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Call for Papers 12th Biennial KSAA Conference 2-4 December, 2021 and 6th KSAA Postgraduate Workshop 2021 1-2 December, 2021

Call for Papers 12th Biennial KSAA Conference 2-4 December, 2021 and  6th KSAA Postgraduate Workshop 2021 1-2 December, 2021 

“Commemorating 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Australia and the Republic of Korea”

Hosts: Monash University and Korean Studies Association of Australasia

Sponsors: Academy of Korean Studies Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, Melbourne

The Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) invites abstracts and panel proposals from scholars, practitioners, early career researchers and postgraduate students for the 12th Biennial KSAA Conference, to be held on 2-4 December 2021 at Monash University, Melbourne. The main conference will be preceded by a whole day 6th KSAA Postgraduate Workshop.

The 12th KSAA Biennial Conference will be held in the year of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Republic of Korea. Therefore, the theme of the conference will focus on commemorating the special relationship between the two countries. A key aim of the conference is to help solidify closer links between the Consulate-General, the Korean community, and Australasian Korean Studies.

Through this conference, we seek to highlight the importance of the diplomatic, diasporic and cultural ties between the two countries. The organizers are particularly keen to receive proposals on topics that address the following or closely related issues:

• Australia-ROK diplomatic relations

• Korean diasporic communities in Australasia – culture, language, religion

• “Global Korea” in Australasia – pop culture, film and beyond

• Australia-ROK relations and North Korea

Proposals on all other areas of Korean Studies are also welcomed. In addition, there will be a round-table discussion on “Teaching Strategies in Korean Studies in the Age of COVID-19.”

The 2021 Biennial conference will be held at Monash University in Melbourne. We are planning at this stage for a face-to-face on-site conference, but contingency measures are in place for an online conference if necessary.

The main conference will be preceded by the one-day 6th KSAA Postgraduate Workshop. This workshop will be attended by ten postgraduate students (including Honours students), who will be selected and invited from the main conference proposals based on the strength of their applications. The workshop will involve the invitees sharing their ongoing work with each other, and with senior scholars who will provide mentorship. Various sessions will be offered to enhance professional career development and to provide delegates with networking opportunities.

Guidelines for the submission of proposals: 

We will accept both individual presentations as well as panel proposals. All individual presentation proposals will go through a double peer review.

We are planning for an on-site face-to-face conference. Although contingency measures are in place for other modes of participation, we welcome proposals from delegates in Australia and overseas who aim to travel to Melbourne for the conference, if circumstances in December 2021 allow.

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 and abstracts from each presenter (maximum 300 words each, excluding references), 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 via the following link: Organizers who would like to propose a panel of a different format should contact the conference organizers:

Individual paper submissions: 

Individual submissions should include an abstract of up to 300 words (excluding references) and can be submitted via the following link:

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 (but not limited to):

– 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:

• Submission deadline: 30 June 2021

• Notification of abstract proposal outcomes: 31 July 2021

• Early Bird Registrations close: 31 August 2021

• Late Registrations close: 30 October 2021

• Conference: 2–4 December 2021 (registration and welcome reception on 2 December; conference all day on 3 and 4 December; optional postconference tour on 5 December)

• Postgraduate Workshop: 2 December (9:00am-5:00pm; registration and welcoming reception on 1 December)

Registration fees: 

Thanks to generous funding from the Academy of Korean Studies and Monash University, the registration fee includes (1) shared accommodation for three nights, (2) welcome reception and (3) all meals. *

$60 for KSAA members

$150 for non-KSAA delegates

$40 for KSAA student members

$90 for non-KSAA student delegates

To join KSAA, please see: Membership costs: $80 salaried/$40 students for two years

*Please note that single accommodation or the optional tour are not included in the registration. Details to follow.

Postgraduate workshop: 

From the papers submitted for the main conference, we will select and invite 10 postgraduate students (including Honours students) for the workshop on 1-2 December. These participants will receive one extra night of shared accommodation (night of 1 December) and meals. Also, postgraduate students based in universities in Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) will receive travel costs up to approximately $600.

For enquiries, please email us at the conference email address:

Conference Organizing Committee:

Assoc Prof Andrew Jackson

Dr Lucien Brown

Dr Adam Zulawnik

Prof Gil-Soo Han

Ms Jung-Sim Kim

Ms Hyein Cho