IKS Lecture: Ingyu Oh, "Explaining the Melancholic Epidemic—The Case of Hallyu Fans"

August 17, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:40pm
Scott Lab N0054 (201 W 19th Ave)
Kpop Group

The Institute for Korean Studies presents:

Ingyu Oh
Professor of Hallyu Studies
Korea University

"Explaining the Melancholic Epidemic—The Case of Hallyu Fans"

Flyer: PDF icon Ingyu Oh Flyer.pdf

Abstract: This talk uses interdisciplinary sources to understand and explain melancholia among female Hallyu fans. The talk argues that melancholia commonly found among female Hallyu fans is a sign of their proactive effort to fight and overcome gendered inequality rampant in their male dominated societies. It is found that female Hallyu fans transform melancholia into a gender neutral love toward Hallyu idols, who they think have possessed their bodies (thus, melancholia), and who they think empower them to learn new cultural knowledge of Korea for future creative activities in the form of retro learning (RL) or forward learning (FL).

Bio: Ingyu Oh is Professor of Hallyu Studies at Korea University. He received PhD in Sociology from the University of Oregon and previously taught in the US, New Zealand, Japan, Cyprus, and the UK. His recent books include The Political Economy of Business Ethics in East Asia and Business Ethics in East Asia.

Free and open to the public


This event is made possible by OSU's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center.

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