Centralized Ownership, Regional Infrastructures: A symposium on the Asian Media Conglomerate

June 2, 2017

Sponsored by the Centre for Multicultural and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII), MA Film Studies Programme, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UCL


This symposium, convened by Dr Keith B. Wagner (UCL) and Dr JungBong Choi (HKBU), will provide an overview to some of the reasons why Asian media conglomerates have increased their production capabilities, fostered high-value services, and clustered competition within the region since 2010. Speakers consider the proliferation of pay-TV, cable and satellite TV channels, film, music and gaming emerging via new infrastructural media systems that over the last ten years have sustained intra-regional flows of content across China, Japan, South Korea, and elsewhere in Asia.

Friday, June 2 9:00 – 17:00

Venue: Engineering Front Executive Suite 103
Open Registration

For more information contact Dr Keith B. Wagner at: k.wagner@ucl.ac.uk

Speakers: Toby Miller (Loughborough University), Doobo Shim (Sungshin Women's University, Seoul), JungBong Choi (HKBU), Hye-Kyung Lee (KCL), Keith B. Wagner (UCL), Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS), Rafal Zaborowski (LSE), Jinuo Diao (University of St. Andrews)


OPENING PAPER * 9:00 - 9:45

Keith B. Wagner (UCL) “Asian Media Conglomerates: Infrastructure, Service Providers and Audiovisual Signal Traffic”  

MORNING SESSION I * 9:45 -- 11:00

Rafal Zaborowski (LSE) “Yamaha, music education and vocaloid cultures across Japan and Asia”

Jinuo Diao (University of St. Andrews) “Evolution of the State-owned Enterprise in the Chinese Film Industry: take China Film Group as an example”

PAPER DISCUSSION 11:00 – 11:45 Moderators: JungBong Choi (HKBU) and Keith B. Wagner (UCL)

LUNCH 11:45 – 12:45

AFTERNOON SESSION I *  13:00 -- 14:45 

Hye-Kyung Lee (KCL) “Doing cultural policy in the neoliberal era: a Korean case”

Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS) “Rewarping the Spiral of Silence – Media, Political Pressure and  (Self-)Censorship in Present-Day Japan “

Jaeho Kang (SOAS) “Transnationality of creative industries: urban connectivity and transmedia in East Asia”

TEA BREAK  14:45 -- 15:00

PAPER DISCUSSION 15:00 – 15:45 Moderators: Ryotaro Mihara (SOAS) and Doobo Shim (Sungshin Women's University, Seoul)

AFTERNOON SESSION II * 15:45 -- 17:30 Doobo Shim (Sungshin Women's University, Seoul) “The global and Asia: Media flow and publicness”

JungBong Choi (HKBU) “Buying Creativity and Manufacturing Creative Industries: Discourse on China’s Way”

Toby Miller (Loughborough University) “New International Division of Cultural Labor”

PAPER DISCUSSION 17:30 – 18:00

Moderators: JungBong Choi (HKBU), Keith B. Wagner (UCL), Jaeho Kang (SOAS)  

CONCLUDING REMARKS 18:00 – 18:30 Announcements for the follow-up events/publication, and Future Plan for Media Political Economy Forum

WINE RECEPTION 18:30 – 19:00 The Main Quad Pavilion