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01Jul 2022

World Congress 2023

The preparation for the next World Congress in 2023 in Buenos Aires are well under way behind the scenes, so here is some information.

We hope to get many good proposals for panels and papers.

First, a call for proposals for open panels will be launched in July 2022. Please contribute with many good ideas.


  Start End
Open Panels  20 September 2022 1 November 2022 
Closed Panels 20 September 2022  18 January 2023 
Papers 15 November 2022 18 January 2023

More information can be found at


07Jul 2021

2021 Virtual World Congress

The 2021 Virtual World Congress is starting on July 10.

Due to the Covid-crisis and the resulting changes, the number of papers and presenters in RC 42-panels has shrunk, but we still have 5 panels. You can find more information here

Information on how to access should be published soon by IPSA.

In case you have not seen, the 2023 IPSA World Congress is being held in Buenos Aires. I am looking forward to meeting in person again!


During the virtual congress, we will also hold our business meeting to discuss a change in leadership and new directions to explore. More information in an email soon.

26Dec 2019

World Congress Update

All the best wishes for 2020 from IPSA RC 42.
The IPSA World Congress will take place from July 25-29. Out of the many submissions, we created 11 panels with 53 papers, which is most likely a new record for the RC. Thank you all for your contributions.
Once the final review is finished, IPSA will mail confirmations after January 22, 2020.
I am looking forward to a great congress!

08Oct 2019

submission deadline extended

The deadline for submissions for panel and paper proposals has been extended to October 24, 2019.

The RC's open panels are

Dealing with North Korea  - 3 papers submitted as of 8 October

Nationalism and (Dis)Integration  11 papers submitted as of 8 October

Reconciliation in Times of Nationalism 4 papers submitted as of 8 October

Security in Northeast Asia — 3 papers submitted as of 8 October

US-China Competition1 paper submitted as of 8 October
We particularly encourage female scholars to submit proposals!

16Aug 2019

World Congress 2020: Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the next IPSA World Congress in July 2020 in Lisbon is now open. The 2020 Congress will have a diverse program under the theme of New Nationalisms in an Open World. The deadline for proposals is October 10, 2019.
Please consider submitting your paper or panel proposals with IPSA RC42, and also recommend us to your colleagues, so we get panels of great variety and depth. We particularly welcome proposals from women, as panels have to include at least one woman to be accepted!
We have already prepared several open panels, but welcome others, too, as long as they fall in the wide remit of the RC:
Dealing with North Korea
Nationalism and (Dis)Integration
Reconciliation in Times of Nationalism
Security in Northeast Asia
US-China Competition
Please visit the website wc2020.ipsa.org to submit your paper proposal, for more information on the Congress, important deadlines and submission guidelines.
You do not need to be an IPSA member to submit proposals. If you do not currently hold an IPSA account, you will be asked to create one. Once your proposal is accepted, you will have to become an IPSA member and register to attend the World Congress.
RC42 does not offer travel support or help with visa, for these questions, please contact the conference organisers.

22May 2019

call for panel proposals now open

The call for panel proposals for the IPSA World Congress in Lisbon in July 2020 is now open. At this stage, we invite ideas for open panels without confirmed participants. In the second stage, paper proposals can be submitted under these panels by interested individuals. It is also possible to submit proposals for closed panels, which must include a chair, co-chair (optional), 1-2 discussant(s), and 4-6 papers.
As per IPSA rules, all-male panel proposals are not permitted!!!

Deadline for OPEN panels: 10 July 2019
Deadline for CLOSED panels: 10 October 2019

Call for Papers Opens 7 August 2019
Deadline for Paper proposals: 10 October 2019

I am looking forward to interesting proposals! For more information visit the website

28Dec 2018

KPSA World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2019

The Korean Political Science Association is holding its biannual World Congress for Korean Politics and Society in June 2019 in Seoul, South Korea, under the motto: "Korean Peninsula for Peace and Prosperity: Integration and Innovation"

IPSA RC 42 is planning to submit at least two panels, so invites all interested to submit a paper proposal first to the chair at IPSA.RC42@gmail.com by 20. January 2019. I will then form panels. We particulary encourage proposals by graduate students.
One suggestion for a panel is "The interaction of a unified Korea with the New Asia of the Shanghai cooperation", but we are open to proposals from all areas of our research committee's remit. I am looking forward to your proposals.
All the best for 2019!

19Dec 2017

World Congress Update

Thank you all for your submissions to RC42. We received well over 80 proposals, which have now been assigned to panels and are awaiting final approval by the organisers. The paper acceptance notifications will be sent out on 19 Jan 2018
Applications for travel awards can be submitted through the congress website until 6 February 2018.
Please note the other deadlines:
15 MAR 2018 Deadline to register at a reduced Early Bird registration fee
10 APR 2018 Deadline to register to appear in the Printed Program
09 MAY 2018 Final Registration Deadline for all panelists.

06Sep 2017

Call for proposals

The deadline for the submission of proposals for the next World Congress is getting closer: October 10, 2017

We welcome both panel and paper proposals on topics within the RC's remit. Panel proposals need to be registered complete with participants.  If you have ideas or suggestions for panels but lack further participants, please let me know so I can include your suggestions in future calls for papers.

Some panel proposals that have already been suggested include:

  • conflicts between and within divided societies,
  • elite integration in post-authoritarian societies,
  • memory politics,
  • cross-border cooperation on environmental issues.
  • a roundtable with specialists on North Korea to discuss the latest developments (each participant presents a short statement and then discuss).

09Jun 2017

First call for Papers for World Congress 2018

Although the last IPSA World Congress was held less than a year ago, the preparations for the next Congress are beginning. You can see the progress at the homepage at http://wc2018.ipsa.org/events/congress/wc2018/home. You can now upload proposals for panels as well as papers, until 10 October 2017. I would like to encourage you to register your proposals under the RC42 heading. The 2018 IPSA World Congress’ theme “Borders and Margins” fits very well with the RC’s specialization.

In a change from the last Congress, panel proposals need to be registered complete with participants. So you cannot just submit proposals for panels, allowing other interested participants to join. If you have ideas or suggestions for panels, but lack further participants, please let me know so I can include your suggestions to further calls for papers.

In line with the RC’s tradition and remit, we welcome papers and panels related to security issues of (formerly) divided countries and societies.

We warmly encourage you to submit panel proposals on other topics with the RC but please also note that proposals covering the broader issues of security in International Relations should be submitted to the Congress General Sessions on International Relations or other RCs.

Some panel proposals that have already been suggested include:

  • conflicts between and within divided societies,
  • elite integration in post-authoritarian societies,
  • memory politics,
  • cross-border cooperation on environmental issues.

I am looking forward to receiving many interesting proposals.

01May 2017

The World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2017

The World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2017
"Rebuilding Trust in Peace and Democracy"

Seoul, South Korea, June 22-24, 2017

RC42 presents two panels at the Congress:

1: Friday D02: 23일(금요일)                                                   

IPSA RC42: The Korean Peninsula and a New Order in East Asia

장소: Room2 (KF)

사회 Chair: Heike Hermanns (Gyeongsang National University)


A New Approach to Creating A Reunified Korea and A New Order in East Asia: Coevolution Strategy and Epistemic Community

           Yong-ho Kim (Inha University)

Washington’s Failure to Resolve the North Korean Nuclear Conundrum: Examining Two Decades of US Policy

           Niv Farago (Sogang University)

The Relations of the Republic of Poland with both Korean States: Yesterday, Today , Tomorrow

           Marceli Burdelski (Jagiellonian College)

Arms Transfer and Its Effects on Foreign Policy under the Abe Administration (2014-2016)      

           Yuan-yuan Hsu (Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica)




2: Saturday sessionA room06: 24th, 9 am

IPSA RC 42: Taking a Critical Turn: Critical approaches to the debates on domestic and international

              Chair: Marceli Burdelski (Jagiellonian College , Toruń)


Securitization of China's Rise in the Anglophone Academy; Reassessing the "Copenhagen School"

Benjamin Thompson (Kyungpook National University)

Foreigner’ Narratives in South Korea: A Critical Discourse Analysis

Todd Mann (Inje University)

A Critical Review of the Debate on Refugees and Migration in Germany

Heike Hermanns (Gyeongsang National University)

01May 2017

panel at IPSA 2016


01May 2017

Civil Society on the Move

Civil Society on the Move: Transition and Transfer in Germany and South Korea

Eun-Jeung Lee and Hannes B. Mosler, Peter Lang, 2015.



01May 2017

Lost and Found in "Translation"

Lost and Found in «Translation»  Circulating Ideas of Policy and Legal Decisions Processes in Korea and Germany

Eun-Jeung Lee and Hannes B. Mosler, Peter Lang,2015



01May 2017

Länderbericht Korea

Länderbericht Korea

Herausgeber: Lee Eun-Jeung/Hannes B. Mosler, Seiten: 692, Erscheinungsdatum: 27.08.2015, Erscheinungsort: Bonn, Bestellnummer: 1577


07Feb 2017

Call for Papers: Asian Studies Conference in Poland, May 2017

Our vice-chair, Professor Burdelski, is promoting this Asian Studies conference in Poland:



19Dec 2016

Call for papers

RC42 is planning an interim meeting at the World Congress of the Korean Political Science Association held from June 22-24, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.
We are looking for panels under the broad theme of "The Korean Peninsula and a New Order in East Asia" and "Refugees, Migrants and Security in Northeast Asia", but other proposals are also welcome. We particularly invite papers from graduate students.
Please submit your proposals to ipsa.rc42@gmail.com by January 15, 2017.
For more information on the conference, see this page http://kwc.kpsa.or.kr/ For international presenters, accommodation is included.

05Sep 2016

A successful World Congress 2016

Thank you all for your participation in the 2016 World Congress in Poznan.

I hope it was a happy and fruitful time for all participants. For some photos see our facebook page . If you want to add photos or have one deleted, please let me know.

On the Brisbane 2018!



01Sep 2016

Mongering North Korean Democracy for Inter-Korean Peace :Democratization in North Korea and Inter-Korean Peace

Mongering North Korean Democracy for Inter-Korean Peace: Democratization in North Korea and Inter-Korean Peace,

by 임혁백Hyug Baeg Im, 구재회Jae H. Ku, published by Korea University Press, 2015

ISBN : 978-89-7641-886-9 93340


01Jul 2016


These are our panels for the 24th IPSA World Congress in Poznan, July 24-28, 2016.
24-07-2016 | 17:30 - 19:15 : RC42.03 Issues in Central and East Asia

25-07-2016 | 13:30 - 15:15 : RC42.07 Practicing the Security-Development-Nexus: A Critical Reflection

25-07-2016 | 17:30 - 19:15: RC42.10 The Two Koreas and Inter-Korean Relations

26-07-2016 | 15:30 - 17:15: RC42.01 “Translation” or “Transcoding” – Methods for Intercultural Transfer of Policy between Germany and Korea with Focus on Unification

For further details including papers and lcoation, please click on the links.

Our business meeting takes place on 26 July, 2016, at 17.30  in  Pavilion 15 (PCC-15) - 1.8, followed by dinner. All interested in RC42 are invited to attend.

Hope to see you all there!

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