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Call for Papers: 2016 Korean Screen Culture Conference

After a year in Copenhagen the annual conference on Korean Screen Culture will be in King’s London this year. The Call for Papers was recently issued:

Call for Papers: The 5th Conference on Korean Screen Culture

Department of Film Studies
King’s College London, UK
June 3rd-4th 2016

Years of radical change - graphicFollowing successful conferences on Korean Screen Culture held at SOAS, the University of London (2012 & 2013), Sheffield Hallam University (2014), and the University of Copenhagen (2015), the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London is pleased to announce the 5th Korean Screen Culture Conference to be hosted by the Department of Film Studies in collaboration with the Korea Foundation and the Korean Cultural Center, UK.

The conference aims to critically engage with some of the important and urgent issues that have affected and guided contemporary Korean screen culture; in particular cinema, television, web comics, and music. We welcome proposals for papers and panels on all aspects of Korean screen culture, South and North Korean cinema past and present, video games, production, distribution & reception of film, television, K-pop music videos, also the transnational and intermedial aesthetics of Korean screen culture such as the impacts of the Korean Wave (Hallyu), transnational and intermedial adaptations, co-productions, collaborations, and various intermedia practices.

Topics could include but are not limited to the following:

  • Contemporary Korean costume cinema and/or drama series
  • Colonial history in the popular imagination
  • Documentary and/or poetic impulse in contemporary Korean screen culture
  • Re-conglomeration of the Korean film industry since 2007
  • Pop idols and/or stardom
  • Girlhood
  • The Reply (1997, 1994, 1988) television series and cultural nostalgia
  • Web comics, fandom, and intermedial aesthetics
  • The New Korean Wave (Hallyu 2.0)
  • Korean cinema and urban space
  • Multiculturalism (including migration and immigration) in contemporary Korean screen culture
  • Food programs
  • Artists’ films

Papers on other forms of Korean screen culture will also be considered.

In your proposals (for individual papers as well as panel proposals) please include your name, institutional affiliation, the title of the paper, an abstract of 300 words, and a 50-100 word biography of the author. Please send your proposal as a doc file, NO PDFs, please. Please send proposals by Friday, the 25th of February 2016 to Dr Jinhee Choi at [email protected] and Professor Chris Berry at [email protected]

Submit WORD file with the abstract and the biography as follows: LastnameFirstnameKSC16.doc (e.g. SmithJaneKSC16.doc)

All applicants will receive email confirmation of the receipt of their abstract within 10 days of submission. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-March and will be required to send the complete paper of 5,500 – 6,000 words by April 30th, 2016.

Selected papers presented at the conference will be given an opportunity to be published in The Journal of Japanese and Korean

For all enquiries, please contact Dr. Jinhee Choi at [email protected]
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
King’s College London
455 Norfolk Building
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Sponsored by the Korea Foundation, the organizers will make an effort to secure funding for accommodation and/or economy travel expenses to selected presenters (from outside London) whose papers have been accepted. In your proposal, please indicate whether you would require travel support.

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