BTS: A Global Interdisciplinary Conference Project at Kingston University

Media & Communications & Music at Kingston University present:

BTS (방탄소년단):
A Global Interdisciplinary Conference Project

Dates: Saturday 4 January – Sunday 5 January 2020
Venue: John Galsworthy Building | Penrhyn Road campus | Penrhyn Road | Kingston upon Thames | Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: to be confirmed
Registration: booking will be available soon, please check the conference official web page for updates

BTS Love Yourself Speak Yourself poster

Korean boy group BTS are the first ever Korean act to perform at Wembley Stadium, as part of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour. Debuting in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment, BTS initially struggled to gain recognition in Korea as they didn’t come from one of the big three Korean entertainment companies. However, the last few years have seen BTS become the most internationally successful Korean act of all time, amassing not only domestic awards but prestigious US awards including The Best Duo/Group at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Their recent sold-out concerts at Wembley clearly delineate BTS as a dominant force in global music and within popular culture. This inclusive inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine the success and popularity of BTS from a variety of academic, practice, and fan-based perspectives.

This ethos of this conference is to bring together academics, fans and practitioners in a supportive and inclusive space to talk, debate and to share ideas about BTS. This is a hierarchy-free space in which everyone’s views are valued equally. Issues may relate to music, visual art, performance art, culture, fashion and so on. We hope this is a truly interdisciplinary event. It is anticipated that there will be a fan and/or student strand in addition to an exhibition of fan
work with a prize for the best entry.

The Call for Papers is now CLOSED.

The conference committee welcomes questions.

Conference Committee

Dr. Colette Balmain (chair), Kingston University
Dr. Helen Julia Minors, Kingston University
Dr. Lori Morimoto, Independent Scholar
Eugene Kim, Kingston University
Mehneer Dhillon, Kingston University

Keynote Speakers

Professor LEE Jiyoung, Sejong University, Author of BTS, Art Revolution
KIM Youngmi, Organiser of the BTS Insight Forum (Beyond and Behind BTS)
Professor KIM Youngsun, Professor Emerita at Korea University

Creative Submissions and Prize

There will be an additional call for creative submission for the BTS exhibition. This will be announced shortly.
There will a prize for top three entries. The winners will be decided by the participants at the conference.

Publication

Selected peer reviewed papers from the conference will go forward to an edited book entitled: BTS: Intersectional Practice, Globalization and Performance Art, edited by Drs Colette Balmain, Helen Julia Minors and Lori Morimoto.

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