2022 MLA Call for papers (LLC Korea Forum)

deadline for submissions: 
March 17, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
MLA LLC Korea Forum
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The deadline for MLA LLC Korea Forum’s 2022 MLA (to be held in Washington DC, Jan 6-9) CFP has been extended to March 17th. Thank you for your support and interest - please feel free to circulate and share the CFPs widely!


<Domestic Materiality in Korea and Beyond>

The session, “Domestic Materiality in Korea and Beyond,” examines the mutual relationship between people and things in (re-)defining domesticity. Domestic space is a key site for manifestations of materiality within everyday practices and of their effects on gender, familial and cultural identities. How is domesticity represented in material form and in physical practice in literary works? What role do objects and their usage play in producing, reinforcing, and challenging domesticity? Is there material evidence linking women/men and domesticity, and if so, how did those links work in practice and in discourse? In literary texts and material culture more broadly, how do things become co-agents in (re-)defining boundaries of the domestic realm? How do the circulation and transmission of things highlight the differential elaboration of domesticity across national, cultural, and temporal boundaries? By examining diversity of expectations, investments, and adjustments that everyday objects and mundane practices entail, this session aims to explore various ways in which domesticity and everyday lives constitute an essential but overlooked social and cultural process. Please send a 250-word abstract and a two-page CV to Ji-Eun Lee, Washington University in St. Louis, lee.j@wustl.edu, and Suyoung Son, Cornell University,ss994@cornell.edu by March 17, 2021. 


<Narrative and the Politics of Self-Writing in Korea>

Forms of self-writing -- including, for example, autobiographies, diaries, testimonies, and memoirs – are often viewed as presenting an “I” delivered through an intimate, transparent address. Because of the self-evident nature of this delivery, such works are often considered for their non-fictional import, and are evaluated according to their referentiality, or the degree to which their words correspond to external objects or fixed ideas. Scholarship on self-writing, however, has complicated the idea of the existence of a straightforward “I,” pointing rather to the way self-writing instantiates a speaker that is processed through a web of linguistic and social structures, and is shaped by the constraints of the narrative form itself (eg. the demand for coherence, or a beginning, middle, and end). This panel poses the following question: What may a politics of self-writing--as a method of reconciling the truth-telling value of literature with the fictionality inherent in narrative--tell us about the formation of the self in place and time? This panel invites methodological and conceptual insights from scholars working on various forms of self-writing, for example Chosŏn dynasty self-narratives, travel literature, North Korean defector memoirs, and fiction, diaries, and testimonials related to trauma in Korea. Please send a 250-word abstract and a two-page CV to Dafna Zur, dafnaz@stanford.edu.


<Articulating Protest in Modern Korea>

The last two decades were marked by a spectacular return of mass movements in Korea. From months-long mass rallies in Kwanghwamun to hashtag activism on Twitter and Instagram, protest has indeed become ubiquitous—an everyday practice for politically engaged individuals and collectivities. This session proposes to explore the dialectic between representation and practices of protest as it manifests in modern and contemporary Korea. Who are the agents of social change, and what are the historical, social, and political factors that shape counter-hegemonic practices in Korea today? What are the cultural vehicles of protest (i.e., literature, music, theater, film, television, digital/new media, etc.) that animate dissent and how do they facilitate the mobilization of people? And how does advancement in technology allow for diversification of protest tactics and representations of dissent? While the legacies of social movements during the authoritarian era continue to shape the post-authoritarian terrain of dissent in the 2000s and 2010s, cultures of protest have also become mediatized in remarkable ways—the reconfiguration of which become themselves constitutive of political action. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, affective politics, protests and counter-protests, sounds and narratives of dissent, protest and censorship, the role of social media in protest culture, new media and politics, performance of protest, repurposing of memory and/or tradition in modern-day protest, pop culture and protest, globalization and protest tactics, etc. Please send a 250-word abstract and a two-page c.v. by March 17, 2021 to Susan Hwang (shwang1@iu.edu).


<Rendering Diversity: Multilingual Representations in Korean New Media>

This panel explores multilingualism in Korean new media across form and content.  Riding the mobile boom of recent years, new media platforms, services, and content have become key channels whereby linguistically diverse communities voice their presence. While the growing popularity of hallyu and the purportedly lower threshold to access appear to cultivate polyphonic expressions in new media content and modalities of delivery, minority communities that fall outside the two-dimensional coordinates of linguistic hegemony -- national or (preferred types of) foreign, audiovisual than tactile, or standard over dialect -- still struggle with mis- or under-representation. Seeking ways to render multi-dimensional presences beyond 2D models of linguistic hegemony, this session invites papers that explore the presence and representation of language along the parameters of difference rather than hierarchized differentiation in Korean new media. More specifically, the session welcomes papers that investigate the mobilization of multilingualism on the level of platform mechanism and design, as well as papers that focus on representations of diverse language communities in new media content. Topics may include, but are not limited to, media platforms that cultivate linguistic diversity through their operational dynamics, such as subtitling or translation; explorations of regional dialects; media portrayals of racial/ethnic minority communities’ linguistic presence; representations of foreign language and culture; language education service platforms across foreign and domestic; or innovative mediation strategies and channels for non-verbal (e.g. sign) languages.  Please send a 250-word abstract and a two-page c.v. by March 17, 2021 to Haerin Shin (helenshin@stanford.kr).