The Institute for Korean Studies presents:
Professor of Hallyu Studies
"Explaining the Melancholic Epidemic—The Case of Hallyu Fans"
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.