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.

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