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Michelle Cho is Assistant Professor of East Asian Popular Cultures and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching areas are Korean popular culture and media, transnational fandom, platforms, and global media. Her first monograph analyzes millennial South Korean genre cinemas, and her current project theorizes “vicarious media” in K-pop and its fandoms. She is also co-editing a volume with Jesook Song on mediations of gender politics in contemporary South Korea. Her public-facing writing on K-pop, fandom, and media convergence can be found at flowjournal.org, pandemicmedia.meson.press, Even Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
Younghan Cho is Professor in Korean Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea. He received his Ph.D. degree in Communication Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore. Dr. Cho research interests include media and cultural studies, global sports and nationalism, and East Asian pop culture and modernity, and cultural economy in Korean and Asian contexts. His papers have appeared in numerous journals, including,Media, Culture & Society, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and Cultural Studies, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Journal of Sport & Social Issues. Dr. Cho has co-edited several special issues, including “Colonial Modernity and Beyond: East Asian Contexts” in Cultural Studies, “American Pop culture” in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and “Glocalization of Sports in Asia” in Sociology of Sport Journal. He edited books entitled Football in Asia: History, Culture and Business and Modern Sports in Asia (Routledge, 2014), and is a member of the editorial board of Cultural Studies, and Communication & Sport. His monography, entitled Global Sports Fandom in South Korea: Ethnography of Korean Major League Baseball Fans in the Online Community will be published in 2020 from Palgrave Macmillan.
Vincenzo Cicchelli is an Associate Professor at Université de Paris and Research Fellow at Centre Population et Développement (Université de Paris/IRD). He is the former General Secretary of the European Sociological Association (ESA); the former founder of the ESA research network ‘Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology’; and the former director of the multidisciplinary program ‘Sociétés Plurielles’ (Université Paris Sorbonne Paris Cité). He is currently the Director of International Relations at the Global Research Institute of Paris. At Brill, he is the Editor-in-Chief (with Sylvie Octobre) of the ‘Global Youth Studies’ suite. He is the author of many books and articles, of which the latest are (with Sylvie Octobre): The Sociology of Hallyu Pop Culture: Surfing the Korean Wave, London, Palgrave, 2021; Cosmopolitanism in Hard Times, Leiden, Brill, 2020 (with Sylvie Mesure, eds.); Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism and Global Culture, Leiden, Brill, 2019 (with Sylvie Octobre and Viviane Riegel, eds.); Aesthetico-Cultural Cosmopolitanism and French Youth: The Taste of the World, London, Palgrave, 2018 (with Sylvie Octobre); Plural and Shared: The Sociology of a Cosmopolitan World, Leiden, Brill, 2018 (published also in French, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese).
FUNG, ANTHONY Y.H.
Anthony Y.H. Fung is a Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Professor in the School of Art and Communication at Beijing Normal University at Beijing. His research interests and teaching focus on popular culture and cultural studies, popular music, gender and youth identity, cultural industries and policy, and digital media studies. He published widely in international journals, and authored and edited more than 20 Chinese and English books. His recent books are Youth Cultures in China (2016 under Polity Press) (coauthored with de Kloet), Global Game Industries and Cultural Policy (2016 under Palgrave Macmillan), Hong Kong Game Industry, Cultural Policy and East Asian Rivalry (2018 under Rowman & Littlefield), and Made in Hong Kong: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge, 2020).
Seok-Kyeong Hong is a Professor of Communication at Seoul National University, since 2013. She was Chief researcher at Korean Broadcasting Commission (1996-1999) and was an Associate Professor of the Department of Information and Communication Sciences at the University of Bordeaux 3 (2000-2013). Her major research and teaching interests include Cultural Studies, Visual Culture and Communication, DIgital Mediaculture, Visual Methods and qualitative research design, and Transnational and Global Popular Culture. She has published books, articles and press columns on Hallyu, Korean television dramas and K-pop as well as various digital cultural forms and practices as mukbang(food broadcasting) and Korean beauty practices. Her major publications are: Hallyu in Globalization and DIgital Era (in Korean, 2013), BTS on the road (in Korean, 2020) and Convergence of Transnational East Asian Pop Culture (ed. with Dal Yong Jin, 2021).
Koichi Iwabuchi is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. His main research interests are cross-border cultural flows, connections and dialogue & diversity, multicultural questions and cultural citizenship. His recent English publications include; Resilient Borders and Cultural Diversity: Internationalism, Brand Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Japan (Lexington Books, 2015); “Dialoguing with diversity: Towards an inclusive and egalitarian society”, Dive-In: An International Journal on Diversity & Inclusion, (No.1, 2021); “Trans-Asia as method: a collaborative and dialogic project in a globalized world”, in Trans-Asia as Method: Theory and Practices (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019).
Seung-hoon Jeong is Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts at California State University Long Beach. A former assistant professor at NYU Abu Dhabi, he has held a visiting professorship at Columbia University and a few Korean universities. He has worked on film and critical theories through various films, especially global cinema related to multiculturalism, abjection, catastrophe, and networking. Jeong received Cine21 Film Criticism Award and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award. He wrote Cinematic Interfaces: Film Theory after New Media (Routledge), co-translated Jacques Derrida’s Acts of Literature into Korean (Moonji), co-edited The Global Auteur: The Politics of Authorship in 21st Century Cinema (Bloomsbury), guest-edited an issue of Studies in the Humanities “Global East Asian Cinema: Abjection and Agency,” co-edited Thomas Elsaesser’s The Mind-Game Film: Distributed Agency, Time Travel, and Productive Pathology (Routledge), and is writing Global Cinema: A Biopolitical and Ethical Reframing (Oxford UP).
JIN, DAL YONG
Dal Yong Jin is a Distinguished SFU Professor. He completed his Ph.D. in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois in 2005. Jin’s major research and teaching interests are on digital platforms and digital games, globalization and media, transnational cultural studies, and the political economy of media and culture. Jin has published numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters. His books include Korea’s Online Gaming Empire (2010), Digital Platforms, Imperialism and Political Culture (2015), New Korean Wave: transnational cultural power in the age of social media (2016), Smartland Korea: mobile communication, culture and society (2017), and Artificial Intelligence in Cultural Production: Critical Perspectives on Digital Platforms (2021). He is the founding book series editor of Routledge Research in Digital Media and Culture in Asia, and he has been directing The Transnational Culture and Digital Technology Lab since summer 2021.
Nobuko Kawashima is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Her areas of research interest include cultural policy, cultural economics and the creative/cultural industries. Her recent publications in English include ‘Film Policy in Japan—An Isolated Species on the Verge of Extinction?’ (International Journal of Cultural Policy, 2016) and ‘Cultural Policy Regimes in East Asia’ (James Wright (ed), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, 2015).
Sangjoon Lee is an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Lee is a historian of Asian cinema whose interests span the Cultural Cold War, South Korean cinema and popular culture, international film festivals, and the film industries in contemporary Asia. Lee is the author of Cinema and the Cultural Cold War: US Diplomacy and the Origins of the Asian Cinema Network (Cornell University Press, 2020). Lee has also edited two books on South Korean cinema and popular culture – Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media (University of Michigan Press, 2015) and Rediscovering Korean Cinema (University of Michigan Press, 2019) – and guest-edited three journal special issues for Screen, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, and Asian Cinema. Lee is currently working on his second monograph, Destination Hong Kong: South Korea’s Encounter with Sinophone Cinemas, and editing/co-editing three books: Asian Cinema and the Cultural Cold War, The South Korean Film Industry, and Routledge Companion to Asian Cinema.
Hyung-Gu Lynn is the Editor of the journal Pacific Affairs, and the AECL/KEPCO Chair in Korean Research at the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. His research focuses on South Korea, North Korea, and Japan across a range of political, economic, and cultural issues. Recent publications include, “Japan-South Korea International Relations,” in Sojin Lim, and Niki Alsford, eds., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary South Korea (Routledge, 2021); “History of Korea 1905-1945,” in JeongHun Han, Ramon Pardo, and Youngho Cho, eds., Oxford Handbook of Korean Politics (Oxford UP, 2021); and co-authored with Eunice Kang and Apichai Shipper, "Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration in China, Korea, and Japan,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies (Oxford UP, 2021).
PAIK, PETER YOONSUK
Peter Yoonsuk Paik is a professor in the English Department at Yonsei University. His book, From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe (2010), contains a chapter dedicated to the Korean film Save the Green Planet (지구를 지켜라!) Paik has published articles on the films of Park Chan-wook (Oldboy and Lady Vengeance), Kim Ki-Duk (Samaritan Girl), and Bong Joon-ho (The Host). His most recent publications include a book chapter on the eighteenth-century French epistolary novel, Dangerous Liaisons, an article on the relationship of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick to contemporary American racial politics, and an essay on the World War II journals of German novelist Ernst Jünger. His current project explores the idea of aristocracy and the crisis of liberalism in European culture, focusing on the works of Stendhal, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gustave Flaubert, Thomas Mann, Robert Musil, Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), J. G. Ballard, and Michel Houellebecq.
Seunghye Sohn is a Professor at Sejong University in Seoul, Korea. She has worked as a radio producer in Seoul and received her Ph.D. from the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas (Austin, TX). Her research interest focuses on transnational communication technologies and policies, as well as their impact on media markets and audiences. She has published numerous research articles on various issues concerning the reception of Hallyu content among the global fans and its cultural, economic, and social significance. In addition to research and teaching, she is the former President of the Korean Women’s Association for Communication Studies and the former Dean of the College of Social Science and the Graduate School of Public Policies of Sejong University.
Yong-jin Won teaches Communication and Cultural Studies at Sogang University in Seoul. His area of scholarship includes cultural studies, media history, and representation. He has published widely in Korean and international journals of communication, gender and culture. He is the author of Contemporary Perspectives in Popular Culture Studies, Television Criticism, Naver as a Mega-platform. He has edited numerous volumes, including PD Journalism in Korea, Culture and the Americanization, Life at the Heart of Cyberspace.
Miseong Woo is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Director of the Institute of East and West Studies at Yonsei University. She also served as the Director of the Institute of Media Arts at Yonsei University and one of the judges for Baeksang Arts Awards. Her research interests include theatre history, dramatic criticism, Asian American theatre, the literary and visual history of Asian diaspora, and cultural encounters between the East and West. In 2014, she published Representation of Asian Women in the West (Sam & Parkers), which won the 2014 Korea Research Foundation Achievement Award. Her most recent publications are book chapters in Mediating the South Korean Other, Realisms in East Asian Performing Arts, and Mediating Gender in Post-Authoritarian South Korea (forthcoming), published by University of Michigan Press. Professor Woo received a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2011, and she taught at Cornell University as the East Asia Program’s Distinguished Visiting Professor in Korean Studies in 2016. She served as the first scholar selected as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Korean Studies at Emory University in 2020.