[KS] CFP: A Century of Global Korean Cinema: Thinking Through and Beyond Celluloid Lights

Rachel Park rachelminpark33 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 21 01:03:45 EDT 2019

Please share the following CFP with the listserv. Thank you!

Rachel Park


Call for Papers

*A Century of Global Korean Cinema*

*Thinking Through and Beyond Celluloid Lights*

An international conference to celebrate 100 years of Korean films

hosted by the Korean Cinema Association and sponsored by the Korean Film

*Dates:* October 23-25, 2019

*Venue:* LW Convention Center, Seoul, Korea

We are pleased to announce a call for working papers for an international
conference to celebrate the Korean film centennial. Since the debut of the
“first” Korean film, *Righteous Revenge*, a kino drama shown at Danseongsa
in 1919, Korean film has unfurled to become part of a global media
landscape, traversing such momentous historic events as
imperialism/colonialism, division and the Cold War, and neoliberal

This conference aims to explore the ways in which Korean cinema has shaped
and transcended boundaries of thoughts, experiences, and aesthetics both
visually and discursively. Moreover, in order to illuminate the ways in
which the past, present, and future of Korean cinema are inextricably
entangled with global cultural flows, this conference seeks to promote
productive discussion and exchange among scholars not only in Korean film
studies, but also in various fields working within interdisciplinary and
transnational methodologies.

To facilitate a lively and communal network of Korean film scholars from
diverse areas, fields, and generations, this three-day conference will
include two keynote speeches, panel sessions, a publication workshop, a
mentoring program, and a roundtable discussion.


The conference committee invites papers and presentations related to Korean
film history, visual culture, and media studies that engage in the critical
scope of Korean film studies within a global context, including but not
limited to:

*Rethinking Korean Film History:* This panel will focus on the
intersections between technology, modernity, and temporality in Korea
during the early 20th century. How have critical discourses surrounding
colonialism and colonial modernity interacted with the postcolonial turn?
What is the relationship between the global and colonial situation, and how
has this affected Korean cinema? What is implied by the term “History of
Korean Cinema”? What is the relationship between grassroots history and
public memory and how have these perspectives manifested itself in the
writing of history, both in film and otherwise? This panel seeks to trace
the contours of the “History of Korean Cinema” over the past century in
order to construct new paradigms in interrogating this very history.

*Politics, Event, and Postmemory:* The political aspects of Korean cinema
are deeply intertwined with the Korean War, the subsequent division of the
Korean peninsula, and the historical trauma incurred by these events. The
influence of these events is not only restricted to postwar Korean cinema
but also present in contemporary “Korean blockbusters” which have
consistently dealt with the issues between North and South Korea amid Cold
War geopolitics. This panel aims to re-assess and re-evaluate Korean films
through this frame by illuminating questions of sovereignty, modernization,
neoliberalism, and globalization and how they have coalesced within the
political landscape of Korean film culture.

*Post-Hallyu, Technology, and New Media:* One of the emerging trends in
Korean film research has been the necessity of investigating the dynamic
interplay and intersection between technology, the space of the global
city, and media spectacles. This panel focuses on media, spectacle, the
experience of the city, and screen culture in order to raise questions not
merely on culture and modernization, but also to examine methodological
questions on examining this cultural landscape. By utilizing the critical
framework of “post-Hallyu,” this panel explores the relationship between
the social functions and aesthetic forms of film, television, the Internet,
and videos and politics, discourses surrounding collective identity, and
media industries.

*Women and Minorities*: This panel hopes to address questions and research
pertaining to the history of film feminism beginning in the 1990s, the
relationship between the #MeToo movement and Korean film (industries),
queer representation in Korean films, and the framing of gender and
sexuality. What are ways in which modern discourses of gender/sexuality
have served to normalize (or abnormalize) its manifestations in Korean
film? How have social movements regarding gender and sexuality contributed
to the exploration of new paradigms and theoretical underpinnings of Korean
film? Other relevant topics include the masculinization of Korean film
historiography, gender diversity in Korean film, the dissolution of
traditional/nuclear families, film directors/genres/actors representing
women and queer communities, and independent films and minority

*Korean Cinema in the Asia Network:* As a global medium, how have Korean
films interacted with the geopolitics and transnational networks within
Asia? How does situating Korean film and history within this broader global
network create new problematics and paradigms? As the exchange of global
culture becomes more complicated and all-encompassing, how can we
re-examine the binary opposition between cultures of the East and the West?
This panel especially probes into the meanings and forms of Korean films as
they have evolved in contact with other national cultures, along with the
identity and diversity of diasporic films and cultures and their affects
within the terrain of Korean film.

*The Metadiscourses of Genre, Authorship, and Aesthetics:* This panel aims
to re-situate historical discourses surrounding authorship, genre theory,
the dichotomy of realism and modernism, etc. within a contemporary
viewpoint. How have these discourses and theories shaped the way Korean
film has been studied, interpreted, and disseminated? What are the
metadiscourses that have constructed the theoretical frames through which
Korean film has been researched?

*Papers on other topics outside of the above panel themes will also be
considered. *


We are also holding a mentoring workshop during the second day of the
conference (October 24, 2019) and are seeking mentees (graduate students,
postdocs, new faculty, independent researchers) along with mentors. This
will be an excellent opportunity for newer researchers to meet one-on-one
with their preferred faculty mentor to discuss research and professional
concerns. Please make sure to indicate in your submission that you would
like to participate as space is limited.


The publication workshop will take place during the second day of
conference (October 24, 2019) in a separate hall. Editors or contributors
who are planning to publish a book or a special issue on Korean film and
visual culture are encouraged to attend. The interactive session will focus
on developing research for publication in journals and book volumes. Please
make sure to indicate in your submission that you would like to participate
as space is limited.


For those who are interested in presenting a paper on one of the panels or
in participating in the Mentoring Workshop or Publication Workshop, please
submit a title, a 350-word abstract of your paper/project, and a short bio
using the below link of Google Form by July 25, 2019.

·      Google Form Link for Submission: https://forms.gle/JPaoPKBVX8qy9yRP8

·      Deadline: by July 25, 2019

·      Notification of selected abstracts by: August 15, 2019

We will provide hotel accommodations and meals during the conference for
all accepted participants. For some international graduate students
(outside of Korea), we will also be able to provide some support in
covering travel expenses but we encourage participants to check in ahead of
time with their home or external institutions in order to cover travel

Please direct any questions or concerns to Hyun Seon Park (
hyunstime at gmail.com)

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to a fruitful and enriching


Jaecheol and Hyun Seon

Jaecheol Moon

Committee Chair, Centennial Korean Cinema Conference

Chair, Korean Cinema Association (http://kca1971.or.kr)

Professor, Chung-Ang University

Hyun Seon Park

Organizer, Centennial Korean Cinema Conference

Member of Board of Directors, Korean Cinema Association (

HK Research Associate Professor, Sogang University
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