SSRC Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop for 2016

2016 SSRC Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop bannerThe Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil is accept­ing appli­ca­tions for par­tic­i­pa­tion in its 2016 Kore­an Stud­ies Dis­ser­ta­tion Work­shop. The work­shop is designed “to cre­ate a sus­tained net­work of advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents and fac­ul­ty by pro­vid­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to give and receive crit­i­cal feed­back on dis­ser­ta­tions in progress,” accord­ing to the SSRC work­shop announce­ment. Open to par­tic­i­pants from all fields in the social sci­ences and human­i­ties, the work­shop will take place August 11 through August 15 at the Asilo­mar Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Pacif­ic Grove, Cal­i­for­nia.

The work­shop for­mat has indi­vid­ual stu­dents lead dis­cus­sions of their dis­ser­ta­tion projects with men­tor fac­ul­ty and stu­dent peers from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines to receive cre­ative and crit­i­cal input on improv­ing their field­work plans or writ­ing strate­gies. Based on nar­ra­tive project descrip­tions sub­mit­ted with their appli­ca­tions, par­tic­i­pants will pre­pare a syn­thet­ic essay incor­po­rat­ing all projects, from which broad­er method­olog­i­cal and the­mat­ic dis­cus­sions will be devel­oped and incor­po­rat­ed into the four-day agen­da. The 2016 work­shop will involve up to nine stu­dents and three fac­ul­ty (who will be announced at a lat­er date).

Full-time advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents, regard­less of cit­i­zen­ship, are eli­gi­ble to take part in the work­shop. Appli­cants must have ABD (all but dis­ser­ta­tion) sta­tus and an approved dis­ser­ta­tion prospec­tus at the time of appli­ca­tion, but can­not have com­plet­ed writ­ing for final sub­mis­sion. Stu­dents who have not yet begun field­work, who are cur­rent­ly in the field, and those who are in the process of writ­ing their dis­ser­ta­tions are wel­come to apply. Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion will be giv­en to stu­dents from uni­ver­si­ties that are not major Kore­an stud­ies insti­tu­tions.

Trav­el stipends will be avail­able, and the SSRC will ful­ly cov­er par­tic­i­pants’ 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 Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies.

The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is Fri­day, May 1, 2016. Appli­ca­tions must include a nar­ra­tive descrip­tion of the dis­ser­ta­tion top­ic, a short appli­ca­tion form, and a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion from the student’s pri­ma­ry advis­er. The appli­ca­tion forms and fur­ther infor­ma­tion are avail­able from the SSRC Web site. ‌