Mobility, Creativity, and Collectivity: Making Sites in Contemporary Korean Visual Culture

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May 24, 2016 to May 26, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Korean History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Call for Papers

Mobility, Creativity, and Collectivity:

Making Sites in Contemporary Korean Visual Culture

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 24–26, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Hong Kal, Associate Professor at York University, Canada

Title of the Speech: “Spectacle of the Public in Seoul” (tentative)

With the generous support of the Academy of Korean Studies, the Department of Asian Studies and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem are hosting an international conference on contemporary Korean visual culture with a special emphasis on communicative spaces.

The transnational movement of people, capital, and commodities constantly reshapes the social landscape of Korea(s)—a landscape in which the state(s), citizens, and migrants often use visual means in responding to the changing social reality. Taking mobility, creativity, and collectivity as underlying themes, the conference aims to explore visual forms and media that produce meaningful sites (physical and virtual) for various communities in contemporary Korea(s). “Sites,” in this sense, can be a permanent or temporary space that embodies the collective experience of social changes in visual terms.

The conference intends to capture the vibrancy of visual culture in Korea(s) to see the ways in which “sites” are produced. Some of the questions we would like to explore in the conference are:

-What are the characteristics of and trends in visual culture in Korea that concern “sites”?

-What creative capability do visual forms and media have in articulating social issues?

-What are the roles of both producers and participants in creating the “sites”?

-What are the effects of these sites for communities?

We welcome individual papers and panel proposals from scholars and practitioners working in various disciplines, including (but not limited to) art history, cinema, media studies, theatre, cultural studies, anthropology, and geography, who explore the aforementioned themes and questions from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Consideration will be given to papers that investigate both traditional and new visual media such as painting, sculpture, architecture, performance, photography, film, video art, design, and graphic art (posters, comics, webtoons, etc.).

Topics for consideration include but are not limited to:

Public space and publicness

Urban architecture and design

Migration and citizenship

Gentrification and social equality

Policies and practices on cultural heritage

Ecology and environment

Gender, class, and ethnic identity

Propaganda and censorship

Diasporic sites

Political memory and trauma


Submission Guidelines

A successful proposal addresses the conference theme clearly and is analytical rather than descriptive.

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2016

Send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio (50–100 words) to:

Successful applicants will be notified by: February 25, 2016

Submission deadline for working papers: May 5, 2016

Paper length: 4,000–5,000 words

Special Notes

Each presenter is responsible for her/his flying cost to Jerusalem.

We provide hotel and accommodations for all participants for three nights.

Free guided tour to the Old City is provided for all participants.


Further inquiries about the conference can be sent to the conference organizer, Dr. Jooyeon Rhee:



Contact Info: 

Jooyeon Rhee, Dept. of Asian Studies, Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel 9190501