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The rise in Korean cinema examined at SOAS

24 May 2013

The Centre of Korean Studies at SOAS, University of London is to host a conference on Korean screen culture.

Taking place on 31 May 2013 at 9am-5pm in College Buildings, ‘Years of Radical Change: Korean Screen Culture’ will examine critically some of the most important issues affecting Korean screen culture today; particularly cinema, television and music videos.

From the 1980s New Wave of South Korean directors to the big budget spectaculars of the 2000s, Korean cinema is attracting worldwide attention like never before. The past few years have also seen an exponential growth in the popularity of its screen culture in Asia and beyond.

Through a series of panel discussions, some of the topics to be discussed include: ‘Gender, sexuality and the body’, ‘Inside and outside the borders of Korea’, ‘North Korean Cinema,’ ‘South Korean television, videogames and Hallyu’ and ‘City, Aesthetics of Resistance and Screen Media in South Korea.’

Participants include Dr Chi-Yun Shin from Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Hye Seung Chung and  Dr David Scott Diffrient from  Colorado State University, Dr Colette Balmain from Kingston University, Dr Mark Morris from the University of Cambridge, and Johannes Schönherr author of North Korean Cinema: a history.

Conference organiser Dr Andrew David Jackson commented: “Following on from last year’s one day workshop on South Korean film. We decided to hold a much larger event and bring in researchers and Korean film experts from all over the world. We’ve got presenters coming in from South Korea, Japan, the USA, Switzerland, Poland and France- as well as the UK.

“People forget that North Korea has an important connection to cinema; after all, it’s one of the few countries in the world to have been ruled by a former filmmaker! The event will not only  include talks about film but about all types of screen culture, so there will be presentations on the unique video game culture of South Korea and the recent hallyu or Korean Wave phenomenon in Asia.”

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The event is free to attend, for more information click here or please register here to attend.