교 3회 포럼: ‘개포동 그곳에서의 산책’, 2017년 9월 2일

지어진지 40년 가까이 된 개포동 저층 주공단지가 재건축으로 사라져갑니다. 그 와 함께 서울의 한 기억도 사라져 가고, 이곳에 터를 잡고 살았던 사람들도 상당수 떠나야 합니다. 그들에게 축출의 (displacement) 시간이 다가오고 있습니다. 젠트리피케이션을 얘기하면서 사람들의 축출만을 생각했는데, 막상 개포동을 다녀오고 나니 사람 뿐만 아니라 몇십년 동안 그 자리를 지키고 그 공간과 일부분이 된 수많은 나무들이 눈에 들어옵니다. 아파트 어느 구석, 아이들이 떠나간 어느 놀이터 수풀사이를 삶의 터전으로 삼은 고양이들이 눈에 띕니다. 재건축으로 인한 축출이라는 재난, 재생이라는 이름으로 죽어가는 이 도시에서 사람 뿐만 아니라 나무도, 고양이도, 말 못하는 이 생명들도 재난의 당사자임을 깨닫습니다.

재美난학교포럼 ‘개포동 그곳에서의 산책’에서 저는 ” 두 도시 이야기: 재생의 도시, 죽음의 도시”라는 주제로 발제합니다. 최소연님과 이성민님의 초대를 받아 참여합니다. 자세한 프로그램은 아래 링크를 참조하세요.

민둥산에 인공조림도 한다는데, 40년 가까이 이 땅에서 자라며 ‘도시 숲’을 형성한 만 그루 가까운 나무들이 잘려 나간답니다. ‘건조도시’ (built environment) 위주로 설계된 도시계획법이나 도시재생 특별법 차원에서는 해결이 불가능하지 않을까 싶습니다. 생태적 사고가 필요하지 않을까 생각도 해봅니다. 그래서 문득 산림청이 생각났습니다. 그래서, 김재현 산림청장님께 묻고 싶습니다. ‘도시 숲’은 어떻게 보호해야 하나요? 이 기회를 빌어 산림청장님도 9월 2일 개포동 그곳 재美난학교포럼에 초대합니다.

추신: 참고로, 개포중학교는 곧 시작할 1단지 재건축 사업으로 인해 올 초부터 휴교한 상태라 합니다. 저는 개포중학교 1회 입학생이었습니다. 저 역시 넓은 의미에서 오랜 추억의 공간을 잃게 되는 재난 당사자로서 참여합니다.





Urban Salon seminar on Cities of Spectacle and Mega-events, 23 February 2017, LSE

Urban Salon is an interdisciplinary London-based seminar series that I organise with a few other colleagues (see the web site here: As part of the series, I am organising a seminar that examines the experiences of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, juxtaposed with the experiences of Asian mega-events (China, Korea and Japan). More details can be found below and on the above Urban Salon web site:


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Cities of Spectacle and Mega-events: Analysing the Symbolic Economy of Mega-events

Thursday 23 February 2017, 18.00 – 20.00
PAR.LG.03, Parish Building, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE (view LSE Maps)

Brazil has recently hosted the two most important so-called mega-events, FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. As all governments before, Brazilian officials have justified the hosting as an “opportunity” to “promote” Brazilian “image” and enhance its “status” in the global space. The caution quotes indicate that all these terms are taken for granted, without the necessary analysis. Bearing that in mind, the aim of this presentation will be as follows:

1)      to understand the condition of production and circulation of images in the mega-events. It will be shown how FIFA and IOC have recently enhanced efforts to control the production and circulation of images and to expand its zone of control, both in terms of physical space and media;
2)      to recognise the specificity of the Brazilian experience focusing on the “image” of Brazil the government tried to propose and the kind of symbolic production it implied. It will be shown that this “image” has been thought as a specific kind, dictated by the marketing and branding;
3)      to understand the disputes around this “image” and the conditions of this dispute according to the media-space of mega-events.

Discussants are to respond to the above talk, reflecting upon their own research on mega-events in Brazil, China, Korea and Japan.


  • Dr Michel Nicolau (Speaker; UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • Dr Jaeho Kang (Discussant; Centre for Media Studies, SOAS)
  • Dr Tomoko Tamari (Discussant; Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Dr Hyun Bang Shin (Chair and Discussant; Geography and Environment, LSE)

“Planetary Gentrification” authors-meet-Critics session at RGS-IBG annual conference 2016

PlanetaryGentrification-CoverVisualI am very much looking forward to this ‘authors-meet-critics’ session at this year’s RGS-IBG annual conference, featuring my co-authored book Planetary Gentrification.

The session is to be convened and chaired by Professor Ronan Paddision (University of Glasglow), and sees the contributions from three critics, Professor David Ley (The University of British Columbia), Dr Andy Merrifield and Dr Kate Maclean (Birkbeck, University of London). All three authors are also going to be present (Ernesto via Skype connection).

The session is sponsored by the journal Urban Studies, and is followed by a drink reception in the Drayson Room from 18.45.


235 Authors meet critics: Planetary gentrification
Convenor(s) Ronan Paddison (University of Glasgow, UK)
Chair(s) Ronan Paddison (University of Glasgow, UK)
Timetable Thursday 01 September 2016, Session 4 (16:50 – 18:30)
Room RGS-IBG Ondaatje Theatre
Session abstract At the beginning of the C21st proclamations rang out that gentrification had gone global, this book critically evaluates that assumption. Drawing on the ‘new’ comparative urbanism and writings on planetary urbanization the book argues that gentrification is one of the most significant and socially unjust processes affecting cities world-wide today. Looking beyond the usual gentrification suspects in Euro-America, towards ‘non-Western cities’ in the Global South and East, the authors undertake a much needed transurban learning underpinned by a critical political economy approach. The book shows that gentrification has unfolded at a planetary scale, but it has not assumed a North to South or West to East trajectory, it is much more complex than that. Rich with empirical detail, yet wide-ranging, Planetary Gentrification unhinges, unsettles, and provincializes Western notions of urban development. The book is invaluable to urban scholars interested in the Future of Cities and the production of a truly global urban studies, and to all those committed to social justice in cities. Sponsored by Urban Studies


EARCAG Conference Session, Dec 2016: Speculative Urbanisation and Resistant Politics in East Asia

Session Organiser:

  • Laam Hae (York University, Canada)
  • Hyun Bang Shin (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Please reach the organiser at or if you are interested to present in this session.

In the Western literature, post-industrialisation and global financialisation are identified as a main driver of the rise of property-based urban accumulation, resulting in speculation in the real estate sector. However, in East Asia, land and housing have been subject to rampant speculation during the last three decades of urbanisation and city-making, and not necessarily a result of post-industrialisation, although the region’s declining profitability of manufacturing industries would have contributed to the further rise of real estate speculation that guaranteed high returns on ‘investment’ (Haila, 1999, 2000; Shin; 2016; Shin and Kim, 2016). While East Asian real estate speculation can be understood broadly as social, economic and spatial manifestation of developmental urbanisation, it is also important to acknowledge unevenness in the ways in which such speculation has taken place among different countries in the region. That is, speculation over the urban built environment has been an embedded process in each country, moored in contexts and histories of local politics, economies and societies and expressed in locally specific ways.

In this regard, this session aims to bring together papers that can engage with the following (and other related) questions.

  • How has speculative urbanisation been unfolding in East Asian cities in locally specific ways?
  • What does speculative urbanisation signify in the changing political economy and emerging (re)formations of social structure including class, gender/race relations in each country?
  • How is the process of real estate speculation fraught with dispossession of people’s rights and displacement of the un/propertied?
  • In what ways have various mechanisms of social reproduction been shaped by the unfolding speculation?

We particularly welcome papers that discuss the transformative potential of various resistant politics that have emerged against speculative urbanisation in East Asia.

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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-please circulate to those who may be interested, thank you; sorry for cross-posting-

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:

Should you have any enquiries, please email us at

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)

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


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.