[KS] CFP: Korean Visual Culture Conference in Jerusalem(Jooyeon Rhee)

Jooyeon Rhee jooyeonrhee at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 12:14:22 EST 2015

*Call for Papers*

*Mobility, Creativity, and Collectivity: *

*Making Sites in Contemporary Korean Visual Culture*

*The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 24–26, 2016*

With the generous support of the Academy of Korean Studies, the Department
of Asian Studies and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the
Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem are hosting an
international conference on contemporary Korean visual culture with a
special emphasis on communicative spaces.

The transnational movement of people, capital, and commodities constantly
reshapes the social landscape of Korea(s)—a landscape in which the
state(s), citizens, and migrants often use visual means in responding to
the changing social reality. Taking mobility, creativity, and collectivity
as underlying themes, the conference aims to explore visual forms and media
that produce meaningful sites (physical and virtual) for various
communities in contemporary Korea(s). “Sites,” in this sense, can be a
permanent or temporary space that embodies the collective experience of
social changes in visual terms.

The conference intends to capture the vibrancy of visual culture in
Korea(s) to see the ways in which “sites” are produced. Some of the
questions we would like to explore in the conference are:

-What are the characteristics of and trends in visual culture in Korea that
concern “sites”?

-What creative capability do visual forms and media have in articulating
social issues?

-What are the roles of both producers and participants in creating the

-What are the effects of these sites for communities?

We welcome individual papers and panel proposals from scholars and
practitioners working in various disciplines, including (but not limited
to) art history, cinema, media studies, theatre, cultural studies,
anthropology, and geography, who explore the aforementioned themes and
questions from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives.
Consideration will be given to papers that investigate both traditional and
new visual media such as painting, sculpture, architecture, performance,
photography, film, video art, design, and graphic art (posters, comics,
webtoons, etc.).

*Topics for consideration include but are not limited to:*

Public space and publicness

Urban architecture and design

Migration and citizenship

Gentrification and social equality

Policies and practices on cultural heritage

Ecology and environment

Gender, class, and ethnic identity

Propaganda and censorship

Diasporic sites

Political memory and trauma

*Submission Guidelines*

A successful proposal addresses the conference theme clearly and is
analytical rather than descriptive.

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2016

Send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio (50–100 words) to:
koreanvisualculture at gmail.com

Successful applicants will be notified by: February 25, 2016

Submission deadline for working papers: May 5, 2016

Paper length: 4,000–5,000 words

*Special Notes*

Each presenter is responsible for her/his flying cost to Jerusalem.

We provide hotel and accommodations for all participants for three nights.

Free guided tour to the Old City is provided for all participants.

Further inquiries about the conference can be sent to the conference
organizer, Dr. Jooyeon Rhee: koreanvisualculture at gmail.com
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