28th AKSE Conference 20–23 April 2017, Prague (Czech Republic) – First Notice – Conference Website Link

NOTE: For details and latest information, see the Conference Website.

The Department of Korean Studies at Charles University in Prague will host the 28th biennial AKSE Conference from 20 (Thursday) to 23 (Sunday) April 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Association for Korean Studies in Europe, founded in 1977, is the main scholarly society for Korean Studies in greater Europe. Its objectives are to stimulate and coordinate academic Korean studies in all countries of Europe, and to contribute to the spread of knowledge of Korea among a wider public.

The biennial AKSE conferences provide an opportunity for European scholars of Korean studies to gather and exchange research results. Hosting the membership meeting, they are the most important event of the association as such. AKSE conferences are also a way for European scholars to communicate with the global academic community. We thus warmly welcome non‐Europeans and non‐members.

Conference time-table

  • Day 1 (Thursday): registration, opening ceremony, dinner
  • Day 2 and 3 (Friday and Saturday): full conference days
  • Day 4 (Sunday): half conference day and end of the public events after lunch

Key information for prospective participants

  • Submission of abstracts and panel proposals 1 May – 30 June 2016
  • Notification of paper acceptance 30 October 2016
  • Registration 1 November 2016 – 31 January 2017
  • Paper submission 1 November 2016 – 1 March 2017
  • Administrator and contact person Marek Zemánek
  • Contact e-mail akse2017@ff.cuni.cz
  • Conference website ff.cuni.cz

Conference venues and hotel

The conference will take place in the Orea Hotel Pyramida (for more information see http://www.hotelpyramida.cz/en/), located within 10 minutes walking distance from the Prague Castle. The opening ceremony will be held in the Aula Magna of the Charles University in the Karolinum Complex.


Abstract submission will entail preliminary registration (not binding). Formal online registration for all active (presenting and chairing) and passive participants including general audience, non-presenting AKSE members, and students will open on 1 November 2016 and last until 31 January 2017. Detailed online registration guidelines are due to follow.

 For submitters

1) Subjects and general guidelines

  • Both individual abstracts and panel proposals can be submitted. Panel proposals will be treated preferentially. All paper proposals will receive a double-blind assessment. We strongly encourage panel diversity (institutional, national, disciplinary), and this will be an important criterion in the final selection process.
  • Subjects in all areas of Korean Studies are welcome. During the abstract submission, submitters will have to choose a field for their presentation (e.g. literature, history, Modern Korea, social studies etc.). The list of these fields will follow-up via the conference website.
  • All abstracts should be in English, but the official languages of the conference are: French, German, Korean, and English. You must specify the presentation language if it is different from English.
  • Abstracts/panel proposals will have to be submitted from 1 May – 30 June 2016 online via a conference management system which will be at your disposal on the conference website.

2) Presentation guidelines

  • Each panel will last 105 minutes and typically consist of four presentations.
  • In case of an organized panel, a fifth person can be invited as panel chair by the panel organizer, or one of the four panellists can act as chair.
  • There are no set discussants. The panel chair can act as discussant if invited to do so.
  • In favour of interactive discussion, each presentation should not exceed 15 minutes (60 minutes for presentations, 45 minutes for discussion).

3) Note on panels

  • Panel organizers should prepare a proposal for a joint panel indicating a concise title (e.g. “Traditional Korean Music of 1960s”), keywords (up to three), the number of panellists (five in case of a non-presenting chair or four in case of a presenting chair), and a panel abstract of about 1,000 words (or 5,200 characters).
  • Each panellist should also prepare an abstract of about 1,000 words (or 5,200 characters) including the title and keywords of their own paper.

4) Note on individual papers

  • Individual presenters should prepare an abstract of about 1,000 words (or 5,200 characters).
  • This should include the title and keywords (up to three).

Detailed online submission guidelines will be announced on 30 April 2016.


Conference fees

1) Conference fees listed below include:

  • basic accommodation (more information on the website)
  • conference attendance
  • opening and closing ceremonies with dinner
  • coffee breaks, and lunch in the venue on each conference day
  • conference materials (e.g. guide, programme, papers in USB flash drive)

 2) Not included:

  • travel to and from Prague
  • AKSE membership fees (these will be separately collected by the AKSE treasurer, more information on the website)

3) Categories and rates

Based on current pricing information and subsidy expectations, we expect to be able to offer the following rates for participants:

  • non-member not presenting: ca 450 EUR
  • non-member active (presenting or chairing) participant: ca 350 EUR
  • AKSE member passive participant (not presenting): ca 350 EUR
  • AKSE member active participant: ca 270 EUR
  • student not presenting: ca 200 EUR
  • student active participant: ca 150 EUR

Registration fees

At the time of your online registration, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable registration fee in the amount of ca 100 EUR via Paypal through the conference management system. The registration fee for students is 50 EUR.

This online transfer registration fee will be used as a down payment on your conference fee, the remaining amount of which will be collected later on site. Further information about online registration will be announced in due course.

Travel grants

Graduate students whose papers have been accepted are entitled to apply for a travel grant by writing to the AKSE president. The availability and actual amount of the grants depend on funding availability and will be decided by the AKSE Council.

Additional information on the website

Further information including accommodation surcharges, travel etc. is provided on the conference website.