College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Department of History Public Lecture

The Square is Closed: Street Politics in Late Nineteenth Century Korea

From the anti-colonial movement and democratic struggles to the latest candlelight vigils that led to the impeachment of the former South Korean President Park Geun-hye in 2016, the streets of Seoul have served as a battlefield during historical and political junctures in modern Korean history. This talk discusses the 1898 protest movement that transformed Seoul into a national political space and the historical meanings of such street politics in the late nineteenth-century Korea.  At the heart of the conflict over the 1898 street protest was the question of who could claim the capital to speak for the nation as a legitimate political actor.  

Thursday Nov. 4th at 7:30pm
Ayers 120
Dr. Sinwoo Lee
Assistant Professor of History

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