[KS] Monash University Seminar -- Korean History and Cinema: Contrasting approaches

Lucien Brown lucien.brown at monash.edu
Sun Apr 18 20:22:04 EDT 2021

Dear all,

Please see below for details of a seminar at Monash University this
Wednesday (via Zoom).



*Monash University Korean Studies and Monash University School of
Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics presents a seminar on:*

*Korean History and Cinema: Contrasting approaches*

Assoc. Prof. Andrew David Jackson and Dr. Niall McMahon

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

*Wednesday 21 April*, 1:00~2:00 pm via Zoom (Australian Eastern Standard



Andrew David Jackson (Monash University), Niall McMahon (Independent

In this talk Dr Jackson and Dr McMahon present two contrasting approaches
to the exploration of Korean history via cinema.

*Cinephilia, Art Film and Art Houses in Post-dictatorship South Korea*
(Andrew David Jackson)

In this talk, Dr Jackson looks at cinema exhibition as social history.
Between the late 1980s and late 1990s, young South Koreans embarked upon a
period of frenetic consumption of foreign art film. This brief period of
cinephilia boom resulted in the publication of influential film magazines
KINO and Cine2, the establishment of notable international film festivals,
the opening of South Korea's first art houses, and inspired a generation of
Korean filmgoers to consume film in innovative ways. Using historical
approaches to cinema exhibition by Robert C. Allen, Annette Kuhn, and
Barbara Wilinsky, this study explores the significance of early South
Korean art film exhibition and consumption for our understanding of a
generation of young South Koreans liberated from three decades of military

*The Golden Age and the depiction of history in South Korean cinema
post-Korean War* (Niall McMahon)

In this talk, Dr McMahon examines the history of South Korean cinema
post-Korean War. After the end of the war, South Korean cinema entered what
is known as its “Golden Age” (1950s-1960s). These formative decades were
heavily impacted by multiple factors such as the first removal and then
reintroduction of film taxation, intrusive film laws such as the Screen
Quota System as well as socio-political factors such as the National
Security Law and the country’s intense anti-communist stance in all avenues
of their culture. Using the 1961 Korean War film Five Marines as a key
example, this study will examine how the developments and ideological
precepts of the Golden Age directly affected film production and how the
depiction of South Korean history was altered as a result.


Dr Andrew David Jackson is currently Associate Professor of Korean Studies
at Monash University. He obtained his PhD in Korean history from the School
of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2011.  As well as
pre-modern history, Andrew is interested in modern Korean history and
society, South and North Korean film, and theories of rebellion and

Dr Niall McMahon is a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working in
Perth, Western Australia. His main research interests are South Korean
cinema, the historical film genre and the war film genre, with a specific
focus on films that depict the Japanese colonial period and the Korean War.

Dr Lucien BROWN <https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/lucien-brown>
Senior Lecturer
Convenor, Korean Studies
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Monash University
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