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In 2020, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. The dynamic dialogue between the two states promotes economic cooperation, cultural exchange, innovation, and positive changes in international relations. The conference seeks to support diverse research on Korean-Russian relations and encourage scholarly exchange between Korean and Russian researchers, though scholars from all regions are invited to participate.

The first objective of the conference is to contribute to the understanding of Korean-Russian relations in regional and global contexts. The second objective is to encourage wide-ranging discussion of external and internal factors in Korea and Russia’s foreign policies and their responses to regional and global economic challenges and opportunities. By exploring Korean and Russian perspectives on international politics and economics, this conference will provide new theoretical and practical insights into foreign policymaking, global cooperation, and intercultural dialogue.

Conference organizers: National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russian Federation)Kyung Hee University (Republic of Korea), and HSE and Kyung Hee University Double Degree Programme 'Economics and Politics in Asia'.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue or an edited volume.

In case the Conference cannot take place physically due to travel and other restrictions in place to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference will go online as a series of webinars.

Although the conference has a theme, submissions are considered broadly under individual topics of interest, including, but not limited to:

  • Evolution of Korean-Russian Relations: External and internal factors
  • Development and peacebuilding on the Korean peninsula
  • Russia’s 'turn to the East': Challenges and opportunities
  • Development of the Russian Far East and Russia’s relations with East Asian countries
  • Sustainability and energy security: Korean and Russian perspectives
  • Public diplomacy: Lessons from Korea and Russia
  • Heritage, memory and the politics of identity
  • China’s foreign policy under Xi Jinping: A 'peaceful rise 2.0' or a threat to the international order?
  • Engaging Japan: Cooperation, friction, and prospects
  • Eurasia at the crossroads of nationalism and regionalism
  • The 'East-West' Dichotomy in contemporary international relations

Roundtable: Challenges and Opportunities for Teaching East Asia

In addition to panels centered on the major themes, we will also host a roundtable, 'Challenges and Opportunities for Teaching East Asia'. Its goal is to facilitate and enhance the cross-cultural exchange of pedagogical practices and strategies. We invite instructors to join the roundtable to discuss their first-hand classroom experiences and share pedagogical ideas, approaches, and practices in teaching East Asia-related topics across all disciplines.

A special section of the roundtable will focus on Korean language education and cover the following topics:

  • International trends in Korean language education
  • Integrated teaching of Korean language and culture
  • Practices of student-centered Korean language education


The Conference programme will be posted in August.

Submission & Deadlines

Those who wish to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Together with the abstract, please provide the following information:

  • Title of paper
  • Author’s name(s) and affiliations(s)
  • Author’s short bio (no more than 100 words)
  • Email address and mailing address
  • Five keywords

The organizing committee will make available five grants to ease the cost of participation for graduate students and early-career scholars presenting papers at the conference.

More information on travel awards for graduate students and early-career scholars. 

Submit an abstract

Important dates

The abstract submission deadline is July 25, 2020. Confirmation of acceptance of the abstract and participation in the conference will be sent out by July 30, 2020. The deadline for submitting the full paper is October 5, 2020.

  • March 25, 2020

    Call for papers opens

  • July 25, 2020

    Paper proposal submission deadline

  • July 30, 2020

    Proposal acceptance/rejection notifications (sent by e-mail to the individual who submitted the proposal)

  • July 31, 2020

    Travel grant application notifications (sent by e-mail to the individual who applied for the travel grant)

  • September 7, 2020

    Final registration deadline for all panelists (participants not registered are withdrawn from the conference program)

  • October 5, 2020

    Deadline to submit full papers


Anna Kuteleva

Conference programme, online registration
+7 (495) 772-95-90, ext. 15600, akuteleva@hse.ru

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