[KineJapan] CFP: Media technologies for work and play in Japan and the two Koreas

Gerow Aaron aaron.gerow at yale.edu
Sat Oct 27 00:27:28 EDT 2018

Call for Papers
November 9, 2018
United States
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Teaching and Learning
Call for Papers

Media technologies for work and play in Japan and the two Koreas

Editors: Micky Lee (Suffolk University, Boston), Peichi Chung (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

The edited volume aims to illustrate how a political economic approach informs cultural and technological approaches and vice versa in the study of media technologies in the three Asian countries. It also aims to show how the peculiar geopolitical relations between Japan, South Korea, and North Korea have implications on the studying of politics, economy, and culture of media technologies. With these two aims in mind, we are interested in articles that problematize the line between work and play through the lens of media technologies. For example, the political economy of the industries of “play” media (such as arcade games, apps), changing attitudes towards education and workplace in relation to media technologies in the context of neoliberal policies. We are also interested in articles that pay attention to the historical relationships between the three countries, as well as the political economic influence of U.S. and China on them since WWII. For example, how post-war reconstruction and foreign aid led to international telecommunications development, how the growing middle-class in China led Korean and Japanese media industries to sinicize their products.

We welcome articles from the approaches of political economy, policy and laws, and cultural studies informed by different intellectual and methodological inquiries. We also welcome interdisciplinary work that challenges what “media” and “technologies” are. Possible topics are:

algorithm, artificial intelligence, automation;

alternative political economic models of media technologies;

analog and digital media technologies;

black market goods, informal economy, grey economy;

capital, state, empire;

case study of a technology/company/sector;

children and education;

comparative studies of Japan, Korean, and other Asian countries;


cultural perspective of political economy;

digital arts and creative industries;

discourse of Japanese and Korean political economy in relation to media technologies;

environment, green technology, and sustainability;

financing and investment;

gender and media technologies;

global corporations and/or local contexts;

pre-WWII historical contexts of media technologies innovation;

ideology, representation, and political economy;

information flow to and from Japan and the two Koreas;

intellectual property laws and practice;

manufacturing and production;


migrants, immigration and cross-border communication;

military communication and intelligence;


state policies and strategies;

surveillance and security;

technologies, labor, and work culture;

tourism and tourist imagination;

youths and social mobility.

Length: 6,000-8,000 words including bibliography


Abstract submission: 9th November 2018 (Friday)

Notification from editors: 30th November 2018 (Friday)

Submission of book proposal to publishers by: 28th February 2019 (Thursday)

Submission of first draft: 30th April 2019 (Tuesday)

Submission of final draft: 31st July 2019 (Wednesday)

Please send abstracts and inquiries to: Peichi Chung (peichichung at cuhk.ed.hk <mailto:peichichung at cuhk.ed.hk>) (for submission from Asia) OR Micky Lee (mlee at suffolk.edu <mailto:mlee at suffolk.edu>) (for submission outside Asia)
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