Proposals are invited for papers to be included in a volume titled The Korean Popular Culture Reader, being edited by Kyung Hyun Kim of the University of California Irvine and Youngmin Choe of the University of Southern California.
The Korean Popular Culture Reader proposes to analyze and theorize contemporary Korean popular culture and the hallyu phenomenon, to recognize its growth from and existence within a larger context of popular culture beyond that embraced by hallyu fans, and to understand the social-political dynamics of Korean popular culture over the past century.
Especially invited are papers on the topics listed below, but papers on related topics will be considered:
- Colonial-era film spectatorship
- Popular music in early 20th-century Korea
- New Women and modern desires
- Radio culture
- Sports, race, and nationalism
- Tourism and museum studies
- Postwar rock music
- Iconic screen figures and the star system
- Manhwa and animation
- Television and public performance
- Idol groups, hip-hop, and youth subculture
- Popular television programs and genre studies
- American reception of Korean TV dramas
- Contemporary art and performance
Abstracts of 500 words and should be sent to Kyung Hyun Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 10, 2010. A full paper of 7000–8000 words will be requested by April 1, 2011. Selected papers will be invited to a prevolume Korean Popular Culture Workshop at UC Irvine in late May 2011. Travel fare and accommodations will be provided.