8th Annual Korea University Graduate Student Conference:

Marginalized Voices in Korean History


Korea University, Seoul, South Korea


Friday, June, 12th, 2020


We invite submissions for the Korea University Graduate Student (KUGS) Conference to be held at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, 2020.


The KUGS Conference is an annual conference that aims at providing an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students to exchange their ideas and discuss current research pertaining to Korean history and Asian studies. It is an opportunity for young scholars to present their research to both their peers and eminent scholars. The conference will also enable participants to meet others in their field conducting similar research, and gain valuable professional experience in presenting their work for discussion.


The 2019 conference, titled Converging Studies and Methods to a Comprehensive Understanding of Asia” highlighted the recent achievements of Korean studies from 30 graduate students from 12 countries. Following the success of our previous conferences, we invite graduate students to submit abstracts from a variety of perspectives on Asian studies for our next conference in 2020.


The 2020 Annual Korea University Korean History Graduate Student Conference special theme is “Marginalized Voices in Korean History.” We welcome paper proposals that focus on any historical time period. Although all applications will be taken into consideration, particular attention will be given to papers that focus on marginalized groups including, but not exclusively, women, ethnic and religious minorities, the LGBTQI community, the disabled, etc. Scholars with bold and different approaches help to deepen our understanding of history and build on already constructed ideas through new interpretations. The conference aims at providing a space for emerging scholars to present innovative methods and perspectives in Korean history and Asian Studies research.






Eligibility and Application Guidelines:


1. All abstract submissions should be sent to Lee Junghyun at koreahistoryconference@gmail.com, with your name, program of graduate study, and contact information.


2. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study ("postgraduate" in British degree classification systems).


3. Papers must be related to Asian studies, mainly Korean, Chinese, and Japanese studies. Special consideration will be given to papers focusing on Korea, but all areas and disciplines related to Asia may apply.


4. Abstracts must be no longer than 250 words.  


5. Deadline for abstract submission: Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.


Notification of acceptance will be given by February 21st, 2020.

Housing: Housing will be available for those presenting papers.

Inquiries: For general conference and abstract submission inquiries, please contact: