"The Disenchantment of the Global: Disillusionment in South Korean ‘Fantastic’ Cinemas"


Thursday, April 13, 2017, 4:30pm


Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Korea Colloquium

Michelle Cho
Korea Foundation Assistant Professor , Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University

Michelle Cho is a Korea Foundation Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies. Before coming to McGill, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow of International Humanities at Brown University, affiliated with the Departments of Modern Culture and Media and East Asian Studies, and she received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine. Her has forthcoming publications on genre translation, celebrity culture, and self-reflexive media in journals and edited volumes including Cinema Journal and The Korean Popular Culture Reader. She is completing a book entitled The Disenchantment of the Global: Post-millennial South Korean Cinema, which analyzes the form and function of South Korean genre cinemas in the "Sunshine Policy" decade, following the transition from military to civilian government, to ask what the anachronism of cold war signifiers amidst post-cold war migrant flows and political realignments can tell us about media, history, and geopolitics. Her current research pursues two broad lines of inquiry: the relationship between popular culture and populism in South Korea with a focus on the “Korean Wave,” celebrity labor, hallyu globalization, and media convergence; and the construction of identity in South Korean media’s popular representation of diasporic subjects—North Korean defectors, Korean-Chinese migrants, Korean-adoptees, mixed-race Koreans, and diasporic Koreans from the “global north.”

Chaired by Alexander Zahlten, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Generously supported by the Min Young-Chul Memorial Fund at the Korea Institute. ​​​​​​