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15th Korean Studies Graduate Students Conference in Europe 2018 – Rome, Italy

By 4th May 2018October 30th, 2020Blackboard

The KSGSC Committee is pleased to announce the 15th convention for graduate students, hosted by Sapienza University of Rome, Italian Institute of Oriental Studies. 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 across Europe and beyond.

This conference, now in its 15th edition, will follow 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), Maison de l’Asie, Paris (2011), University of Warsaw (2012), University of Helsinki (2013), Saint Petersburg State University (2014), the University of Malaga (2015), the University of Copenhagen (2016) and the University of Tübingen (2017).

The convention is organized by the KSGSC Committee and is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies.

Venue and Dates

Venue: Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Dates: 27th September – 29th September 2018


26th September: Arrival and check-in

27th September – 28th September: Conference (full day)

29th September: Conference until 2PM

Eligibility and Support

Eligible applicants are MA students, PhD students, and post-docs who have received their PhDs 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 and meals will be provided to all accepted participants


We aim to offer the accepted participants based at European universities (including Russia) 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 who are based at non-European universities. 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 August 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 September 9th.

Application and Submission of Abstracts

Applicants should submit the following information by e-mail to

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 and information should be named as follows: LastnameNameKSGSC18.doc (e.g. JohnsonPeterKSGSC18.doc)

At the KSGSC’s AGM in 2015 it was decided that the KSGSC would accept applications and presentations in both English and Korean from 2016 onwards. We ask all applicants who wish to submit an abstract in Korean for a presentation in Korean to also submit a translation of their abstract in English as well as the Korean original. We do not expect Korean language paper submissions to also offer an English translation of their entire paper, though we at the KSGSC would certainly welcome them.

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 June 3rd, 2018.

We will contact all applicants at the middle of June 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 conference. 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 July 29th may be liable to pay the hotel expenses and may be restricted from attending future KSGSC conferences.

Organiser contact details: email: (The KSGSC committee)

IMPORTANT DATES for the Conference

Conference dates: September 27th – September 29th, 2018

Application deadline: June 3rd, 2018

Last date to cancel your participation: July 29th, 2018

Ticket submission: by August 15th, 2018

Submit your full paper: by September 9th, 2018