[Air-L] CFP_International Conference: Subscription Video-on-demand in East Asia

Yu-Kei TSE yktse at icu.ac.jp
Wed Jul 24 22:41:34 PDT 2019

Dear colleagues,

My colleague Shinji Oyama (Ritsumeikan University, Japan) and I are
organizing an international conference on SVODs in East Asia. The
conference will be held in  Kyoto, Japan in December this year, Below is
the CFP for the conference. I hope this may be of interest to some on the

*Call for papers for International Conference*

*Subscription video-on-demand in East Asia: Its impact on regional
production and distribution of media contents*

Date: 13-15 December 2019
Place: Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto Japan

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

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

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
• 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 at gmail.com by 1 September 2019 (subject heading: SVODs in
Asia). The decision on the submission will be announced around 15 September

For all inquiries, please contact us via cfp.svodinasia at 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

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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