Call for Papers: Korean Religions

AAR Korean religions groupThe Kore­an Reli­gions unit of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Reli­gion invites pro­pos­als for indi­vid­ual papers, paper pan­els, or round-table pan­els to be pre­sent­ed at the AAR annu­al meet­ing in Boston Novem­ber 18–21, 2017.

Any pro­pos­al relat­ing to Korea and reli­gion will be con­sid­ered, but par­tic­u­lar con­sid­er­a­tion will be giv­en to pro­pos­als address­ing the over­ar­ch­ing top­ic of Reli­gion Cross­ing Bor­ders and subtopics such as:

  • Reli­gion and Minori­ties (racial, social, sex­u­al, etc.) in Korea
  • Reli­gion and Migra­tion in Korea
  • Migrant Work­ers, Immi­grants, and Reli­gion in Korea
  • Pop­ulism, Xeno­pho­bia, Racism, Provin­cial­ism: Con­struc­tive Reli­gious Respons­es (How might reli­gion over­come mass rage, mass nation­al­ism, etc.?)
  • Colo­nial­ism, Post­colo­nial­ism, and Kore­an Reli­gions.

For more infor­ma­tion on require­ments to par­tic­i­pate, see The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is March 1, 2017.

Mem­ber­ship is not required to sub­mit a pro­pos­al, but all par­tic­i­pants accept­ed to the pro­gram must be cur­rent (2017) AAR mem­bers and reg­is­tered for the annu­al meet­ing by June 30, 2017.

Korean Culture and Religion Position at Columbia University

Image: Columbia University logoThe Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Cul­tures at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty invites appli­ca­tions for the tenure-track Il Hwan and Soon Ja Cho Pro­fes­sor­ship in Kore­an Cul­ture and Reli­gion, to begin July 1, 2016. The appoint­ment is at the rank of assis­tant pro­fes­sor.

Par­tic­u­lar encour­age­ment is extend­ed to appli­cants who take an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, transna­tion­al approach to the study of Kore­an cul­ture (with pos­si­ble spe­cial­iza­tion in dis­ci­plines such as art his­to­ry, anthro­pol­o­gy, his­to­ry, or lit­er­a­ture) and reli­gion (with an empha­sis on Kore­an Bud­dhism).

The appointee will teach at both the grad­u­ate and under­grad­u­ate lev­els and is expect­ed to work with fel­low fac­ul­ty in the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Cul­tures, the Reli­gion Depart­ment, and oth­er uni­ver­si­ty insti­tu­tions in the devel­op­ment of Kore­an stud­ies research, teach­ing, and pro­gram­ming at Colum­bia. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Colum­bia Col­lege Core Cur­ricu­lum will be expect­ed. The Ph.D. degree must be com­plet­ed by July 1, 2016.

Appli­ca­tions must include a cur­ricu­lum vitae, cov­er let­ter with a descrip­tion of teach­ing and research inter­ests, abstract of dis­ser­ta­tion or first book, a brief descrip­tion of cours­es the appli­cant has taught or would be pre­pared to devel­op, two sam­ple syl­labi, a sam­ple of writ­ten work, and three let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion.

Review of appli­ca­tions will begin on Octo­ber 30, 2015, and con­tin­ue until the posi­tion is filled. The search com­mit­tee is espe­cial­ly inter­est­ed in can­di­dates who, through their research, teach­ing, or ser­vice, will con­tribute to the diver­si­ty and excel­lence of the aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty.

For more infor­ma­tion and to apply for the posi­tion, use the fol­low­ing URL:

AAS/SSRC Dissertation Workshop: Religion and the State in Asia

image: SSRC/AAS logosThe Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies and the Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil, with sup­port from the Hen­ry M. Luce Foun­da­tion, have announced the fourth joint­ly orga­nized AAS/SSRC Dis­ser­ta­tion Work­shop. The work­shop will be held March 23–26, 2015, in con­junc­tion with the AAS annu­al con­fer­ence in Chica­go.

This work­shop, with the theme “Reli­gion and the State in Asia,” is intend­ed to bring togeth­er doc­tor­al stu­dents, regard­less of cit­i­zen­ship, in the human­i­ties and social sci­ences who are devel­op­ing dis­ser­ta­tion pro­pos­als or are in ear­ly phas­es of research or dis­ser­ta­tion writ­ing; who are plan­ning, con­duct­ing, or are in the ear­ly phas­es of writ­ing up dis­ser­ta­tion research on the dynam­ics of reli­gion, com­mu­ni­ty, and the state in Asia; and who sense the sub­stan­tive and the­o­ret­i­cal val­ue of locat­ing their project in a com­par­a­tive geo­graph­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal con­text.

The work­shop will be lim­it­ed to twelve stu­dents, ide­al­ly from a broad array of dis­ci­plines and work­ing on a wide vari­ety of mate­ri­als in a vari­ety of time peri­ods, and in var­i­ous regions of Asia. It also will include a small mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary and multi-area fac­ul­ty with sim­i­lar con­cerns.

The work­shop will be sched­uled for the days imme­di­ate­ly pri­or to the 2015 AAS annu­al con­fer­ence in Chica­go. It will cov­er two and one-half days of intense dis­cus­sion begin­ning the evening of March 23 and run­ning through Thurs­day, March 26.

Appli­cants need not have advanced to can­di­da­cy but must have at least draft­ed a dis­ser­ta­tion research pro­pos­al. Appli­ca­tions are also wel­come from doc­tor­al stu­dents in the ear­ly phas­es of writ­ing their dis­ser­ta­tions. A nar­ra­tive descrip­tion of the dis­ser­ta­tion top­ic (ten double-spaced typed pages), short appli­ca­tion form, and cur­ricu­lum vitae will be required for sub­mis­sion. Appli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted by Jan­u­ary 5, 2015.

Full details regard­ing the work­shop and appli­ca­tion process are avail­able on the SSRC Web site: For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the work­shop struc­ture and eli­gi­bil­i­ty, con­tact David Szan­ton ( Ques­tions con­cern­ing admin­is­tra­tive mat­ters and the appli­ca­tion process should be direct­ed to Nicole Restrick Lev­it (

Call for Papers: Journal of Korean Religions

The Jour­nal of Kore­an Reli­gions invites sub­mis­sion of arti­cles across dis­ci­plines address­ing the study of Kore­an reli­gions. Review arti­cles are wel­come, as are feature-length sub­mis­sions. The Jour­nal of Kore­an Reli­gions is pub­lished bian­nu­al­ly, in April and Octo­ber, by the Insti­tute for the Study of Reli­gion at Sogang Uni­ver­si­ty and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Press. The edi­tors are Prof. Seong-nae Kim, head of the Insti­tute for the Study of Reli­gion at Sogang Uni­ver­si­ty, and Prof. Don Bak­er, direc­tor of the Cen­tre for Kore­an Research at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia.

Future issues will focus on a re-examination of the Kore­an mis­sion­ary expe­ri­ence, reli­gion in North Korea, and Buddhist-Christian rela­tions. Book reviews relat­ed to the field are wel­come as are research papers that pro­vide insight into cur­rent paths of study.

Inquiries can be direct­ed to the man­ag­ing edi­tor at The Jour­nal of Kore­an Reli­gions is avail­able on line through Project Muse at

Call for Papers: Workshop on Religions in Korea

The “Reli­gions in Korea-–Trends and Influ­ences: A Kore­an Israeli Dia­log” work­shop will take place Feb­ru­ary 18–19, 2013, under the aus­pices of the Dr. Naim Dan­goor Pro­gram for Uni­ver­sal Monothe­ism at Bar-Ilan Uni­ver­si­ty in Israel. The aim of the work­shop is to hold an aca­d­e­m­ic dia­log between Israeli and Kore­an schol­ars in a broad and com­par­a­tive per­spec­tive.

Pro­pos­als are invit­ed on top­ics relat­ed to the study of reli­gion in Korea. These may include, for exam­ple, reli­gion and nation­al­ism in Korea; Chris­tian­i­ty in Korea; folk­lore and reli­gion; Bud­dhism in Korea; shaman­ism in Korea; tourism/pilgrimage and reli­gion to the Holy land; new trends in reli­gion in Korea; reli­gion and pol­i­tics; reli­gion and busi­ness; Bib­li­cal stud­ies in Korea and Israel; and Bib­li­cal influ­ence on mod­ern Korea.

The dead­lines for sub­mis­sion of abstracts is Decem­ber 1, 2012. Pro­pos­als (both indi­vid­ual and pan­el pro­pos­als), includ­ing name, insti­tu­tion­al affil­i­a­tion, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 300 words, should be sent to