2023 IKSU-K-Unification Friends International Conference for Young Scholars

Asian Studies & History

[Call for Applications] 

2023 IKSU K-Unification Friends International Conference for Young Scholars 

Tracing the Steps Toward Korean Unification: Learning from the Past to Prepare for the Future 

University of Central Lancashire, UK, 1-2 December 2023 

The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is pleased to invite young scholars to the 2-day 2023 IKSU International Young Scholars Conference. The conference aims to provide a venue for young scholars to present their research, strengthen ties with other young scholars, and raise awareness of the unification and peace issues in the Korean peninsula among the youth.

The conference intends to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions on the potential benefits and challenges of Korean unification by looking into how we can learn from the past. Paving the way towards unification involves areas such as governance, social integration, human rights, economy, security, and so on. Thus, we welcome proposal abstracts addressing why the issue is important and how we can promote Korean unification and peace in the region.


Applicants must be PhD candidates or early career academics/researchers with a PhD degree awarded in the past five years, aged between 19 – 34.

Submission Details

  • Abstract Submission Deadline (max. 500 words): 15 October 2023

    • Note: Please provide your full name, job title, and affiliation information in the document. If you are a PhD student, please indicate which year you are in.

  • Acceptance Notice: 31 October 2023

  • Full Paper Submission Deadline (min. 4,000 words including references): 20 November 2023

  • Conference Dates: 1-2 December 2023

Financial Support for Presenters

Presenters will receive an honorarium of KRW 400,000, upon successful submission of the policy brief: After the conference, participants are expected to summarize their research into a 1-2 policy brief that will be published through the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) website.

Kindly send your completed abstracts attached to an email addressed to IKSUEnquiry@uclan.ac.uk by the deadline.

The conference is partially funded by the Ministry of Unification of the Republic of Korea.