Organized Panel Session
How were forms of knowledge and social organization reconfigured following the Korean War (1950-1953), and in what ways did these processes overlap and differ in North and South Korea? This panel explores questions of institutional, epistemological, and social restructuring that took place in postwar Korea. Through case studies ranging from architectural expertise to labor management to informal urban settlements, the papers in this panel chart top-down as well as ground-up changes in Korean society after 1953. Examining knowledge production in industrial and urban processes that bring us away from an exclusive focus on the state and high politics, these studies look beyond Cold War homilies to ask new and difficult questions about division and development in postcolonial Korea.