Call for Papers: Asian Studies Conference Japan 2018

ASCJ logoThe Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Asian Stud­ies Con­fer­ence Japan (ASCJ) invites pro­pos­als for pan­els, round­ta­bles, and indi­vid­ual papers to be pre­sent­ed at the Twen­ty-sec­ond Asian Stud­ies Con­fer­ence Japan. The con­fer­ence will be held at Inter­na­tion­al Chris­t­ian Uni­ver­si­ty in Tokyo on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, June 30-July 1, 2018. All pre­sen­ta­tions are to be deliv­ered in English.

The ASCJ now pro­vides on-line pro­pos­al sub­mis­sion forms, along with infor­ma­tion about the orga­ni­za­tion, on its recent­ly renewed main Web site:

Pro­pos­als may be sub­mit­ted on line begin­ning on Sep­tem­ber 15, 2017. The dead­line for pro­pos­als is Octo­ber 15. Results will be announced by late Decem­ber. The forms are avail­able at

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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