The Origins of the South Korean Film Renaissance is an international film studies conference scheduled for November 2-4, 2023, in Hong Kong. The three-day academic conference is a collaborative effort between the Department of Digital Arts and Creative Industries (DACI) at Lingnan University and the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington (UW). This event is also being organized in partnership with M+ Cinema and the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong. The event is supported by the Academy of Korean Studies, UW’s Center for Korea Studies and East Asia Center, and Lingnan University's Office of Research and Knowledge Transfer (ORKT) and Center for Film and Creative Industries (CFCI).
The conference will bring together leading scholars of South Korean and Asian cinemas from Asia-Pacific, the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America to present their new research findings and new developments in methodology. It will examine the 1990s film cultures and industries in South Korea and the ways in which the transformation of the industries, the emergence of the media conglomerates, cinematheque movements, the birth of the Busan international film festival, the proliferation of the film schools, new film journalism, translations of film studies textbooks and theories, digital technologies and portable dvcam, and the IMF crisis and dot-com revolution laid the groundwork for the renaissance of South Korean cinema.
This conference was supported by the 2023 Korean Studies Grant Program of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2023-C-002).