BTS: A Global Interdisciplinary Conference II

deadline for submissions: 
November 6, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
California State University Northridge
contact email: 

BTS:  A Global Interdisciplinary Conference II

May 1-2, 2021.  California State University Northridge


In January 2020, a groundbreaking inclusive inter and multi-disciplinary conference was held at Kingston College in London UK, examining the success and popularity of the Kpop group BTS from a variety of perspectives.  

 It was clear by the more than 150 presentations that a second conference is both desirable and necessary to continue to explore the phenomenon that is and surrounds BTS.  This second conference will take place on the campus of California State University Northridge (30 miles from central Los Angeles) on May 1-2, 2021.   

 This conference will bring together academics, fans, and music and media industry practitioners in a supportive and inclusive space to talk, debate and share ideas about BTS. Subjects will include music, fandom, education, film and media, performance art, culture, fashion and so on. 

It is anticipated that there will be fan and student (graduate and undergraduate) participation. 

Submissions are welcome across a range of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Participatory culture and fandom
  • Music Studies and Music Education, including Hip-Hop and Hybridity
  • Dance Studies
  • Connect, BTS
  • Identities and Intersectional practices: gender, sexuality, race, age, dis/ability,
  • National and ethnic identities
  • Music Videos: Aesthetics and Attributes
  • Documentary and Reality Television
  • BTS Graphic Lyrics
  • Mental Health awareness
  • Philosophy
  • Citizen Politics
  • International Relations
  • Education and Educational Psychology
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • BTS and Online Gaming

KEYNOTES: Crystal Anderson is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at George Mason University.  Dr. Anderson

works within the fields of transnational American Studies and Global Asias, focusing on African American, Asian and Asian American cultures in popular culture, media studies, visual culture, audience reception and literature. Her most recent book, Soul in Seoul: African American Music and K-pop, explores the impact of African American popular music on contemporary Korean pop, R&B and hip-hop and the role of global fans as the music press and promotional apparatus. Her 2013 book, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production, uses the films of Bruce Lee to interpret cross-cultural dynamics in post-1990 novels, films and anime. She has published articles on Afro-Asian cultural studies in several journals including African American ReviewMELUS, Ethnic Studies Review and Extrapolation as well as book chapters on masculinity in K-pop and Afro-Japanese representation in art. Moreover, she also manages several digital humanities projects, including KPK: Kpop Kollective (, the oldest and only aca-fansite for K-pop, and KPOPCULTURE, a digital humanities project that which organizes information about K-pop music, choreography, creative personnel, fandom and media.  

 Colette Balmain is a senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Kingston University in London. She specializes in East Asian cinema and cultures and has written numerous articles and reviews focusing on identity politics, aesthetics, and ideology.  Her main specialization is horror and gothic cinemas.  Her first book was Introduction to Japanese Horror Film and she is currently working on an edited collection on BTS as well as a monography with the working title Beyond the Symbolic: Performative Masculinity, Authenticity, and Emotionality in BTS.  She is currently completing her second monograph of East Asian Gothic Cinema. She also writes for London Korean LinkseasternKicks, and Asian Movie Pulse

We look forward to contributions from students, ARMY, and industry professionals, and early career academics, as well as senior scholars.  Workshops, performances, and video screenings, as well as formal presentations, are welcome.  

 Please submit a 300-word abstract (summary) of your proposed twenty-minute presentation and a short bio to  Videos may be longer.

If you are proposing a panel, you must provide an abstract and short biography of each presenter. The deadline for proposals is November 6th.

 For more information contact


Organizers:  Dr. Frances Gateward (CSUN)

                      Dr. Jinah Kim (CSUN)

                      Dr. Nam Lee (Chapman University)

                      Dr. R. Candace Epps (UNC Chapel Hill)

                      Dr. Charles Hatfield (CSUN)


*COVID-10 Advisory Notice:  While this conference is intended to take place in-person at the CSUN Conference Center, the uncertainty of the coming months may require the event be moved online.