Korean boy group BTS are the first ever Korean act to perform at Wembley Stadium as part of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour. Debuting in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment, BTS initially struggled to gain recognition in Korea as they didn’t come from one of the big three Korean entertainment companies. However, the last few years have seen BTS become the most internationally successful Korean act of all time, amassing not only domestic awards but prestigious US awards including The Best Duo/Group at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Their recent sold-out concerts at Wembley clearly delineate BTS as a dominant force in global music and within popular culture. This inclusive inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine the success and popularity of BTS from a variety of academic, practice, and fan-based perspectives.
This ethos of this conference is to bring together academics, fans and practitioners in a supportive and inclusive space to talk, debate and to share ideas about BTS. This is a hierarchy-free space in which everyone’s views are valued equally. Issues may relate to music, visual art, performance art, culture, fashion and so on. We hope this is a truly interdisciplinary event. It is anticipated that there will be a fan and/or student strand in addition to an exhibition of fan work with a prize for the best entry
Full details are available at: https://kingston.box.com/s/qmleeobky9afh75m2hnds5mju3exn27z
Deadline: 16th August 2019
Notification of decision: 31st August 2019
Dr Colette Balmain, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media, Kingston University