We live in difficult times. People feel overwhelmed, anxious and unsettled. Self-care became essential to stay sane. For ARMYs, BTS was a big part of their self-care routine – their source of comfort, positivity, strength and inspiration. What makes BTS so good for physical, mental and emotional well-being?
- Ampy Corpus Ampy is a strategic communications expert. She appreciates life’s journey and is passionate about lifelong learning, mindfulness, pop culture, film, history and trends. Twitter: @dnaysuss / IG: ampytheater
- Demai Granali Demai is a writer, content creator, and mother who found BTS as a source of hope, inspiration, and motivation in the midst of the pandemic. IG: @queendemai and @mommysdayoutph
- Dette Rome Dette is a seasoned communications professional and financial planner, in pursuit of wellness and a feel good lifestyle. IG: @bvrome / FB: @thehappydailyph
- Nicole Mangondato Nicole is an outsourcing professional who has helped individuals achieve their dream jobs. She is a music and TV junkie and is deeply interested in mobile technology. @nic0lememaybe
BTS have inspired millions to examine Jung’s theories, some of the more notable discussions include examinations of the Ego, The Persona and the Shadow; but how do BTS go about disseminating their reflections on Jung’s theories? In some instances BTS use recurring images and symbols. In this video essay Jasmine explores how BTS use reflections, portraiture and mirror imagery to confront ideas of their own Egos, Personas and Shadows and, in some cases, the very audience that watches them.
Jasmine introduces a new framework to look at BTS through how they use reflections in storytelling. She employs three main paradigms to various reflections in BTS related media and examines what these modes of expression attempt to portray to the audience.
About the Author
Jasmine comes from a film and visual cultures background. She shares her thoughts and ideas on her YouTube channel; JJ Got The Jams.
September 14, 2018, marked a milestone in the history of K-pop when RM, the leader of BTS, delivered a powerful speech in front of the UN General Assembly. As a representative of “Love Myself,” a campaign launched in partnership with the UNICEF, but also as a continuation of the message BTS conveyed through their “Love Yourself” trilogy, RM encouraged his auditors to “speak [them]selves (…) no matter who [they] are, where [they’re] from, [their] skin color, gender identity.” The fact that RM mentioned gender identity, even briefly, was quite inspirational for a lot of ARMYs. They kept relaying this sentence through social media, making BTS appear as advocates of LGBTQ+ human rights. Interestingly, this kind of reaction was mainly from fans outside of Korea. This shows a fundamental paradox present in K-pop and K-pop fandoms: an entity of Korean popular culture elaborated in a heteronormative and conservative society that challenges gender dynamics at a worldwide scale. This paper aims at looking in depth through this paradox by using research methods and concepts from three different fields of study – Korean Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Digital Humanities. By crossing data from on-site interviews of fans and a data science-based analysis of tweets from ARMYs, this paper will focus on two interrelated questions: (1) What are the innovative industrial techniques and characteristics of BTS differing from other K-pop idols that enables them to interject in gender social activism? (2) How have differences between BTS’s domestic versus international fandom cultures enabled this gender activism?
About the Author
Mathieu Berbiguier is a third-year Ph. D. student in Asian Languages & Cultures (Korean Cultural Studies major). He recently started two concentrations in Gender Studies and Digital Humanities. Mathieu received an MA from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, South Korea), and a BA from University Paris Diderot (France) – both in Korean Studies. Before moving to LA, he lived for five years in Seoul. His research interests revolve around Korean Popular Culture and its expansion around the world with a particular focus on the relationship between K-pop fandoms.
In this panel, we hope to discuss the cultural issues at play (if there are any) when Western media reports on BTS, and more broadly, how Western music journalism should change in order to more accurately portray global entertainment.
- Brian Patrick Bryne
- Cristina Freitas de Jesus
- Karlina Octaviany
- Randy Suh
- Tannishtha Bhattacharjee
Now that we have gone through the stories of BU, let’s try to understand what all of this means. Callista will explain to us the idea behind The Hero’s Journey and how it connects to BU Jin character. Sarah will give us a deep dive into her interpretation of Black Swan’s storytelling through the MVs. Together we will also have an open discussion on the Wings era, with Hermann Hesse’s Demian and the Short Films related to BU.
From the ARMY Theorist society (@army_society)
- Callista (@BANGTANDIOR)
- Sarah (@__Samira7__)
Let’s take a look at the different pieces of this huge puzzle that BTS Universe is. Together with Courtney, we will walk through the contents in the MVs, the Notes, the Smeraldo Blog and the Save Me webtoon. We will also check other parts of BTS Universe that are different in terms of storytelling and Angela will share with us her particularly moving view of Spring Day among other ideas. We will finish this session with an open discussion about how the different BU stories are weaved into the MVs.
- Courtney (@writer_court)
- Angela (@ItalianARMY_BTS)
May 1-2, 2021. California State University Northridge
In January 2020, a groundbreaking inclusive inter and multi-disciplinary conference was held at Kingston College in London UK, examining the success and popularity of the Kpop group BTS from a variety of perspectives.
It was clear by the more than 150 presentations that a second conference is both desirable and necessary to continue to explore the phenomenon that is and surrounds BTS. A second conference will take place on the campus of California State University Northridge (30 miles from central Los Angeles) on May 2-3, 2021.
This conference will bring together academics, fans, music and media industry practitioners in a supportive and inclusive space to talk, debate and share ideas about BTS. Issues may relate to music, fandom, education, film and media, performance art, culture, fashion and so on.
It is anticipated that there will be fan and student (graduate and undergraduate) participation.
Plenary speakers will be Dr. Colette Balmain (Kingston University London) co-editor of Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games and Dr. Crystal Anderson (George Mason University), director of KPK: Kpop Kollective (https://kpopkollective.com) and author of Soul in Seoul: Black Popular Music and Kpop.
Submissions are welcome across a range of topics including, but not limited to:
- Participatory culture and fandom
- Music Studies and Music Education, including Hip-Hop and Hybridity
- Dance Studies
- Connect, BTS
- Identities and Intersectional practices: gender, sexuality, race, age, dis/ability, national and ethnic
- Music Videos: Aesthetics and Attributes
- Documentary and Reality Television
- Mental Health awareness
- Citizen Politics
- International Relations
- Education and Educational Psychology
- Human Development and Family Studies
Information regarding submission of paper, panel, workshop, and roundtable proposals will be coming soon.
For more information contact BTSatCSUN@gmail.com
Organizers: Dr. Frances Gateward (CSUN)
Dr. Jinah Kim (CSUN)
Dr. Nam Lee (Chapman University)
Dr. R. Candace Epps (UNC Chapel Hill)
Dr. Charles Hatfield (CSUN)
COVID-10 advisory notice: While this conference is intended to take place in person at the CSUN Conference Center, the conference may need to be moved online.
About the Author
Dr Frances Gateward teaches courses in cinema and popular culture in the Dept. of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University Northridge
Muhammad Didit Prasodjo, S.Farm.
BTS had proven to increase our curiosity about the Bangtan Universe, which was established in 2015, starting from HYYH Pt.1. What if the entire discography of BTS starting from “No More Dream is actually a pathway that consistently suits any kind of story? A pathway to wake up from a dream and realize it?
About the Author
My name is Muhammad Didit Prasodjo. I am from Indonesia. I am an Apothecary Program Student