[KS] CfP for edited collection Korean Film and Festivals: Global Transcultural Flows

Hyunseon Lee hyunseon.lee at uni-tuebingen.de
Sun Nov 12 04:30:16 EST 2017


Film festivals for over seventy years have been the driving force  
behind the global circulation of cinema. Film festivals are also a  
place where cultures are translated and transported into other  
cultures. Work on film festivals is a burgeoning field of interest in  
Film Studies. Much cutting-edge work is currently being published on  
film festivals in relation to world cinemas, yet the relationship  
between Korean cinema and film festivals so far has been relatively  

Until recently, the work on this subject has mainly focused on  
European and North American Film Festivals, with presumptions and  
expectations about different global film cultures being shaped there.  
Asia is slowly becoming more prominent in the international festival  
world, and so it will be crucial to investigate how film festivals in  
Korea are engaging in this new global prominence of film festivals in  
Asia, and how this, in turn, is transforming what an international  
film festival is.

We hope the following volume will expand upon and enlarge the current  
work that has already been done on film festivals in Korea. There are  
also numerous small film festivals that are held in Korea, which would  
be beneficial to research to reveal the role they play in Korean film  
culture and compare their structure and operations to the larger  
Korean film festivals.

Korean cinema has been making large waves in international film  
festivals for over a decade now, not to mention having had a long  
history at European film festivals that began in the 1960s. However,  
there has not yet been a systematic study of the ideas and problems  
related to curating Korean films at international film festivals.
Along with this focus on the growing role of film festivals in  
relation to Korean cinema and lack of research on film festivals  
within Korea, this edited volume "Korean Film Festivals: Global  
Transcultural Flows" aims to address the following blind spots:

-         What constitutes the term ‘world cinema,’ and what issues  
are at stake when Korean cinema enters foreign lands with (different)  
values attached to it?
-         How are national narratives created around Korean cinema at  
international film festivals? Although Korean cinema has a long  
history of screenings at international film festivals, why is it that  
only in the past decade has Korean cinema started to win major  
festival prizes and gain a firm place within the rubric of ‘world  
-         If the film festival is the place that aims to exhibit  
certain kinds of films, what place does Korean cinema have within the  
exhibition network, and what type of cinema and images are being  
sought from Korea by international festival curators?
-         How is Korean cinema’s global success related to the film  
industry side of film festivals, where business deals are made for the  
worldwide distribution of Korean cinema?
-         How can issues of cultural translation be analyzed when  
looking at what exactly Korean cinema represents to international  
audiences, and what those audiences desire from it?
-         If we compare how Korean cinema is curated within film  
festivals in Korea itself and at international film festivals, what  
does this reveal about the transcultural flows that emanate from Korea  
to the rest of the world?
-         How is Korean culture translated into cinema via the  
festival distribution network?
-         On the other side of the scale, how do film festivals within  
Korea operate and fit into the international festival world?

The above questions will be explored in this edited volume. Other  
papers related to Korean cinema at international film festivals or  
Korean film festivals but with different angles will also be considered.

_    CALL FOR PAPERS      _ 
The proposal should include an abstract of 300 words and the name,  
institutional affiliation, a 100-word biography of the author, and the  
title of the paper.
Please submit the abstract by JAN 10TH, 2018 to /DR. HYUNSEON  
The deadline for full chapter submission is the 1 SEPTEMBER 2018. The  
length of the article should be 6000 - 8000 words including footnotes  
and bibliography.

Hyunseon Lee, Ph D. Habilitation
Centre of Korean Studies / Centre for Film and Media Studies
SOAS, University of London
hs53 at soas.ac.uk
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