This Unit provides a forum for the scholarly exchange of ideas on the religions of Korea. It addresses all aspects of religions and religious experiences of Korea — past and present and traditional and modern. The Unit investigates Korean religions in all its diversity, including social, cultural, historical, political, and philosophical, giving full weight to the complexity of religious phenomena in Korea. The Unit encourages conversations that compare aspects of Korean religions with those of other religious traditions, as well as theoretical conversations about religion that are grounded in Korean religions. In order to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of Korean religions, the Unit welcomes scholars from both in and outside of Korean religions and fosters a dialogue among scholars from different religious traditions as well as different disciplinary approaches to religions.
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Korean Religions Unit
Call for Proposals
The Korean Religions Unit welcomes proposals for papers sessions, roundtable sessions, and individual papers. Proposals in all areas of Korean Religions will be considered.
This year, we especially invite submissions to the subtopics proposed by interested AAR members, as listed below. If you would like to contribute to one of the panel proposals below, please contact the organizer(s) directly, and submit your proposal at least two weeks prior to the AAR submission deadline.
For KRU Standalone panels:
The Experience of Women in Religious Leadership in Korea
Organizer: Eunsu Cho (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Religion and Rights and Anti-Rights Advocacy in Korea (Animal rights, refugee rights, Anti-refugee rights, Disability rights, LGBT rights, women rights, Anti-immigration rights, etc.)
Organizer: Tim Lee (email@example.com)
Co-sponsored with the Religion and Popular Culture Unit:
Korean Popular Culture and Religion
Organizers: Minjung Noh (firstname.lastname@example.org); Hyemin Na (email@example.com)
The session intends to focus on:
Korean Pop Music (K-pop) and religion, including the religiosity of global K-pop culture, transnational receptions of K-pop in diverse religious settings, intersections of gender, race, religion, and K-pop, etc.
Korean cinema and religion, including cinematic representations of Korean religious culture, perspectives on world religions in Korean cinema, role of religion in Korean film production and consumption, etc.
Any other papers that address the relationship between Korean Popular Culture and Religion as broadly construed.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Hyaeweol Choi, University of IowaMember Since: 2020
So-Yi Chung, Sogang UniversityMember Since: 2016
Chong Bum (Sean) Kim, University of Central MissouriMember Since: 2020
Sujung Kim, DePauw UniversityMember Since: 2016
Liora Sarfati, Tel Aviv UniversityMember Since: 2018
Yohan Yoo, Seoul National UniversityMember Since: 2019