Korean Dramatic Tradition and Contemporary Practices

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Kritika Kultura
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Modern English Drama Association of Korea (MEDAK) invites contributions for a planned collaboration with Kritika Kultura on the Korean dramatic tradition.

As an Asian country, Korea has an Asian identity. It shares much of its historical experiences and cultural background with other Asian nations. However, it is reasonable to say that Korea has more deep-rooted relationships with China and Japan—all together referred to as “East Asia”—than with South-East Asian countries. It is because Korea was historically an isolated kingdom, probably almost never having gone beyond the neighborhood of North-East Asian region. Nevertheless, with globalization, in many ways, Korea has opened itself to the world.

The recent economic success dubbed ‘the miracle on the Han River’ and subsequent successful democratization greatly enhanced the international status of Korea and triggered enormous economic and cultural exchanges with foreign nations, including, of course, South-East Asian countries. Particularly as the Asian economies got bigger, the economic relationships got closer. An increasingly huge number of people are visiting each other and the volume of imports and exports is ever on the increase. However, in a sense, the relationships between Korea and a number of countries remain rather superficial, heavily oriented towards economic profits and personnel exchange. That is why more of reciprocal, in-depth and comprehensive studies of the histories and cultural heritages among Asian nations are needed: relationships have to be deepened and expanded into more diverse areas with a view to understanding each other in a more proper context. Thus, this Call for Papers hopes to help enhance mutual understanding between Korea and the world.

As MEDAK’s academic concern is limited to largely British and American dramas and performances, including primarily stage drama/plays, but also, television and film, we think it advisable that the key themes for the special section be not so strictly defined. So we invite contributions under such a broad enough title as “Korean Dramatic Tradition and Contemporary Practices: Multi(Inter)-Cultural and Post-colonial Perspectives” in Korean dramas and performances. The Call for Papers includes translations and adaptations of global literature into Korean dramas and performances, Korean dramas and performances written in non-Korean languages, and non-Korean dramas or performances that tackle themes in relation to Korean experiences, history, culture and society. It will accommodate contributions covering any of the following topics in relation to Korean drama and performances: 

• Changes and innovations
• Perils and possibilities of translations 
• Textual and contextual transformations and adaptations
• Globalization
• Asian ethos and values
• Multicultural encounters between Korean and global literature
• Diaspora and migrancy
• Dramatic tradition
• Representations of the Korean “Han” 
• Global Korean: Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Media
• Multiculturalism, Transnationalism, Traslocality
• Gender, race, and identity in multicultural or postcolonial contexts 

Submission guidelines

Contributions must be submitted by July 31, 2017 for the possible inclusion in a special section of the Feb. 2018 issue of KK. Contributions should be 7,000 to 8,000 words (MLA style) in length. Include the following elements in the submission: abstract (200 to 250 words); bionote (100 to 150 words); keywords (5 to 7); institutional affiliation and e-mail address. Send contributions and inquiries to Prof. Ki Hyunjoo (hyunjoo_ki@hanmail.net) (cc: kk.soh@ateneo.edu). Please use the subject heading: “Forum Kritika on the Korean Dramatic Tradition.” The contributions will be reviewed by MEDAK and KK, respectively. Only the contributions which are accepted by MEDAK editorial board will be sent to KK for double blind peer review. 

Kritika Kultura is a peer-refereed electronic journal (indexed in MLA, DOAJ, Scopus, and Thomson Reuters), which is devoted to the innovative, multidisciplinary study of language, literature, culture, and society. Sample issues and articles can be reviewed online at http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk/