Call for Papers – International conference

Cultural Industries in Ageing Asia

Many Asian countries are facing a rapidly ageing population. Its impact on the economy, labour force and social security system has much attracted academic study. However, relatively missing is cultural facets—how ageing population is affecting the shapes, marketing strategies and services of cultural industries in Asian regions. Examining the transformation of cultural industries due to ageing populations and the growing importance of senior markets, this conference will rethink the conception and practice of cultural industries, which has been studied mostly from the viewpoints of younger generation, and discuss the future of cultural industries.

We invite the submission of a paper proposal that examines the following topics regarding ageing populations and senior markets in Asia (not exclusive):

  • Transformation of media industries (TV, film, radio, newspaper, comics, fictions, magazines)
  • Emerging services of media and cultural industries
  • Digital communication and social media
  • Fashion and cosmetic industries
  • Health and death industries
  • Nostalgia industries
  • Volunteer industries
  • Life after retirement
  • Marketisation of cultural welfare
  • Education industries: Cultural centre and civil seminars
  • Fandom
  • Trans-Asian media and cultural flows
  • The revival of pop culture in the past
  • Creative industries


The conference will be held at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul on 19 (Sat) & 20 (Sun) October 2019, co-organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Media and Communication Research Institute, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and School of Communications, Kwangwoon University.

Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 15 January 2019 to:

Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Cultural Industries in Ageing Asia” in the subject line. Acceptance of a proposal will be notified by the end of February 2019.

We are planning to publish selected papers in an edited volume or special journal issue. Speakers are required to submit papers in advance for the purpose of pre-circulation among participants. But the conference format will be discussion-oriented and all speakers will give a concise talk for 15 minutes by discussing key theoretical questions with related empirical examination rather than reading papers.

Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs. There will be no registration fees for the conference.

We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!

Best regards,

Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University)

Gil-Soo Han (Monash University)

Yeran Kim (Kwangwoon University)

Young-Gil Chae (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)