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Special Lecture Series on North Korea, 2023/24 WS – National System Building: The Crucial Decade in North Korea (1950s)

05.02.2024 | 16:15 - 17:45

When was North Korea's state system formed? There are varying opinions on this matter. Some suggest it was in the 1930s when the country was actively engaged in anti-Japanese activities. Others argue for the 1960s, citing the establishment of a unitary system, while some point to the 1980s when the successor system was solidified. However, the 1950s are often considered the pivotal period, as it was during this decade that the foundational elements of the social and economic system were put in place. Pyongyang was designated as the capital city, and significant growth occurred in the industrial sector.

In light of these historical considerations, we have organized three lectures aimed at delving into the process of North Korea's National System Building during the 1950s. Through these lectures, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of North Korea's new strategy in the 2000s, centered around the reconstruction of its national system. 

Special Lecture Series - Dr Kim Tae Yoon

Special Lecture Series - Dr Kim Tae Yoon

"A Study on Urban Planning and Spatial Change in the Modern and Contemporary Pyongyang (1937-1960)"

This lecture aims to explore that the 'locality' possessed by Pyongyang, which cannot be generalized merely by the ideology of 'socialism,' is a historical product resulting from the overlapping of physical legacies left by history, the agents of urban planning, and the technological changes manifested in the application process of urban planning.


Dr. Kim Tae Yoon, Senior Researcher, Asia Research Institute, Seoul National University, Korea

Dr. Kim Tae Yoon’ has published "Commuting and Lifestyle Culture of Seoul Students After Liberation" (2020) and "Post-Empire and the Identity of East Asia: Imperial Desires and the Restructuring of Modern Time-Space" (2021). "Nationalization of Surplus Facilities and Utilization of Private Surplus Buildings in the Immediate Post-Liberation Period" (2023), "The Birth of Pyongyang as the Capital and the Formation of Symbolic Spaces during the Postwar Reconstruction Era (1953-1956)" (2022), and "Continuity and Disruption of Urban Space through the City Development Projects in Pyongyang in the 1940s" (2021).

For online participation, please register here

Zeit & Ort

05.02.2024 | 16:15 - 17:45

Online (Webex)

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Dr. Hojye Kang (hojye.kang[at]fu-berlin.de)