Benjamin Joinau

​Benjamin Joinau is a doctor of Cultural Anthropology specialized in Korean Studies. He is an associate researcher of the Center of Korean Studies (CRC) at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, and assistant professor at Hongik University, Seoul. He has been living and working in South Korea since 1994. His Ph.D. thesis has analyzed the regimes of otherness in Korean cinema. Through the hermeneutics of cinema and now of urban materials, he is exploring the representations and the practices in the Korean public sphere (regimes of visibility/invisibility in cityscapes, urban agriculture micro-practices, semiology of spatial forms, etc.). He has published several articles and books in French, English and Korea. He is also the director of the publishing company Atelier des Cahiers ( and the winner of the 2014 France-Korea Cultural Prize.