Call for papers: Koret Workshop on Globalization, Innovation and Culture in Korea

Call for papers: Koret Workshop on Globalization, Innovation and Culture in Korea

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The Korea Program at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is soliciting papers for the Koret Workshop on Globalization, Innovation and Culture in Korea at Stanford University.

South Korea has become an economic powerhouse, but faces multiple challenges. To maintain its dynamism and growth in the increasingly innovation-driven global knowledge economy, Korea needs to turn its attention to the more social, cultural and educational aspects of development.

Of paramount importance is the ability to welcome and embrace difference and creativity, upgrade pertinent social values of cultural diversity and social tolerance, promote innovation and effectively reflect and transmit such values through institutions. The conference will be interdisciplinary, problem-oriented and policy-relevant. A broad range of questions and approaches are welcomed, particularly those that address main challenges Korea will face going forward.

Possible research topics include:

• Higher education, cultural diversity and development.

• Social cohesion beyond nationalism and multiculturalism.

• Entrepreneurial culture and innovation.

• Causes and consequences of rising inequality.

• Demographic changes, skilled foreign labor and education/work culture.

The conference will be held on April 22, 2016 at Stanford University. Beyond research presentations, the conference also aims to foster connections among scholars with common interests. Travel (domestic or international economy class) and hotel costs as well as a modest honorarium will be covered for the presenters.

Papers may be submitted for consideration in a PDF file (6,000-8,000 words) to Yong Suk Lee by email at The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2016.

The Koret Workshop is organized by the Korea Program to bring together an international panel of experts in Korean affairs. The Korea Program established the Koret Fellowship in 2008 with generous funding from the Koret Foundation