In January 2020, a groundbreaking inclusive inter and multi-disciplinary conference was held at Kingston College in London UK, examining the success and popularity of the Kpop group BTS from a variety of perspectives.
It was clear by the more than 150 presentations that a second conference is both desirable and necessary to continue to explore the phenomenon that is and surrounds BTS. This second conference will take place on the campus of California State University Northridge (30 miles from central Los Angeles) on May 1-2, 2021.
This conference will bring together academics, fans, and music and media industry practitioners in a supportive and inclusive space to talk, debate and share ideas about BTS. Subjects will include music, fandom, education, film and media, performance art, culture, fashion and so on.
It is anticipated that there will be fan and student (graduate and undergraduate) participation.
Submissions are welcome across a range of topics including, but not limited to:
- Participatory culture and fandom
- Music Studies and Music Education, including Hip-Hop and Hybridity
- Dance Studies
- Connect, BTS
- Identities and Intersectional practices: gender, sexuality, race, age, dis/ability,
- National and ethnic identities
- Music Videos: Aesthetics and Attributes
- Documentary and Reality Television
- BTS Graphic Lyrics
- Mental Health awareness
- Citizen Politics
- International Relations
- Education and Educational Psychology
- Human Development and Family Studies
- BTS and Online Gaming
A selection of conference presentations will be collected for an anthology with a scholarly press, edited by the organizing committee.
*COVID-19 Advisory Notice: While this conference is intended to take place in-person at the CSUN Conference Center, the uncertainty of the coming months may require the event be moved online.