[KS] CFP: The “Miracle” Narrative of the Korean Cultural Industries: Perspectives from the Middle East International Conference May 8-9, 2013
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CALL FOR PAPERS
The “Miracle” Narrative of the Korean Cultural Industries: Perspectives
from the Middle East International Conference May 8-9, 2013
The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
In the Middle East, as in other parts of the world, the Korean cultural
industries have proved extremely efficient in introducing new images of
Korea to new audiences. Known as the ‘Korean Wave’, TV dramas, Korean pop
music, and Korean cinema has been successful not only commercially, but has
also left viewers with an image of Korea as a home of a vibrant culture and
artistic innovation. This impression has stimulated interest in Korea and
its culture, resulting in a rise in tourism and in the establishment of new
Korean studies programs in institutions of higher education. Korea has
never been so popular and familiar in the Middle East as it is today.
The purpose of this conference is to examine the way Korean popular culture
is being appropriated and received in the Middle East, and to examine the
social and academic developments it inspires. The conference presentations
will attempt to develop an integrative framework to analyze the dynamic
relations between cultural industry, cultural consumption, and academic
studies through a focus on the experience of the Korean Wave in the Middle
In a broader sense, looking at the Middle East allows us to examine how
Korean culture is being received outside the geographically and
culturally-proximate markets of Asia and outside the major economic markets
of North America and Europe.
The conference will focus on four major issues: (a) Harbingers, industries,
agents, and fans involved in bringing the "Korean Wave" to the Middle East
(b) Acceptance and integration of the Korean Wave within the local and
other imported (American) popular cultures (c) Relations between Korean
cultural presence and Korean academic studies (d) Perspectives, images, and
stereotypes of Korea in the Middle East.
Proposals (both individual and panel proposals), including name,
institutional affiliation, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 400
words (with relevant keywords listed), should be sent by December 10th,
2012 to KoreanWaveMiddleEast at gmail.com. Successful applicants would be
asked to send the complete paper of 5,000 words by April 10th, 2013. The
organizers will make an effort to secure funding for accommodations to
presenters from abroad.
Sponsor: The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of
Peace and The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, The Hebrew
University of Jerusalem.
For inquiries please contact: Dr. Nissim Otmazgin (
nissim.otmazgin at mail.huji.ac.il) or Mrs. Irina Lyan (
irina.lyan at mail.huji.ac.il).
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