[KS] 2022 MLA convention, LLC Korea Forum Call for Papers

Haerin Shin helenshin at stanford.kr
Thu Feb 25 10:56:03 EST 2021

MLA LLC Korea Forum invites paper submissions for 2022 MLA, to be held in
Washington DC (Jan 6-9). Please see session details below . The submission
deadline is March 10th. Thank you for your support and interest - please
feel free to circulate and share the CFPs widely!
Shorter versions of the CFPs are also available on MLA's website.
<Domestic Materiality in Korea and Beyond>
The session, “Domestic Materiality in Korea and Beyond,” examines the
mutual relationship between people and things in (re-)defining domesticity.
Domestic space is a key site for manifestations of materiality within
everyday practices and of their effects on gender, familial and cultural
identities. How is domesticity represented in material form and in physical
practice in literary works? What role do objects and their usage play in
producing, reinforcing, and challenging domesticity? Is there material
evidence linking women/men and domesticity, and if so, how did those links
work in practice and in discourse? In literary texts and material culture
more broadly, how do things become co-agents in (re-)defining boundaries of
the domestic realm? How do the circulation and transmission of things
highlight the differential elaboration of domesticity across national,
cultural, and temporal boundaries? By examining diversity of expectations,
investments, and adjustments that everyday objects and mundane practices
entail, this session aims to explore various ways in which domesticity and
everyday lives constitute an essential but overlooked social and cultural
process. Please send a 250-word abstract and a two-page CV to Ji-Eun Lee,
Washington University in St. Louis, lee.j at wustl.edu, and Suyoung Son,
Cornell University,ss994 at cornell.edu by March 10, 2021.
<Narrative and the Politics of Self-Writing in Korea>
Forms of self-writing -- including, for example, autobiographies, diaries,
testimonies, and memoirs – are often viewed as presenting an “I” delivered
through an intimate, transparent address. Because of the self-evident
nature of this delivery, such works are often considered for their
non-fictional import, and are evaluated according to their referentiality,
or the degree to which their words correspond to external objects or fixed
ideas. Scholarship on self-writing, however, has complicated the idea of
the existence of a straightforward “I,” pointing rather to the way
self-writing instantiates a speaker that is processed through a web of
linguistic and social structures, and is shaped by the constraints of the
narrative form itself (eg. the demand for coherence, or a beginning,
middle, and end). This panel poses the following question: What may a
politics of self-writing--as a method of reconciling the truth-telling
value of literature with the fictionality inherent in narrative--tell us
about the formation of the self in place and time? This panel invites
methodological and conceptual insights from scholars working on various
forms of self-writing, for example Chosŏn dynasty self-narratives, travel
literature, North Korean defector memoirs, and fiction, diaries, and
testimonials related to trauma in Korea. Please send a 250-word abstract
and a two-page CV to Dafna Zur, dafnaz at stanford.edu.
<Articulating Protest in Modern Korea>
The last two decades were marked by a spectacular return of mass movements
in Korea. From months-long mass rallies in Kwanghwamun to hashtag activism
on Twitter and Instagram, protest has indeed become ubiquitous—an everyday
practice for politically engaged individuals and collectivities. This
session proposes to explore the dialectic between representation and
practices of protest as it manifests in modern and contemporary Korea. Who
are the agents of social change, and what are the historical, social, and
political factors that shape counter-hegemonic practices in Korea today?
What are the cultural vehicles of protest (i.e., literature, music,
theater, film, television, digital/new media, etc.) that animate dissent
and how do they facilitate the mobilization of people? And how does
advancement in technology allow for diversification of protest tactics and
representations of dissent? While the legacies of social movements during
the authoritarian era continue to shape the post-authoritarian terrain of
dissent in the 2000s and 2010s, cultures of protest have also become
mediatized in remarkable ways—the reconfiguration of which become
themselves constitutive of political action. Topics of interest include,
but are not limited to, affective politics, protests and counter-protests,
sounds and narratives of dissent, protest and censorship, the role of
social media in protest culture, new media and politics, performance of
protest, repurposing of memory and/or tradition in modern-day protest, pop
culture and protest, globalization and protest tactics, etc. Please send a
250-word abstract and a two-page c.v. by March 10, 2021 to Susan Hwang (
shwang1 at iu.edu).
<Rendering Diversity: Multilingual Representations in Korean New Media>
This panel explores multilingualism in Korean new media across form and
content.  Riding the mobile boom of recent years, new media platforms,
services, and content have become key channels whereby linguistically
diverse communities voice their presence. While the growing popularity of
hallyu and the purportedly lower threshold to access appear to cultivate
polyphonic expressions in new media content and modalities of delivery,
minority communities that fall outside the two-dimensional coordinates of
linguistic hegemony -- national or (preferred types of) foreign,
audiovisual than tactile, or standard over dialect -- still struggle with
mis- or under-representation. Seeking ways to render multi-dimensional
presences beyond 2D models of linguistic hegemony, this session invites
papers that explore the presence and representation of language along the
parameters of difference rather than hierarchized differentiation in Korean
new media. More specifically, the session welcomes papers that investigate
the mobilization of multilingualism on the level of platform mechanism and
design, as well as papers that focus on representations of diverse language
communities in new media content. Topics may include, but are not limited
to, media platforms that cultivate linguistic diversity through their
operational dynamics, such as subtitling or translation; explorations of
regional dialects; media portrayals of racial/ethnic minority communities’
linguistic presence; representations of foreign language and culture;
language education service platforms across foreign and domestic; or
innovative mediation strategies and channels for non-verbal (e.g. sign)
languages.  Please send a 250-word abstract and a two-page c.v. by March
10, 2021 to Haerin Shin (helenshin at stanford.kr).

Helen Shin
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