Call for Papers, “Spaces of Possibility”

Center for Korean Studies, University of Washington-Seattle

Proposals Due December 1st, 2011


The Center for Korean Studies in collaboration with the Japan Studies Program at the University of Washington invites papers for “Spaces of Possibility,” a conference on interactions and parallel developments of recent Japan and Korea to be held at the University of Washington in September 2012. We are seeking a select number of papers that open new discursive space in writing and thinking about individual, local and national relationships in and between Korea, Japan, and the rest of the world.


We are interested in papers on Korea or Japan that among other things explore contemporary shifts in the ways in which time and space are produced, lived and understood. Suggested topics include: Japan and Korea elsewhere; alternative spaces, displacement or urban exit; visualizations of culture including Japan, Okinawa, North and South Korea; colonial nostalgia in Japan and Korea; and projects and processes potentially ranging from divination to development.


Papers should take both Japan and Korea into account, and we encourage participants with single-country expertise to venture into new areas and explore comparisons or articulations, with the expectation that the cooperative expertise of the conference participants as a whole can help foster intellectual growth. Collaborative projects will be welcome, as will experimental and preliminary papers.


We envision papers of 7000-10,000 words that can be exchanged before the conference to make for a lively discussion. Participants should plan to revise their papers based on discussion before and during the conference, and to prepare them for publication as a conference volume or a journal special issue in the year following the conference.


Interested scholars should send a proposal of 300–500 words accompanied by a brief biography or CV to:


Spaces of Possibility

Center for Korean Studies

Jackson School of International Studies

Box 353650

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195–3650




Proposals should be received by December 1st, 2011 to receive full consideration.


Tracy L. Stober

Managing Editor

The Journal of Korean Studies

Center for Korean Studies Publication Series

University of Washington-Seattle

206- 543-7896 FAX 206-685-0668

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