International Association for Contemporary Korea Studies

The Korean section program of the Department of Asian Studies at Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic, is organizing a lecture series (“carousel lecture”) in the summer semester of 2018. Altogether seven different experts in Korea-related humanities, cultural studies, or cultural anthropology shall present research-based teaching and inquire into special aspects of premodern and modernizing Korea.

The overarching title is deliberately open. While the subject area is defined broadly, we would like to narrow down the scope in terms of teaching approach. The idea is to bridge the needs of undergraduate students on the one side and the intrinsic ambitiousness of university education on the other by drawing on research-based teaching. The lecturers will be obliged to communicate the general and current relevance of their specific research to an audience of students of Korean studies or Asian studies or other majors, while covering all relevant contexts, thus imparting basic background knowledge.

We hope that this international call will allow us to choose from among many interesting proposals by enthusiastic scholars and university teachers who feel attracted by the concept. Deadline for proposals is February 12. Proposals should contain: an abstract of 300 words, a CV, and a publication list. Send your proposal (all attachments in PDF format please) to and cc to

Our main concern is that the teachers perform research-based teaching. They are supposed to present not simply another encyclopedic version of well-known, run-of-the-mill elementary topics, as often happens in conventional introductory general lectures (e.g., the classical evergreen, an overview on Korean shamanism). Instead, these lectures should offer useful general and introductory knowledge on Korea in a calculated en passant fashion, akin to how a good novel might teach you the basics of a historical period’s conflicts just by the way — while you are engrossed in a story of love and revenge. In other words, the lecture shall present a very special case and roll up the bigger general issues that are behind.

In addition, the teachers are supposed to deliver, within two weeks after their lecture, an essay summarizing the content of their lecture (3000 to 4000 words), outlining the main points in a rather lighthearted way. Ideally, this will allow you to disclose some observations and speculations as work in progress. (Sources shall nevertheless be appropriately named, and a carefully selected short reading list shall be attached.) As for style and format, more detailed instructions will be sent to the selected teachers. All essays will be published online as an open access resource on our homepage. We have set aside a small budget for copy-editing, taking into account the natural handicaps of non-native speakers of English when it comes to sophisticated writing.

The lectures and essays are supposed to form a centerpiece of a “Seed Program for Korean Studies” project for which Palacky University Olomouc has received a grant from the Korean Studies Promotion Service (Academy of Korean Studies). Project director is Andreas Schirmer.

 Practical matters:

Time/Dates: The lectures take place at a fixed time (on Fridays from 9:45 to 13:00; actual teaching time 180 minutes) every other week of the semester. Dates are: Feb 23, March 9, March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18.


A) Travel costs: We can cover travel costs (flight or/and train; no additional costs) within our budget, 400 Euros on average. In order to guarantee a fair distribution, we will not evenly distribute 400 Euros but will ask for your foreseeable costs (based on early standard booking) and will, in case of your selection, commit to paying this amount. On arrival, you receive this amount in cash or we will proceed with a transaction to your account (your choice, but bank fees will be on you).

B) Accommodation: We will arrange accommodation for you and cover the costs, but will ask you, for organizational reasons, to pay yourself in your name. You will be given that exact amount together with the travel costs (see above).

C) Honorarium: The honorarium is 500 Euro. It will only be paid after delivery of the said essay, because we rely on a “lasting” output for our grant donors.

 Other details: This class will be fully independent but shall take place alternating with another bi-weekly lecture on the same time in non-carousel-lecture weeks. This alternation makes sense for the schedules of students of Korean studies, so that this specific time window will be filled every week. From an administrative point of view, every lecturer will actually hold two lecture units (90 + 90 minutes, with a break in between), guaranteeing in total the equivalent to one regular lecture (a 90-minute lecture, taking place once a week). Students take an exam at the end. Exam and assessment are done by the project director. The carousel lecture does not require registration and will of course also be open to the general public, in compliance with university laws.

The University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies is accepting applications for its inaugural manuscript workshop. The manuscript workshop, to be held on May 12, 2018 (Sat), will offer two pre-tenure scholars in Korean Studies, preparing a book-length manuscript or other similarly substantial academic publication, with an opportunity to further develop their manuscripts for publication.

At the workshop, the participants will receive critical feedback on their manuscript from up to two senior faculty mentors, and the participants will be asked to nominate the senior faculty mentors as part of the application. Each manuscript will be circulated in advance and discussed in turn.

The Nam Center seeks to develop a network of scholars in Korean studies, and the workshop participants will be asked to serve as a discussant for one paper session of the 2018 International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (NEKST), which will take place concurrent to the workshop on May 11-12, 2018.

Domestic round-trip economy fare to DTW, and local expenses (ground transportation, lodging, and meals) will be provided for each participant.

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible, applicants must have institutional affiliation, either a tenure-track faculty position or post-doctoral university affiliation, and have attained her/his Ph.D. by August of 2017. All fields in the social sciences and humanities will be considered. 
Two applicants will be selected to participate. 
Special consideration will be given to tenure-track applicants, those whose manuscript is nearing completion, and/or applicants from institutions in the Midwest and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Applicants will need to submit the following materials:

• CV
• Statement of Interest (no longer than 500 words)
• An annotated table of contents of the manuscript, if available
• Two representative chapters out of the manuscript
• A list of two preferred faculty mentors and an alternate

Please e-mail applications to:
Use the subject line: [LAST NAME_First Name] Michigan KS Manuscript Workshop
Deadline: February 9, 2018

Despite the large interest in Korean television among academics and fans, studies of Korean television content in Anglo-speaking countries have seen limited publication. This is a call for papers related to Korean television for a co-edited anthology, which combines approaches to television from Media and Area studies perspectives. The editors are interested in an interdisciplinary discussion of television programs that address the wide range of novel approaches to interrelated media spheres.

 Programs intended for broadcast on Korean television reach a much broader audience than the national broadcast audience through a variety of media streams, and are rich topics for the study of intermediality, transnational consumption, diaspora communities, and language acquisition. How do Korean television programs mediate visual/textual/linguistic/ national regimes to create new meaning? Methodological approaches that integrate production culture studies to engage more than just the text (or even no text) are welcome. Textual analyses of overlooked narratives are also welcome.

 The editors seek English-language papers that have not been previously published which are related (but not limited) to the following:

 ·       Serialized Korean dramas

·       Unscripted/variety/reality/ talk show (yenung) television programs

·       New media TV (internet broadcasting, global streaming, e.g. Netflix, Viki, KBSWorld via YouTube, etc.)

·       Social media entertainment

·       Livestreaming content (via Instagram, DaumTV, KakaoTV, VLive, etc.)

·       Television formats (imported or exported)

·       Co-productions (Korea + ?)

·       Fan engagement through television

·       Globalization of Korean television

·       Television audience studies

 Korean-language papers will be considered and translated to English by the editors if they are accepted.

 Submission Guidelines & Deadline:

 ·       Submissions should be a minimum of 6,000 words and a maximum of 10,000 words including footnotes.

·       Please submit a title page that includes your name, institution, an abstract (250 words) and a short bio (150 words).

·       Submissions must be in Microsoft Word and cited in the Chicago Manual of Style format (17th edition).

·       Romanization of Korean words should be in McCune-Reischauer with the exception of personal names.

·       Submit all materials to Grace Jung ( by Saturday, March 31, 2018. 

Upon review, the editors will respond with their decision by June 30, 2018.

UCLA Dept. of Film, TV & Digital Media


The Department of Social and Political Sciences calls for applications for one PhD scholarship for its Ph.D. programme in Political Science.  This scholarship is addressed only to new applicants for admission in September 2018.

The yearly value of the Scholarship will be 12,000 Euros, that is, a 1333 Euro monthly allowance for nine months (it does not include any obligations during summer), plus tuition. Additionally, 800 Euros per year will be available for presentations at international conferences.

The scholarship will be granted for four years, depending on the performance of the Candidate PhD student, who will be evaluated by the Department Council, and subject to the approval of the necessary funds in the university budget for the following years. Successful applicants will not be allowed to work, within or outside the University, during the period of the Scholarship. Also, the PhD student will be assigned Teaching Assistant duties or administrative duties at the Department (–the equivalent of four hours of work per week during the Fall and Spring semesters).

Applicants must prepare their research proposal after consulting the website of the Department after examining the faculty’s research interests.  They should contact directly a member of the faculty with whom they have similar research interests for initial guidance regarding the PhD proposal.  The thesis can be written either in Greek or in English or any other international language with the prior approval of the Research Advisor.

Selection Criteria:

(1)    Academic excellence
(2)    Originality of research proposal
(3)    Capability of member of academic staff to supervise the proposal

Submission of Application:

Applicants must submit electronically their application for the PhD programme of the department at Those interested for a scholarship should state so at Step 11 of the application.

For further information, please contact the Department’s Secretary:
Tel: 22 894561,       Fax: 22 894559

The Center for Korean Studies (Institute of Oriental Studies – School of Regional and International Studies, FEFU) is pleased to announce the 7th FEFU International Korean Studies Conference hosted by the Far Eastern Federal University, Institute of Oriental Studies – School of Regional and International Studies (located in Vladivostok, Primorsky Region of Russian Federation) with support of Russian Association of Academic Koreanology.

The conference is organized by Center for Korean Studies and supported by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of the Korea and Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2015-OLU-2250003).

The Conference will focus on a broad range of topics related to Korean history, politics, economy and culture. The Conference organizers invite papers and presentation proposals relevant to Korean Studies. A paper with any of the following or related subjects would be appropriate for presentation:

  • Current issues of Korean Peninsula.
  • Russian-Korean bilateral relations.
  • Korean history and culture.
  • Korean philology.
  • Social-economic development of ROK and DPRK.

All accepted papers will be published.

Venue and Dates

Venue: Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russian Federation.

Date: 18th of May, 2018

Presentations and Papers

Organizing Committee welcomes to take part in conference by both presentation and sending a paper. All successful applicants will be expected to give a 15 minute presentation and will have to submit their full paper (not less than 10,000 characters) and presentation (if needed) by 1st of May, 2018.

Working languages of the conference: Organizing Committee decided to accept presentations and papers in Russian, English and Korean languages. Translation into Russian will be provided to all participants, but in this case full paper must be submitted by 22th of April, 2018.

Eligibility and Support

Eligible Applicants: MA students, PhD students, Korean Studies Researchers from Russian and Overseas Universities.

Accommodation and meals: The cost of in-campus accommodation is approximately 4,000 rubles per day. Please contact us if such accommodation is necessary. Meals (lunch and dinner) will be provided to all participants during the conference.

Transport: Unfortunately, due to the restricted budget, we are not able to offer any transport grant to participants. Participants are encouraged to seek financial support from their own universities.

Application and Submission of Abstracts

Applicants should submit the following information by e-mail to

1) full name, title and institution

2) contact info (e-mail and telephone)

3) major area of study (region and discipline)

4) abstract (300 words max.) in print-ready format, including name and institution

Alternatively you can use electronic application form.

You will be sent a confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation by the 5th of March 2018, please, contact with Organizing Committee by e-mail.

Application Period

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018.

We will contact all applicants regarding the acceptance of their application.

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Asian Studies ( invites applications for a tenure-track position in Korean studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2018. The Department seeks a promising scholar and teacher who will actively contribute to the intellectual mission of a research institution. Duties will include teaching, research, and service. Participation in the continued development of the Department’s program in Korean studies is expected.
The Department of Asian Studies welcomes applicants with doctoral degree in hand or near completion in Korean studies, Korean language and literature, or related fields such as, but not limited to, anthropology, modern history, qualitative sociology, cultural studies, gender studies, visual studies, or performance studies. Native or near-native fluency in Korean and English and demonstrated potential for innovative scholarship are also required. A candidate hired with doctorate in hand can anticipate an initial appointment as Assistant Professor. A candidate hired with doctorate nearly completed can anticipate an initial appointment as Instructor.
Qualified applicants should submit an online application at Application materials should include a detailed letter, CV, sample syllabi, and a writing sample. Paper or email applications will not be accepted.
Applicants will also be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of four professional references at the time of application. Recommenders identified by the applicant will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their letters of recommendation.
The Department of Asian Studies embraces diversity and seeks to foster a climate where diversity is valued in all its forms. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Review of applications will begin November 8, 2017. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
Università Ca’ Foscari opens a permanent position of Associate Professor in Korean Studies (Korean philosophy, religion, art history, language) in Venice, Italy.
See detailed information here:

Teaching activities:
The candidate shall be required to execute teaching activities in the BA, MA and PhD courses included in by the established curriculum of the Department of Asian and North African Studies. He or she will be required to teach courses on Modern and Premodern History of Korean Religions and Philosophies, preferably also a course on the History of Korean Art (Pre-modern preferred). The candidate must be willing to teach Korean language at elementary or intermediate levels. The total yearly teaching load shall be up to a maximum of four courses/modules (120 hours of instruction). Classes can be held in English; knowledge of Italian will be considered an asset. Documented experience is required in the teaching of Modern and Premodern History of Korean Religions
and Philosophies and preferably also in the teaching of Modern Korean Language.

Scholarly requirements:
The candidate would be a scholar of Religions and Philosophies of Korea, with a wide background of expertise in Asian Religions and Philosophies. Knowledge of some Pre-modern Korean Art would be considered an asset. A fluent (native or near-native) knowledge of Contemporary Korean Language is also required. The candidate shall demonstrate a solid knowledge of the abovementioned disciplines, through the production of articles and monographs, participation in symposia and research groups, both national and international, and preferably also experience in leading roles in research projects. The candidate’s scientific activity shall contribute to building a more in-depth, original and innovative field of research, at both the national and international levels, in Korean Religions and Philosophies.



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