Rising Stars Conference


USC’s Korean Studies Institute, with generous funding from the Korea Foundation, hosts an annual mentoring conference for young scholars whose work involves Korean studies. This workshop, now in its 6th year, brings together the next generation of Korean studies scholars in either postdoctoral or assistant professor positions, along with senior scholars in the discipline. The intention is to link this new generation with each other, provide feedback on their work from senior scholars, and in particular mentor these younger scholars through the tenure process. We particularly wish to focus on younger scholars who may be at schools not known for Korean studies, or social scientists who may not fit the traditional definition of a Korean studies scholar but who use Korea as a case of a larger question in their research. We hope that this will be a great event that will facilitate the connection and growth of Korean studies within American universities. In the past, senior Korean studies scholars who have participated in this conference include Nancy Abelmann, Victor Cha, John Duncan, Stephan Haggard, Katharine Moon, Michael Robinson, and Gi-Wook Shin.

Each younger scholar will prepare a paper in advance that best represents their major research project, while senior scholars serve as a discussants. This is not a typical academic conference as there is no presentation of papers during the conference. Each session begins with the senior discussants followed by comments from the original writers and then it is opened up for discussion; this greatly increases the interaction during the workshop.

The workshop has a limited number of openings, and is available to participants from all fields in the social sciences and humanities and from institutions throughout the US and Canada. The workshop will fully cover participants' travel, lodging and meals for the duration of the workshop. Funding for the program is provided by both the Korea Foundation and USC’s Korean Studies Institute.

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