Korean Popular Culture (4/30/10; October 1-3, 2010)

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Paul Petrovic / Nothern Illinois University
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A Korean Popular Culture panel for the 2010 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference

Friday-Sunday, October 1 - 3, 2010
Minneapolis, MN

Deadline: April 30, 2010

The Korean Popular Culture panel is now accepting proposals for the upcoming Midwest Popular Culture and Midwest American Culture Association Conference in October. The MPCA/MACA conference will be held in Minneapolis, MN from 1-3 October, 2010.

Although I am interested in essays focusing on all facets of Korean Popular Culture, I seek special consideration toward more recent Korean films and media, with essays that build off of the most recent work within Korean film studies. In addition to any other prescient topics that you wish to explore and analyze, topics considering any of the following topics would be especially welcomed.

In what ways have Hong Sang-soo's films since "Turning Gate" continued to evolve his aesthetic?
How does Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine" complicate themes within his oeuvre?
What does it mean that Bong Joon-ho has seemingly become the Korean director most celebrated and associated with the Korean film renaissance?
How does Tartan Video's generic branding of Korean cinema as one generally associated with the "Extreme" create an adverse ideology toward Korea's place within serious cinema, and ultimately what can be hoped to be gained by such misrepresentation?
What does the diminishing schedule of Korean films throughout the American film festival circuit mean for Americans interested in Korean cinema generally?

Please include name, affiliation, and e-mail address with your 250 word abstract to pauldpetrovic@gmail.com

More information about the conference can be found at http://mpcaaca.org/