9th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars


May 13-14, 2022   |   University of Michigan, USA


We invite graduate students in Korean Studies across all disciplines to participate in the 9th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (NEKST) at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. The NEKST conference provides graduate students in Korean studies an opportunity to share their research, receive feedback from faculty members and other graduate students, and contribute towards the building of an interdisciplinary community of future Korean studies scholars.


NEKST 2022 is planned to take place as an in-person conference. The two-day conference will feature panel presentations, workshop sessions for dissertation chapters/advanced papers, and a professional development workshop. Travel grants are available for participating graduate students. Lodging and meals will be provided during the conference.


To apply, please follow the call for papers link below.


[“Call for Papers”/Link to the CFP page]



The 9th NEKST conference is sponsored by the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan with support from the Academy of Korean Studies. The conference organizing committee is composed of graduate students at the University of Michigan.


NEKST Organizing Committee

Graduate Students:

  • Yeon-ju Bae (Co-Chair; Anthropology)

  • Hojung Joo (Co-Chair; Political Science)

  • Youngkyun Choi (Romance Languages and Literatures)

  • Wooseok Kim (Political Science)

  • Seulgi Son (Urban and Regional Planning)

  • Jieun Chang (Psychology)

  • Youngshin Yook (History of Art)

  • Sunhong Kim (Ethnomusicology)

  • Kaeun Park (Asian Languages and Cultures)

  • Chelle Jones (Sociology)


Faculty Advisor:

  • Youngju Ryu (Nam Center, Asian Languages and Cultures)


Post-Doc Advisors:

  • Rory Walsh (Nam Center)

  • Angela Yoonjeong McClean (Nam Center)

  • Anna Jungeun Lee (Nam Center)



  • Evan Vowell (Nam Center)

  • Kelsey Langton (Nam Center)


For further information, please contact NEKST2022@umich.edu


2022 NEKST | Call for Papers


Current graduate students as well as those holding a terminal master’s degree are eligible to apply. We welcome submissions from all disciplines as long as the research topic is related to Korea.


To apply, please submit an abstract (250-word limit) by following the link below. Abstracts should clearly state the research question, main argument, methodology, results, and conclusions. The deadline for submission is February 4, 2022. You should expect to receive the results of your application by March 4, 2022.


Applicants can choose to participate in one of two formats:


  1. Panel presentation:

The panel presentation format is open to all graduate students. Graduate students who are accepted for this format will be arranged into panels to give a twelve-minute presentation based on a research paper that can range from 2,000 to 10,000 words. (The appropriate length of a paper written for a twelve-minute presentation may vary by discipline). Participants will receive comments about their paper from an assigned faculty discussant. If accepted, completed papers will be due by April 29, 2022.


  1. Chapter/Article workshop:

The chapter/article workshop format is open to PhD students who have achieved candidacy. Manuscripts submitted for this format should be a dissertation chapter or a polished pre-submission journal article, no more than 10,000 words. Make sure you are submitting an abstract for the chapter (not for the entire dissertation project), but please do include a note that explains how the chapter relates to your dissertation project. Each forty-minute workshop will be dedicated to the discussion of a single manuscript, and an assigned faculty mentor will provide detailed feedback on that manuscript. Manuscripts will be pre-circulated to all faculty and graduate participants of the conference, who will also be invited to provide comments. If accepted, completed manuscripts will be due by April 15, 2021.


[“Submit an Abstract” button/link to EasyChair here]


For further information, please contact NEKST2022@umich.edu

Seulgi Son
Ph.D. Candidate in 
Urban and Regional Planning
Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
University of Michigan