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17th Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention in Europe 2023 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Call for Papers – Deadline 19th February, 2023

The KSGSC committee is pleased to announce the 17th convention for graduate students, hosted by Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Department of East Asian 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.

This conference, now in its 17th 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), University of Tübingen (2017), Sapienza University (2018), and Université Paris Cité (2022).

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

Venue and Dates

Venue: Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Conference date: 29 – 31 May, 2023


28 May: Arrival and Check-in

29 May: Conference (full day)

30 May: Conference (full day)

31 May: Conference (half day)

Eligibility and Support

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 and meals will be provided to all accepted participants.


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 150 Euros. Please note that this is not a confirmed amount and may vary. If there is no direct flight, you can transfer via Airport Vienna in Austria (VIE), as there is a convenient connection to Bratislava (SK) via train or bus. Unfortunately, due to the restricted budget, we are not able to offer full grants to participants from outside Europe. Participants are encouraged to seek financial support from their own universities.

Presentations and Papers

All successful applicants will be expected to give a 30-minute time slot (20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes Q&A) and will have to submit their full paper (5-7 pages) by May 14th, 2023.

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

6)    The file with the paper & the information should be named as follows: LastnameNameKSGSC23.doc (e.g. JohnsonPeterKSGSC23.doc)

We accept applications and presentation both in English and Korean. We ask all applicants who will present in Korean to submit a translation of their abstract in English. We do not expect Korean full paper submissions to be in English, although we welcome English translations.

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 again.

Application Period

The deadline for applications is February 19th, 2023.

We will contact all applicants by mid-March 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 April 2nd, 2023, may be liable to pay the hotel expenses and may be restricted from attending future KSGSCs.

Organizer contact details: email: 

The KSGSC committee:

IMPORTANT DATES for the Convention:

Arrival date: May 28th, 2023

Convention dates: May 29th – May 31st, 2023

Application deadline: Feb. 19th, 2023

Notification letter: mid-March 2023

Last date to cancel your participation: April 2nd, 2023

Submit your full paper: by May 14, 2023