Call for Papers: Belief in the Future: Spiritual Context of Baltic Korean Studies

The world of today presents many common aspects in the lives of the geographically and historically diverse Baltic and Korean nations. Exploring different experiences in similar circumstances provides good grounds for comparing these two parts of the world in many educationally relevant areas. This leads to an assumption that, although we have different faiths, religious practices, rituals and traditions, we all have common hopes for the future.

The Second Online Conference of the Baltic Association of Korean Studies that is organized by University of Latvia, seeks to provide a platform for researchers in the above areas to share their advanced insights into Korean studies and the relevance of faith for the advancement of their research. The organisers welcome papers from researchers in broad areas of the humanities and social sciences. The conference will provide a special session for graduate student presentations. 

Conference dates: 25-27 November 2020
Abstract submission: 20 November 2020
Notification of acceptance: 22 November 2020
Final paper submission: 18 January 2021

Conference platform: Zoom (links will be provided)
Registration: Google Forms (link will be provided)

Submission of abstracts and full papers: All scholars willing to present a paper at the Second Conference of the Baltic Association of Korean Studies are requested to submit the application form with an abstract (maximum 1000 characters with spaces, including key words) by 20 November 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 22 November 2020. The final paper (maximum 15,000 characters) must be submitted by 18 January 2021.

Selected conference papers will be published in a dedicated volume of Religious-Philosophical Articles (Reliģiski-filozofiski raksti, ISSN 1407-1908), a double-blind peer-reviewed periodical with an international editorial board. Editions of Religious-Philosophical Articles are available through the Central and Eastern European Online Library, CEEOL and also the EBSCO and SCOPUS databases. Other conference publications will appear in Societal Studies (ISSN 2029-2236 [print] and ISSN 2029-2244 [online]).

The working language of the conference is English. Please send your papers and all inquiries to the conference address:

Organising Committee:

Prof. Dr. Jānis Priede (Director, Department of Asian Studies, University of Latvia)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lora Tamošiūnienė (BAKS President, Mykolas Romeris University)
Prof. Dr. Kaspars Kļaviņš (Project Director, Centre for Korean Studies, University of Latvia)
Prof. Dr. Maija Kūle (Director, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia)
PhD Seo Jinseok (Researcher, Centre for Korean Studies, University of Latvia)
Dr. Linas Didvalis (BAKS Vice President, Head of the Centre for Asian Studies, Vytautas Magnus University)
Dr. Māris Kūlis (Researcher, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia)
Ildze Šķestere (Researcher, Centre for Korean Studies, University of Latvia)

Conference coordinator: Ildze Šķestere (main contact person):

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This conference was supported by the Seed Programme for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2018-INC-2230004).