Call for Papers: Korean Families in Economic and Demographic Transitions

Nam Center conference on Korean familiesThe Nam Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan invites sub­mis­sion of pro­pos­als for a con­fer­ence titled “Kore­an Fam­i­lies in Eco­nom­ic and Demo­graph­ic Tran­si­tions: Par­ent­ing, Children’s Edu­ca­tion, and Social Mobil­i­ty,” to be held Novem­ber 11–12, 2016, in Ann Arbor.

The con­fer­ence, the sixth in the Per­spec­tives on Con­tem­po­rary Korea series, aims to bring schol­ars togeth­er to dis­cuss how recent eco­nom­ic and demo­graph­ic changes have affect­ed par­ents and chil­dren in Korea and, at the same time, how chang­ing fam­i­ly struc­ture and arrange­ments have also con­tributed to recent eco­nom­ic and social inequal­i­ty. In par­tic­u­lar, the con­fer­ence wel­comes schol­ars with both quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive approach­es to Kore­an fam­i­lies.

The con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers are Hyun­joon Park ( of the Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, and Nojin Kwak ( of the Nam Cen­ter and Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stud­ies, Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan.

Pro­pos­als should con­sist of the fol­low­ing doc­u­ments gath­ered into a sin­gle PDF file and sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cal­ly:

  1. A cov­er page includ­ing the author’s (and coauthor’s) name, affil­i­a­tion, title, mail­ing address, and e-mail address. A pre­sen­ter of the paper, if accept­ed, should be indi­cat­ed.
  2. A short abstract of no more than 200 words.
  3. An extend­ed abstract of two or three pages (single-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font, one-inch mar­gins) sub­stan­tial enough to present research ques­tions clear­ly, explain their sig­nif­i­cance, out­line data and meth­ods to be used, and briefly review lit­er­a­ture. If need­ed, tables and fig­ures can be includ­ed and will not be count­ed toward the page lim­it.

The pro­pos­al should be sub­mit­ted by means of the on-line form avail­able here. The dead­line is Fri­day, August 19, 2016. For accept­ed abstracts only, com­plete papers will be due to the orga­niz­ers by Fri­day, Octo­ber 21, 2016.

Papers pre­sent­ed at the con­fer­ence will be con­sid­ered for inclu­sion in a peer-reviewed, edit­ed vol­ume to be pub­lished by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Press as part of the Per­spec­tives on Con­tem­po­rary Korea series. Select­ed par­tic­i­pants will be asked to sub­mit final papers by Jan­u­ary 1, 2017.

Trav­el grants to defray the costs of atten­dance may be avail­able to accept­ed par­tic­i­pants, one per paper, by appli­ca­tion.

Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion, includ­ing the con­fer­ence ratio­nale, is avail­able here. Ques­tions, but not sub­mis­sions, may be direct­ed to