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Exploring Humanistic Layers of Urban Travel

Representation, Imagination, and Speculation

Jooyoung Kim, Taehee Kim, Jinhyoung Lee, and Inseop Shin

Mobility Humanities and Urban Travel This think piece approaches the issue of urban travel from a mobility humanities perspective, taking the example of Seoul, South Korea, one of the leading metropolises in Asia. Through the lens of Seoul, we

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A Space of Belonging for Young Gay Men in Seoul

Elias Alexander

of Seoul's gay districts) acts as a critical vehicle through which young gay men navigate a sense of self and belonging vis-à-vis sociocultural structures. In emphasizing young gay men's interaction with the Chong-ro area, this article illustrates the

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Itaewon's suspense

Masculinities, place‐making and the US Armed Forces in a Seoul entertainment district

Elisabeth Schober

The US military presence in Korea has had unintended consequences in an entertainment district in Seoul, where competing performances of masculinity function as a key place‐making strategy. Itaewon's suspense – the uneasy positioning of the neighbourhood between allure and repulsion – arises out of a suspension of the area between contesting sovereignties, and at times allows fraternal bonding between an unlikely cast of actors. With Itaewon's multifarious identities increasingly becoming commodified, the democratic liberalisations (which have partly emerged from and partly acted upon the place of Itaewon) have ironically also opened the gates for rampant economic liberalisation.

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(Dis-)Embedding Museums

On the Creation of New Urban Museumscapes in Hong Kong and Seoul

Birgit Mersmann

Driven by global economic and cultural competition, Asian megacities seek future-oriented local and global self-representation using cutting-edge museums of contemporary art. This article analyzes the embedding of two vanguard museum projects, the “Museum+” in Hong Kong, China, and the new Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea, into long-term urban planning strategies and concepts. In order to understand the intended purpose and process of how the new museums of contemporary art are devised as public spaces of cultural selfrepresentation and urban identity building, the study monitors the complete design process from the city government’s urban and institutional planning strategies over architectural design to the museum’s mission statement and collection strategy. By comparatively tracing the museum projects in Hong Kong and Seoul, the evidence shows that, although they share a common global cities agenda, their pathways of urban place-making and community-building vary greatly. These variations depend on the historical role and current geopolitical repositioning of each city.

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Exhibit Reviews

Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp, Ciraj Rassool, Bruce Levy, Vera Mey, Jeanette Atkinson, Elizabeth Rankin, Ying Ying Lai, Linda Young, Christian Mesia Montenegro, and Conal McCarthy

Fetish Modernity (Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm)

Remaking an Ethnographic Museum in Cologne (The New Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum—Cultures of the World)

The George W. Bush Presidential Center (Dallas, Texas)

Moving on Asia: Towards a New Art Network 2004–2013 (Gallery LOOP, Seoul, and City Gallery Wellington)

L'Art Nouveau: La Révolution Décorative and Tamara de Lempicka (La Reine de l'Art Déco, Pinacothèque de Paris)

Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Glyptothek, and Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Tangible Splendor: The Chi Chang Yuan Collection of Lacquer with Mother-of-Pearl Inlay (National Museum of History, Taipei)

First Peoples (Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum Linda Young)

The National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, and the National Museum of Peruvian Culture, Lima

David Bowie Is (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin)

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Stéphanie Ponsavady

identity. The Ideas in Motion section features a think piece entitled “Exploring Humanistic Layers of Urban Travel: Representation, Imagination, and Speculation,” which explores different modes of interpretation of urban mobility in the context of Seoul

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Sandra H. Dudley and Conal McCarthy

postdigital museum—through museums in cultural and urban development, new urban museumscapes in Seoul and Hong Kong, museums in Dubai, Biennales, museums and mental health, and museums online, to exhibitions as research, encounters in Melbourne’s Immigration

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Relocating exploitation

Tenant shopkeepers, rental relationships, and the speculative commodification of urban space in South Korea

Yewon Andrea Lee

When I described my fieldwork with tenant shopkeepers who are collectively organizing to defend their livelihoods to a Korean academic and long-time mentor, she mentioned how her Japanese friends complain that travel guidebooks for Seoul become

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Ninagawa's Ancient Journeys

Daniel Gallimore

indeed’ (1.1.14). Although the production was generally well received in Seoul, 24 it was not a Japanised production in the style of Ninagawa's landmark samurai Macbeth of the 1980s, and the paradigm of intercultural exchange intended by Aran

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Imagined Germany and the Battle of Models in South Korea

Rival Narratives of Germany in South Korean Public Spheres, 1990–2015

Jin-Wook Shin and Boyeong Jeong

reunification Joongang Ilbo Editorial 1990-07-02 3 The birth of a new Germany Seoul Shinmun Editorial 1990-10-03 4 Historical reunification of the divided Germany Kukmin Ilbo Editorial 1990-10-04 5 Lessons from the