Call for Papers: Identity and Transnational Mobility

Goethe University Frankfurt
Korean Studies at Goethe-University of Frankfurt invites proposals for presentations to be delivered at an international conference, “Identity and Transnational Mobility In and Out of Korea,” February 22-23, 2018. The conference will examine important socioeconomic aspects of transnational mobility in and out of Korea as well as the process in which overseas Koreans and migrants in South Korea gain agency and negotiate multiple identities.

Proposals are welcome for papers on all aspects of identity and transnational mobility in and out of Korea, including, but not limited to, transnational mobility/migration and belonging in historical and contemporary contexts, media consumption and ICTs in transnational migration, issues concerning migrants in South Korea, and Korean diaspora and ethnic return migration.

Prospective participants should submit a proposal including an abstract of three hundred words and a curriculum vitae and to Mi-Jeong Jo at and Professor Yonson Ahn at Proposals are due by August 20, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by September 24 and will be required to submit a full paper (5,500–7,000 words including bibliography and endnotes) by December 31, 2017.

Selected papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication as part of an edited volume. The selected papers will be required to consider comments and discussion made during the conference and must be submitted by mid-April, 2018.

The conference is sponsored by the Academy of Korean Studies, the Republic of Korea Ministry of Education, and Goethe-University of Frankfurt.

Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Mi-Jeong Jo.

Call for Papers: Global Korean Studies and Writing Korean Culture

The Anthropology Department at Seoul National University invites proposals for presentations at the “Global Korean Studies and Writing Korean Culture” conference. The conference will be held September 22-23, 2017, and will be conducted in English and Korean.

This conference aims to critically engage the notion of Korean culture and to reflect on what has been at stake in producing knowledge about it, from within Korea and from outside, for Koreans and for non-Koreans. Where does “Korean culture” begin and end, who is included and excluded, and who gets to decide?

Proposals are sought for conceptual, analytical, methodological, and ethnographic papers that inquire into the politics of writing (about) Korean culture today, from different locales inside and outside South Korea. What have been the theoretical and methodological challenges particular to local or international scholars researching Korean culture? How have scholars accounted for—or failed to account for—their different relations to Korea? How have Koreanists responded to pressures from national and commercial interests that fund research on Korea? How do we orient scholarship on Korean culture away from Western concerns and toward local issues without subordinating scholarship to nationalist agendas or sacrificing the intellectual relevance for the larger academic community?

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Call for Papers: Korean Religions

AAR Korean religions groupThe Korean Religions unit of the American Academy of Religion invites proposals for individual papers, paper panels, or round-table panels to be presented at the AAR annual meeting in Boston November 18-21, 2017.

Any proposal relating to Korea and religion will be considered, but particular consideration will be given to proposals addressing the overarching topic of Religion Crossing Borders and subtopics such as:

  • Religion and Minorities (racial, social, sexual, etc.) in Korea
  • Religion and Migration in Korea
  • Migrant Workers, Immigrants, and Religion in Korea
  • Populism, Xenophobia, Racism, Provincialism: Constructive Religious Responses (How might religion overcome mass rage, mass nationalism, etc.?)
  • Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Korean Religions.

For more information on requirements to participate, see The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017.

Membership is not required to submit a proposal, but all participants accepted to the program must be current (2017) AAR members and registered for the annual meeting by June 30, 2017.

Call for Papers: Korean Diaspora and the Arts

Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem conference on Korean diaspora and the artsThe Department of Asian Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites proposals for presentation at a conference titled “Korean Diaspora and the Arts.” The conference will take place at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University May 21–23, 2017.

This conference aims to bring together innovative approaches that will deepen understanding of the historical, cultural, and political experiences of Korean diasporic individuals and communities as reflected in creative works.

The conference organizers solicit individual papers and panel proposals that examine representations of the Korean diaspora in creative works and that investigate lives and philosophies of diasporic artists in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Papers that contain innovative theoretical, historical, and sociological approaches to the Korean diaspora are also welcome.

Individual abstracts and panel proposals (with abstracts for each of the panelists) should be sent to by January 30, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by February 28, 2017, and asked to send their working papers (3,000–4,000 words) at least two weeks prior to the conference.

For More Information

Address questions regarding the conference and the proposal submission process to the conference organizers, Dr. Jooyeon Rhee ( or Ira Lyan (

The Academy of Korean Studies, The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, and The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace are the sponsors of the conference.

For more information about the Hebrew University Department of Asian Studies, see

Call for Papers: 2017 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

2017 SPAS graduate student conferenceThe University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies invites proposals for papers, performances, and panels for its 28th annual SPAS Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place at the UH Center for Korean Studies in Honolulu March 22-24, 2017. The program theme is “Bridging the Gaps: Conceptualizing Asia through an Interdisciplinary Lens.”

Conference organizers are looking especially for papers and panels that

  • critically address or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the study of Asia,
  • involve original research in any area of Asia and Asian studies,
  • incorporate interdisciplinary methods and frameworks,
  • engage comparative studies or transnational issues,
  • explore new and emerging trends in Asian studies,
  • critically re-examine existing methodologies and frameworks, and
  • present Asian performance practices.

Proposals for performances are also welcome in addition to those for papers and panels.

The deadline to submit proposals is January 20, 2017. An on-line application form is available here.

All accepted papers and panels will have discussants, so presenters should expect to submit their finished papers by February 15, 2017.

The conference sponsors will present best-paper awards for the best Japan, best Korea, and best Southeast Asia papers.

A limited number of partial travel grants to the conference site will be available.

For More Information

Direct questions about the 2017 SPAS Graduate Student Conference to the planning committee at

For more information, refer to the conference Facebook page “2017 SPAS Graduate Conference” or visit the Graduate Student Conference Web site.