[KS] Call for Papers: Korean Film Workshop

Jinsoo An anjinsoo at berkeley.edu
Thu Dec 17 19:33:27 EST 2015

Call for Papers:  Korean Film Workshop at Berkeley 2016

History and Historiography of Korean Film

The Center for Korean Studies at UC Berkeley announces a call for working
papers for Korean film workshop, scheduled for July 15 of 2016.  It brings
attention to the broad topic of history and historiography of Korean
film.  Over
the past two decades, South Korean film has garnered an impressive
visibility on the international scene.  This workshop examines the changing
contour of Korean film history and its relationship with other cultural
development and disciplinary engagements.  For instance, the recent
discovery of colonial-era Korean films has fueled the scholarship on the
colonial visual culture, which in turn has reinvigorated the academic
interests in Korean film history.  On the other hand, the advent of digital
media technologies has proliferated various types of visual narratives,
spectatorial engagement and reception patterns that changed the way viewers
understand film history.  How do these disciplinary and technological
developments intersect with the critical discourse of Korean film history
and national (or transnational) cinema?  This workshop is designed to
reflect upon the contradictory tendencies and perspectives that these
developments have made upon the history of Korean film.  It welcomes papers
on the issue of Korean film history from all periods, as well as empirical
research projects that relate to these questions through case studies.

The issues considered for the workshop include (but are not limited to):

•      Location of Korean film history in relation to other disciplines
such as history of modern literature, art history, urban studies, cultural
studies, sociology, media studies, communication studies, Cold War studies,

•      Writings of early film historians, e.g., Yi Youngil, Yun Pongchun
and others, and their legacies

•      Challenge of revisionist scholarship to national cinema history

•      Challenge of trans-regional cultural/film studies to Korean film

•      Film archive, preservation, and digitization of film sources

•      Regional film distribution and exhibition practices

•      Empirical research on under-examined film events, controversies or

•      State Censorship, control and regulation as well as artist

•      The Cold War culture and Korean film history

•      Pedagogical issues in teaching Korean film history in classroom

•      Disappearance or persistence of history in contemporary Korean film

For those who are interested in presenting a paper, submit a 250-word
abstract and short CV to the email address below by March 1st, 2016.  Papers
are requested by June 15 to provide sufficient time for discussants to
prepare responses.

anjinsoo at berkeley.edu

The Center for Korean Studies will provide roundtrip economy-class airfare,
basic ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals during the

Jinsoo An
Assistant Professor, Korean Studies

University of California, Berkeley
Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures
3413 Dwinelle Hall, MC 2230
Berkeley, CA 94720-2230
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