ICTs as Potential Transformers of Cultural Identity in Small Nation States: Digital Media City, a Seoul Case Study

Lecturer: 
D. Elizabeth Cohen, Ph.D., PMP
Date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Venue: 
Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace
Admission: 
10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (student ID checked at the door); free for members

Digital Media City (DMC) is a South Korean entertainment and digital contents ICT (Information and Communication Technology) cluster. It was planned in the late 1990s in collaboration with international cutting edge city planning thinkers from the Massachusetts of Technology (MIT) who shared their enthusiasm for globalization. DMC as a real estate development has succeeded magnificently both in “greening” the land, a former waste disposal site, and in enticing many of South Korea’s numerous media companies to dwell there independently of one another. This talk will discuss the DMC planning process and how it serves as an example of how an ICT is embedded in its cultural context and can thus be constrained by cultural forces greater than its planners may envision.

Elizabeth Cohen is a researcher, communicator and educator in the field of Emerging Media and Communications. A certified project manager (PMP) and transmedia artist, she is particularly interested in organizational histories related to Creative Industries. She has been a fulltime university professor for the last seven years and in Korea for the last five teaching at Gyeongju and Sogang Universities. She was at the helm of an educational communications company for over 15 years primarily designing and leading educational interdisciplinary programs and initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, museums, TV stations, and nonprofit organizations. She has won several national filmmaking awards and has received grants from the USA National Endowment for the Arts. She has published a number of peer-reviewed publications and given numerous international presentations. Her recent article on Seoul's Digital Media City was published in 2014 in the International Journal of Cultural Studies.

A person on a roof watches Digital Media City

 

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