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.
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”
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”
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”
14:45 – 15:15 Bora Kim, Columbia University, “Boundaries of K-pop: EXP EDITION, A Non-Korean K-pop Idol Group”
15:45 – 16:45 Comments and Q&A
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