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.