Call for Papers: Diaspora Within Homeland

Call for Papers

Diaspora Within Homeland: Displacement, Mobility, and Diversity in Korea

Book Editors: Min Wha Han, Eun-Jeong Han, and JongHwa Lee*

Korea is one of few countries that achieved remarkable development (many call “miraculous progress”) in a relatively short span. Only to count the recent decades of history, Korea has risen from the ashes of civil/international war, to a global success story in economic, cultural, and political spheres. Its “miraculous” transformation (of its global positioning and upward mobility, from the postcolonial South) produced equally dynamic reconfiguration of economic, cultural, and political border lines between its “homeland” and the world. More and more, a simple distinction between “what is Korean, traditional, and local” and “what is alien, unauthentic, and global” does not stand true anymore. The reality of multicultural family and marriage immigrants, foreign workers and students, refugees, North Korean defectors, returning Korean immigrants/descendants abroad, and other minorities of ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, etc. has become everyday affairs for Koreans today. 

The proposed volume focuses on the transformation and the dynamic reconfiguration of borders within Korea through inter/trans-disciplinary approaches. While “diaspora” remains a central theoretical perspective (often highlighting “out of home” experiences), the volume turns its gaze to inward, “within homeland,” to trace internal displacement, mobility, and diversity in Korea. In addition, the proposed book is particularly interested in bridging “diaspora” with other theoretical lenses, such as intercultural sensitivity and adaptation, acculturation, alienation, subaltern, counterpublic, and abjection. Also, we are interested in exploring the possibilities of coalition building between/among diverse communities within. 

We invite chapter contributions from wide ranges of scholarly, theoretical, and methodological approaches. Central questions that chapters of the book may engage include, but not limited to:

·      How does the experience of economic, cultural, and political mobility/movement (inward/outward, upward/downward, etc.) challenge, negotiate, and renew our understanding of “home and abroad,” “us and them,” and “here and there”?

·      How are the notions of “homeland” and “diaspora” constructed, practiced, and remembered by diverse communities in Korea?

·      How is the notion of “Korean identity and citizen/ship” articulated, performed, and policed?

·      How do the media (including new/social media) and pop culture (including Hallyu phenomena) contribute to negotiating and re/configuring the meanings of “what is Korean, traditional, and local” (or “what is alien, unauthentic, and global”)?  

·      How can “community” and “common good” be built that celebrates diversity and social justice?

We are committed to accept chapters that address diverse voices within Korean society. If interested, please send an abstract (500-700 words) and CV by April 30, 2021 to koreandiaspora2@gmail.com. Final essay should be approximately within 7,000 words including references, tables, and figures. We are anticipating the submission of finished essays by Dec 31, 2021.

For those interested in contributing, it may be useful to examine our 2019 text, Korean Diaspora across the World: Homeland in History, Memory, Imagination, Media, and Reality, which is the winner of 2020 Outstanding Book Award by Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). We see this current proposal as an extension of that earlier work.

* Min Wha Han, Ph.D., is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at West Texas A&M University. Eun-Jeong Han, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Salisbury University. JongHwa Lee, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Mass Media at Angelo State University.

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