Call for Papers: KSAA-AKS international Korean Studies conference and 7th KSAA Postgraduate Workshop — ANU, Canberra, 4-6 December 2023

IMG_3781The Korean Studies Association of Australasia and the Academy of Korean Studies are pleased to announce a joint Korean Studies conference, on 5 and 6 December 2023, at ANU’s main campus in Canberra, Australia (with registration taking place on 4 December in the afternoon). It will be preceded by a one-day KSAA postgraduate workshop, on 4 December. Both the workshop and conference will be primarily in-person events.

The theme of the conference is “Breakthroughs in Korean Studies After the Pandemic.” Under this theme, we expect to gather various experiences and opinions on how the pandemic has changed the research landscape of Korean studies, what new phenomena have emerged, and how to lead Korean studies in the future through recent years of experience. Since the essence of this theme is thus “change”, papers that deviate from the main theme, but discuss important changes in other realms of activity that are relevant to Korean Studies, now or in the past, are equally welcome.   

Keynote speakers: Prof. Jisoo Kim (George Washington University) and Prof. Kyung Moon Hwang (ANU). 

Organizers: The Korea Institute (ANU), the Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA), and the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS).


  • The Academy of Korean Studies (AKS)
  • Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA)
  • The College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU

The Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) invites abstracts and panel proposals from scholars, practitioners, early career researchers, and postgraduate students for the KSAA-AKS international conference, 2023, at ANU, Canberra.

Guidelines for the submission of proposals:

We welcome both individual presentations and panel proposals. All individual presentation proposals will go through a double peer review. We are planning for an on-site face-to-face conference. We accept papers in English or Korean.

Panel submissions:
Panel organizers should form a panel typically of 3-4 presenters. Panels may also include a discussant. The organizer of the panel should elicit paper titles, 300-word max. (excluding references) abstracts and 50-word max. bios from each presenter, and also prepare a 200-word introduction to the panel. After the organizer has received all of the abstracts, they can submit the proposal for the panel by email to: roald.maliangkay*, replacing * with @. Organizers who would like to propose a panel of a different format should contact the conference organizers.

Online (Zoom) presentations are welcome, but they must be part of a panel and we will only accept one per panel. The presenter must provide a link to a video recording of their presentation to both their panel Chair (and Discussant where applicable) and the conference organisers by 2 December at the latest. Once their presentation has been played, the presenter would expected to join the discussion in person (“live”) via Zoom.

Individual paper submissions:
Individual submissions should comprise a title, an abstract of up to 300 words (excluding references) and a short bio of up to 50 words. They can be submitted by email to: roald.maliangkay*, replacing * with @.

All submissions will need to adhere to the broad thematic or disciplinary area of study that your panel or individual paper presentation would best fit into, for example:

  • Political Sciences
  • Studies in Human Society, Sociology and Anthropology
  • Migration Studies
  • Business and Economics
  • Gender and Sexualities
  • North Korea
  • History
  • Popular Culture
  • Cinema
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Heritage Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Language Education

All presentations should be in English or Korean, and will be limited to 20 minutes to leave time for discussion.

Key Dates:

  • Proposal submission deadline: 1 September 2023
  • Notification of abstract proposal outcomes: 18 September 2023
  • Registration: 18 September-27 October 2023
  • Postgraduate Workshop: registration and welcoming reception on 3 December; workshop all day on 4 December.
  • KSAA-AKS Conference: registration and welcome reception on 4 December; conference all day on 5 and 6 December.

Registration fees:

KSAA members = $65
non-KSAA-members = $130
KSAA students = $42
non-KSAA students = $84

Single-day registration for non-KSAA-member participants: $75
Single-day registration for non-KSAA student participants: $52

To become a KSAA member, please click here. Membership is for two years and costs $80 for those on a salary, and $40 for students.

Owing to generous funding from the Academy of Korean Studies, registration will cover all meals. Travel and accommodation costs must be covered by the participants, but we are hoping to secure special deals with nearby hotels: TBA. The travel and accomodation costs of postgraduate students, on the other hand, will be fully covered (based on economy-class travel, with participants sharing rooms based on gender). Further details to follow.

Small bursaries:

To support those struggling to afford the cost of travel and attendance, the KSAA are offering 5 small bursaries of AUD$ 1,100 each. To apply, please send an email to the organisers explaining in 500 words max. why you deserve to be considered for one of the bursaries, and attach your CV and conference title/abstract. Successful applicants will be notified well ahead of the conference, but will receive the funds upon registering (at ANU).


  • Prof. Roald Maliangkay
  • Ms Heeyeon Lee (ANU Korea Institute)

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