Call for Papers – South Korean Women’s Cinema, Online Conference, September 23-25, Sheffield Hallam University (UK)

While the profile and popularity of Korean cinema abroad has peaked with the success of multi-Oscar award-winning film Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019), women’s cinema and women filmmakers’ wide-ranging contribution to Korean cinema have been consistently overlooked by film audiences and academics alike. Such neglect is evident in a dearth of English-language sources on women filmmakers in the Korean film studies scholarship. 

As the first major English-language conference focused solely on Korean women’s cinema, the conference aims first of all to celebrate Korean women filmmakers (from pioneers to new generation) and contributions they have made in the history of Korean cinema. The event also intends to provide a site that enables the feminist film scholars to explore a range of topics and issues that include what it means to do women’s cinema in Korea and the relationship between activism and cinema, as well as addressing gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and the #MeToo Movement within the Korean film industry and wider fields. In addition, the conference seeks to illuminate the current status of women’s cinema and to envisage future trends. 

Invited Speakers (so far) include:

  • Chungmoo Choi (University of California, Irvine)
  • Yim Soon-rye (filmmaker) 
  • Kangyu Garam (documentary filmmaker)
  • Kyungmi Lee (filmmaker)
  • So Mayer (Co-founder of Raising Films & a member of Club des Femmes) 

Proposals are invited for (maximum) 20-minute papers that address any topics related to the South Korean women’s cinema, including case studies on: 

  • Female authorship (directors, producers, screenwriters, etc.)
  • Female film stars
  • Female subjectivity / agency on screen
  • Women’s film history  
  • Women in Korean film industry
  • Documentary films & activism 
  • Women and transnational filmmaking

The conference also welcomes expression of interests in participating in the “Teaching Korean Women’s Cinema” workshop. (A modest amount of honorarium is available to the workshop participants.) 

Deadline for submission of proposals: Monday 2 August 2021

Please send proposals (of about 200 words) & short bio (of about 50 words) + EOI in the workshop and any queries to the conference organiser: Dr Chi-Yun Shin ( by Monday 2 August 2021.

This conference is funded by The Academy of Korean Studies