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Hayoung Bae is a M.A. candidate in the Department of Media and Communication at Korea University.


Mathieu Berbiguier is a Ph. D. candidate in Asian Languages & Cultures (Korean Cultural Studies major), with a concentration in Gender Studies and Digital Humanities, from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Junior Fellow at the Kyujanggak Institute of Korean Studies in Seoul. His research interests revolve around Korean Popular Culture and its expansion, focusing on K-pop fandoms. In his project, he looks at power dynamics within the K-pop fandom(s) – a term that he uses to englobe fans inside and outside of Korea – and how those are entangled in an imaginary sense of authenticity towards K-pop.


Grégoire Bideau is a research associate at the Pluralisme Culturel et Éthique du Numérique (Cultural Pluralism and Digital Ethics) Chair hosted by the Panthéon-Sorbonne Foundation. His research interests include the cultural effects of user interfaces and recommender systems, as well as the measure of cultural diversity.


Hye Jean Chung is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at Kyung Hee University. Her book, Media Heterotopias: Digital Effects and Material Labor in Global Film Production (Duke University Press, 2018), discusses the material conditions of digital pipelines and global film production. Her work has been published in Cinema Journal, Visual Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, and in the edited collections, Rediscovering Korean Cinema (U of Michigan P, 2019) and Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinema (U of Minnesota P, 2015). Her research interests include digital visual effects, digital labor and pipelines, production studies, transnational cinema, and Korean cinema.


Hye Seung Chung is a Professor of Film and Media Studies at Colorado State University. She is the author of Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance, Kim Ki-duk, and Hollywood Diplomacy: Film Regulation, Foreign Relations, and East Asian Representations. She is also the co-author of Movie Migrations: Transnational Genre Flows and South Korean Cinema and Movie Minorities: Transnational Rights Advocacy and South Korean Cinema.


Julie Escurignan is a Lecturer in Communication Studies at Sorbonne Paris Nord University (France) and a Doctoral Researcher in Film and Television Studies at the University of Roehampton, London (UK). She holds a MA in Communication Studies from the Sorbonne University, has conducted research at the doctoral level at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Nordland, Norway, and has worked for NBC Universal International. She researches television series’ fandoms, and particularly transnational fans as well as material practices of fandom. Her thesis looks at the material experience of Game of Thrones transnational fans. She is the author of several book chapters on television hits such as Game of Thrones and Black Mirror.


Benjamin M. Han is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Tulane University. He is the author of Beyond the Black and White TV: Asian and Latin American Spectacle in Cold War America (Rutgers University Press, 2020). His work has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Media, Culture & Society, and Television and New Media. He is currently completing a book, tentatively titled Reckoning with the World: South Korean Television and the Imaginary of Latin America (under contract with Temple University Press).


Andrew Hillan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. He is currently researching the historical forms of in-game spending that pre-date digital microtransactions, including coin-operated machines and collectible card games. His most recent publication is the book chapter “Sword Art Everywhere: Narrative, Characters, and Setting in the Transmedia Extension of the Sword Art Online Franchise,” in Transmedia Storytelling in East Asia: The Age of Digital Media (Ed. D.Y. Jin, 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).


Ruchi Kher Jaggi is a Professor and a Director of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, and Dean of the Faculty of Media and Communication, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. Her research interests include media representations, popular culture analysis, media and children, television studies, journalism studies, media literacy, streaming platforms and emerging discourses of identity on the new media. Ruchi is also the Vice-Chair of the Media Education Research Section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). She is also the Vice-President of the Indian Association of Media and Communication Educators (IAMCE).


Joseph Jonghyun Jeon is Director of the Center for Critical Korean Studies and Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in English and received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to arriving at UCI in 2017, he taught at Pomona College and the University of San Diego. He is the author of Vicious Circuits: Korea’s IMF Cinema and the End of the American Century (Stanford University Press, 2019) and Racial Things, Racial Forms: Objecthood in Avant-Garde Asian American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2012).


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.


Yaewon Jin is a Media Cultural Studies PhD Candidate at Yonsei University, the Graduate School of Communication & Arts, focusing on Game Studies and Esports Research. She is currently working on PhD thesis where she develops the concept of ‘technicity’ and examines through the case study of esports to theorize how technology’s material conditions shape the digital era’s technoculture. She is also an experienced industry professional who has worked at NCSOFT as a game experience analysis/platform business team lead and managed global esports broadcast production at Riot Games Korea. She is a Sports Emmy award-winning producer for Outstanding Esports Coverage.


Jihoon Kim is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Chung-ang University, South Korea. He is the author of Documentary’s Expanded Fields: New Media and the Twenty-First-Century Documentary (Oxford UP, 2022) and Between Film, Video, and the Digital (Bloomsbury, 2018/16). Finalizing his third book Post-verité Turns: Korean Documentary Cinema in the 21st-Century, he is now working on two future book projects, The Cinema of Operations: Film and Moving Images in the Post-cinematic Condition and ‘Access For All’: Parasite, Squid Game, and Cinema and Media Studies.


Ju Oak Kim is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Texas A&M International University. Kim’s research interests include global media systems and industries, and production culture. Kim specializes in East Asian media industries and Korean popular culture. Her work appears in Feminist Media Studies, Media, Culture & Society, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, International Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Popular Culture.


Kristin April Kim is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Media and Communication at Korea University, where she studies with a focus on contemporary Korean media and critical theory.  Her current research topics include: examining cultural appropriation in K-pop through the lens of fans of color, investigating Netflix’s effect on Korea’s drama production culture, and exploring the intersectional identity-construction of young Asian women against the backdrop of Covid-era yellow peril rhetoric. A former reporter and broadcaster, she received her M.S. in Journalism and B.S. in Communication Studies at Northwestern University.


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.


Kieu Trang Luc is a M.A. candidate in the Department of Media and Communication at Korea University.


Daniela Mazur is a Ph.D. candidate at the Postgraduate Program in Communication at the Federal Fluminense University in Brazil. She is a member of the MidiÁsia lab which studies contemporary Asian pop culture. Her research interests are Asian studies, Hallyu, the Post-Western world, television, and global media counterflows. Daniela has articles on Hallyu and published a chapter in the book The Rise of K-Dramas (2019, McFarland) Recently, she published the article “From São Paulo to Seoul: Netflix’s strategies in peripheral markets” in Comunicación y Sociedad. She has a forthcoming chapter in the book Asia-Pacific Stream Cultures (Palgrave, 2022).


Melina Meimaridis is a doctoral researcher at the Postgraduate Program in Communication at the Federal Fluminense University in Brazil. Her interests include media industries, fictional institutions in television, and internet-distributed TV in national and regional markets. Among her current projects is the study of Netflix’s transitional expansion and its impact in countries belonging to the global periphery. She has a chapter in the book Netflix Nostalgia (2019, Lexington books) and published the article “From São Paulo to Seoul: Netflix’s strategies in peripheral markets” in Comunicación y Sociedad. She has a forthcoming chapter in the book Asia-Pacific Stream Cultures (Palgrave, 2022).


Ji Hoon Park is a Professor of Media and Communication at Korea University. From media and cultural studies perspectives, he has investigated the cultural implications of media representations, the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality, volunteer tourism, etc. His work has been published in prestigious international journals, such as Journal of Communication, Media, Culture & Society, and Tourism Geographies.


Jinhee Park is a media scholar who specializes in Korean cinema and media. She is currently a lecturer in the School of Communication Arts at the Handong Global University. She received her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. Prior to her Ph.D., she earned her MFA in Film at Syracuse University. Her first book project, Aesthetics of Reversibility: Post-Cold War Cinema in the Division of Korea explores the cinematic aesthetics that stemmed from the post–Cold War condition of divided Korea in the early twenty-first century. Her research uses an interdisciplinary methodology that includes film theory, cultural studies, and East Asian Studies. Her current research is on new media technology in South Korea, including social media, mobile technology, augmented reality, and virtual reality.


Sojeong Park is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Communication at Seoul National University. Her interests span diverse aspects of popular culture and digital culture, with a focus on the way identity and intimacy are constructed and mediated by media. She has published several articles in refereed journals, including The Journal of Popular Culture and Celebrity Studies.


Daniel Rios is a Ph.D. student at the Postgraduate Program in Communication at the Federal Fluminense University. Currently, he is working on his dissertation concerning Netflix and audience metrics. Other areas of interest are television and new media, television fictional narratives, and video-on-demand services. Recently, he published the article “The Streaming Wars in the Global Periphery: A Glimpse from Brazil” in the SERIES journal and the article “From São Paulo to Seoul: Netflix’s strategies in peripheral markets” in Comunicación y Sociedad. He also has a forthcoming chapter in the book, Asia-Pacific Stream Cultures (Palgrave, 2022).


Doobo Shim is currently Dean of Social Science College and Professor of Media and Communication at Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. He previously served assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, and visiting scholar at Duke University, USA. He does research on the media and communication within critical, cultural, and historical perspectives while his recent research has focused on the Korean popular culture and its fandom overseas. His research has been honored by several academic societies including the National Communication Association (USA), and at the Global Fusion Conference. He authored and co-authored several books in Korean and English, and has published essays in Media, Culture & Society, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, Korea Journal, and other journals. He has been an editorial board member of many academic journals including the International Journal of Cultural Studies and Asian Communication Research.


Steven Tallec is a research associate at the Pluralisme Culturel et Éthique du Numérique (Cultural Pluralism and Digital Ethics) Chair hosted by the Panthéon-Sorbonne Foundation. His research interests include choice architecture, cultural economics and cultural diversity.


Yue Wang is a M.A. candidate in the Department of Media and Communication at Korea University.


Yin Yuan is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Mary’s College of California, with research interests in British Orientalism, Anglophone literature, and East Asian popular culture. Her work has been published in Studies in Romanticism, Keats-Shelley Journal, and SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. Her book, Alimentary Orientalism, is forthcoming with Bucknell University Press. Her current project theorizes the cultural logic of contemporary South Korean television genres, and she is working with Post45 Contemporaries to edit a cluster of essays on Hallyu.


Kyong Yoon is a Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada. His research focuses on digital media, migration, cultural industries, and youth culture. He is the author of Digital Mediascapes of Transnational Korean Youth Culture (Routledge, 2020) and a co-author of Transnational Hallyu: The Globalization of Korean Digital and Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021). His latest book Diasporic Hallyu: The Korean Wave in Korean Canadian Youth Culture (Palgrave, in press) analyses the Hallyu phenomenon through an ethnography of diasporic young people’s cultural practices.


Tae-Jin Yoon is a professor at Yonsei University, the Graduate School of Communication & Arts. His major research and teaching interests are popular culture, digital games, television studies, among others. He co-edited a book, The Korean Wave (2017) and published a number of journal articles and books in both English and Koreans, including writings on e-sports (2021), webtoons (2019), digital games (2019), television shows (2017; 2016), public arts (2015), and radio dramas (2015). He is currently the Director of YEGER Center (Yonsei Electronic Game and Esports Research Center).

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