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Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the Yun Posun Democracy Institute in Seoul, South Korea, is hosting the 6th Yun Posun Memorial Symposium in Edinburgh in October 2018. In Seoul, as in any global mega city, inequality persists, with marginalised individuals and communities including urban poor, foreign migrant workers, foreign wives from South-East Asia, LGBT community, irregular workers with minimum wages, among others. Polarisation and inequality undermine the quality of democracy because they deepen existing social cleavages and create new ones, reducing social cohesion, and possibly leading to democracy being captured by power elite groups.
This symposium brings together academics and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to discuss the impact that various types of inequality have on the quality of democracy in South Korea. Cities are sites of innovation and innovative thinking. Yet, cities are also loci of wealth concentration and inequality. The conference therefore zooms in on the case study of Seoul - through an analysis of various issues, policies, and economic sectors - and other global cities in comparative perspective.
The event included 65 participants (37 speakers) and an audience of about 100.