Call for Papers Media International Australia no. 141 (November 2011)
Riding the Korean Digital Wave
Theme Editors: Brian Yecies, Ben Goldsmith and Kwang-Suk Lee
South Korea has been a world leader in a range of online, digital and creative fields, including Digital Multimedia Broadband (DMB), web 2.0 and other new media, broadband and IT technologies. Korean institutions have made innovations in cyber activism and citizen journalism (Ohmynews) and in social networking (Cyworld.com). And, with the support of the Seoul City government, a Digital Media City (D-City) has been built in Seoul as a base for research and development for companies and institutions working in digital media production, broadcasting, gaming, animation, software development and e-education.
Yet, despite these ground-breaking developments and innovations, South Korea is less prominent in scholarly discussion than neighbouring China and Japan. Moreover, since 2008, Ohmynews has lost power as a leader of online opinion, while creators of Cyworld mini-homepages have begun leaving their walled garden for the open pastures of new web 2.0 cultures such as Twitter and iphone. The Seoul D-City project has also begun losing its initial lustre due to a downturn in property values, a domestic construction slump and increased government intervention.
We seek contributions from a wide range of disciplinary areas that will offer new critical insights on these fundamental changes.
This issue of MIA aims to provide new perspectives on how South Korea’s digital media consumption and cultural production flows are changing rapidly and contributing to the power dynamics of creative and cultural industries in Asia and across the globe. We invite contributions on the following topics, and welcome additional proposals:
• revitalised Hallyu (Korean wave) • web 2.0 • gaming • cyber activism
• online journalism • digital media arts • social networking • DMB and other micro and mobile media innovations and subcultures • wireless and broadband developments
• digital cinema and its impact on the domestic film industry, and • international co-productions, and government policy.
Join us in critically evaluating the changing moments of Korean digital media culture and policy as we look to the future of the so-called digital wave in the region. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to Brian Yecies (Brian_Yecies at uow.edu.au) by 15 November 2010; he will then advise whether a full paper is required for the reviewing process. Full contributions of 4,000–5,000 words, in MIA style, will be required by
1 March 2011.
For further information regarding this special issue, please contact the joint editors:
Brian Yecies (Brian_Yecies at uow.edu.au), Ben Goldsmith (goldsmith.ben at gmail.com) or Kwang-Suk Lee (kslee at uow.edu.au).