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Environmental Anarchism: Agriculture, Cooperatives and Social Renewal in Modern Korea

Environmental Anarchism: Agriculture, Cooperatives and Social Renewal in Modern Korea
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N, Munk School of Global Affairs
Time: Dec 2nd, 2:00 pm End: Dec 2nd, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), East Asian Studies (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Albert Park

The Asian Institute presents

Environmental Anarchism: Agriculture, Cooperatives and Social Renewal in Modern Korea

This paper traces the rise of environmental consciousness and movements in Korea after 1945. In particular, it locates the origins of environmentalism in rural Korea with agricultural farming communities and cooperatives, such as Hansalim, leading the way. In laying out their philosophies and practices, this paper shows how these agricultural-based movements embodied and materialized a form of anarchism. It concludes with a discussion on how their forms of an environmental-based anarchism has influenced contemporary drives for creating an alternative economy for social renewal.

Albert L. Park is Associate Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College. As a historian of modern Korea and East Asia, his current research interest is centered on the relationship between culture and political economy and alternative forms of modernity. He is the author of Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea and is the co-editor of Encountering Modernity: Christianity and East Asia. His next research project examines the origins of environmental movements in modern Korea and their relationship to anarchism and democracy. Dr. Park is Co-Principal Investigator of EnviroLab Asia-a Henry Luce Foundation-funded initiative at the Claremont Colleges that studies environmental issues in Asia through an interdisciplinary lens. He is the recipient of three Fulbright Fellowships and fellowships from the Korea Foundation and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. A native of Chicago, he received his B.A. with honors from Northwestern University, an M.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Rachel Ostep at 416-946-8996

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