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    K-Pop Culture

    About us

    The FASS K-Pop Culture Research Group is a new research group established by academics and students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. The group was initiated in 2021 by Dr Siti Mazidah Haji Mohamad, and group activities have been coordinated together with co-convener Khairunnisa Ibrahim. Group activities and discussions are further developed with fellow FASS academics Dr Rommel Curaming, Dr Sarah Ghazali, and postgraduate student Muhammad Nur Alif Akmal Bin Abdul Majid. This research group stemmed from our personal and academic interests in Korean culture and recent publications with Korean Studies scholars in the region.

    As part of research activities conducted by this group, co-convener Khairunnisa has been leading the K-Culture Reading Group. Beginning with these fortnightly discussions, we hope to grow into a working group that conducts and publishes research on, related to, and involving Korean popular culture in Brunei and the broader region of Southeast Asia.

    For further information, please get in touch with the conveners:

    Research Areas

    Presently, we continue to explore broad research areas, and intend to develop this nascent group organically, following our discussions on K-Culture developed from the fortnightly reading group meetings. We welcome participation from interested colleagues and invite contributions to help expand the scope of our research group.

    Research Projects, Activities and Publications

    1. Reading Group

      Reading the Korean Wave - Why study K-Culture, and for whom do these knowledges matter? These are the preliminary questions that spur our fortnightly discussions in the FASS K-Culture Reading Group.

    2. Group Research Project

      Project Title: Southeast Asian academics’ reflections on the KDrama SkyCastle: A comparative and contextual analysis.
      Led by: Dr Rommel Curaming
      Funding Status: Unfunded.
      Project Period: Ongoing

    3. Recent Publications

      Mohamad, S. M. (2021). Hallyu 2.0 in Brunei Darussalam: Audience affective engagement with Korean culture on social mediascape. In K. H. Kim & S. Y. Rou (Eds.), The Korean wave and Islamic Southeast Asia: Exploring current issues (pp.140-157). Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

      Ibrahim, K. (2021). (Re)framing ideas about masculinities borne by the Korean wave: A case study of Bruneian students researching BTS. In K. H. Kim & S. Y. Rou (Eds.), The Korean wave and Islamic Southeast Asia: Exploring current issues (pp. 158–175). Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

    4. KCRG Newsletter

      Please click the image below to view the Nov '21 newsletter.

    Opportunities for Postgraduate Studies

    This research group welcomes applications for Postgraduate studies: Master of Arts (MA) by Research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in areas relevant to its research areas. Cluster members’ research interests can be found on their profile page.

    For more information on research group members, you can find links to their respective staff profiles below. You can also view their profiles on the UBD Expert website.

    Cluster Members (Universiti Brunei Darussalam)