The 27th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities

Sat, 2 November, 2019 1:30pm

Event Details

Saturday, November 2, 2019

9:30 AM – 4:45 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213

Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University

1957 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20052

Korean popular culture is arguably one of South Korea’s most impactful exports, reaching a worldwide audience of devoted fans through strategic marketization. From music, film, television, sports to food, the “Korean Wave” (Hallyu) has generated revenue and reshaped the topography of the global cultural landscape. This year's Colloquium focuses on the K-Pop industry, the contemporary style of Korean pop music that has become popular in countries ranging from the U.S., China, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand to Pakistan, Nigeria, and Chile. The speakers will examine diverse aspects of K-Pop: state-initiated efforts to employ the Korean Wave as a currency of soft power, corporate infrastructure, global fan practices that contribute to the transnational flow of popular culture, cultural appropriation, the production of idols, and the connections between K- Pop and Korean diasporic as well as other non-Korean communities.

Program Schedule

09:30 – 09:50 Breakfast Reception
09:50 – 10:00 Director Jisoo M. Kim, Institute for Korean Studies, the George Washington University
10:00 – 10:30 Kyung Hyun Kim, “Of Mimicry and Miguk: Opaquely Racial/Ambivalently Hegemonic K-pop”
SESSION I Moderator: Immanuel Kim
10:30 – 11:00 CedarBough Saeji, Indiana University, “Parasitic or Symbiotic?: The Rise of the K-pop Adjacent Industries”
11:00 – 11:30 So-Rim Lee, University of Pennsylvania, “Grow Stars with Z-POP DREAM: Idols, Tran/nationalism, and the Rhetoric of Technology”
11:30 – 12:00 Comments and Q&A
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
SESSION II Moderator: Miok Pak
13:30 – 14:00 Robert Ku, Binghamton University (SUNY) , “Mother Said She Didn’t Like Jajangmyeon’: Ruminating on Korean Noodles During the Age of K-pop”
14:00 – 14:30 Crystal Anderson, George Mason University , “From Big Mama to Mamamoo: The Reverberation of R&B Vocals in K-pop Girl Groups”
14:30 – 14:45 Break
SESSION III Moderator: Gregg Brazinsky
14:45 – 15:15 Bora Kim, Columbia University, “Boundaries of K-pop: EXP EDITION, A Non-Korean K-pop Idol Group”
15:15 – 15:45 Imelda Ibarra, US BTS Army, “Method to the Madness: The Global Power of ARMY”
15:45 – 16:45 Comments and Q&A

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