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.

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

Call for Abstracts: 8th World Congress of Korean Studies

World Congress of Korean Studies logoThe 8th World Con­gress of Kore­an Stud­ies will take place at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia in Philadel­phia Octo­ber 5 – 7, 2016. The con­gress theme is “Kore­an Cul­ture, Seek­ing Insights for the Future.” The Con­gress is designed to bring togeth­er schol­ars and experts to present recent research and exchange aca­d­e­m­ic infor­ma­tion as well as to pro­mote net­work­ing among Koreanists. 

Prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants are invit­ed to sub­mit pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tion at the Con­gress, which will be host­ed by The Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia. Pro­pos­als for pan­els and indi­vid­ual papers must be sub­mit­ted through the World Con­gress Web­site. Look for the call for papers/​application link. Pro­pos­als are being accept­ed between March 16 and April 30, 2016. Noti­fi­ca­tion of review results will be issued by May 27, 2016. Full papers will be due by August 21.

The orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for the 8th World Con­gress con­sists of Hyeon Kim, chair/​Academy of Kore­an Stud­ies; Eugene Y. Park, chair/​University of Penn­syl­va­nia; Jae Hoon Yeon, Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety for Kore­an Studies/​SOAS, Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don; Hyaewe­ol Choi, Kore­an Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion of Australasia/​Australian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty; Don­ald L. Bak­er, Com­mit­tee on Kore­an Stud­ies, Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Studies/​University of British Colum­bia; James B. Lewis, Asso­ci­a­tion for Kore­an Stud­ies in Europe/​University of Oxford; and Won­suk Chang, Acad­e­my of Kore­an Studies.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion con­tact the Sec­re­tari­at of the World Con­gress of Kore­an Stud­ies Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee. Web site:; e-mail:; tele­phone: +82 – 31-709‑9843; fax: +82 – 31-809‑9945.

Call for Papers: 5th Conference on Korean Screen Culture

Korean screen cultureThe Depart­ment of Film Stud­ies at King’s Col­lege Lon­don invites pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tion at the 5th Kore­an Screen Cul­ture Con­fer­ence, to be host­ed by the Depart­ment of Film Stud­ies in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Korea Foun­da­tion and the Kore­an Cul­tur­al Cen­ter, Unit­ed King­dom, June 3 – 4, 2016. The con­fer­ence aims to crit­i­cal­ly engage impor­tant and urgent issues that have affect­ed and guid­ed con­tem­po­rary Kore­an screen cul­ture, in par­tic­u­lar, cin­e­ma, tele­vi­sion, web comics, and music. 

Pro­pos­als are wel­come for papers and pan­els on all aspects of Kore­an screen cul­ture, South and North Kore­an cin­e­ma past and present, video games, pro­duc­tion, dis­tri­b­u­tion and recep­tion of film, tele­vi­sion, K-pop music videos, as well as the transna­tion­al and inter­me­di­al aes­thet­ics of Kore­an screen cul­ture such as the impacts of the Kore­an Wave (Hal­lyu), transna­tion­al and inter­me­di­al adap­ta­tions, co-pro­duc­tions, col­lab­o­ra­tions, and var­i­ous inter­me­dia practices.

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Call for Papers: Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2016

SOAS: site of Joint East Asian Studies ConferenceThe Joint East Asian Stud­ies Con­fer­ence is a tri­en­ni­al meet­ing held by the three aca­d­e­m­ic asso­ci­a­tions rep­re­sent­ing East Asian Stud­ies in the Unit­ed King­dom: The British Asso­ci­a­tion for Chi­nese Stud­ies, The British Asso­ci­a­tion for Japan­ese Stud­ies, and The British Asso­ci­a­tion for Kore­an Stud­ies. The 2016 JEAS Con­fer­ence will be held Sep­tem­ber 7 – 9 at SOAS, Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don. The con­fer­ence pro­vides a major venue for the dis­sem­i­na­tion of research on East Asian stud­ies in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines for aca­d­e­mics from both the UK and abroad. 

Sub­mis­sions are invit­ed from estab­lished aca­d­e­mics and doc­tor­al can­di­dates in any field of East Asian stud­ies work­ing with­in any aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tion inter­na­tion­al­ly. Pri­or­i­ty will be giv­en to pan­el sub­mis­sions, but indi­vid­ual paper sub­mis­sions are also wel­come and if accept­ed will be orga­nized into the­mat­ic pan­els. Pan­el ses­sions will com­prise no more than four pre­sen­ters in any one panel.

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