[KS] CFP: “Korean Wave” Still Matters? Present and Future Directions

Josie Sohn josie.sohn at monash.edu
Fri Sep 29 08:26:09 EDT 2017

Apologies for cross-postings.

*Call For Papers: *
*International Conference**“Korean Wave” Still Matters?  **Present and
Future Directions*

*7-8 June 2018*

*Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne*

Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research
Cluster (ACMSRC) and Korean Studies Program of Monash University are
pleased to welcome submissions of paper abstracts for the conference, *“Korean
Wave” Still Matters? Present and Future Directions”*, which will be held on
7 & 8 June 2018.

Since its initial appearance in Taiwanese and Chinese media in 1997, the
term Hallyu has meant different things to different people. It proved to be
an effective nationalistic marketing and soft power strategy for the South
Korean government and entertainment industries while many fans and casual
users alike consumed South Korean cultural contents without any conscious
regard for the interests of the state. It also has been received in diverse
ways by a wide range of followers in terms of regions, gender, sexuality,
ethnicity. As such, Korean Wave has been attracting scholarly interests of
many researchers of diverse disciplines across and beyond Asian regions.

Acknowledging the recent vicennial of the Korean Wave, we welcome papers
that revisit studies of the Korean Wave and discuss its present and future
directions both in and outside of South Korea and Asian regions. Topics of
interest include but are not limited to whether or how the discourse of
Korean Wave or Hallyu remains relevant today and to whom, new and old
sociocultural issues to be explored, South Korean popular culture’s
interaction with other national/regional popular cultures and cultural
industries such as Indonesian pop or the hip hop culture in China, global
implications for the critical study of popular culture in a digital age.

Please submit your proposed title, abstract (200 words max), and brief
bio-data (50 words max) to MAI-Enquiries at monash.edu by 20 November 2017.
Please clearly put “Korean Wave” in the subject line. Acceptance of
proposals will be notified by mid December. Please kindly be advised that
we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel
costs, but we will try to cover postgraduate students’ accommodation, if
partially. There will be no registration fee for the conference.

Any enquiries should be directed to MAI-Enquiries at monash.edu

We look forward to receiving your proposals!
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