January 2011

Korean Religions PDF-NOTE: Internet Explorer Users, right click the PDF Icon and choose [save target as] if you are experiencing problems with clicking. Print

Call for Proposals

This Group invites papers dealing with Korean religions/spirituality in a trans-Pacific context. Eligible topics include:

  • Korean religions in North or South America (e.g., Korean Buddhism, Christianity, or new religions in North America)
  • North or South Americans’ involvement in the religions of Korea (e.g., Canadian Presbyterian missionaries in Korea or European-American Sŏn [Zen] priests in Korea)
  • Trans-Pacific aspects of Korean religions with respect to rituals, ethics, myths, doctrines, experience, or materiality
  • Confucianism in a modern context — social/institutional, practical/ritual, ethical, narratives/mythic, doctrinal, material, and experiential dimensions of Confucianism as they are found in or outside modern East Asia (for a possible cosponsored session with the Confucian Traditions Group)
  • Confucian negotiations with modernity; e.g., “religionization” of Confucianism in Korea
  • Tu Wei-ming’s valorization of Confucian humanism
  • Confucianism’s relations with other religions; e.g., Christianity


This Group provides a forum for the scholarly exchange of ideas on the religions of Korea. We address all aspects of religions and religious experiences of Korea, past and present, traditional and modern. We investigate Korean religions in their diversity — including social, cultural, historical, political, and philosophical — giving full weight to the complexity of religious phenomena in Korea. In order to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of Korean religions, this Group welcomes scholars from both in and outside of the Korean religions and fosters a dialogue among scholars from different religious traditions as well as different disciplinary approaches to religions.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to Steering Committee Members.


Timothy S. Lee
Brite Divinity School
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Jin Y. Park
American University
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Method of Submission


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