NAKPA News and Conference

The North American Korean Philosophy Association will hold its fourth annual conference at SKK (Sungkyunkwan) University in Seoul, Korea, Oct. 25-27, 2017 on the theme “Why Korean Philosophy Today?: Its Relevance to the Twenty-first century.” Please read on for more information about submissions and other details. Also, the latest NAKPA newsletter is available here.

We are pleased to accept proposals for presentations and panels related to the conference theme. For example, the concept of Do (Dao) and its application in traditional Korea, the concept of human nature in (a phases of) Korean neo-Confucian movement or the “meditation” in the Korean Seon (Zen) tradition or the body and mind in a comparative framework. Papers on other topics will also be considered, esp. philosophical works related to Korean and comparative philosophy, for example, work that brings non-Korean philosophy into a comparative engagement with Korean philosophy. In general, while the conference is most interested in Korean philosophy’s contemporary relevance to Asian and world philosophy, we are also interested in its repercussion in the current issues (e.g. migration crisis, democracy with indigenous cultural characteristics, gender rights, etc.). Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words in length. Complete panel proposals should include: panel title, a 150-word introduction to the theme of the panel, and a 150-word abstract for each of the papers. Include each presenter’s name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation.

While we are not able to provide the airfare, accommodations and meals will be covered by SKK University. There will be an organized group tour on Sat Oct. 28 as well. To encourage student participation, the NAKPA has set up Graduate Student Essay Contest Award for the conference. The winner of the graduate student/post-doc award will be given $500.00 to defray the expenses for travel. Graduate students who wish their papers to be considered for the prize should submit a complete essay of no more than 10 pages (or 4,000 words) and a 300-word abstract. Presentation and panel proposal abstracts should be sent electronically to Halla Kim (, Vice President of the Association.  Submission deadline:  June 1, 2016. The language of the conference is English.


Conference Organizing Committee:

Jin Y. Park, President

Halla Kim, Vice President

David Haekwon Kim, Secretary/Treasurer

Youngsun Back, Committee Member

Jung-Yeup Kim, Committee Member

Bongrae Seok, Committee Member

One reply

  1. Dear sir,
    This is to inform you that I, am Ven.Rumon Barua and student of University of Calcutta, India. I want to join this Conference . Please kindly sent me information how to join the conference.

    Thinking You,
    Ven. Rumon Barua

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