Call for Papers: Global Korean Literature at the Crossroads

image of pageThe Korean Literature Association invites submission of papers for its conference “Global Korean Literature at the Crossroads: Celebration of Continuity and Transformation.” The conference will be held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, November 13-14, 2015.

The gathering will bring together North American scholars working on a wide range of topics in Korean literature and culture, including performance, art, and film. Papers on all aspects of Korean literature and culture, especially those on cross-cultural or border-crossing themes, will be considered. Papers that reflect on the transformation of Korean literature and culture in a transnational or global context are welcome. Submissions by junior scholars and advanced graduate students are encouraged.

Prospective participants should submit an abstract of 150-200 words and a brief bio with subject line Korean Literature Association: Last Name, First Name to Nayoung Aimee Kwon ( by August 10, 2015.

For more information about the conference and the Korean Literature Association, visit the Web site

New M.A. Program in North Korean Studies at the University of Central Lancashire

UCLAN logoThe University of Central Lancashire in Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom, has announced the establishment of a new, full-time, one-year M.A. program in North Korean Studies beginning in September 2015.

The program is described as an intensive course with a social science disciplinary foundation but giving students the option of following a social science, language, or mixed social science/Korean language pathway to a degree.

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Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies Senior Fellowship

The Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University has issued a renewed call for applications for a senior fellow (Fellowship A) position beginning as early as September 2015. Applicants should hold an academic position related to Korean studies.

Benefits include a monthly stipend, airfare, housing, and academic support (copying, office space, library access). Fellows are expected to be in residence for the period chosen (six or ten months), participate in academic life at Seoul National University, and present their research at a colloquium. Fellows are also strongly encouraged to submit their research to the Seoul Journal of Korean Studies or some other Kyujanggak publication.

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Call for Papers: Digital Korea

image: Nam Center logoThe Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan invites proposals for inclusion in the forthcoming conference Digital Korea: History, Use, and Effects of New Communication Technologies (Perspectives on Contemporary Korea Conference Series V). The conference is scheduled for November 13-14, 2015, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The Digital Korea conference aims to showcase innovative scholarly work examining various aspects of the roles played by social media, mobile phones, and other new communication technologies in Korea. The conference is open to all methodological and disciplinary traditions, including theory-driven research and innovative methodological approaches.

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Korean Literature Translation Fellowship

image: ICF logoIn order to introduce and disseminate Korean literature abroad, the International Communication Foundation sponsors the Korean Literature Translation Fellowship Program, which is designed to discover and foster competent translators. The Foundation invites applications for fellowships in 2016 from non-Koreans who possess a deep interest in Korean literature translation and Korean nationals who are currently engaged in M.A. or Ph.D. studies abroad in Korean literature, English literature, comparative literature, or creative writing and who have proficiency in English equivalent to that of a native speaker.

Awards are made in two categories: those who relocate to Korea for the program and those who complete the program at universities abroad. Grants for the domestic program amount to K₩24,000,000 (two million Korean won per month) and for the overseas program, US$20,000 (five thousand U.S. dollars per quarter). Grants are awarded for one year and are renewable.

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Call for Papers: Online Teaching in Asian Humanities

image: Seattle skylineThree or four contributors are needed to participate in a panel about online teaching at the Association for Asian Studies 2016 Annual Conference in Seattle March 31-April 3, 2016.

This panel will provide insights into innovative approaches to online teaching (web-conferencing, hybrid method) and course redesign and will discuss the opportunities and challenges of online classes in the Asian humanities. Appropriate papers will describe emerging methods that optimize online teaching, discuss potential legal/copyright issues as well as the consequences of collaborate efforts between universities and government-funded institutions to create online classes.

Interested parties should address questions and proposals to Maya K. Stiller (, assistant professor of Korean art and visual culture, University of Kansas, 209 Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS 66045, USA.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 19, 2015.