9TH Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention (KSGSC) in Europe: Warsaw, Poland 17-20 September 2012

The KSGSC committee is pleased to announce the 9th convention for graduate students, hosted by University of Warsaw, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Department of Japanese and Korean Studies, Korean Studies Section. 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 convention follows on the back of 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) and Maison de l’Asie, Paris (2011). The convention is organized by the KSGSC committee and is funded by the Korea Foundation, under the umbrella of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE).

Venue and Dates

Venue:        University of Warsaw, Poland

Dates:        17th-20th September 2012



17th September    Arrival and registration

18th September    Convention all day

19th September    Convention all day

20th September    Convention in morning (finished by 2pm)


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 (twin room) and meals (three breakfasts, three lunches and at least one dinner) will be provided to all accepted participants.


Transport:  Accepted participants from within Europe (i.e. who are based at a university in Europe) will be offered a transport grant of approximately 120 Euros. 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 from outside Europe. 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 June 10th.


Presentations and Papers


All successful applicants will be expected to give a 30 minute presentation (20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes Q&A). All participants will have to submit their full paper (5-7 pages) by July 1st.


Application and Submission of Abstracts


Applicants should submit the following information by e-mail to ksgsc2012@gmail.com:


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


Application Period


The deadline for applications is March 31st 2012.

We will contact all applicants by the end of April 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 June 15th will be liable to pay the hotel expenses and may be restricted from attending future KSGSC conferences.


Organizer contact details:

e-mail: ksgsc2012@gmail.com (The KSGSC committee)