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18th Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention in Europe – Call for Papers – Deadline for applications 30th April, 2024

The KSGSC committee is pleased to announce the 18th convention for graduate students, hosted by the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean 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. Now in its 18th edition, this conference 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, Cluj-Napoca (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, Rome (2018), Université Paris Cité (2022), and Comenius University, Bratislava (2023). The convention is organized by the KSGSC committee and funded by the Academy of Korean Studies.

Venue and Dates: University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy. 25 – 27 September, 2024.

Eligibility and Support:
MA students, PhD students/candidates, 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 will be provided to all accepted participants for free. 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 EUR 150. Unfortunately, due to budgetary restraints, we are not able to offer full grants to participants from outside Europe. Participants are encouraged to seek financial support from their own universities. We kindly ask participants with financial support from their home institution or other grants to choose the self-funded option in the GoogleForm (

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 September 8th, 2024.

Application and Submission of Abstracts:

Applicants should fill in the GoogleForm with the following information:
1. your full name as you would like it to appear in the abstract booklet
2. affiliation
3. contact info (e-mail, telephone and KakaoTalk ID)
4. major area of study (region and discipline)
5. title of your paper
6. abstract of your paper (600 words max.)
7. grant request

We accept applications and presentations both in English and Korean. However, we ask all
applicants who will present in Korean to submit a translation of their abstract in English. Full paper
submissions in English are not expected, although we welcome English translations.

Application Period:
• The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2024.
• We will contact all applicants by end-May regarding the acceptance of their application.

Canceling Your Participation:
We would like to receive applications only from those who are definitely able to attend the
convention. *Please, note that any participants who cancel after June 16th, 2024, may be liable to
pay the hotel expenses and may be restricted from attending future KSGSCs.

• Arrival date: September 24th, 2024
• Convention dates: September 25th – 27th, 2024
• Application deadline: April 30th, 2024, 2024
• Notification letter: end-May 2024
• Last date to cancel your participation: June 16th, 2024
• Submit your full paper: by September 8th, 2024

Organizer contact details: The KSGSC committee (