[KS] Please Post This Conference

"SKRHEE" skrhee at yonsei.ac.kr
Sun Apr 9 22:45:00 EDT 2017

I am happy to announce our 2017 Situations international conference in Jeju Island. Please visit our website: http://situations.kr.

“As the Boom Goes Bust in Asia…" 

Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context International Conference 

Dates: Friday November 3-Saturday November 4 2017
Venue: Jeju Island, South Korea

Globally, it is easy to see that we are witness to changing times. The astonishing vote of the British to leave the EU, 
the rise of Donald Trump to the US presidency, the signing of a peace deal to end the conflict in Syria without US

participation…. Each of these events has sent shock waves through the world system. In East Asia, these dramatic 

developments have been matched off against  a more specific and regionally-defined set of concerns that appear to 

mark a genuine loss  of confidence in the promise of a secure future.  If we want to explain this loss, we might do 

well to link it to the gradual winding down of a 40-year cycle of prosperity that began for many East Asian countries 

in the late 1960s. Already, this growing mood of uncertainty has given rise to street protests against political and 

economic elites that have been seen to be unaccountable. In Taiwan, between March-April 2010, protests erupted 

in opposition to the passage of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement by the ruling party. The demonstrations 

became known as the Sunflower Movement. From September to December 2014, Hong Kong's Umbrella Move-

ment, a series of sit-in street protests initiated by the Chinese Communist Party’s decision to pre-screen Hong Kong’s 

leadership candidates, convulsed the island. And at the end of 2016, South Korea witnessed a sustained series of 

non-violent candlelit protests, demanding the immediate resignation of its scandal-plagued president. Culture and cult-

ural representations are also undergoing important shifts in the East Asian countries. In both popular and mass forms of

representation, we are witness to a growing mood of social uncertainty, in premonitions of disaster, in fears of an aging 

demographic and the rise of untested forms of robotics and biotechnologies. Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian 

Context calls for papers that will address themselves to the wide range of issues thrown up by this new conjuncture.

Topics that appear relevant include, but are certainly not confined to, the following themes:
Shifting Currents in Pop Music and Fan Cultures
The New Realities in TV Drama
The Aging Society and the Media
The Housing Crisis in East Asia
Political Protest and the End of the Asian Dream
East Asian Youth and the Crisis of Employment
Asian Disaster Cinema
Robotics and a World Without Work
Speculations on the Future
Artificial Intelligence
Debt and the Future of the State
Futures Beyond Democracy
The Demise of Westernization
New Gender Politics
The Power of the Premodern Past
Migrants and Borders
Capital Flows in the Age of Nationalism

Deadline for Paper Proposals: June 30 2017
Completed 6,000-word papers (in Chicago style): September 15 2017
Inquiries, proposals and papers may be addressed to the Situations Editor, Terence Murphy, at the following address 

tmurphy@ yonsei.ac.kr

Situations will help defray some of the costs of travel and accommodation for selected invitees who submit completed 

papers by the suggested deadline. In return, the invitee agrees that a properly referenced and formatted version of their 

conference paper will be considered for publication in a future number of the journal.

Many thanks for posting this.



Suk Koo Rhee, Ph.D. Indiana Univ., Bloomington

Managing Editor of Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context

Director of English Graduate Studies

Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature and Culture

Underwood International College

Yonsei University, Seoul, 03722, South Korea
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