ACAH & LibAsia 2014 Conference Report
Thursday April 3 – Sunday, April 6, 2014
Conference Theme: “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy”
The Fifth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities (ACAH) and the Fourth Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship (LibrAsia) was held from April 3-6, 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel & the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan.
The joint conference, with its theme of ‘Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy’, attracted around 350 people from over 35 countries and offered a diverse variety of papers that encouraged interdisciplinary reflection and explored new avenues of interdisciplinary study in the wonderfully rich cultural environment of Japan.
The year’s conference had an excellent plenary program of highly regarded and informed speakers and was followed by a range of diverse parallel sessions across the academic scope from Librarianship through to African and Arabian Art. IAFOR would like to especially thank its 2014 LibrAsia keynote speaker Professor Bill Ashcroft of the University of NSW, Australia. Professor Ashcroft’s inspiring address titled ‘Revolution, Transformation and Utopia: the Function of Literature’ focused on the phenomenon of revolution, with respect to showing the function of art and literature in transforming power and imagining the future. We were also most fortunate to have with us the ACAH featured speaker Paul Lowe of the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London. Paul is one of the most highly regarded photo-journalism specialists in Europe and provided the conference with an enthralling plenary presentation on how photojournalists and the images they produce can be used to enhance global and local understanding of genocide, and help in both reconciliation and remembrance in post-conflict societies.
In this year’s featured Haiku Workshop session we were pleased to welcome back Emiko Miyashita and Hana Fujimoto from the Haiku International Association, Japan. As world experts on Haiku it was a rare treat for literature delegates to meet and discuss the finer points of this ancient Japanese artform. Also present was His Excellency Dr. Lars Vargö, the Ambassador of Sweden to Japan who spoke to the Plenary Sessions and was on hand to present the 4th Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award to Anthony Kudryavitsky, Ireland. We thank His Excellency for taking the time out from his busy schedule to speak to the conference and congratulate Anthony Kudryavitsky on winning this year’s haiku award, which drew over 280 submissions.
IAFOR was also pleased to welcome the DAMIN research group on silver monetary depreciation and international relations lead by Georges Depeyrot of the French National Center for Scientific Research, France, who we also thank for his speech during the plenary sessions and the contribution his group esteemed group made towards the conference.
Lastly we wish to also thank the continuing contribution of ACAH/LibrAsia2014 Conference Chair & Featured Speaker Professor Stuart D. B. Picken, founding Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board, and Professor Akiyoshi Suzuki of Nagasaki University, Japan, our LibrAsia Co-Chair. Finally we wish to thank all our attending delegates and look forward to making our 2015 conference even better.
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Learn more about attending The Fifth Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2015 and The Sixth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2015.