Fourth Annual Workshop of the Worldwide Consortium of Korean Studies Centers

The Fourth Annu­al Work­shop of the World­wide Con­sor­tium of Kore­an Stud­ies Cen­ters will be held from June 23 to June 26, 2008, in the Sparke Hel­more The­atre, School of Law, at the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty. The World­wide Con­sor­tium Work­shops pro­vide a forum for grad­u­ate stu­dents devot­ed to the study of Korea to share their find­ings in a sup­port­ive and encour­ag­ing envi­ron­ment; encour­age and facil­i­tate the pub­li­ca­tion by grad­u­ate stu­dents of orig­i­nal work of the high­est qual­i­ty; and pro­mote schol­ar­ly inter­est in Korea around the globe.

High­lights of the 2008 work­shop will include:

  • Par­tic­i­pat­ing grad­u­ate stu­dents will present their top­ics, find­ings, chal­lenges, and achieve­ments in a series of the­mat­i­cal­ly or method­olog­i­cal­ly coher­ent pan­els chaired by estab­lished aca­d­e­mics drawn from the region and the Con­sor­tium mem­ber uni­ver­si­ties. Pan­els will be fol­lowed by work­shops at which these aca­d­e­mics will dis­cuss the papers deliv­ered, com­ment­ing on dis­ci­pli­nary and method­olog­i­cal mat­ters and rec­om­mend­ing ways in which the papers could be improved for pos­si­ble pub­li­ca­tion. Gen­er­al dis­cus­sion will fol­low.
  • Stu­dents and par­tic­i­pat­ing aca­d­e­mics will be encour­aged to share their research projects and ideas so that Kore­an stud­ies grad­u­ate stu­dents espe­cial­ly may not only gain a sense of belong­ing to a much broad­er aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty, but will have ample oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn direct­ly of approach­es and meth­ods employed in pur­suit of top­ics sim­i­lar to their own.
  • The par­tic­i­pants will tour the Nation­al Library of Aus­tralia, at which are held some 40,000 vol­umes of works on Korea in Kore­an. This is the largest Kore­an col­lec­tion in the region and ranks among the top sev­en col­lec­tions out­side Korea.
  • Prizes will be award­ed to the three finest grad­u­ate papers deliv­ered at the work­shop.

Par­tic­i­pants from Con­sor­tium mem­ber insti­tu­tions and a lim­it­ed num­ber of grad­u­ate stu­dents from oth­er insti­tu­tions who are res­i­dent out­side of Can­ber­ra will be eli­gi­ble for fund­ing assis­tance. This will cov­er all accom­mo­da­tions and meals dur­ing the con­fer­ence, as well as a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion toward trav­el expens­es.

Appli­cants must sub­mit a let­ter (two pages max­i­mum) to the selec­tion com­mit­tee that con­tains the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion:

  • Name and con­tact details includ­ing e-mail, postal address, and tele­phone num­ber
  • Cur­rent uni­ver­si­ty affil­i­a­tion and discipline/area
  • Name of super­vi­sor
  • Antic­i­pat­ed date of sub­mis­sion of M.A. the­sis or Ph.D. dis­ser­ta­tion
  • Title and brief out­line of pro­posed pan­el pre­sen­ta­tion (two to four para­graphs)
  • Details of antic­i­pat­ed trav­el costs (airfares/bus fares)
  • Whether accom­mo­da­tions are required.

Appli­cants will be advised of the suc­cess of their appli­ca­tions as soon as pos­si­ble and no lat­er than May 5, 2008.

Com­plet­ed appli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted no lat­er than April 25, 2008, prefer­ably by e-mail, to:

Pro­fes­sor Ken Wells
Fac­ul­ty of Asian Stud­ies
Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty
Can­ber­ra, ACT 0200


In addi­tion to gen­er­ous fund­ing from the Korea Foun­da­tion, the work­shop is sup­port­ed finan­cial­ly by the Aus­tralia-Korea Foun­da­tion, the Col­lege of Asia and the Pacif­ic, and the ANU Cen­tre for Kore­an Stud­ies.

The mem­bers of the World­wide Con­sor­tium of Kore­an Stud­ies Cen­ters are Korea Uni­ver­si­ty, Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, Yon­sei Uni­ver­si­ty, UCLA, Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Manoa, SOAS-Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don, Kyushu Uni­ver­si­ty, Peking Uni­ver­si­ty, Fudan Uni­ver­si­ty, the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia, and the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty.