Dramabeans panels at KCON 2015: Talkin’ ’bout dramas, academia, fandoms, and lovefests
Hey all, we’ve got details to share with you about our upcoming appearance at KCON 2015! If you plan to go, we hope you’ll swing by and catch one of our two panels and say hey.
KCON takes place from July 31 through August 2 (Friday-Sunday) at Staples Center and the LA Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. We’ve got one panel on Friday afternoon and one on Saturday, and we’re really excited about both of them.
Our first panel is titled Hallyu in Academia, which girlfriday and I will moderate. The next day we’ll be doing a panel titled Show, You Complete Me, which gummimochi and HeadsNo2 will moderate.
For Hallyu in Academia, we’re super thrilled to have three awesome professors as panelists, all of whom we’ve worked with before—girlfriday and I were honored to be asked to participate in their classes in the past, which were a blast each time (and made us incredibly jealous that Korean dramas, K-pop, and Hallyu fandom are being taught in college).
- I first made the acquaintance of Hae Joo Kim when she was writing her dissertation in Korea, and years later, she was a PhD of ethnomusicology and professor teaching a course titled “Korean Music from Gugak to K-pop” (how cool is that, right?) at Wesleyan University. She invited us to guest lecture a class, and we had a lively discussion and showed drama clips and just talked about dramas nonstop.
- Bonnie Tilland invited us to guest lecture a class she taught at the University of Washington two years ago titled “Korean Television Dramas in the World, the World in Korean Television Dramas,” and her syllabus had us drooling in envy to take the course. Weeks and weeks of drama watching and critical analysis, divided along genre lines! It was a blast, and we could tell her students loved the course.
- Regina Yung Lee currently teaches at the University of Washington as a professor of gender, women & sexuality studies, though we first met her through the class she taught at UC Riverside about online fandom cultures. We answered questions for her students about recapping, straddling cultures and the like, and then when she moved up to UW she invited us to chat with her class there, “Gender and Fandom in Online Contexts.” That was hilarious and fun, shooting the breeze with her students about the K-drama production environment, fan response, gender expectations and more.
Friday, July 31
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Panel Title: Hallyu in Academia
Participants: javabeans, girlfriday, Hae Joo Kim, Bonnie Tilland, Regina Yung Lee
Saturday, August 1
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Panel Title: Show, You Complete Me
Participants: javabeans, girlfriday, gummimochi, HeadsNo2
In the academia panel we’ll be talking with the professors about their experiences studying Korean dramas and music, what it’s like teaching them in a university setting, and so on. The Show, You Complete Me panel will be essentially a collective lovefest. Come love dramas with us!
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