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2020 Special Issue Call for Papers

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Call for Papers

Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context Fall 2020 Issue

A SCOPUS-indexed International Journal

“The Personal and the Political in Contemporary North Korean Culture and Cinema”


We invite submissions of full-length essays on the important but largely understudied topic of “North Korean Culture and Cinema” for the September 2020 issue. The existing studies on North Korean cinema have mainly focused on the ideological role of the cinema as a propaganda tool of the state. Given the rapidly changing circumstances of North Korea under Kim Jong-un’s leadership and his ongoing attempts to reform and open the regime, however, we seek to illuminate North Korean cinema from a broader set of perspectives, including thematic, formal and technical approaches to the topic as well as its relationship with other artistic forms and emergent technologies. This special issue will feature articles from the following scholars, and we anticipate that many other scholars will be interested in taking part in this important unfolding scholarly debate. 

Immanuel Kim (George Washington U): “Comedian Comedy: Faces of North Korean Film Culture.”

Jeehye Kim (U of Arizona): “Feminizing the Other: North Korean Women in Film.”

Eun Ah Cho (UC Irvine): “Healing or Selling: Authorship and Readership of North Korean Migrants’ Autobiographies.”

Benoit Berthelier (Universite Paris): “Programming in our Style: Digital Sovereignty, Export Controls and the Birth of North Korean Computing.”

Donghoon Kim (U of Oregon): “Comrade Kim Goes Global: North Korean Cinema in the Age of Globalization.”

Hyangjin Lee (Rikkyo U): Title TBA.


Please send your manuscript (6,000-8,000 words) and a current curriculum vitae to both Terry Murphy ( and Suk Koo Rhee ( by 31 March 2020.

Submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), using only endnotes. For further details about the citation protocols, refer to our journal website:

If you have questions about the scope of the theme, feel free to contact the journal editors:

Dr. Terry Murphy:

Dr. Suk Koo Rhee:

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