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Touring the City: Consumption, Visuality, and Subjectivity in Colonial Seoul

ImageMonday, February 1, 2010 at 4:30 PM
Scott Hall, Room 105, CAC

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures is pleased to announce a talk to be given by Dr. Se-Mi Oh, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Once the seat of the Chosôn monarchy, Seoul underwent a drastic change under the Japanese rule and developed into a modern city of monumental architecture and bustling commercial districts. This talk explores seemingly contradictory forces of modernity and colonialism at work in the urbanization of Colonial Seoul, and asks what the materiality of modernity meant for Japanese colonialism and how Korean urbanites experienced it. In particular, it examines different modes of seeing the city and what the visual consumption of the city entailed in terms of constructing colonial subjectivity. While the rapid change reflected the design of Japanese colonialism that painted itself in cosmopolitan terms, this also opened up possibilities for Koreans to articulate resistance in their everyday practices of consumption.

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