Media & Communications & Music at Kingston University
A Global Interdisciplinary Conference Project
Kingston University, Penryn Road, London, 4-5 January 2020
Keynote Speaker: Professor LEE Jiyoung
Author of /BTS, Art Revolution/
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.
Submissions are welcomed across a range of topics including, but not limited to:
Translation and Glocalization including fan translation practices
World-building and the BTS’ Universe
Tradition and Modernity in BTS’s art
Fan fiction, fan art and fan practices
Fandom, girl’s culture and cultural value
Hallyu, Web 2.0 and online fandom
Diversity and inclusivity
Participatory culture and fandom
Fandom wars and internal conflict between old and new fans
Blackness and BTS
Desire and agency
UNICEF and the #LoveYourself and #SpeakYourself campaigns
‘Soft’ Masculinity and emotionality
Intersectional practices and identities: gender, sexuality, race, age, dis/ability, interculturality
Frameworks of interpretations: personal, psychological, cultural materialist, philosophical, feminist etc.
Personal narratives of belonging
Mental Health awareness
BTS, Hip-Hop and Hybridity
Music Videos: Aesthetics and Attributes
Multimedia musical performance
KPOP and BTS (is BTS KPOP?)
Marketing, Branding, Tourism
We welcome proposals for traditional 20-minute presentations together with poster presentations, creative projects, exhibits, roundtables, and workshops on any aspect of BTS. If this is your first time at an academic conference, please be assured that you will be on a panelthat is appropriate with an experienced chair. If you wish to submit fan-based work for consideration for the prize, details will be supplied on request.
Proposal for an academic paper presentation or poster presentation*: title, abstract (up to 250 words) plus short biography (150 words)
Proposal for a panel *(up to 4 presenters): title, description of panel (400 words), abstract of each individual paper (maximum of 4) and short biography of each panelist (150 words)
Proposal for a workshop, discussion or roundtable*: title, description of panel (400 words), and short biography of each participant (150 words)
Proposal for a creative panel*: title, description of panel (400 words), and short biography of each participant (150 words)
Dr. Colette Balmain (chair), Kingston University
Dr. Helen Julia Minors, Kingston University
Dr. Lori Morimoto, Independent Scholar
Eugene Kim, Kingston University
Mehneer Dhillon, Kingston University
Deadline: 16th August 2019
Notification of decision: 31st August 2019
Selected peer reviewed papers from the conference will go forward to an edited book entitled: /BTS: Intersectional Practice, Globalization and Performance Art/, edited by Drs. Colette Balmain, Helen Julia Minors and Lori Morimoto.
Please indicate in your conference proposal submission whether you would like your abstract also as part of the book proposal.
Papers will be between 6,000 – 8,000 words inclusive of references. Please use Chicago style guides. Endnotes, and not footnotes, are requested. 150 word biographies are required. Chapters are allowed no more than one black and white illustration and authors are responsible for confirming copyright permissions are gained prior to the chapter deadline. The inclusion of web links in the text is encouraged. The publication will use UK English.
Deadline: 20th March 2020