Call for Proposals: Korean Popular Culture Workshop

Grad­u­ate stu­dents and post-docs cur­rent­ly research­ing Kore­an pop­u­lar cul­ture are invit­ed to sub­mit pro­pos­als for the grad­u­ate forum por­tion of the Kore­an Stud­ies Sum­mer Work­shop 2010, to be held at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia Irvine, June 25 – 26, 2010. The two-day event, orga­nized by pro­fes­sors Kyung Hyun Kim (UC Irvine), Serk-Bae Suh (UC Irvine), and Young­min Choe (USC), seeks to pro­vide a forum that will pro­mote transna­tion­al exchange and dia­logue between schol­ars teach­ing and con­duct­ing research on Kore­an pop­u­lar cul­ture at insti­tu­tions in the Unit­ed States and in South Korea. 

Con­firmed speak­ers for the work­shop include Pro­fes­sors Kwon Bodrae (Dong-guk Uni­ver­si­ty), Kim Chang-nam (Sungkong­hoe Uni­ver­si­ty) Lee Dong-yeon (Kore­an Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty of Arts), Nan­cy Abel­mann (Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois, Urbana-Cham­pagne), Choi Kyeong-Hee (Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go), and Seo Hyun-suk (Yon­sei University).

The pri­ma­ry goal of the work­shop for­mat is to pro­mote oppor­tu­ni­ties for live­ly intel­lec­tu­al exchange. Top­ics will include:

  • Prac­tice of read­ing and teach­ing Kore­an pop­u­lar culture
  • Poten­tial­i­ty of Kore­an pop­u­lar cul­ture beyond Kore­an studies
  • Com­par­a­tive per­spec­tives on cul­tur­al studies
  • Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and transna­tion­al approaches
  • Inven­tion of new cur­ricu­lums and teach­ing materials
  • Inter­sec­tions of the colo­nial, the post­colo­nial, and the cultural
  • Cyber-, Phys­i­cal, and sub­cul­ture spaces
  • New tech­nol­o­gy and youth culture
  • Tourism and Affec­tive Sites
  • Musi­cal­i­ty
  • Cos­mopoli­tanism
  • Hybrid and Mimicry
  • Post-lit­er­a­ture cultures
  • Cul­tur­al Translations

Select­ed par­tic­i­pants will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to present their work and get feed­back. Meals, hotel accom­mo­da­tions, and trav­el expens­es will be remu­ner­at­ed by the orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee. A brief bio and 250-word abstract should be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cal­ly to coör­di­na­tor Hyun Seon Park (hyunsp@uci.edu) no lat­er than April 1, 2010.

Direct inquiries about the work­shop to Young­min Choe (youngmij@usc.edu).