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CALL for PAPERS
11th Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention (KSGSC) in Europe:
Saint Petersburg, Russia 24-27 September 2014
The KSGSC committee is pleased to announce the 11th convention for graduate students, hosted by Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Asian and African Studies, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies on Korea. The conference aims to give graduate students in all Korea-related fields an opportunity to present their research, share academic interests, and strengthen ties with other junior scholars.
This conference is going to open the second decade of the KSGSC’s history marked by successful previous conventions at Ruhr University, Bochum (2004), SOAS, London (2005), the Oriental Institute, Prague (2006), Edinburgh University (2007), Leiden University (2008), Moscow State University (2009), Babes-Bolyai University (2010) and Maison de l’Asie, Paris (2011), University of Warsaw (2012), University of Helsinki (2013).
The convention is organized by the KSGSC committee and is funded by the Korea Foundation, under the umbrella of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE).

Venue and Dates
Venue:        Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
Dates:        24th-27th  September 2014
Schedule:
24th September    Arrival and registration
25-26th September    Convention all day
27th September    Convention in morning (finished by 2 pm)

Eligible Applicants: MA students, PhD students, and post-docs who have received their PhD in the last two years. The conference is open to applicants from outside Europe but preference in the selection process will be given to students studying at European universities.

Accommodation and Meals:  Accommodation (triple room) and meals (three breakfasts, at least two lunches and two dinners) will be provided to all accepted participants.
Transport:  We aim to offer  the accepted participants from within Europe (i.e. who are based at a university in Europe) a transport grant of around 130 Euro. Please, note that this is not a confirmed amount and may vary. Unfortunately, due to the restricted budget, we are not able to offer grants to participants from outside Europe. Participants are encouraged to seek financial support from their own universities.
*PLEASE NOTE: Participants who wish to receive a grant will have to send their ticket and/or receipt by June 15th.
Presentations and Papers
All successful applicants will be expected to give a 30 minute presentation (20 minutes presentation+10 minutes Q&A) and will have to submit their full paper (5-7 pages) by August 1st

Application and Submission of Abstracts
Applicants should submit the following information by e-mail to ksgsc2014@gmail.com:
1) your full name as you would like it to appear in the abstract booklet
2) contact info (e-mail and telephone)
3) major area of study (region and discipline)
4) title of your paper
5) one-page (500 words max.) abstract in print-ready format, including your name and institution

The file with the paper&the information should be named as follows:LastnameNameKSGSC14.doc  (e.g. JohnsonPeterKSGSC14.doc)
You will be sent a confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation within 5 days after you sent it, please, send your application over again.

Application Period
The deadline for applications is April 20th 2014.
We will contact all applicants by the beginning of May regarding the acceptance of their application.
Cancelling your Participation
We would like to receive applications only from those who are definitely able to attend the convention. Please, bear in mind that applicants who confirm and then later cancel their participation potentially deprive others of the chance of attending and lead to waste of KSGSC resources.
*Please, note that any participants who cancel after June 15th may be liable to pay the hotel expenses and may be restricted from attending future KSGSC conferences.

Organizer contact details: e-mail: ksgsc2014@gmail.com (The KSGSC committee)

IMPORTANT DATES for the Convention (24th-27th  September 2014)
Application deadline: 20th April 2014
Ticket sending: by 15th June 2014
Cancelling your participation: 15th June 2014
Submitting full paper: by 1st August 2014

The 7th World Congress of Korean Studies will be held on November 5-7, 2014

Theme: Korean Studies, a New Perspective toward Global Humanities.

We are pleased to announce the 7th World Congress of Korean Studies will be held at University of Hawai’i at Manoa campus in the beautiful tropical environs from November 5th to 7th, 2014. The conference theme, “Korean Studies, a New Perspective toward Global Humanities” is designed to invite scholars and experts presenting recent researches and exchanging academic information as well as building friendships among Koreanists. Those who wish to participate are most welcome to submit abstracts on the widest variety of topics that correspond to areas of interest.

1. 2014 World Congress of Korean Studies Organizing Committee
- Kim, Hyeon (Committee Chair, AKS)
- Lee, Sang Hyup (Committee Chair, University of Hawai’i at Manoa)
- Donald Baker (International Society for Korean Studies, University of British Columbia)
- Lee, You-il (Korean Studies Association of Australasia, University of Southern Australia)
- George Kallander (Committee on Korean Studies-Association for Asian Studies, Syracuse University)
- Antonetta Bruno (Association for Korean Studies in Europe, Università di Roma Sapienza)
- Chang, Wonsuk (AKS)

2. Official Language - English and Korean

3. Submission of Abstracts
- Organized Panel
Panel applicant is required to submit 1) Entire panel proposal 1 page, 2) Each Individual CV less than 1 Page, 3) Each Individual abstract less than 1 page.

※ We are responsible exclusively for presenters’ lodgings and meals during the conference period. If you participate as moderator or commentator without presentation, we are not responsible for your lodging and meals.

- Individual Paper Proposal
Individual applicant is require to submit an abstract and CV electronically. Once admitted, we organize the panel in which three individual speakers can make presentations. A person may serve multiple roles like moderator, presenter and discussants in the panel. The individual abstract cannot exceed 1 page (A4 size, 12 point) in English or Korean

* Please sign up, complete application form and attach CV and abstract (MS word file only) at the congress homepage (http://congress.aks.ac.kr) from March 10 to May 9, 2014.
** Congress homepage will be accessible starting Monday, March 10, 2014.
*** Once submitting abstract, you will receive an e-mail confirmation within 3 working days. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed. We will notify accepted individuals directly in July, 2014. Deadline of registration will be 31 July, 2014. Submission of the full paper (10-15 pages) is by Sep. 30, 2014.

4. Registration Fee - Registration fee is US$100. Graduate student fee is US$50.

5. Accommodation and Meals
Full meal coverage (Nov. 5 Dinner ~ 8 Breakfast) and 3 nights lodging (Nov. 5-8, 2 person in one room) will be provided for the participants outside Hawaii. The extra charges will be charged if you require a single room. The hotel reservation will be available during participation registration on Congress website.

- Address of Lodging is as follows.
ALA MOANA HOTEL, 410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI 96841

6. Korean Studies Junior Scholar Paper Prize
We encourage graduate students to apply for the Junior Scholar Paper Prize. For this, please tick in ‘KOREAN STUDIES JUNIOR SCHOLAR PAPER PRIZE APPLICANT’ in the application form. The committee will review submitted papers and decide the three awardees.

7. Notes
- Digital files of proceedings restored in a USB flash memory will be given to registered participants. Abstracts and papers will also be available at the website congress.aks.ac.kr. We do not provide hard-copy proceeding. We cordially ask speakers to bring their hard-copy if necessary.

Further details will be provided to those whose abstracts are accepted to the conference.

8. Contact
Division of International Support for Korean Studies, Center for International Affairs, Academy of Korean Studies,
- Web: http://congress.aks.ac.kr
- E-mail: congress@aks.ac.kr
- TEL: +82-31-709-9843
- FAX: +82-31-809-9945

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the Korean Studies Workshop for Junior Faculty. Six recent PhDs conducting research on Korea will be selected on the basis of the potential contribution of their proposed book. Fellows will attend a three-day workshop and collaborate with two senior faculty and a developmental editor on the conceptualization and planning of a dissertation-based scholarly monograph. Funding for the workshop is provided by the Korea Foundation.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The 2014 workshop will take place the evening of Wednesday, July 23 through the morning of Sunday, July 27 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.

The workshop will provide the following:

  *   Workshop in Pacific Grove, CA, including four nights of accommodations and travel costs;

  *   Discussion with colleagues, developmental editor, and senior faculty.

This year’s mentor faculty are Nancy Abelmann (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Nicole Constable (University of Pittsburgh). They will be joined by Reed Malcolm (UC Press) and developmental editor Maria Gillombardo.

Eligibility

Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by December 31, 2013, with a critical mass of their first book manuscript complete (such as the introduction and two substantive chapters). Applicants in tenure-stream positions are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application

Please submit the following documents to korea@ssrc.org and indicate “Last Name, First Name – Junior Faculty Workshop” in the subject line.

  *   Cover letter assessing your own progress and statement of need

*   Application form (available for download at www.ssrc.org/fellowships/ksfacultyworkshop/)

  *   Up to five-page book prospectus, single-spaced

  *   Narrative chapter outline (as detailed in “Sample Chapter Outline”)

  *   One-page list of published works that are relevant to your manuscript

  *   Two-page CV

All sections of the application must be collated as a continuous .pdf document, no more than 500 KB, arranged in the order listed above.  Once you have submitted your application, a receipt of notification will be emailed to you.

For the application and more information, visit us on the web atwww.ssrc.org/fellowships/ksfacultyworkshop/.

Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop

Social Science Research Council

One Pierrepont Plaza, 15th Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tel: 718-517-3640

Fax: 212-377-2727

Email: korea@ssrc.org

The Second Middle East WAHS Conference
The Cultural Geography of the Hallyu: Mapping the World through Korean Popular Culture
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, May 13-15, 2014.
The popularity of Korean films, TV dramas, pop music, and online games has been phenomenal, continuously reaching audience in many parts of the world. It has also gained scholarly attention from researchers beyond Korean studies who approach the content and the phenomenon of Hallyu from multiple perspectives. In response to the growing interest in Hallyu among scholars of popular culture, media studies, gender studies, spectatorship, and visual culture, The Department of East Asian Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The World Association of Hallyu Studies (WAHS) is hosting the second international conference on Hallyu, focusing on the ways in which Korean popular culture produces a new geopolitical knowledge about Korea and map out social and cultural lives of audience inside and outside Korea.
Visual media plays a significant role in mediating the knowledge of place, space, distance, and scale; and produces meanings of individual and national identity, nationhood, and the worlds imaginary map. The conference, the cultural geography of Hallyu, is an attempt to examine how the mapping of representations and realities of Korea is constructed through Hallyu; how it generates and mediates knowledge about Korean culture and society; and finally how it helps people to imagine their position (both physical and cognitive) in the world vis–vis Korea.
We welcome individual papers and panel proposals from scholars working in various genres of Korean popular culture and cultural geography, including (but not limited to) film studies, gender and race studies, media studies, cultural studies, political science, etc. whose interest fits in one or more of the following issues:
(a) Representation, distribution, circulation of spatial senses of Korea in the world.
(b) Audience reception/perception of, and fandom of Korean popular culture.
(c) Technologies (audio, visual, textual, etc.) and techniques (visual compositions, textual narrations, rhetoric, etc.) of constructing geopolitical particularities and universalities of Korea.
(d) Industry, policies, and promotions involving the production of the geopolitical imaginations of Korea.
(e) Korean popular culture dissemination and the construction of alternative geopolitics.
Proposals (both individual and panel proposals), including name, institutional affiliation, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 500 words maximum (with relevant keywords listed), should be sent by December 1, 2013 to KoreanWaveMiddleEast@gmail.com. Successful applicants would be asked to send their complete paper of 6,000 words (including bibliography and footnotes) at least three weeks prior to the conference. The organizers will provide accommodation to presenters from abroad.
Organizing Committee:
Dr. Jooyeon Rhee, Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, and Mrs. Irina Lyan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Park Gil-Sung and Prof. Oh Ingyu, Korea University
Hallyu in the Middle East
Dept. of East Asian Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus 91905 Jerusalem, Israel
Phone: 972-(0)-2-591-8258
Email: koreanwavemiddleeast@gmail.com

The 12th Biennial Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, 2014,

“ASIA AS AN IDEA / ASIA AS A CONSOLIDATING UNITY”

Dear colleagues,
We are delighted to announce that the 12th Biennial Conference of Asian Studies in Israel will take place at the University of Haifa (*), on Sunday-Monday, May 25-26, 2014. Priority will be given to thematic panels, but individual paper submissions will also be considered for inclusion into an appropriate panel. The deadline for submitting proposals for either organized panels or individual papers is December 31, 2013. The results will be announced by late January 2014.

This year, the conference encourages papers submitted on the theme “Asia as an Idea/Asia as a Consolidating Unity.” Within this theme, we particularly invite you to submit a proposal in the following domains:

• Asia as a Single Entity: Can it be regarded as a political and cultural entity and what makes it as such?
• The Making of a Continent: Historical perspectives on the ideas, currents, movements, and empires that made Asia into a continent.
• Common Culture: Asian culture as a mirror of customs and traditions, religions and faiths, behavioral patterns, material cultures, etc. Is there a common ‘Asian’ character? Is there an Asian singularity?
• Cross-Continental Issues in Contemporary Asia: Examinations from a political, economic, cultural, social, linguistic or religious perspective.

Within this rubric, we are particularly interested in the following themes:

o Unity and disintegration in contemporary Asia: Nationalism, ethnicity and race; continental and national identity; minorities and intergroup conflict.
o Ecology and management of natural resources in contemporary Asia: Asia and its role in the struggle against global warming; Asia’s main
environmental challenges; environmental movements in Asia.
o Science, technology, and health in contemporary Asia: Asia as a source of scientific prodigies; Asia as producer and exporter of technological innovations; indigenous medical systems and bio-medical care systems; local and pan-Asiatic ethical regimes of scientific and medical research.
o Sex, Gender and sexuality in contemporary Asia: women’s status, education, and economic citizenship in Asian societies; women’s political leadership and Asian feminist movements; the position of sexual minorities, human trafficking in Asia; Asia as a destination of sex and reproductive tourism.

• Asia from a Sub-Regional Perspective: How is the idea of Asia reflected in the sub-regional constructions, e.g. ASEAN, SAARC, the Shanghai
Cooperation Organisation, and others?
• Asian Modernity and Post-Modernity: Similarities and differences in a cross-continental view. Following S.N. Eisenstadt’s idea of “multiple
modernities,” can Asian modernities be distinguished from modernities around the globe?
• The Future of Asia: Forecasts and scenarios for the future of Asia and its major regions in a changing world.
• Asia from a Local and West Asian Perspective: Asia and the Middle East, Asia and Israel; Jewish communities in Asia.
• Asia and Academia: Features and problems in the study of and teaching on Asia.

Proposals for panels/papers, as well as further enquiries, should be submitted by email to both the conference’s secretariat (ASI12Haifa2014@gmail.com) and the conference convener (kowner@research.haifa.ac.il). The proposal should include the title of the panel or the individual paper as well as a short abstract (150-200 words). With the exception of round tables, panel proposals should also include the title and abstract for each of the papers. The conference will be bilingual (English or Hebrew). Abstracts can be submitted in English alone or in both Hebrew and English (for Hebrew presentations).

Conference participants will be able to stay in designated hotels in Haifa offering discounted rates which shall be announced separately. Priority in booking special rate accommodations will be given to foreign participants. The organizing committee will assist in the accommodation costs of a limited number of foreign participants as permitted by conference budget limitations.

The conference is open to the public and participation is free of charge. We would be grateful if you could distribute this call for papers among your colleagues. We will announce more details soon (the conference website: http://asia.haifa.ac.il/ASI2014 ). Please save the dates!

The Cultural Geography of the Hallyu: Mapping the World through Korean Popular Culture

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, May 13-15, 2014.

The popularity of Korean films, TV dramas, pop music, and online games has been phenomenal, continuously reaching audience in many parts of the world. It has also gained scholarly attention from researchers beyond Korean studies who approach the content and the phenomenon of Hallyu from multiple perspectives. In response to the growing interest in Hallyu among scholars of popular culture, media studies, gender studies, spectatorship, and visual culture, The Department of East Asian Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The World Association of Hallyu Studies (WAHS) is hosting the second international conference on Hallyu, focusing on the ways in which Korean popular culture produces a new geopolitical knowledge about Korea and map out social and cultural lives of audience inside and outside Korea.

Visual media plays a significant role in mediating the knowledge of place, space, distance, and scale; and produces meanings of individual and national identity, nationhood, and the worlds imaginary map. The conference, the cultural geography of Hallyu, is an attempt to examine how the mapping of representations and realities of Korea is constructed through Hallyu; how it generates and mediates knowledge about Korean culture and society; and finally how it helps people to imagine their position (both physical and cognitive) in the world vis-a-vis Korea.

We welcome individual papers and panel proposals from scholars working in various genres of Korean popular culture and cultural geography, including (but not limited to) film studies, gender and race studies, media studies, cultural studies, political science, etc. whose interest fits in one or more of the following issues:

(a) Representation, distribution, circulation of spatial senses of Korea in the world.
(b) Audience reception/perception of, and fandom of Korean popular culture.
(c) Technologies (audio, visual, textual, etc.) and techniques (visual compositions, textual narrations, rhetoric, etc.) of constructing geopolitical particularities and universalities of Korea.
(d) Industry, policies, and promotions involving the production of the geopolitical imaginations of Korea.
(e) Korean popular culture dissemination and the construction of alternative geopolitics.

Proposals (both individual and panel proposals), including name, institutional affiliation, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 500 words maximum (with relevant keywords listed), should be sent by November 15, 2013 to KoreanWaveMiddleEast@gmail.com . Successful applicants would be asked to send their complete paper of 6,000 words (including bibliography and footnotes) at least three weeks prior to the conference. The organizers will make an effort to secure funding for accommodations to presenters from abroad.

Organizing Committee:
Dr. Jooyeon Rhee, Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, and Mrs. Irina Lyan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Park Gil-Sung and Prof. Oh Ingyu, Korea University

Hallyu in Middle East
Dept. of East Asian Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus 91905 Jerusalem, Israel
Phone: 972- (0)- 2-591-8258
Email: koreanwavemiddleeast@gmail.com

“The World and Korean Politics: Influence and Contribution” - Call For Papers the World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2013

▶ Dates: August 22(Thu) – 23(Fri), 2013
▶ Venue: Korea University Business School, Seoul, Republic of Korea
▶ Proposal Submission Due: May 20(Mon), 2013

The World Congress for Korean Politics and Society is a biennial conference organized by the Korean Political Science Association (KPSA) to make innovative and insightful discussions on Korean politics.

This year’s Congress will be held from August 22(Thu) to August 23(Fri) at Korea University Campus. The main theme of the Congress is “The World and Korean Politics: Influence and Contribution.” Under this theme, we will question how the world scholarship has influenced on politics in Korea as well as how the Korean scholarship has contributed to the studies of politics in the world. The Congress will bring together distinguished scholars to Seoul for two days to share their insights into the interrelationship between Korean politics and the politics around the world.

We welcome submissions of papers, full-panel, and round-table proposals for the following sub-themes such as:

• Issues in Research Methodology

• Politics in Western Societies and Its Comparison with Asia

• Korean Politics in Asian Societies

• Korean Politics: View from Outside

• Democracy and Governance

• Korean Political Economy

• Political Thoughts in Korea

• North Korean Issues

• Multicultural Issues in Korea

• Globalization and Glocalization

• World Security and Korean Peninsula

• Electoral and Legislative Politics in Korea

This exemplary list of sub-themes is neither exhaustive nor exclusive; we welcome any panel or paper concerning issues of Korean Politics, as long as it covers topics under the broad banner of “The World and Korean Politics: Influence and Contribution.”

▶ Language: papers for presentation can be written either English or in Korean. Please indicate whether you wish to participate in an English panel or a Korean panel.

▶ Accommodation: The KPSA will cover up to three nights of accommodation for all participants from abroad without charges in Holiday Inn Sungbuk & CJ House at Korea University.

▶ Contact: for proposal submission, panel suggestion, accommodation application, and conference registration, please visit our website http://kpsa.or.kr/congress2013/ .

For further queries, please contact Program Director at koreanpolitics2013@gmail.com

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 2nd-4th September 2013

The Asia Research Initiative, the Department of International Relations and European Studies, and the Department of Public Policy at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) are pleased to announce the conference ‘Political, Social and Economic Polarization in Divided Societies: Korea in a global context.’ The event is hosted by Central European University (CEU) in Budapest and will take place on 2-4 September 2013.

Calls for economic democratization dominated both presidential and general electoral campaigns in South Korea in 2012. Income inequalities, low employment rates among women, uncertain job prospects for the youth, raise questions over the role of the large industrial conglomerates in Korean society, its impact on social and economic relations and more generally their role in the country’s politics. At the same time, the country appears divided along ideological, regional, and generational lines.

The organisers especially welcome papers addressing one or more of the following issues:

-  sources of polarization in the Korean economy and society;

-  politics and business;

-  Korea and the global financial crisis;

-  revisiting the state-led development model;

-  emerging cleavages in Korean society;

-  crisis of the welfare system and new democracies;

-  protest, resistance and activism.

The conference aims to discuss such themes within a comparative and interdisciplinary environment. The organizers plan to publish selected papers as a special issue of a journal or as an edited volume.

The event seeks to increase the awareness of the importance of Korea and Korean Studies in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. The areas covered in the conference range from the humanities to the social sciences. Pre-organized panel submissions are strongly encouraged.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to koreaconf@gmail.com (as an attachment in MS Word, RTF or PDF format). Please include:

1)      Name

2)      Institutional affiliation

3)      Title/position

4)      E-mail address

5)      A one-page CV

6)      Title of Paper (maximum 20 words)

7)      Abstract of Paper (maximum 350 words)

The working language of the conference is English.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 20th May 2013. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 31st May.

Full details of the program, registration and accommodation arrangements will be available by 30th June.

For all enquiries contact Dr. Youngmi Kim (Department of Public Policy/ International Relations and European Studies, CEU) or Anna Pasztor at koreaconf@gmail.com.

The event is supported by the Korea Foundation and is organized within the framework of the Global E-school in Eurasia in 2012, a project aimed at developing a multi-university and multi-platform online real-time curriculum in Korean Studies. Central European University is the first European university to host a Global E-School, which brings together – alongside CEU, ELTE in Budapest (Hungary), the University of Vienna (Austria), the University of Paris Diderot, La Rochelle (France), the University of Bologna (Italy), University of Turku, Aalto University (Finland),  the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (Turkey), the Tajik State University of Commerce in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), the American University of Central Asia, International University of Central Asia in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan) and Petrozavodsk State University (Russia).

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 2nd-4th September 2013

The Asia Research Initiative, the Department of International Relations and European Studies, and the Department of Public Policy at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) are pleased to announce the conference ‘Political, Social and Economic Polarization in Divided Societies: Korea in a global context.’ The event is hosted by Central European University (CEU) in Budapest and will take place on 2-4 September 2013.

Calls for economic democratization dominated both presidential and general electoral campaigns in South Korea in 2012. Income inequalities, low employment rates among women, uncertain job prospects for the youth, raise questions over the role of the large industrial conglomerates in Korean society, its impact on social and economic relations and more generally their role in the country’s politics. At the same time, the country appears divided along ideological, regional, and generational lines.

The organisers especially welcome papers addressing one or more of the following issues:

-  sources of polarization in the Korean economy and society;
-  politics and business;
-  Korea and the global financial crisis;
-  revisiting the state-led development model;
-  emerging cleavages in Korean society;
-  crisis of the welfare system and new democracies;
-  protest, resistance and activism.

The conference aims to discuss such themes within a comparative and interdisciplinary environment. The organisers plan to publish selected papers as a special issue of a journal or as an edited volume.

The event seeks to increase the awareness of the importance of Korea and Korean Studies in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. The areas covered in the conference range from the humanities to the social sciences. Pre-organised panel submissions are strongly encouraged.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to koreaconf@gmail.com (as an attachment in MS Word, RTF or PDF format). Please include:
1)      Name
2)      Institutional affiliation
3)      Title/position
4)      E-mail address
5)      A one-page CV
6)      Title of Paper (maximum 20 words)
7)      Abstract of Paper (maximum 350 words)

The working language of the conference is English.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30th April 2013. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 31st May.
Full details of the program, registration and accommodation arrangements will be available by 30th June.
For all enquiries contact Dr. Youngmi Kim (Department of Public Policy/ International Relations and European Studies, CEU) or Eszter Fugedi at koreaconf@gmail.com.

The event is supported by the Korea Foundation and is organised within the framework of the Global E-school in Eurasia in 2012, a project aimed at developing a multi-university and multi-platform online real-time curriculum in Korean Studies. Central European University is the first European university to host a Global E-School, which brings together – alongside CEU, ELTE in Budapest (Hungary), the University of Vienna (Austria), the University of Paris Diderot, La Rochelle (France), the University of Bologna (Italy), University of Turku, Aalto University (Finland),  the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (Turkey), the Tajik State University of Commerce in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), the American University of Central Asia, International University of Central Asia in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan) and Petrozavodsk State University (Russia).

The “Miracle” Narrative of the Korean Cultural Industries: Perspectives from the Middle East

(International Conference, May 8-9, 2013, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

In the Middle East, as in other parts of the world, the Korean cultural industries have proved extremely efficient in introducing new images of Korea to new audiences. Known as the ‘Korean Wave’, TV dramas, Korean pop music, and Korean cinema has been successful not only commercially, but has also left viewers with an image of Korea as a home of a vibrant culture and artistic innovation. This impression has stimulated interest in Korea and its culture, resulting in a rise in tourism and in the establishment of new Korean studies programs in institutions of higher education. Korea has never been so popular and familiar in the Middle East as it is today.

The purpose of this conference is to examine the way Korean popular culture is being appropriated and received in the Middle East, and to examine the social and academic developments it inspires. The conference presentations will attempt to develop an integrative framework to analyze the dynamic relations between cultural industry, cultural consumption, and academic studies through a focus on the experience of the Korean Wave in the Middle East.

In a broader sense, looking at the Middle East allows us to examine how Korean culture is being received outside the geographically and culturally-proximate markets of Asia and outside the major economic markets of North America and Europe. The success of the Korean cultural industries in a geographically distant and culturally remote Middle East may exemplify the resilience and ability of cultural industries to go beyond national and regional boundaries, and reach out to audiences of various nationalities and ethnicities.

The conference will focus on four major issues: (a) Harbingers, industries, agents, and fans involved in bringing the “Korean Wave” to the Middle East (b) Acceptance and integration of the Korean Wave within the local and other imported (American) popular cultures (c) Relations between Korean cultural presence and Korean academic studies (d) Perspectives, images, and stereotypes of Korea in the Middle East.

Proposals (both individual and panel proposals), including name, institutional affiliation, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 400 words (with relevant keywords listed), should be sent by December 25th, 2012 to KoreanWaveMiddleEast@gmail.com. Successful applicants would be asked to send the complete paper of 5,000 words by April 10th, 2013. The organizers will make an effort to secure funding for accommodations to presenters from abroad.

Sponsor: The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

For inquiries please contact: Dr. Nissim Otmazgin (nissim.otmazgin@mail.huji.ac.il) or Mrs. Irina Lyan (irina.lyan@mail.huji.ac.il).


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    (RICK WALLACE, THE AUSTRALIAN, 21 FEBRUARY 2014) An Australian missionary detained in North Korea faces the prospect of a stint in prison as the totalitarian state is likely to use his arrest as leverage in its quest to reopen an embassy in Canberra. Academic Leonid Petrov, who has run tours to North Korea, says John Short […]
  • South Australian man John Short detained in North Korea, now facing 15 years in jail
    (CRAIG COOK EXCLUSIVE THE ADVERTISER FEBRUARY 20, 2014) A South Australian man detained in North Korea for allegedly distributing religious material could be “very difficult to protect”, former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says. John Short, 75, a former member of the Unley and Elizabeth Global Hall Brethren, was arrested by the public securit […]
  • Kim Jong-un could face prosecution for ‘crimes against humanity’
    (Peggy Giakoumelos, SBS Radio, World News Australia, 18 February 2014) A United Nations report says senior North Korean officials should be brought before an international court for crimes against humanity that include exterminating, starving and enslaving its population. The report also accuses the North Korean government of denial of basic freedoms of thou […]
  • What action will the world take on North Korea?
    (ABC Radio’s Eleanor Hall reported this story for “The World Today” program on February 18, 2014) ELEANOR HALL: As he released this report accusing the North Korean regime of horrific crimes against its own people, Michael Kirby called on the international community to act, saying, “We can’t say we didn’t know.” So what action can […]

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  • Call for Abstracts: The 7th World Congress of Korean Studies!
    The 7th World Congress of Korean Studies will be held at University of Hawai’i at Manoa campus from 5 to 7 November 2014. Anyone interested in participating is strongly encouraged to apply. Official Language: English and Korean Submission of Abstracts: Organized Panel … Continue reading →
  • Encouraging readership of IROKS
    Christopher Richardson, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney’s Dept. of Korean Studies, has received many responses in regards to his 2013 article in the International Review of Korean Studies (IROKS) exploring children’s literature in the DPRK. The article was referred … Continue reading →
  • Lectureship position at the University of Queensland
    A lectureship position has been announced at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland (level B and C). The successful appointee will engage, as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision. For more … Continue reading →
  • Calligrapher Kim Jang-Hyun captivates audiences across the ACT
    With the generous support of the Academy of Korean Studies, the ANU’s Korea Institute proudly hosted multiple award-winning calligrapher Kim Jang-hyun from 23 to 28 February 2014. During his stay, Mr Kim gave a two-day workshop for students and the … Continue reading →
  • ASAA conference deadline extended!
    Due to an overwhelming response to panel proposals and individual paper abstract submissions the conference committee of the 20th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia — which will take place at the University of Western Australia, Perth, … Continue reading →

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