[KS] Acta Koreana Call for Articles

Michael Finch mcefinch at gmail.com
Fri Dec 17 02:51:26 EST 2010

Dear KS List Members,

Please find below a second Call for Articles with a revised deadline for a
special theme issue of *Acta Koreana* (June 15, 2011) on Korean cinema. For
further information please contact the guest editors Brian Yecies (
Brian_Yecies at uow.edu.au) or Ae-Gyung Shim (millduke at yahoo.co.kr).

Best wishes,

Michael Finch

Call for Articles

2011 Special Issue for Acta Koreana (http://www.actakoreana.org)

Korean Cinema Challenges and the Transformation of ‘Planet Hallyuwood’

Guest Editors: Brian Yecies, Media and Cultural Studies, University of
Wollongong and Ae-Gyung Shim, School of English, Media and Performing Arts,
University of New South Wales

After the government eliminated film censorship in 1996, South Korea began
producing one of the fastest-growing pan-Asian film and digital media
industries, spreading waves of popular Korean culture (pronounced Hallyu)
across the globe. Critical and popular attention has focused on the
production of diverse contents, genres, narratives and aesthetic styles and
the export of other popular cultural forms such as K-pop and TV soaps. These
other forms have played a valuable role in familiarizing Korean cinema just
as Korean cinema has familiarized these other forms. In 2005 the national
film industry reached a Golden Age peak of success to become what we call
‘Planet Hallyuwood’ – the fusing of Hallyu and Hollywood. Domestic market
share of local film screenings towered over imports, film pre-sales to
Japanese distributors attracted millions of US dollars, and the
protectionist Screen Quota System had survived four decades of trade
pressures from the US. The World’s consumption and recognition of South
Korean films at this time had never been higher. However, since 2006 new
pressures have been jeopardizing the international stature and future
development of the South Korean film industry. Extreme competition between
domestic arthouse and commercial films, piracy and illegal downloading, and
halving of the Screen Quota System have caused a significant loss of
profits, paying viewers, and domestic and international DVD and cable TV
markets. This special issue of Acta Koreana seeks to investigate these
fundamental issues and their ramifications for the growth of the South
Korean cinema and the country’s cultural and creative industries more
generally. We seek contributors from a wide range of disciplinary areas.
Proposals on all aspects of Planet Hallyuwood are invited, particularly
including the following topics:
digital cinema, animation and new technologies
film festivals and fandom
star systems
international co-productions, collaboration, and new production practices
independent filmmaking
female directors and producers
cultural advocacy
genres and narrative styles
crossovers, influences and intertexts
comparisons and contrasts between the particularity of ‘Planet Hallyuwood’
and other large international cinemas (‘Planet Hollywood’, ‘Planet
Bollywood’ & ‘Planet Hong Kong’).
  Join us as we critically evaluate the transformation of ‘Planet
Hallyuwood’ – that is, the revitalization of Hallyu – and its future
contribution to the power dynamics of creative and cultural industries in
Asia and across the globe.
  Abstracts may be submitted in Word or RTF formats. Please include:
author(s), institutional affiliation, email address, title, abstract, and a
short biography. Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to Brian
Yecies (Brian_Yecies at uow.edu.au) by 15 February 2011; he will then advise
whether a full paper is required for the reviewing process. Full
contributions of 4,000–5,000 words, prepared in MLA style, will then be
required by 15 April 2011.
  For further information regarding this special issue, please contact the
guest editors: Brian Yecies (Brian_Yecies at uow.edu.au) or Ae-Gyung Shim (
millduke at yahoo.co.kr) Please note Acta Koreana has a rigorous reviewing
system and we would expect that not all papers sent for review will
necessarily be published.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://koreanstudies.com/pipermail/koreanstudies_koreanstudies.com/attachments/20101217/8bb57bcc/attachment.html>

More information about the Koreanstudies mailing list