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 email@example.com.