Years of Radical Change: Korean Screen Culture

Key information

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Russell Square: College Buildings

About this event

From the 1980s New Wave of South Korean directors to the big budget spectaculars of the 2000s, South Korean cinema is attracting worldwide attention like never before. The past few years have also seen an exponential growth in the popularity of South Korean screen culture in Asia and beyond. The recent ‘Korean Wave’ (hallyu) of television dramas (soap operas), cinema and popular music has generated a remarkable amount of interest in Korea and its ‘culture.’ North Korea also has a long-established cinematic tradition and is a rare example of a country that has been ruled by a filmmaker. In the wake of  last year’s successful workshop on South Korean film, Years of Radical Change (1) held at SOAS, the Centre for Korean Studies in collaboration with the Centre for Film and Screen Studies will host a two-day conference that aims to examine critically some of the most important issues affecting Korean screen culture today; particularly cinema, television and music videos.

Date/Time Description
Friday 31 May 2013
8:30-9:15 Registration and Coffee (in foyer, main building)
9:15-9:30 Introduction ~ Room: G2

Panel 1 ‘Gender, sexuality and the body’

Chair: Dr Rossella Ferrari (SOAS) ~ Room: G2

  • Allan Christopher Simpson, SOAS: "Cinema of the Iban: An Analytical Narrative of South Korean LGBT Film."
  • Ji-Yoon An, University of Cambridge: “New Korean Cinema and Fathers' Crises in Masculinity.”
  • Dr Colette Balmain, Kingston University: “Whiteness, community and contamination: Postcolonial community and sexual miscegenation in White: The Melody of the curse, Kim Gok & Kim Sun, South Korea: 2010).”
  • Dr. Nikki J.Y.Lee ,  Nottingham Trent University: “Korean Male Star Body:  Rain and the Transnational Hollywood Action Movie”
11:30-12:00 Tea & Coffee Break ~ Room G2

Panel 2  Gender and History

Chair:  Professor Jim Hoare (SOAS) ~ Room: G2

  • Dr Chi-Yun Shin, Sheffield Hallam University: “ Between Crime and Punishment: Morals of Motherhood in Mother (2009) and Poetry (2010).”
  • Dr Hana Lee, Yonsei University: “The Unending War: continuity and Discontinuity in Korean War Films in the Post-Cold War Era.”
  • Dr Andrew David Jackson, SOAS: “Sound, image and distanciation in Spring in my Hometown .”
13:30-14:30 Lunch ~ Room G2

Panel 3 ‘Inside and outside the borders of Korea’

Chair:  Dr Hye Seung Chung (Colorado State University) ~ Room: G2

  • Jessica Conte, University of California, Irvine: “Moui: Legend of Portrait Framing Vietnam and South Korea's Past and Present.”
  • Juyeon Bae, University of Nottingham: “Border Crossing Body: Focus on Traffickers and Stateless Things.”
  • Dr Hye Seung Chung, Colorado State University: “In Search of Self (in others):Recent Trends in Korean Multicultural Films.”
  • Graham Neil Gillespie, King’s College: “Telescoping Busan on-screen, past and present: urban space and cultural policy in Nameless Gangster(2012).”
16:30-17:00 Tea & Coffee Break ~ Room G2
17:00 -18:00

Plenary session 1

Chair: Dr Shin Chi-yun (Sheffield Hallam University) ~ Room G2

  • Dr David Scott Diffrient, Colorado State University: “The unbearable Lightness of Hong Sang-soo's HaHaHa: Awkward Humour, Nervous Laughter, self-Critique in a Contemporary Korean Comedy.”
Saturday 1 of June 2013

Panel 4 ‘ South Korean television, videogames  and Hallyu’

Chair:   Dr Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS) ~ Room G2

  • Irina Lyan, Hebrew University, Israel: “Discovering Korea on Screen: A case Study of Korean Popular Culture in Israel.”
  • Chloe Paberz , Universite Paris piest-Nanterre-La Defense (UPO): “The narrative of the outcast among South Korea videogame developers.”
  • Dr. des. Marion Schulze, University of Neuchatel: “ Korea VS K-Dramaland”
  • Dr Sung-Eun Cho, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies: “ Intercultural Communication in Audiovisual Translation- Subtitling and Dubbing in Korean.”
11:00-11:30 Tea & Coffee Break ~ Room G3

Panel 5a ‘North Korea and North Koreans on screen’

Chair: Dr Xiaoning Lu (SOAS) ~ Room G2

  • Dr. Nicolas Levi, the Polish Academy of Sciences : “Kim Jong Il: a film director who ran a country.”
  • Dr Mark Morris, University of Cambridge: “Chunhyang at War: Rediscovering the Franco-North Korean film Moranbong (1958).”
  • Christopher Green, University of Cambridge: “Now On My Way to Meet Who? The Two Faces of Ije mannareo gamnida.”

Panel 5b  ‘City, Aesthetics of Resistance and Screen Media in South Korea.’

Chair: Dr Kang Jaeho (SOAS) ~ Room G3

  • Taey Iohe, Artist-Researcher, University College Dublin  &  Dr. Hyun Bang Shin, London School of Economics: “City, Aesthetics of Resistance and Screen Media in South Korea.”
13:00-14:00 Lunch ~ Room G3

Plenary session 2

Chair: Dr Aidan Foster-Carter ( Leeds University) ~ Room G2

  • Johannes Schönherr, Freelance Writer: “North Korea's International Movie Collaborations.”

Panel 6 ‘History and film (2): The Colonial Period and the pre-modern period.’

Chair:  Dr David Scott Diffrient (Colorado State University) ~ Room G2

  • Jake Bevan, the University of Exeter : “Once Upon  A Time In Colonial Korea.”
  • Dr Jeeyoung Shin, Independent scholar: “ Re-imagining Colonial Korea and the Hybrid Culture in New Korean Cinema.”
  • Dr Baek Moonim , Yonsei University: “Remembering Colonization, Restaging Ressentiment: Male Heroes in Korean Cinema.”
16:30-17:00 Tea & Coffee Break ~ Room G3
  • Dr Chung, Chong-Hwa, Researcher, Korean Film Archive: “The influence of American silent serial films on  early Korean Cinema.”
  • Dr Charles La Shure, Hanguk University of foreign studies: “Reimagining Tradition: Premodern Korean Literature in Modern Korean Film.”

*Changes may be made to the programme between now and May.


The event is free and open to the public but registration is essential to guarantee a place. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Organiser: Dr Andrew David Jackson, SOAS Centre for Korean Studies, Centre for Film & Screen Studies

Contact email: centres@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: 020 7898 4893/2

Sponsor: The conference is grateful for funding received from the AKS (Academy of Korean Studies)