[Filmfestivalresearch] CFP for edited collection: Korean Film and Festivals: Global Transcultural Flows

Tom Cunliffe 229623 at soas.ac.uk
Mon Nov 13 16:19:29 CET 2017

Hello Film Festival Research subscribers. Please see this CFP for an edited
volume on Film Festivals and Korean Cinema.

*CFP – edited collection *

*Korean Film and Festivals: Global Transcultural Flows *

Film festivals for over seventy years have been the driving force behind
the global circulation of cinema. Film festivals are also a place where
cultures are translated and transported into other cultures. Work on film
festivals is a burgeoning field of interest in Film Studies. Much cutting
edge work is currently being published on film festivals in relation to
world cinemas, yet the relationship between Korean cinema and film
festivals so far has been relatively neglected.

Until recently, the work on this subject has mainly focused on European and
North American Film Festivals, with presumptions and expectations about
different global film cultures being shaped there. Asia is slowly becoming
more prominent in the international festival world, and so it will be
crucial to investigate how film festivals in Korea are engaging in this new
global prominence of film festivals in Asia, and how this in turn is
transforming what an international film festival is.

We hope the following volume will expand upon and enlarge the current work
that has already been done on film festivals in Korea. There are also
numerous small film festivals that are held in Korea, which would be
beneficial to research to reveal the role they play in Korean film culture,
and compare their structure and operations to the larger Korean film

Korean cinema has been making large waves in international film festivals
for over a decade now, not to mention having had a long history at European
film festivals that began in the 1960s. However there has not yet been a
systematic study on the ideas and problems related to curating Korean films
at international film festivals.

Along with this focus on the growing role of film festivals in relation to
Korean cinema and lack of research on film festivals within Korea, this
edited volume "Korean Film Festivals: Global Transcultural Flows" aims to
address the following blind spots:

-         What constitutes the term ‘world cinema,’ and what issues are at
stake when Korean cinema enters foreign lands with (different) values
attached to it?

-         How are national narratives created around Korean cinema at
international film festivals? Although Korean cinema has a long history of
screenings at international film festivals, why is it that only in the past
decade has Korean cinema started to win major festival prizes and gain a
firm place within the rubric of ‘world cinema’?

-         If the film festival is the place that aims to exhibit certain
kinds of films, what place does Korean cinema have within the exhibition
network, and what type of cinema and images are being sought from Korea by
international festival curators?

-         How is Korean cinema’s global success related to the film
industry side of film festivals, where business deals are made for the
worldwide distribution of Korean cinema?

-         How can issues of cultural translation be analyzed when looking
at what exactly Korean cinema represents to international audiences, and
what those audiences desire from it?

-         If we compare how Korean cinema is curated within film festivals
in Korea itself and at international film festivals, what does this reveal
about the transcultural flows that emanate from Korea to the rest of the

-         How is Korean culture translated through cinema via the festival
distribution network?

-         On the other side of the scale, how do film festivals within Korea
 operate and fit into the international festival world?

The above questions will be explored in this edited volume. Other papers
related to Korean cinema at international film festivals or Korean film
festivals but with different angles will also be considered.

*      Call for Papers        *

Proposal should include an abstract of 300 words and the name,
institutional affiliation, a 100 word biography of the author, and the
title of the paper.

Please submit the abstract by *January 10th, 2018* to Dr. Hyunseon Lee:
hs53 at soas.ac.uk.

The deadline for full chapter submission is the* September 1st* *2018*. The
length of article should be 6000 - 8000 words including footnotes and

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