May 13-14, 2022 | Weiser Hall, University of Michigan
We invite graduate students in Korean Studies across all disciplines to participate in the 9th International Conference of NextGen Korean Studies Scholars (NEKST) at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. The NEKST conference provides graduate students in Korean studies an opportunity to share their research, receive feedback from faculty members and other graduate students, and contribute towards the building of an interdisciplinary community of future Korean studies scholars.
NEKST 2022 is planned to take place as an in-person conference. The two-day conference will feature panel presentations, workshop sessions for dissertation chapters/advanced papers, and a professional development workshop. Travel grants are available for participating graduate students. Lodging and meals will be provided during the conference.
The 9th NEKST conference is sponsored by the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan with support from the Academy of Korean Studies. The conference organizing committee is composed of graduate students at the University of Michigan.
NEKST Organizing Committee
- Yeon-ju Bae (Co-Chair; Anthropology)
- Hojung Joo (Co-Chair; Political Science)
- Youngkyun Choi (Romance Languages and Literatures)
- Wooseok Kim (Political Science)
- Seulgi Son (Urban and Regional Planning)
- Jieun Chang (Psychology)
- Youngshin Yook (History of Art)
- Sunhong Kim (Ethnomusicology)
- Kaeun Park (Asian Languages and Cultures)
- Chelle Jones (Sociology)
- Youngju Ryu (Nam Center, Asian Languages and Cultures)
- Rory Walsh (Nam Center)
- Angela Yoonjeong McClean (Nam Center)
- Anna Jungeun Lee (Nam Center)
- Evan Vowell (Nam Center)
- Kelsey Langton (Nam Center)
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2022 NEKST | Program
All times listed below are in the Eastern Time Zone (Ann Arbor, Michigan).
FRIDAY, MAY 13
9:15 – 9:30 Welcoming Remarks
9:30 – 11:30 Panel 1: Discourses and Practices of Modernization Across Time and Space
Pyongyang in Ink and Concrete: North Korean Urban Modernism in Kim Il Sung Period Fiction, 1967- 1994
—Alek Sigley (Stanford University)
Fishing Among the Mountains: Labor in Hamgyŏng Province’s Pollock Empire from Late Chosŏn to Colonial Korea
—Gene Kim (Harvard University)
Who Sings the Nation-State for the Dictator? Alternative Narratives of Expressway Modernity in 1970s South Korean Literature
—Hyowon Park (University of California, Los Angeles)
Kongdan Oh (Independent Scholar)
Youngju Ryu (University of Michigan)
13:00 – 15:00 Panel 2: Power and Solidarity: Situating Korea within the Global Order
Beyond diaspora: racial capitalism and empire in Kim Young-ha's Black Flower
—Michelle Ha (Stanford University)
Whose Chŏng (정/情)?: From Yi KwangSu (1917) to J.M.G. Le Clézio (2017)
—Jaeyeon Jeon (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Embracing a Thorn: Diasporic Identity and Zainichi Experience in the Documentary Films Our School
—Jane Lee (University of Virginia)
Mitchell Lerner (Ohio State University)
Jin-kyung Lee (University of California, San Diego)
15:15 – 16:45 Professional Development Workshop
SATURDAY, MAY 14
9:00 – 11:00 Panel 3: Plural Masculinities within Korean Society
“Stop the Hate”: How South Korean Anti-feminist YouTubers Appropriate Feminist Discourses
—Yoon Jung Jeong (Louisiana State University)
“It’s more authentic”: Queer Korean men’s affect, meaning-making, and engagement with online pornography
—Shawn Suyong Yi Jones (Concordia University)
Food, Identity, and Womanhood: Comparing the Relationship Between Women, Food, and Eating in Kyuhap Ch’ongsŏ with Contemporary South Korean Sources
—Niamh Calway (University of Oxford)
Jaeeun Kim (University of Michigan)
Christina Klein (Boston College)
12:30 – 13:20 Chapter Workshop 1: Becoming Yugajok: A Process Model of Movement Participation
Presenter: Minyoung Kim (University of California, Irvine)
Discussant: We Jung Yi (Vanderbilt University)
13:30 – 14:20 Chapter Workshop 2: Semiotechnologies of Life: Trees, Forest Sciences, and Becoming Climatic Sentinels in South Korea
Presenter: Sumin Myung (Johns Hopkins University)
Discussant: Juhn Ahn (University of Michigan)
14:30 – 15:20 Chapter Workshop 3: How repeated unpredictability shapes inequality: Exploring the time-space of nomadic workers in Seoul, South Korea
Presenter: Yoonai Han (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Discussant: Rory Walsh (University of Michigan)
15:30 – 16:20 Chapter Workshop 4: Self-governing and cooperative ideals as carceral tactics of Hope village
Presenter: Hyun-Chul Kim (University of Toronto)
Discussant: Anna Lee (University of Michigan)
2022 NEKST | Call for Papers
Current graduate students as well as those holding a terminal master’s degree are eligible to apply. We welcome submissions from all disciplines as long as the research topic is related to Korea.
To apply, please submit an abstract (250-word limit) by following the link below. Abstracts should clearly state the research question, main argument, methodology, results, and conclusions. The deadline for submission is February 4, 2022. You should expect to receive the results of your application by March 4, 2022.
Applicants can choose to participate in one of two formats:
The panel presentation format is open to all graduate students. Graduate students who are accepted for this format will be arranged into panels to give a twelve-minute presentation based on a research paper that can range from 2,000 to 10,000 words. (The appropriate length of a paper written for a twelve-minute presentation may vary by discipline). Participants will receive comments about their paper from an assigned faculty discussant. If accepted, completed papers will be due by April 29, 2022.
The chapter/article workshop format is open to PhD students who have achieved candidacy. Manuscripts submitted for this format should be a dissertation chapter or a polished pre-submission journal article, no more than 10,000 words. Make sure you are submitting an abstract for the chapter (not for the entire dissertation project), but please do include a note that explains how the chapter relates to your dissertation project. Each forty-minute workshop will be dedicated to the discussion of a single manuscript, and an assigned faculty mentor will provide detailed feedback on that manuscript. Manuscripts will be pre-circulated to all faculty and graduate participants of the conference, who will also be invited to provide comments. If accepted, completed manuscripts will be due by April 15, 2021.