Call for Papers: 6th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars

Nam Center Conference of NextGen Korean Studies ScholarsThe Nam Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan invites Kore­an stud­ies grad­u­ate stu­dents in the human­i­ties and social sci­ences to par­tic­i­pate in the 6th Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence of NextGen Kore­an Stud­ies Schol­ars (NEKST). The con­fer­ence will take place May 11–12, 2018, at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan in Ann Arbor.

The two-day con­fer­ence will fea­ture tra­di­tion­al paper pre­sen­ta­tions, work­shop ses­sions for dis­ser­ta­tion chap­ters and arti­cles, as well as pro­fes­sion­al­iza­tion work­shops. Promi­nent Kore­an stud­ies schol­ars as will serve as fac­ul­ty men­tors to pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion and dis­cus­sion.

Cur­rent grad­u­ate stu­dents (M.A. or Ph.D.) as well as those hold­ing ter­mi­nal M.A. degrees from uni­ver­si­ties in any coun­try are eli­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is Jan­u­ary 31, 2018. To apply, sub­mit a 250-word abstract via the conference’s on-line appli­ca­tion form.

Two for­mats are avail­able:

  • Paper pre­sen­ta­tion: For all cur­rent grad­u­ate stu­dents who seek to share their research in an oral pre­sen­ta­tion with com­men­tary from a fac­ul­ty mem­ber. If accept­ed, com­plet­ed papers will be due by April 27, 2018.
  • Chap­ter or arti­cle: For advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents who would like feed­back on dis­ser­ta­tion chap­ters or pre-submission jour­nal arti­cles from Kore­an spe­cial­ists. Fac­ul­ty men­tors and par­tic­i­pants in the con­fer­ence will join for inten­sive dis­cus­sion on pre-circulated man­u­scripts of a sin­gle chap­ter. If accept­ed, com­plet­ed papers will be due by April 13.2018.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact and check for updates on the con­fer­ence web­site.

The 6th NEKST Con­fer­ence is spon­sored by the Nam Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan with sup­port from the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies. The con­fer­ence orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee is com­posed of doc­tor­al stu­dents in the human­i­ties and social sci­ences at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan.

Conference on Populism, Alternative Truths, Fringe Voices

James Joo-Jin Kim Program conference on populismThe James Joo-Jin Kim Pro­gram in Kore­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia is host­ing its third annu­al con­fer­ence on Fri­day, April 27, 2018. The con­fer­ence title is “Pop­ulism, Alter­na­tive Truths, and Voic­es from the Fringe in Korea.” The objec­tive is to dis­cuss var­i­ous forms of fringe groups, ideas, and move­ments, as well as the dynam­ics between fringe and cen­ter through­out Kore­an his­to­ry, mod­ern and pre­mod­ern.

Con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers wel­come con­tri­bu­tions from any dis­ci­pline, includ­ing anthro­pol­o­gy, cul­tur­al stud­ies, his­to­ry, lit­er­a­ture, phi­los­o­phy, polit­i­cal sci­ence, reli­gion, and soci­ol­o­gy. They hope to derive con­clu­sions that are rel­e­vant to under­stand­ing con­tem­po­rary events and devel­op­ments.

Those inter­est­ed in pre­sent­ing at the con­fer­ence, should send a 250-word abstract plus a short per­son­al intro­duc­tion to Nuri Kim at by the end of the day Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 19, 2018 (EST). Send ques­tions regard­ing the con­fer­ence to the same address.

For more infor­ma­tion about the James Joo-Jin Kim Pro­gram in Kore­an Stud­ies, vis­it

Call for Papers: Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies

Bochum YearbookThe Bochum Year­book of East Asian Stud­ies (Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasien­forschung) is now accept­ing sub­mis­sions, in either Eng­lish or Ger­man, for edi­tion 41, which is sched­uled for pub­li­ca­tion in win­ter 2018. All papers sub­mit­ted will under­go double-blind peer review.

The Bochum Year­book of East Asian Stud­ies has been pub­lished since 1978 by the Fac­ul­ty of East Asian Stud­ies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Ger­many. It serves as an inter­na­tion­al forum for aca­d­e­m­ic pub­li­ca­tions on East Asian research, with indi­vid­ual research papers mak­ing up the larg­er part of the jour­nal.

For an idea of the scope of top­ics and research approach­es that have been includ­ed in the Bochum Year­book of East Asian Stud­ies, see the tables of con­tents of back issues at

Authors should use the tem­plate at and send papers as e-mail attach­ments to by March 1, 2018. Pre­vi­ous­ly pub­lished papers will not be accept­ed.

Call for Papers: Korea Economic Institute

Korea Economic Institute logoThe Korea Eco­nom­ic Insti­tute of Amer­i­ca (KEI) solic­its papers for the next round of its Aca­d­e­m­ic Paper Series—a pro­gram to gen­er­ate month­ly aca­d­e­m­ic papers and a pub­lic dis­cus­sion of issues relat­ed to the Kore­an Penin­su­la and affect­ing the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance. KEI has com­mis­sioned more than nine­ty papers in this series on a vari­ety of top­ics.

KEI is seek­ing pro­pos­als for papers to be released between Feb­ru­ary and July 2018 on orig­i­nal sub­jects of cur­rent inter­est to seri­ous Korea watch­ers. KEI is inter­est­ed in papers con­cern­ing South Korea’s domes­tic econ­o­my, inter­na­tion­al eco­nom­ic rela­tions, or inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty rela­tions as well as inno­v­a­tive ideas on North Korea.

Top­ics of par­tic­u­lar inter­est this year include, but are not lim­it­ed to: the North Kore­an mis­sile pro­gram, North Kore­an nuclear strat­e­gy, the mar­ke­ti­za­tion of the North Kore­an econ­o­my, South Kore­an soft pow­er, meet­ing South Kore­an ener­gy needs, South Kore­an envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy, and South Kore­an naval strat­e­gy and capa­bil­i­ties.

Papers must be writ­ten exclu­sive­ly for the Korea Eco­nom­ic Insti­tute, that is, they must not have been pre­sent­ed or pub­lished pre­vi­ous­ly in any form. KEI will pay authors of papers select­ed for the Aca­d­e­m­ic Paper Series an hon­o­rar­i­um of $1,500 upon com­ple­tion of the edi­to­r­i­al process and receipt of a short sum­ma­ry of the key insights of the paper.

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Call for Papers: 6th Korea University Korean History Graduate Student Conference

Korea University Korean history graduate student conferenceThe Korea Uni­ver­si­ty Kore­an His­to­ry Grad­u­ate Stu­dent Con­fer­ence invites grad­u­ate stu­dents from around the world who are con­duct­ing research in Kore­an his­to­ry to sub­mit abstracts for its sixth annu­al con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will take place Fri­day, May 25, 2018, on Korea University’s Anam cam­pus in Seoul. The con­fer­ence theme is “Over­turn­ing Assump­tions and Cre­at­ing New Approach­es to Kore­an His­to­ry.”

Con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers wel­come papers that focus on any his­tor­i­cal time peri­od. Appli­cants for par­tic­i­pa­tion must be cur­rent­ly enrolled in a pro­gram of grad­u­ate study (“post­grad­u­ate” in the British degree clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tems). Papers must be relat­ed to Asian stud­ies, main­ly Kore­an, Chi­nese, and Japan­ese stud­ies.

Those inter­est­ed in pre­sent­ing at the con­fer­ence should sub­mit an abstract of no more than 250 words by Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 28, 2018, 5:00 p.m. East­ern Stan­dard Time. Sub­mis­sions should include the applicant’s name, pro­gram of grad­u­ate study, and con­tact infor­ma­tion.

For gen­er­al con­fer­ence inquiries and abstract sub­mis­sion, con­tact For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about the con­fer­ence, vis­it