Call for Papers: Korean Cinema Challenges and the Transformation of ‘Planet Hallyuwood’

UPDATE (28 Dec. 2010): The date was extended, so if you want in, you have a good chunk of time now!

ORIGINAL POST: I just got this from Brian Yecies, and figured I’d share in case  someone out there has anything appropriate on the boil:

Call for Papers

2011 Special Issue for Acta Koreana (http://www.actakoreana.org)

Korean Cinema Challenges and the Transformation of ‘Planet Hallyuwood’
Guest Editors: Brian Yecies, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Wollongong and
Ae-Gyung Shim, School of English, Media and Performing Arts, University of New South Wales
After the government eliminated film censorship in 1996, South Korea began producing one of the fastest-growing pan-Asian film and digital media industries, spreading waves of popular Korean culture (pronounced Hallyu) across the globe. Critical and popular attention has focused on the production of diverse contents, genres, narratives and aesthetic styles and the export of other popular cultural forms such as K-pop and TV soaps. These other forms have played a valuable role in familiarizing Korean cinema just as Korean cinema has familiarized these other forms. In 2005 the national film industry reached a Golden Age peak of success to become what we call ‘Planet Hallyuwood’ – the fusing of Hallyu and Hollywood. Domestic market share of local film screenings towered over imports, film pre-sales to Japanese distributors attracted millions of US dollars, and the protectionist Screen Quota System had survived four decades of trade pressures from the US. The World’s consumption and recognition of South Korean films at this time had never been higher.
However, since 2006 new pressures have been jeopardizing the international stature and future development of the South Korean film industry. Extreme competition between domestic arthouse and commercial films, piracy and illegal downloading, and halving of the Screen Quota System have caused a significant loss of profits, paying viewers, and domestic and international DVD and cable TV markets.
This special issue of Acta Koreana seeks to investigate these fundamental issues and their ramifications for the growth of the South Korean cinema and the country’s cultural and creative industries more generally.
We seek contributors from a wide range of disciplinary areas. Proposals on all aspects of Planet Hallyuwood and its transformation are invited, particularly including the following topics:
  • digital cinema, animation and new technologies
  • film festivals and fandom
  • star systems
  • international co-productions, collaboration, and new production practices
  • independent filmmaking
  • female directors and producers
  • cultural advocacy
  • genres and narrative styles
  • crossovers, influences and intertexts
  • comparisons and contrasts between the particularity of ‘Planet Hallyuwood’ and other large international cinemas (‘Planet Hollywood’, ‘Planet Bollywood’ & ‘Planet Hong Kong’).
Join us as we critically evaluate ‘Planet Hallyuwood’ – that is, the revitalization of Hallyu – and its future contribution to the power dynamics of creative and cultural industries in Asia and across the globe.
Abstracts may be submitted in Word or RTF formats. Please include: author(s), institutional affiliation, email address, title, abstract, and a short biography. Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to Brian Yecies ([email protected]) by 1 February 2010; he will then advise whether a full paper is required for the reviewing process.
Full contributions of 4,000–5,000 words, prepared in MLA style, will then be required by 1 April 2011.
For further information regarding this special issue, please contact the guest editors: Brian Yecies ([email protected]) or Ae-Gyung Shim ([email protected]). Please note  Acta Koreana has a rigorous reviewing system and we would expect that not all papers sent for review will necessarily be published.

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