• Title:Call for papers for International Conference / Subscription video-on-demand in East Asia (13-15 December 2019)
  • Post Date:2019-08-13


 Call for papers for International Conference


Date: 13-15 December 2019

Place: Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto Japan

Shinji Oyama
Professor at College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

Yu-Kei Tse
Assistant Professor at Department of Society, Culture and Media, International Christian University, Tokyo

Keynote Speaker
Ramon Lobato
Senior Research Fellow, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 

Author of Netflix Nations: The Geography of Digital Distribution (NYU Press, 2019) and Shadow Economies of Cinema: Mapping Informal Film Distribution (Bloomsbury, 2012)

(Other speakers to be confirmed)

The theme for the CFP
We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the international conference focusing on Subscription Video-on-demand in East Asia, an event to be held at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan on 13-15 December 2019. 

In recent years streaming television services have been increasing in number and diversity worldwide. Specifically, many subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services have endeavoured to produce their original content and/or expanding into regional and international markets. Such ongoing development has challenged industrial practices in production and distribution of television on national, regional and global scales. How can we account for these evolving industrial dynamics of global internet television? 

Focusing on the East Asian cultural contexts, this international conference seeks to better understand the emerging ecology of internet-distributed television – SVODs in particular – in East Asia. We invite submission of proposals that investigate the development of this ecology and its implications for the content production and distribution on national and regional levels. We are interested in questions such as: which SVODs are popular in respective markets? What kinds of business models do they employ and why? To what extent Netflix may challenge the local media industries in East Asia? What kinds of online television portals other than SVODs are emerging? How do content producers and distributors across East Asia respond to the changing industrial conditions? With these concerns in mind, possible topics for the proposals include, but are not limited to:

• Overview of the national or regional ecology of internet-distributed television in East Asia
• Popularity and unpopularity of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other local and transnational SVODs in East Asia 
• Impact of Netflix on content production, distribution, and consumption in specific East Asian markets
• Business models of SVODs or other internet television portals 
• The infrastructural and market conditions of SVOD services in respective East Asian markets
• National and transnational policy debates on content distribution, local content quotas, censorship, taxes, etc. 
• The regulations in different territories regarding SVOD and other online television services
• International collaboration of content production between East Asian countries and regions
• Changing conditions in television trades and licensing 
• Public debates about domestic audiences’ preferences for local and foreign television content
• Difficulties and opportunities provided by SVODs and other online television services for local productions 
• de-westernizing media industry studies on SVODs and other online television services
• Online piracy of media content and the international intellectual property system
• Aesthetic or narrative analysis of television programs developed for Netflix or other local or international online portals
• Production and commission of original content for SVODs and other online portals
• The cultural and social position of national broadcast television in the changing media ecology in respective East Asian countries/regions 

The title and abstract (up to 300 words) together with a short bio of the author(s) in English (or Japanese) should be submitted to cfp.svodsinasia@gmail.com by 1 September 2019 (subject heading: SVODs in Asia). The decision on the submission will be announced around 15 September 2019.

For all inquiries, please contact us via cfp.svodinasia@gmail.com 
Our tumbler page: http://creativemediaresearchcenter.tumblr.com

Creative Media Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, 
Department of Society, Culture and Media, International Christian University, Tokyo
This conference is supported by Japan Society of the Promotion Science (19K02055)
Yu-Kei TSE, PhD
Assistant Professor by Special Appointment
Dept. of Society, Culture and Media
College of Liberal Arts
International Christian University
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

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