It only takes a nuclear explosion to have most of us forgetting about the peninsula space race, but luckily it requires a good deal more than that to throw Robert Winstanley-Chesters off-message.
The Ecologic and the Politic, Nature and the Natural – A Virtual Symposium Exploring the North Korean Environmental
Robert Winstanley-Chesters lays down the gauntlet in a manifesto for a digital/virtual academic symposium focusing on the DPRK’s encounter with global and local environmental narratives.
Forests as Spaces of Revolution and Resistance : Thoughts on Arboreal Comradeship on a Divided Peninsula
Robert Winstanley-Chesters examines the comradely relationship between the realm of trees and the forest in the presentational and legitimative narratives of the DPRK.
Integrated Reed Farms and SEZ’s: Revolutionary Landscape meets Economic Urgency, The Case of Sindo County
How does the land near the new China-North Korea bridge near Sinuiju represent the North Korean drive to reclaim tidelands? Robert Winstanley-Chesters explains.
“The Korean People are doing their best to turn the country into a socialist fairyland”: Glory Reflected, The Emergent Environmental Strategies of Kim Jong Un
While North Korean media is lionizing Kim Jong-un as a conservationist, whether or not he is even remotely interested in environmental management issues remains unclear.
As any student of ancient Chinese history can tell you, historically speaking, there is nothing more fundamental to political legitimacy in East Asia than the ability of a regime to harness, control, and regulate water both as agricultural resource and danger. In both guises — sustainer and potential destroyer — water politics appear repeatedly in […]
“Trees and a Trinity: Environmental Narratives Revised at the Accession of Kim Jong-il” by Robert Winstanley-Chesters The shenanigans surrounding “the freeze/not the freeze” and controversy connected to the DPRK’s intention for a new satellite launch are an object lesson for anyone still sticking to the maxim of calling a spade, a spade. The DPRK, […]
Kim Jong Il Loved Nature, Nature Loves Kim Jong Un – Introducing ‘the Natural as Legitimator’ in DPRK Presentational Narratives
Kim Jong Il Loved Nature, Nature Loves Kim Jong Un – Introducing ‘the Natural as Legitimator’ in DPRK Presentational Narratives by Robert Winstanley-Chesters (Leeds University, UK / Environmental Analyst for SinoNK.com) It’s something of an understatement to assert that the rest of the world watches events in the DPRK with a sense of befuddled bemusement. […]