Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies (at Korea U.): City, urban planning and architecture in North Korea (2)

Benjamin Joinau, Hongik Asst Prof
Thursday, April 19, 2018 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Grand Conference Room (Room number 310), of the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University



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 ( and the winner of the 2014 France-Korea Cultural Prize. Personal Website:

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