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Subject8th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars

8th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars

May 15-16, 2020 | 1010 Weiser Hall   We invite graduate students in Korean Studies across all disciplines to participate in the 8th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (NEKST) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
At the NEKST conference, graduate students in Korean studies will have the opportunity to share their research, receive feedback from Korean studies faculty members and other graduate students, as well as contribute toward building a dynamic, multidisciplinary community of future Korean studies scholars.  
The two-day conference will feature traditional panel presentations, workshop sessions for dissertation chapters/advanced papers, and a professional development workshop. We will host prominent Korean studies faculty members from across disciplines and institutions to serve as discussants, as well as mentors.  
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.  
2020 NEKST | Call for Papers
Current graduate students (MA/PhD) 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 1, 2020. You should expect to receive the results of your application by March 1, 2020.  
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 fifteen minute presentation based on a research paper that can range from 5000 to 8000 words. (The appropriate length of a paper written for a fifteen 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 24, 2020.
2. 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. 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 on April 10, 2020.

All presentations and discussions will be conducted in English.


The 8th 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:

  • Hayeon Lee (Committee Chair; Anthropology, Social Work)
  • Yeon-ju Bae (Anthropology)
  • Youngkyun Choi (Romance Languages and Literatures)
  • Minh Quang Huynh (Educational Studies)
  • Rey Jeong (Stamps School of Art & Design)
  • Wooseok Kim (Political Science, Statistics)
  • Bomi Lee (Political Science)
  • Seulgi Son (Urban and Regional Planning)
  • Jihun Suk (Asian Languages and Cultures, History)
  • Gerald Sutton (Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Jung Yoon Wie (Music Composition)

Faculty Advisor:

  • Nojin Kwak (Nam Center, Communication Studies)

Post-Doc Advisor:

  • Rory Walsh (Nam Center)


  • Kelsey Langton (Nam Center)
  • Evan Vowell (Nam Center)

 For further information, please contact NEKST2020@umich.edu and check for updates on this page.  

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Contacts: nekst2020@umich.edu

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