Korean Studies Institute symposium

The USC Korean Studies Institute and the East Asian Studies Center is pleased to announce its first annual graduate student symposium

The USC Korean Studies Institute and the East Asian Studies Center is pleased to announce its first annual graduate student symposium. The symposium will be part of the broader set of annual KSI events—such as the Rising Stars conference and KSI manuscript review—that puts special effort on the cultivation of young scholars and the creation of a culture of mentoring among faculty and graduate students who study Korea and East Asia, both at USC and in the region more generally.

The symposium aims to professionalize graduate students, nurture their scholarship, and introduce them to Ph.D. students from other universities in Southern California. It will be composed of three panels. Two panels will have graduate students as both presenters and discussants, and a final keynote panel will feature an emerging scholar from Southern California. This year’s guest panelist will be Loyola Marymount University professor Gene Park. The symposium will be followed by dinner for all participants.

Graduate students from any department and any university in Southern California are encouraged to submit paper proposals or serve as discussants. Research papers on any part of East Asia will be considered under the general theme “History and International Relations in East Asia.” We have chosen a broad theme with the aim of achieving an interdisciplinary mix of research papers from both the social sciences and humanities. Particularly encouraged are research papers that include Korea in a larger comparative or theoretical framework.

To submit a paper proposal, please e-mail a 250-word abstract by September 28 to KSI Program Specialist Linda Kim (lindaeki@usc.edu).  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by October 3. Completed papers should be submitted by November 5 for distribution to participants. Graduate students interested in serving as discussants or who have questions should e-mail Scott Wilbur (sawilbur@usc.edu).