Call for Papers: Global Korean Studies and Writing Korean Culture

The Anthro­pol­o­gy Depart­ment at Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty invites pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tions at the “Glob­al Kore­an Stud­ies and Writ­ing Kore­an Cul­ture” con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will be held Sep­tem­ber 22–23, 2017, and will be con­duct­ed in Eng­lish and Kore­an.

This con­fer­ence aims to crit­i­cal­ly engage the notion of Kore­an cul­ture and to reflect on what has been at stake in pro­duc­ing knowl­edge about it, from with­in Korea and from out­side, for Kore­ans and for non-Koreans. Where does “Kore­an cul­ture” begin and end, who is includ­ed and exclud­ed, and who gets to decide?

Pro­pos­als are sought for con­cep­tu­al, ana­lyt­i­cal, method­olog­i­cal, and ethno­graph­ic papers that inquire into the pol­i­tics of writ­ing (about) Kore­an cul­ture today, from dif­fer­ent locales inside and out­side South Korea. What have been the the­o­ret­i­cal and method­olog­i­cal chal­lenges par­tic­u­lar to local or inter­na­tion­al schol­ars research­ing Kore­an cul­ture? How have schol­ars account­ed for—or failed to account for—their dif­fer­ent rela­tions to Korea? How have Kore­anists respond­ed to pres­sures from nation­al and com­mer­cial inter­ests that fund research on Korea? How do we ori­ent schol­ar­ship on Kore­an cul­ture away from West­ern con­cerns and toward local issues with­out sub­or­di­nat­ing schol­ar­ship to nation­al­ist agen­das or sac­ri­fic­ing the intel­lec­tu­al rel­e­vance for the larg­er aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty?

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Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies Fellowships for 2017

Seoul National UniversityThe Kyu­jang­gak Insti­tute for Kore­an Stud­ies at Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty is accept­ing appli­ca­tions for fel­low­ships to start in 2017. The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is Jan­u­ary 31, 2017. All rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion regard­ing the ben­e­fits, require­ments, and appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures can be found on line at

Begin­ning this year, the for­mer sep­a­rate fel­low­ship cat­e­gories for fac­ul­ty and for post-doctoral appli­cants have been com­bined into a sin­gle Fel­low cat­e­go­ry to which both tenured and non-tenured fac­ul­ty and recent Ph.D. recip­i­ents can apply. Addi­tion­al awards for junior fel­low­ships, vis­it­ing stu­dentships, vis­it­ing schol­ars, and archive trav­el grants are also avail­able.

Ques­tions regard­ing fel­low­ship appli­ca­tions, should be direct­ed to or to #451 Inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, 103 Kyu­jang­gak Insti­tute, Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742, Repub­lic of Korea. Tele­phone +82.2.880.9378.

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Call for Papers: Power and Dissent

Kyujanggak symposiumThe 9th Kyu­jang­gak Sym­po­sium for Kore­an Stud­ies is seek­ing pan­el pro­pos­als on the theme of “Pow­er and Dis­sent.” The Sym­po­sium will take place August 18–19, 2016, at the Kyu­jang­gak Insti­tute for Kore­an Stud­ies, Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty. Indi­vid­ual papers will also be con­sid­ered, pro­vid­ed they can be mean­ing­ful­ly grouped in a pan­el or attached to one of the orga­nized pan­els. Pro­pos­als (con­tain­ing short abstract of the pan­el and of the panel’s indi­vid­ual papers, as well as a short cur­ricu­lum vitae of the orga­niz­er) should be sent to by Feb­ru­ary 25, 2016.

Below is a short descrip­tion of the con­fer­ence theme; pan­els will be cho­sen on the basis of their intrin­sic mer­it and on their rel­e­vance to the con­fer­ence top­ic.

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Third Kyujanggak Hanmun Workshop

photo of Kyujanggak exhibitionThe Kyu­jang­gak Insti­tute for Kore­an Stud­ies at Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty will offer its third one-month inten­sive Han­mun work­shop this sum­mer. The work­shop is for grad­u­ate stu­dents or advanced under­grad­u­ate stu­dents who have com­plet­ed at least one year of clas­si­cal Chi­nese cours­es and are inter­est­ed in improv­ing their read­ing com­pre­hen­sion of orig­i­nal texts. The work­shop will last four weeks, from June 29 to July 23, 2015.

Since class­es will be con­duct­ed in Kore­an, stu­dents should have at least intermediate-level pro­fi­cien­cy in Kore­an. Sem­i­nars will take place each week from Mon­day to Thurs­day and last 2.5 hours each; the sem­i­nars main­ly focus on the stu­dents’ trans­la­tions of assigned texts. There­fore, in addi­tion to class hours, stu­dents will spend at least ten hours a week prepar­ing and trans­lat­ing the assigned texts.

The course reg­is­tra­tion fee is US$500, but fee-waiving grants and trav­el sup­port are avail­able. Appli­cants need to pro­vide clear evi­dence of basic Han­mun com­pre­hen­sion skills, prefer­ably through a ref­er­ence let­ter from an aca­d­e­m­ic advi­sor or Han­mun instruc­tor.

To apply, com­plete the online appli­ca­tion at begin­ning Feb­ru­ary 23, 2015. Appli­ca­tions are due by March 15. Announce­ment of accep­tance will be made March 31. The final reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is April 20.

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9th Kyujanggak Korean Studies Summer Workshop

KyujanggakThe Kyu­jang­gak Insti­tute of Kore­an Stud­ies will host its ninth sum­mer work­shop for Kore­an stud­ies June 29 to July 10, 2015, at the Kyu­jang­gak Insti­tute for Kore­an Stud­ies at Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty. The work­shop aims to give grad­u­ate stu­dents in Kore­an stud­ies and Korea-related sub­jects the oppor­tu­ni­ty to fur­ther their under­stand­ing of research trends in var­i­ous fields.

Morn­ing lec­tures will cov­er research meth­ods, trends, and approach­es in ten dif­fer­ent fields: his­to­ry of sci­ence, old doc­u­ments, archi­tec­ture, anthro­pol­o­gy, reli­gion, art, pol­i­tics, his­to­ry, mod­ern lit­er­a­ture, and law. All class­es and dis­cus­sions will take place in Kore­an. In the after­noon, stu­dents can either take an intro­duc­to­ry class for read­ing clas­si­cal Kore­an texts com­posed in Han­mun or join a four-week inten­sive advanced Han­mun class. The course reg­is­tra­tion fee is US$500, but stu­dents can obtain a fee-waiving grant, as well as trav­el sup­port.

To apply, com­plete the online appli­ca­tion at begin­ning Feb­ru­ary 23 and pro­vide a ref­er­ence let­ter from an aca­d­e­m­ic advi­sor. If you are plan­ning to attend both the sum­mer school and the Han­mun work­shop, you need to file only one appli­ca­tion, but indi­cate in the appro­pri­ate place that you will be attend­ing both.

Appli­ca­tions are due by March 15, 2015. Announce­ment of accep­tance will be made March 31. Final reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is April 20, 2015. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact

For more infor­ma­tion about the Kyu­jang­gak Inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, see and