America, Nation of Great Divide and Tolerance: ASAK 54th International Conference

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Jungman Park (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)
contact email: 

The American Studies Association of Korea

The 54th International Conference



“America, Nation of Great Divide and Tolerance”

Organized by The American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK)

Venue: Korea University, Seoul, South Korea

Date: September 20-21, 2019


The American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK) is pleased to announce an international conference on “America, Nation of Great Divide and Tolerance” to be held in Seoul, South Korea, from September 20 to 21, 2019.


Early in the last century, American playwright William Vaughn Moody dramatized the American theme of ‘East-West contrast’ in his play The Great Divide (1906). It revealed the distinct difference between a wild landscape in southern Arizona and a civilized town in Massachusetts, as well as the ‘divides’ at various levels, such as those among people, culture, customs, and social values inherent in the two regions. Starting as a nation of immigrants with diverse national and ethnic backgrounds, the United States had from birth an inexplicably heterogeneous identity that cannot be explained in simple terms. Accordingly, she has been exhibiting divides from the beginning in various fields and levels such as region, language, religion, economy, politics, culture, and related values. She has suffered and finally overcome the many conflicts that stem from these divides. The moments of history that have overcome each of the divides offer us a lesson, which is the virtue of ‘tolerance.’ The divides can be causes of disagreements and discord. But, on the other hand, they can be opportunities to lead to more productive agreements and consensus. In this respect, divide and tolerance are not entirely confrontational but can be complementary and cooperative. With the new millennium, the United States has been given a weightier responsibility and mission in an unprecedented and rapidly changing international order. At this point, the virtue of ‘tolerance’ is more in demand than ever, and this virtue is of greater value in redefining the relationship between the United States and the international community.


The 2019 ASAK conference will look into how the terms ‘divide’ and ‘tolerance’ have been redefined in the process of shaping the culture of the Unites States from various perspectives and dimensions: historical, cultural, social, political, and economical. In addition, we will situate the terms within the global and transnational context by tracing how they have been appropriated across the world in relation to America. Finally, and most importantly, this conference hopes to anticipate how the virtue of tolerance will be applied to redefining US domestic and international relations and what changes it will bring in the future.


Paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Ÿ   Race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality

Ÿ   Racism, xenophobia, and segregation

Ÿ   Immigration, citizenship, and globalization

Ÿ   Crossing borders vs. border walls

Ÿ   Imperialism, exceptionalism, expansionism, and regionalism

Ÿ   Urbanization, suburbanization, and gentrification

Ÿ   Nation and nationality

Ÿ   Multiculturalism, transculturalism, transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism

Ÿ   Memory, identity, and representation

Ÿ   Democracy and its discontents

Ÿ   Puritanism, Manifest Destiny, American Dream

Ÿ   Political correctness and social justice

Ÿ   Wars, disasters, and crimes

Ÿ   History and historiography

Ÿ   Religion and ethics

Ÿ   Activism and protests

Ÿ   Economy and neoliberalism

Ÿ   Media cultures of television, cinema, theater, and SNS

Ÿ   Fashion and cuisines

Ÿ   Civil rights movements and human rights movements

Ÿ   Nature and the environment


Proposals may be submitted for either individual papers or sessions.

Ÿ   Individual paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a one-page abbreviated CV, along with a short bio.

Ÿ   Session proposals should include a one-page proposal with a title and topics for a session of three to four presentation papers, along with individual abstracts and short bios.

Delivered in either Korean or English, each presentation will be no longer than 20 minutes, followed by discussions and Q&A sessions.

Graduate students are also welcome to submit proposals and to participate in the conference. All proposals should be sent to the Organizing Committee at by April 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by April 30, 2019. Also You can visit the ASAK website for the CFP and other details ( 

For further inquiry, please contact the Organizing Committee.



Important Dates:

Ÿ   Deadline for submitting abstracts: April 15, 2019

Ÿ   Notification of acceptance of papers: April 30, 2019

Ÿ   Submission of papers for the conference proceedings: June 30, 2019



Registration Fees:

Ÿ   Standard: USD 50

Ÿ   Students: USD 30



Registration Fee includes:

Ÿ   2 lunches (September 20-21, 2019)

Ÿ   Reception and dinner banquet (September 20, 2019)

Ÿ   Two daily refreshment/coffee/snack breaks

Ÿ   Conference program and proceedings



Accommodation Information

Ÿ   Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul ‘Dongdaemun’

Ÿ   Address: 226, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, 04565 Seoul, Korea

Ÿ   Location & Access: check the website (

Ÿ   Conference Rate: 121,000 KRW (breakfast & VAT; approx. 110 USD)


* Participants of the Conference will be offered standard king-size bed rooms. Please note that Organizing Committee will book the rooms for the Conference participants and the hotel will give you a discount. Please do not book the room directly at the Hotel - in this case you will lose the Discount. The participants are required to pay the room rate individually when checking out of the hotel.