Contributions are being sought for a planned book on the K-pop phenomenon being planned by JungBong Choi of New York University and Roald Maliangkay of Australian National University. Titled K-Pop Politics: Digital Mediation and Global Fandom, the volume will, according to the editors, bring together academic and professional writings on a wide range of topics:
- Cultural/Political Frameworks: hallyu (Korean wave) and cultural nationalism/transnationalism; European crises; cultural de-Westernization; cultural empowerment and global south, etc.
- Political Economy: state/corporate sponsorship; soft power; nation branding; cultural diplomacy; popular culture as a strategic industry; transnationalism in cultural production, etc.
- History and Stylistics: history of idol bands; esthetic genealogy of K-pop; group performance and collective identity; linguistic miscegenation; body/gender/sexuality; genre mix; kinship with J-pop or hip hop, etc.
- Media and Mediation: specific workings and functions of You Tube, Twitter, and Facebook vis-à-vis broadcast mass media; distinct routes/patterns of distribution; specific meaning of “social” media in K-pop; digital mobility and transferability; viral communication and cultural synchronicity, etc.
- Audience and Fandom: the power of fan clubs/blogs/sites; fan as expert/critic/quasimanager; metropolitan subculture and the role of minorities/diasporas/sojourners; collectivity and peer culture; cultural capital and race/ethnicity; the meaning of entertainment in generational/youth culture; Japanophile and K-pop; anti-Korean wave movements; K-pop and consumption chains including, but not limited to, fashion, cosmetics, food, and tourism, etc.
For more information about the rationale and scope of the project, contact the co-editors, JungBong Choi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Roald Maliangkay (roald.maliangkay@añu.edu.au). To be considered for inclusion in the volume, send an abstract of 500 to 700 words to JungBong Choi (email@example.com) by Friday, November 2, 2012. The abstract must include a working title, a bibliography, and a short (100 words) author biography.