Call for Papers: K-Pop Politics

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 ( and Roald Maliangkay (roald.maliangkay@añ To be con­sid­ered for inclu­sion in the vol­ume, send an abstract of 500 to 700 words to Jung­Bong Choi ( by Fri­day, Novem­ber 2, 2012. The abstract must include a work­ing title, a bib­li­og­ra­phy, and a short (100 words) author biog­ra­phy.