The KSAA’s 3rd Postgraduate Workshop — Call for Papers

  • The Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) is pleased to hold its 3rd workshop for postgraduate students and early career scholars in Korean Studies on 4 and 5 December, 2014, at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. The workshop is supported by the Korea Foundation, as part of their ongoing effort to support scholarships in Korean studies and foster the field in Australia and New Zealand.

The workshop is designed to provide a forum for young researchers in Korean studies to present original research and receive feedback from senior scholars. The primary goal is to have research students and early career researchers present a proposal for research or a progress report on an on-going research project, and receive constructive comments and suggestions from academics in their respective field.

Please submit the application form (research students should use this form; early career researchers should use this form) along with an abstract of no more than 500 words by 31 July 2014.

  • Students will also need to obtain a reference letter from their supervisor.
  • Recipients of Korea Foundation postgraduate scholarships are particularly encouraged to take part.

Please note that all presenters for accepted papers can have their travel costs reimbursed, provided they are based in Australia or New Zealand.

If you are a senior scholar interested in being a discussant for the Workshop, please submit an expression of interest by 31 July 2014 (download here). The travel costs of discussants based in Australia or New Zealand will also be reimbursed.
Important dates:
  • Due date for Proposal: 31 July 2014
  • Notification of Acceptance: 31 August 2014
  • Due date for Full Paper: 31 October 2014


  • Early career researchers are scholars who have completed their PhD within the last five years.
  • A small number of the papers of the workshop will be selected for publication with the International Review of Korean Studies, subject to the outcome of their review process.
  • The details of accommodation and travel assistance will be announced later.


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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

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. NB: The organizers 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 ( 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. Continue reading

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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 to in a number of mainstream media outlets:

More information on the IROKS journal can be found here:

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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 information:

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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 general public, visited Narrabundah College to lecture on the many different styles of Korean calligraphy, and opened his large 3-month-long exhibition at ANU’s Menzies library with a wonderful performance on giant canvasses. The exhibition, which is open to the general public, will be on until early June this year; it comprises both Korean and Chinese calligraphy across a wide variety of styles.

Part of Mr Kim's exhibition at ANU's Menzies library

Part of Mr Kim Jang-Hyun’s exhibition at ANU’s Menzies library



Mr Kim and ANU's Roald Maliangkay

Mr Kim and ANU’s Roald Maliangkay

Mr Kim guiding the workshop participants.

Mr Kim guiding the workshop participants.

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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, from 8-10 July 2014 — has extended the submission date to ensure that you do not miss the opportunity to be part of the Conference Program. The new deadline is now: Friday 28 February 2014. Should you have any problems submitting your abstract online please contact For more information, see also:

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Old and New Waves: ANU’s Korea Institute announces Korean Artists-in-Residence series of events from Feb to May 2014

The ANU Korea Institute is proud to announce the Old and New Waves: Korean Artists in Residence program of events, which is comprised of seminars, a major exhibition, and various public performances. Four artists, all major figures in their respective field, have been invited to showcase their art in Canberra this fall.

Mr Kim judging

Their work, which will be on display in Australia for the first time, provides a rare look at key aspects of Korean culture and history: Korean calligraphy, Folksongs from the Western Provinces, kayagŭm (Korean 12-stringed zither) solo, and documentary making.

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Apart from participating in various events and performances that are open to the general public, the artists will also engage with students in primary, secondary and tertiary education.

The program is supported by an Academy of Korean Studies (KSPS) Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOE) AKS-2011-BAA-2106.

Among the key public events are:
  • Korean calligraphy presentation and opening of exhibition by artist Mr Kim Jang-Hyun on Thursday 27 February at ANU’s Menzies Library’s McDonald Room from 2 PM to 4 PM.
  • Korean traditional music concert with one of Korea’s “human treasures”, Mr Park Jun Young (folksongs), at CiW theatre on Thursday 13 March from 4:30 PM.

Please check the website for more details:

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