Call for Papers for the International Conference “Marginality, inclusion, and gender in Korea: past and present.”

The East Asian Studies Area of the University of Malaga, Spain is pleased to announce the International Conference “Marginality, inclusion, and gender in Korea: past and present” on March 12th, 13th of 2024.

The Conference is organized as part of the research project Academy of Korean Studies Seed Program for Korean Studies (Advanced Track) “Path to Equality: Korean Studies Network on inclusiveness” (AKS-2021-INC-2250002) the Spanish National project I+D+I ASIA-SLAVES “The road to freedom in the Joseon period in Korea: Slavery and abolitionism in the context of East Asia” (PID2020-116910GB-I00) and the University of Málaga research project “Life Stories of Korean Gisaeng Slaves” (B1-2022_07).

This conference aims to consider the interrelated processes of discrimination and integration of social groups inside Korean society from a broad methodological and thematic perspective. This Call for papers encourages contributions dealing with the analysis of the cultural and institutional process of social discrimination in Korea, as well as political movements and institutional transformations directed to the integration of social groups previously discriminated against. The following topics are of interest, but are not limited to these: nobi system, discrimination against women, the situation of factory workers, disabled individuals, LGBTIQ+ communities, or migrant minorities. It is also considered of interest Korean social movements that through history have advocated for the rights of these marginalized groups, such as democratic unions in the 1970s and 80s, LGBTQ+ activists, or NGOs supporting disabled people and migrants.

The conference is organized in 4 panels to be composed by a maximum of 4 speakers.

  • Panel 1: Gender, voices of women and gisaeng in Korea
  • Panel 2: Slavery, force labour and human trafficking in Korea
  • Panel 3: Social minorities in Korea
  • Panel 4: Social and political activism in Korea

* Conference languages are English and Korean, and online presentations are permitted.

Proposal submissions

To propose an individual presentation, please send a maximum of 300-word abstract on the topic of your presentation (either in English or Korean). The proposals will be sent at the following account The file and subject of the email should include name as follow: Lastname_IntConferenceMIGKorea (ex: Kang_IntConferenceMIGKOREA). Submissions should be sent before November 15th, 2023.  Abstracts should include:

  1. Name, position and affiliation
  2. Title of the paper
  3. Abstract
  4. Keywords

You will be sent a confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation within 5 days after you sent it, please, send your application over again.

In the case of being selected, it will be expected to submit a full-paper before the conference with the possibility, after submission, of being selected for the publication in the format of an edited volume.

*Depending on the final budget the organization might support partially attendance expenses.

Important information

Organizer contact details:

Dates of the conference: March, 12th-13th, 2024.

Conference venue: University of Malaga, Spain.

Application deadline: November, 15th, 2023.

Submitting full paper: will be noticed after accepting proposals.