Aesthetics of the Male Body in Korea and Japan Collaboratory
Korea Research & Engagement Centre
23-24th November 2023, Bentley campus
This Collaboratory will bring together leading scholars in the field of Korean and Japanese masculinity studies, to examine how beauty aesthetics, fashion and grooming intersect with gender and masculinities in Japan and Korea. While both Korean and Japanese beauty aesthetics often feature in media and have spawned multitude of dissertations and media articles on K-pop and J-pop masculinities in particular, this research Collaboratory seeks to bring together academics working on Japanese and Korean to examine and analyse male aesthetics in the two countries in both comparative focus.
The aim of this Collaboratory is for the workshop participants to workshop each other’s early drafts and ideas, provide collegial and constructive feedback, and ultimately produce an edited volume on Japanese and Korean male body aesthetics. First of its kind in taking such comparative lens, the participants will contribute to a volume grounded in recent developments in masculinity theory in ways that seeks to build on and expand existing understandings of global masculinities through analysing representations of the male body in the context of two beauty cultures that often seem to run counter to Eurocentric understandings of normative or hegemonic masculinity. As such the collaborative volume will seek to challenge existing ideas of ‘global’ or ‘transnational’ masculinities and the social and symbolic meanings attached to these in local Japanese and Korean contexts.
Professor Laura Miller (University of Missouri St. Louis)
Associate Professor Jo Elfving-Hwang (Curtin University)
Dr Debbie Chan (Curtin University)
Dr Masafumi Monden (University of Sydney)
Dr Emerald King (University of Tasmania)
Dr Eldin Milak (Curtin University)
Prof Roald Maliangkay (Australian National University)
Dr Jin Lee (Curtin University)
Participating in the book project, but not in person in November:
Dr Lawrence Monocello (Washington University St Louis)
Dr Sojeong Park (Seoul National University)
Dr Gowoon Jung (Kyung Hee University)
The Collaboratory will consist of one day of closed-door discussions, and an open-to-public roundtable on Friday 24th November. Registration details to follow shortly!