Call for Papers: World Congress for Korean Studies

The World Con­gress for Kore­an Stud­ies 2007 will be held in Busan, South Korea, from August 23 to August 25. The main theme for the Con­gress is “Korea in the World: Democ­ra­cy, Peace, Pros­per­i­ty and Cul­ture.” The spon­sors, the Kore­an Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion, invite pro­pos­als for papers, pan­els, and round­table dis­cus­sions in a vari­ety of fields of study, includ­ing research on issues of lead­er­ship, state gov­er­nance, gen­der pol­i­tics, for­eign pol­i­cy, and inter-Kore­an rela­tions; stud­ies on the Kore­an econ­o­my rang­ing from the issues of eco­nom­ic via­bil­i­ty to debates on social fair­ness; dis­cus­sion on cul­tur­al aspects of Kore­an soci­ety deal­ing with art, lit­er­a­ture, lin­guis­tics, and the hal­lyu phe­nom­e­non; papers on Kore­an his­to­ry from ancient times to cur­rent affairs; soci­o­log­i­cal inves­ti­ga­tion of, for exam­ple, the prob­lem of aging and low-fer­til­i­ty rate, the exo­dus of young stu­dents, sub­jects relat­ed to migrant work­ers, and the like. Grad­u­ate stu­dents are encour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in the Con­gress.

The host­ing orga­ni­za­tion, the Kore­an Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion, is an aca­d­e­m­ic orga­ni­za­tion Korea com­posed main­ly of schol­ars of polit­i­cal sci­ence, pub­lic admin­is­tra­tion, and relat­ed dis­ci­plines. Found­ed in 1953, it has grown into the largest aca­d­e­m­ic orga­ni­za­tion in Korea with an active mem­ber­ship of more than 2,000 indi­vid­ual schol­ars and insti­tu­tions.

The dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of pro­pos­als for papers and pan­els is May 15, 2007.

Papers for pre­sen­ta­tion can be writ­ten either in Eng­lish or in Kore­an. Please indi­cate whether you wish to par­tic­i­pate in an Eng­lish pan­el or a Kore­an Pan­el. The due date for papers is August 1.

The reg­u­lar reg­is­tra­tion fee for the Con­gress is US$150. The free for ear­ly reg­is­tra­tion, before May 15, is US$100. Kore­an Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion mem­bers are exempt from the fee.

Accom­mo­da­tion and meals: to be borne by the KPSA. The KPSA will guar­an­tee accom­mo­da­tion for those who reg­is­ter before June 15. The KPSA will cov­er three nights (August 22–24) of accom­mo­da­tion and nine meals (sup­per on 22nd — lunch on 25th at the des­ig­nat­ed restau­rant). The spon­sors will try to accom­mo­date late appli­cants as well, but room assign­ment is not guar­an­teed. Par­tic­i­pants will be lodged in Sea Cloud Hotel near the Con­gress site.

Trans­porta­tion, includ­ing air, and inci­den­tals: to be borne by par­tic­i­pants. Par­tial or full finan­cial assis­tance for air­fare and reg­is­tra­tion may be giv­en to schol­ars from devel­op­ing coun­tries upon request and on a com­pet­i­tive basis.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing the con­fer­ence and the appli­ca­tion process for par­tic­i­pa­tion, please con­tact the Pro­gram Direc­tor at