Call for Papers: 2015 Korean War and Reunification Symposium

View towards the DPRK from the United Nations Command side of the DMZ's Joint Security Area (Photo: Gabrielle Bishop, 2013)

View towards the DPRK from the United Nations Command side of the DMZ’s Joint Security Area (Photo: Gabrielle Bishop, 2013)

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada are pleased to be co-hosting the Korean War and Reunification Symposium.

Hosted for its first time last year, the 2015 Symposium will be held on Friday, November 13th from 10:00am to 2:30pm at Carleton University’s River Building.

Last year, attendees and panel discussants included: Korean War veterans, foreign and Canadian diplomats, elected officials, academics, students and international affairs professionals. The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada was also pleased to be in attendance.

Students at both the undergraduate and graduate level of study are welcome to submit a proposal. No prior experience in Korean Studies is required.

All students are welcome to attend the Symposium regardless of whether or not they submit a paper.

Last year’s PDF program (with former panelist bios and student presenters’ essay abstracts) can be accessed here.

If you would like to get in touch with a past student presenter, Gabrielle Bishop would be happy to answer any questions you may have (email: gabrielle.bishop@carleton.ca). Her PowerPoint from the 2014 Symposium can be viewed here.

Otherwise, all general inquiries and proposal submissions should be directed to the Korean Embassy’s planning team at: defenceasst@koreanembassy.ca or 613-244-5025.

Faculty members interested in participating should contact Dr. Dane Rowlands, Director of NPSIA at: dane.rowlands@carleton.ca.

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Unification ribbons at the DMZ (Photo: Gabrielle Bishop, 2013)

Unification ribbons at the DMZ (Photo: Gabrielle Bishop, 2013)

CALL FOR PAPERS – 2015 Korean War and Reunification Symposium 

Symposium Topics

Session 1: The lessons of Korean War for multilateral intervention
Throughout history, Canada has been at the forefront of various multilateral interventions. For example, during the Korean War, Canada sent the third largest contingent of troops to Korea which is the largest in proportion to its population. What lessons did Canada learn from its participation in the Korean War?

Session 2: The impact of Korean reunification on regional security
At some point in the future, North Korea and the Republic of Korea will reunite. Therefore, it is crucial to discuss the possible impact reunification would have on regional security.

Application Process:

  • Write a research paper (submit 1-3 page proposal and the selected applicants will be asked to submit 20 pages long research paper) on the topic of your choice.
  • The deadline for submissions of 1-3 page proposals is Oct 10th, 2015; successful presenters will be contacted in due course to submit research papers of 20 pages in length by October 28th 2015.
  • Ground transportation and accommodation will be subsidized by the Korean Embassy for the selected candidates.
  • Rewards:
    • The opportunity for students to publicize their ideas at the Symposium and online.
    • A $500 scholarship-prize will be awarded for the top essay.
    • One or two presenters will have the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Youth Peace Camp in the Republic of Korea.
    • All presenters will receive appreciation gifts (ex. Samsung Galaxy Tab)

Submissions / queries to defenceasst@koreanembassy.ca or at 613-244-5025

Visit http://koreandefenceattacheofficeincanada.org for more information

The 2014 Korean War Panel discussion

The 2014 Korean War Panel discussion

The 2014 Korean War Panel discussion

The 2014 Korean War Panel discussion

The 2014 Korean Reunification Panel discussion

The 2014 Korean Reunification Panel discussion

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