KCE2024 Overview

The Korean Conference on Education (KCE2024)

October 28-November 1, 2024 | Songdo Global Campus, Incheon, Korea & Online

Welcome to The Korean Conference on Education (KCE) will be held in conjunction with the Korean Conference on Arts and Humanities. This conference will be held in Songdo International City in Incheon, on the outskirts of Seoul, and in partnership with the University of Utah's Asia Campus, the Incheon Global Campus, and the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, Japan.

Songdo is a remarkable new city that is celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2024, and the ambitious project will provide a wonderful venue to highlight the importance of both education and educational institutions, and the arts and humanities at the center of a strong civil society, and alongside its vaunted commitment to be an international city, resonates deeply with IAFOR's commitment to the International, Intercultural, and Interdisciplinary.

South Korea is a country with a long and rich history, but also a difficult one, as a country that has been caught in the middle of regional power struggles for much of its existence, and the cause for a large and influential Korean diaspora. A cultural center of great importance for millenia, in the last century the Korean Peninsula has been subject successively to colonization by the Japanese pre-World War II, and then shortly after, an unwitting venue to a bitter civil war that was also a proxy for superpower rivalry between the US and China/The USSR. The Korean war split the country in two, with the South becoming a rightwing dictatorship, and North Korea becoming a hereditary communist dictatorship. In the 1970s the South became a democracy and underwent a remarkable societal transition to go from one of the poorest nations on earth to become one of the most successful. This incredible energy, driven by its history, and perhaps by its precarity, South Korea is now a multicultural and religiously pluralistic society. A resurgent Korea is now a global cultural powerhouse, known throughout the world for its dramas, film and music production, notably K-pop.

KCE2024 encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum stimulating respectful dialogue. Like our long-running events elsewhere in the world, our third in Southeast Asia will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.

We look forward to welcoming scholars from across Asia and around the world for what is sure to be a great conference.

– The Conference Programme Committee

IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)

This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education. Authors need to submit their manuscripts directly to the IAFOR Journal of Education for peer-review process. Please note that papers already submitted to, or published in IAFOR Conference Proceedings are not accepted for publication in any of IAFOR’s journals. IAFOR's Conference Proceedings are not Scopus listed.

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Songdo Global Campus, Incheon, Korea & Online
  • Dates: Monday, October 28, 2024 ​to Friday, November 01, 2024
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: May 31, 2024*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 01, 2024
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: September 06, 2024

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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  • Oh Joon
    Oh Joon
    Kyung Hee University, South Korea

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Conference Committees

The International Academic Board (IAB)

Dr Joseph Haldane, IAFOR and Osaka University, Japan, & University College London, United Kingdom
Professor Jun Arima, President, IAFOR & University of Tokyo, Japan
Professor Anne Boddington, Executive Vice-President and Provost, IAFOR & Middlesex University, United Kingdom
Professor Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, United States
Professor Donald E. Hall, Binghamton University, United States
Dr James W. McNally, University of Michigan, United States & NACDA Program on Aging
Professor Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan
Professor Dexter Da Silva, Keisen University, Japan
Professor Baden Offord, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Australia & Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
Professor Frank S. Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, United States
Professor William Baber, Kyoto University Graduate School of Management, Japan

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Conference Programme Committee

Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Dr Gregory C. Hill, University of Utah, Asia Campus, South Korea
Dr Brendan Howe, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Dr Melina Neophytou, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Dr Hugh Schuckman, University of Utah, Asia Campus, South Korea

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Conference Review Committee

IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by the Conference Programme Committee under the guidance of the International Academic Board (IAB). Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.

If you would like to apply to serve on the KCE2024 Review Committee, please visit our application page.

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Oh Joon
Kyung Hee University, South Korea


Oh Joon is an Eminent Scholar professor of United Nations studies at Kyung Hee University and a Visiting Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, both in Korea. He is also serving as Chair of Save the Children Korea and President of the Korea Council of Children’s Organizations.

Previously he was a diplomat of the Republic of Korea. He was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Korea to the United Nations in New York from 2013 to 2016. During this time, he served as the 71st President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as President of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for its 8th and 9th sessions in 2015 and 2016. He was Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Singapore from 2010-13 and Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Seoul from 2008-10.

His other international activities have included those as an Eminent Person Adviser to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in 2019; a member of the High Level Panel on the Future of Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2016-17; a member of the Korea Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 2010-13; the Chair of the United Nations Disarmament Commission (UNDC) in 2006; and the Chair of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in 2004-05.

Professor Oh is currently working with several civil society organizations in addition to Save the Children. He works on the rights of persons with disabilities both in Korea and internationally, including with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and Rehabilitation International (RI). In 2018, he served as an Honorary Ambassador for the Paralympic Winter Games held in Pyeongchang , Korea.

The Korean Government awarded him an Order of Service Merit twice, in 1996 and 2006. In 2018, he received a Global Korea Award from Michigan State University in the United Sates. Rehabilitation International (RI) gave him a Global Presidential Award in 2016 in acknowledgment of his achievements as President of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He also received the 2014 Youngsan Diplomat of the Year Award for his work on North Korean human rights issues. He published his first book in Korean “For Mica, Who Contemplates Life” in 2015.

He received a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University (1991- 92); a diploma in International and Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1982-83); and a Bachelor’s in French literature from Seoul National University (1974-78). He was also a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (1990-91).

Keynote Presentation (2024) | TBA