Fifth Annual SSRC Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop

The Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil (SSRC) and the Korea Foun­da­tion have announced the fifth annu­al Kore­an Stud­ies Dis­ser­ta­tion Work­shop, to be held July 18–22, 2012, at the Asilo­mar Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Pacif­ic Grove, Cal­i­for­nia.

The four-day work­shop pro­vides an infor­mal set­ting for par­tic­i­pants to give and receive crit­i­cal feed­back on dis­ser­ta­tions in progress and enables par­tic­i­pants to become part of a sus­tained net­work of advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents and fac­ul­ty engaged in research on Korea. Indi­vid­ual stu­dents lead dis­cus­sions of their projects with men­tor fac­ul­ty and peers from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines to receive cre­ative and crit­i­cal input on improv­ing their field­work plans or writ­ing strate­gies. This year’s men­tor fac­ul­ty are Suk-young Kim (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San­ta Bar­bara), Kather­ine Moon (Welles­ley Col­lege), Robert Oppen­heim (Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Austin), and Jun Yoo (Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa).

Work­shop par­tic­i­pa­tion is open to full-time advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents, regard­less of cit­i­zen­ship, who are enrolled in U.S. or Cana­di­an insti­tu­tions. Par­tic­i­pa­tion is lim­it­ed to twelve stu­dents, who may be in any social sci­ence or human­i­ties field. Appli­cants must have an approved dis­ser­ta­tion prospec­tus but can­not have com­plet­ed writ­ing for final sub­mis­sion. Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion will be giv­en to stu­dents from uni­ver­si­ties that are not major Kore­an stud­ies insti­tu­tions. In most cas­es, the SSRC will ful­ly cov­er par­tic­i­pants’ trav­el, lodg­ing, and meals for the dura­tion of the work­shop. Lim­it­ed funds are avail­able for par­tic­i­pants trav­el­ing from out­side the Unit­ed States. Fund­ing for the pro­gram is pro­vid­ed by the Korea Foun­da­tion.

The appli­ca­tion dead­line is May 1, 2012. For the appli­ca­tion and more infor­ma­tion, see or con­tact Kore­an Stud­ies Dis­ser­ta­tion Work­shop, Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil, One Pier­re­pont Plaza, 15th Floor, Brook­lyn, NY 11201. Tele­phone (718) 517‑3640; fax (212) 377‑2727; e-mail