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KPK Global Recruitment: Spring 2014

JOIN KPK!

Are you a motivated, committed, detail-oriented person? Want to use your love of Korean popular culture for something important?  KPK: Kpop Kollective is looking for undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about Hallyu (Korean wave) popular culture or interested in digital humanities to support KPK’s mission to collect and organize digital material and publish scholarly musings about K-pop and digital humanities.

Fostering a fun and engaging environment, KPK remains the only community of scholars that collaboratively creates resources and analysis of Korean cultural production for a public audience, thereby creating a public intellectual space for examining K-pop from a perspective outside of Asia.   Members of KPK have published on Korean popular culture and library practice and have presented at numerous academic conferences, including Association for Asian American Studies, Association of College and Research Libraries, Central Savannah Library Association Conference and the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference.

We invite individuals from around the world who can communicate well in English and have consistent access to the Internet to apply. All positions are voluntary (nonpaid) and all successful applicants undergo training and a one-month probationary period.  We highly value enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn.

COMPILER 

KPK is looking for current or former undergraduate students who have an interest in K-pop to be compilers. Compilers gain valuable experience working on an active scholarly project. If selected, compilers sign up for a three-month term, which may be renewed. Exceptional compilers may be promoted.

We expect Compilers to complete assignment every two weeks.  Duties include:

  • Creating screenshots for KPK projects
  • Creating playlists on KPK’s YouTube Channel
  • Providing relevant content for KPK’s social media

How to apply: Fill out the brief application.  Upon receipt, we will contact you with a sample assignment to complete and return. Members of KPK senior staff will review your completed assignment and make a decision within one week (seven days).

FELLOW 

KPK is looking for graduate students who have a research interest in Hallyu popular culture to be Fellows. Fellows gain valuable experience working on a collaborative research project, training in digital tools and receive feedback on and exposure for their own work.  If selected, Fellows sign up for a four-month term, which may be renewed. Exceptional Fellows may be promoted.

We expect Fellows to complete assignments every two weeks.  Duties include:

  • Compiling information for discographies and videographies
  • Contributing a blog post to KPK’s WordPress site once a month

How to apply: Fill out the brief application.  Upon receipt, we will contact you with a sample assignment to complete and return. Members of KPK senior staff will review your completed assignment and application and make a decision within one week (seven days).

If you have any questions, please email:  kpopkollective@gmail.com.

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About DrCeeFu

K-pop Prof. Wuxia Woman. Queen of Afro-Asia. Post Soul Princess. CeeFu is Crystal S. Anderson (PhD), a public intellectual who writes on Asian popular culture. When she is not at her day job, she writes about Asian popular culture. On her blog, High Yellow, she publishes pieces on K-pop, K-drama, wuxia series and Asian film. You can view her portfolio at Digital Writing by CeeFu. She also makes some of her scholarly work on Korean popular culture available to the public though projects like iFans: Mapping K-pop's International Fandom (a series of surveys on global fandom and a digital project that curates material produced by global fans), Hallyu Harmony: A Cultural History of Kpop (a digital project that traces connections among artists and groups across genres, generations and geographies through visuals, music and choreography), House of Hallyu (a site that features fan activity) and kpop chronicles (a project that archives fan narratives). She is also director of KPK: Kpop Kollective, where scholars and select members of the public publish musings about K-pop and digital humanities and collaboratively collect and organize digital material. She also manages KPOPIANA, a collaborative and interactive database about groups and artists of Hallyu-era K-pop. As an associate professor at Elon University, she conducts research in comparative ethnic studies. In addition to her recently published the book, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production (University of Mississippi Press, 2013), she has several book articles forthcoming on masculinity in K-pop and the impact of rhythm and blues on K-pop. She teaches courses in Asian literature, American literature, American Studies and African American literature.

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