”Transcultural fandom—the process where cultural practices and metaphors diffuse across geographical, ethnic, and linguistic boundaries to reach different fan communities—has been one of Hallyu’s most conspicuous characteristics ever since Korean popular culture has started going abroad on a massive scale in the mid-2000s. In fact, transcultural fandom is one of the major reasons for Hallyu’s rapid acceptance in places outside Korea’s immediate geographical, historical and cultural proximity, embraced by communities of fans in distant places as far as South America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Hallyu fans usually do not see themselves as mere consumers of K-pop, Korean TV dramas, or movies, or as an isolated group of individuals, but as part of a wider transcultural network of people sharing similar cultural practices, passions and preferences.
This congress aims to rethink the cultural, economic, and political roles of transcultural fandom in the circulation of popular culture across multiple boundaries and more specifically to evaluate transcultural fandom as part of Hallyu’s global success. We seek for papers that
As usual, divisional and special sessions are prepared as follows:
1. Divisional Sessions:
a. Humanities and Social Sciences, Korean Language and Literature, Hallyu Management, K-pop/K-drama, and others
2. Special Sessions:
a. Global Leaders Round Table
b. “Sex, Lies, and K-pop: The YG Scandal and the Future of K-pop”
For individual paper proposals, please submit an abstract with a maximum of 300 words by August 31, 2019 and a one paragraph bio. For panel proposals, please also include a one-page abstract of the panel in addition to the abstract of each paper and bios. Normally the papers should be presented in English; however, under special circumstances, an entire session can choose its own session language.
The organizers plan to host a post-conference tour of the old city of Jerusalem in the morning of December 4th (free of charge).