HomeNewsCall for Papers – BTS: A Global Interdisciplinary Conference Project, Kingston University, January 4-5, 2020
Call for Papers – BTS: A Global Interdisciplinary Conference Project, Kingston University, January 4-5, 2020
5 June, 2019
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.
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 mu8sic, 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. Keynote Speaker will be Professor Lee
Jiyoung of Sejong University, author of BTS,
Submissions are welcomed
across a range of topics including, but not limited to:
Translation and Glocalization including fan
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
Blackness and BTS
Desire and agency
UNICEF and the #LoveYourself and #SpeakYourself
‘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
Proposals are welcomed 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 panel that 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.
an academic paper presentation or poster presentation: title, abstract (up to 250 words) plus short
biography (150 words)
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)
a workshop, discussion or roundtable:
title, description of panel (400 words), and short biography of each
participant (150 words)
a creative panel: title, description
of panel (400 words), and short biography of each participant (150 words)
The conference committee
welcomes your participation and questions.
Dr. Colette Balmain (chair),
Dr. Helen Julia Minors,
Dr. Morimoto, Independent
Eugene Kim, Kingston
Mehneer Dhillon, Kingston
Please send submissions as word attachments to an email to Colette Balmain, firstname.lastname@example.org with BTS Conference 2020 as the title.
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
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.