Associate Professor Jo Elfving-Hwang is the Director of the Korea Research Centre of Western Australia and Dean Global, Korea, at the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Global. She is also Associate Professor of Korean Society and Culture at the School of Media Creative Arts and Social inquiry at Curtin University. Her research focuses on the body in Korean culture and society, and she leads the Centre’s thematic initiative focusing on “Bodies”. Her previous work has examined how beauty work and cosmetic surgery in Korea relate to embodied and material expressions of performing social class and status, race and celebrity beauty work as a form of somatic entrepreneurship. Recently Jo’s work has examined social meanings attached to beauty work as the body ages and how middle aged men relate to technologies of the body in every day corporate contexts. Her monograph drawing on the findings of project is titled Beauty Matters: the Body in Korean Culture and Society.
Prof Crystal Abidin is an anthropologist and ethnographer of internet cultures, focusing especially on influencer cultures, internet celebrity, and social media pop cultures, mostly in the Asia Pacific region, including Korea. She works as Professor of Internet Studies and ARC DECRA Fellow, Deputy Director of the Korea Research Centre, Founding Director of the Influencer Ethnography Research Lab, and Founder of the TikTok Cultures Research Network, among other portfolios. She has published six books and over 80 articles and chapters, and her research has directly informed policy changes at government and industry level. She has won international accolades, including WA Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2022), The Australian Top 40 Early Career Researchers (2021), ABC TOP 5 Humanities Fellow (2020), ICA Pop Comm Early Career Scholar Prize (2020), Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia (2018), and Pacific Standard 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 (2016).
She is currently working on a book titled 'Social Media Pop Cultures in Korea'. Reach her at wishcrys.com.
Dr Alexey D. Muraviev is Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Curtin University. He is the founder and Director of the Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy at Curtin.
Denise Woods is a senior lecturer and co-director of learning and teaching in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. Her areas of research include media studies, cultural studies, Asian Studies and Asian Australian studies. Denise has supervised honours research on Korean popular culture, and has a research interest in how Australians engage with Korean popular culture such as Korean dramas and K-Pop and what contributions these engagements may have on their cultural identities and cosmopolitan views. Denise coordinates and teaches in the Bachelor of Communications program which is offered at Curtin’s Bentley (Western Australia) and offshore campuses in Dubai, Mauritius, Malaysia and Singapore. Korean popular media is part of the curriculum for the Bachelor of Communications. Denise is also the convenor of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) and a member of the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) at Curtin University.
Ms Younghye Seo Whitney
KRC/MCASI, Curtin University