Below is a call for papers forwarded upon request from the conference organiser. This may interest colleagues studying urban issues related to Korea. Please see below. Abstract submission by 5th May 2016.


Call for Papers

Global Cities and Urban Studies: Korea in Comparative Perspective

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 16-18 June 2016

Over half of the world’s population lives in cities and the need for academic research of the changing life in urban settings around the world is growing rapidly. The old metropolises are transforming into Global Cities, and are often assumed to be places for political development, sites of artistic and scientific creativity, and melting pots of ethnic and cultural diversity. Larger cities are competing to become attractive and dynamic centers of regions crossing national borders. The Asia Research Initiative (ARI) and the Department of International Relations (IR) at Central European University (CEU) are pleased to announce the conference ‘Global Cities and Urban studies: Korea in Comparative Perspective’. The event is hosted by Central European University and will take place in Budapest (Hungary) on 16-18 June 2016. The event is supported by Korea Foundation and is part of the KF Global E-school in Eurasia, a project aimed at developing a multi-university and multi-platform online real-time curriculum in Korean Studies. Central European University is the first European university to host a Global E-School, which brings together 20 universities in 14 countries in Europe and Asia.

Possible thematic areas to be covered during the conference include:

  • Cities and globalization
  • Governance of global cities
  • Cultural dynamics
  • Socio-economic polarization
  • Environmental policies and sustainability
  • City identities and city branding
  • Urban planning and public housing plan
  • Public transportation and access
  • City poverty and gentrification
  • Labor migration and multicultural societies
  • Global citizens(hip)
  • Global Cities in the Global South

Suggestions for topics other than those indicated above are welcome, with a preference for panel
submissions in such cases. Proposals for papers and/or panels with a focus on specific Korean cities and projects (Seoul, Busan, Incheon etc), either individually or in a comparative perspective, are of particular interest.

Submission of Proposals: Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to (as an attachment in MS Word, RTF or PDF format). Please include:
1) Name
2) Institutional affiliation
3) Title/position
4) E-mail address
5) A one-page CV
6) Title of Paper (maximum 20 words)
7) Abstract of Paper (maximum 250 words)

The working language of the conference is English. The deadline for abstracts is 5th May 2016. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission in the following week.

Full details of the program, conference fee, registration and accommodation arrangements will
be available by early May. For all enquiries contact Dr. Youngmi Kim (Department of International
Relations, CEU) or Ms. Katalin Hudry-Prodon .