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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Missed a conference in Pyongyang

I've thought I'm able to follow the news in the field of Korean Studies quite well, but it's frustrating to learn only now, almost one month after the deadline for presentation proposals, that the 2nd World Congress of Korean Studies will be held this August in Pyongyang, DPRK. Not that I had had much to offer for the theme Korean Studies in the Era of Reconciliation and Cooperation, but where's the scholar who cannot concoct something to fit the conference topic. (And got to admit that I'm in a favorable position as there are usually no other Finns going to this kind of conferences - that's internationalization...)
(Call for papers from last February in Korean and in English.)

Update. Did some net searching, and cannot but wonder how little information of the conference has been spread around, considering it's supposed to be a world conference. Does the venue of the conference (congress) have anything to do with it? Or the inactivity at the Academy of Korean Studies? Neither Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) nor the Asssociation of Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE), both mentioned as co-sponsors, have a word of it in their homepages, and no mention at the Association of Asian Studies homepage either. Doesn't make one feel very welcome. And the call for papers was given less than one month before the proposal deadline.

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