This masterclass will be led by Dr Richard Williams.

Is there anything Korean about K-Pop?

Over the last decade, Korean popular music has become a global phenomenon. From BTS to Black Pink, K-Pop stars and groups are building passionate fan bases from India to Mexico. This masterclass interrogates why K-Pop has become so popular, from musical and social perspectives, and examines the question, what is the distinctive "K" in "K-Pop"?

Using specific examples, we will explore the history of Korean popular music, the relationship between politics and the arts, and consider what the spread of K-Pop can tell us about global industries and social trends today. The masterclass will be led by Dr Richard Williams, lecturer in Ethnomusicology.

Participants will develop their critical thinking, public speaking and analytical skills.

This masterclass is for students in year 12 and 13 attending state schools and colleges within the UK. Priority should be given to those who would be the first in their family to attend university in the UK; this is a widening participation activity designed to give students a first-class experience of study at HE level.

There are a limited number of places available for the masterclass and a mixture of academic and widening participation criteria will be used to allocate places.

To apply for the masterclass please submit an application form by Tuesday 3rd March 2020.

Organiser: Sarah Tucker

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4043

10th March 2020 from 10:00 to 13:00

SOAS University of London, College Buildings Room R201
Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, 10, London , England WC1H 0XG

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