May 12-13, 2023   |   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

We invite graduate students in Korean Studies across all disciplines to participate in the 10th 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 2023 is scheduled to be an in-person event. The two-day conference will feature panel presentations, workshop sessions for dissertation chapters/advanced papers, artist talks/exhibitions, and a professional development workshop. Partial travel grants and lodging stipends are available for participating graduate students. Meals will be provided during the conference.

2023 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 Korean Studies.

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 3, 2023. You should expect to receive the results of your application by March 3, 2023.

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 presentation based on a manuscript 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 28, 2023.

2. Chapter/Article Workshop

The chapter/article workshop format is open to PhD students who have achieved candidacy, or the equivalent. 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 fits within your dissertation project. Each forty-minute workshop will be dedicated to the discussion of a single manuscript, and each participant will be expected to read other participants’ manuscripts. 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 14, 2023.

Previous NEKST Conferences

Information about previous NEKST conferences can be found below:

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