Articles by Elisabeth Schober

About Elisabeth Schober

Elisabeth Schober is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Oslo’s Department of Social Anthropology. During her PhD studies at Central European University (Hungary), she spent 21 months in South Korea, exploring the impact of the long-term presence of the U.S. military on entertainment areas in and near the capital Seoul. Currently, she is looking into labor relations at a large Korean shipyard in Subic Bay (the Philippines), a community that was previously dominated by a large U.S. Navy facility in its midst.

By the side of the road. A Central European elegy

Into the Fortress Nearly six years ago, at Keleti pu, Budapest’s largest train station, a group of people got on an early morning train headed for Vienna so that my South Korean partner and I could get married in a small town in Burgenland. We had more or less randomly chosen the location because the wedding halls in Vienna had been all booked up. And as I was still living and studying in Budapest during those times, the venue to choose had to be close enough for us to take the train back and forth across the Hungarian border in one day. So Burgenland it would be. I still remember that day as an incredibly exha ..

South Korea: Railway Labor Struggle goes Nation-Wide amidst Growing Tensions over Park Geun-hye’s Presidency

Yesterday evening, South Korea’s 2nd largest national trade union center, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), announced a general strike, which is due to commence on December 28, 2013. This most drastic move by KCTU, a leftist organization that unites roughly 700.000 South Korean workers under its umbrella, came at the end of long day full of dramatic escalations. Thousands of riot police stormed the headquarters of KCTU in Seoul on December 22 – an unprecedented event in South Korea’s post-dictatorship history, through which the country’s current president Park Guen-hye proved to the public ..